PlayScore Pro

PlayScore Pro

Developed by Dolphin Computing

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2015-01-07
  • Current Version: 3.57
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 58.43 MB
  • Developer: Dolphin Computing
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    3.5/5 ( 24 Reviews)
  • Price:
PlayScore Pro App Ratings: 3.5
Based on 24 Reviews

PlayScore Pro App Description

PlayScore – Snap or load a page of printed music and follow on screen as the music plays. Export as MIDI or MusicXML. Needs a good photo for an accurate result. Take a good square-on photo of a *whole page* of printed music (not a screen). Make sure the left edge of the music ls vertical. Your technique will improve with practice. Lots of helpful tips ay Problems: see troubleshooting below of email us PlayScore takes traditional music scanning to the next level. It understands all the symbols of standard music notation - articulation, dynamics, even trills, turns and tremolo, and can play all kinds of sheet music and scores directly from a photo PlayScore is recommended by many top classical musicians including John Lubbock CBE (Orchestra of St John), Ian Brown (Nash Ensemble) and top oboist George Caird. PlayScore Pro can read scores with systems of many staffs such as SATB vocal scores and chamber music as well as piano music and songs. As well as the device camera you can load pages of music from online sites, or your own scans. PlayScore can save in JPG, MIDI and Music XML. - Want to hear a song from a book - Play through a Bach fugue - Hear your instrumental or voice part (from part or score) Or just browse through a pile of sheet music? then let PlayScore amaze you! PlayScore is perfect for musicians from beginner to professional - play a passage loud or soft, slow or fast - drag your fingers over bars to loop the music for those tricky passages - And now, you can play any combination of staffs on their own or together. - sing or play your solo while PlayScore plays the keyboard accompaniment - hear any staff, eg the alto part of the tenor with accompaniment or on its own. Just hold your device up to the music, take a good square-on picture and watch your music come to life as PlayScore plays it right there on the screen, following bar by bar. PlayScore works in portrait or landscape. It easily handles a whole page at a time and can even pick musical examples out of a book. PlayScore writes MIDI and MusicXML files for use in virtually any music app. ***Try the free version first*** download our free 2-staff version PlayScore Lite (no ads) and be listening to your sheet music in seconds Instructions: - Tap the camera button - Take a well focused, square-on picture of one page of a brightly lit music so it fills most of the screen. - Tap the eye button, then tap Play when it appears Tips: - good light and crisp focus. Take the picture square on with the left edge vertical and parallel to the edge of the screen - Tap the metronome button to change the tempo - tap any bar to play from there or swipe over a few bars to create a repeat - tap the staffs icon to select which staffs to play - photos of screens or screenshots may give poor results Troubleshooting - General: many problems improved by good even light and a square-on image - Doesn't sound right: try another photo - the better the photo the better the result - Skips bars: make sure left edge of music parallel with edge of screen, measure lines vertical - Skips notes: good focus, square-on page - Result still not right: email us at Developers – build OMR capability into your software – see website for details Visit for more on how to make the most of PlayScore iOS 8 or higher recommended Preparing for Music Exams? Associated Board Grade I – VIII, GCSE Music, A-Level music – these are all exams that test your ability to work with music notation. Want to improve your sight reading? Want to practice ear training or sight reading exercises without a teacher on the spot? Want to hear how a piece sounds before deciding what to learn? Want to hear just one part? Just snap the music and have PlayScore play it back – slow, fast, as many times as you want. You can repeat tricky passages, play along and more.


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App Reviews

  • Holy Smokes! I LOVE it!!!

    By Duen-Hsi
    I’ve only been playing around with PlayScore for an hour and I LOVE it!! You can take a photo of a piece of music and it will play it for you! Amazing! I am an amateur violin player, in the 2nd violin section of a community orchestra, so I took a pic of my part using the free app and while it played it with a lot of mistakes, I figured it was all the fingerings and other marks on my page. So I read their FAQ and found out that the Pro version of the app will read a jpg image. So I found a clean version of my part online and downloaded in .pdf format which I converted online into a .jpg image file which is what the app requires, saved it to my photo album and then uploaded it into PlayScore Pro and it played it extremely well! Not perfectly, substituting some 8th notes having a hash line indicating it be played as two 16ths. However it did play most of them correctly. I sent support a question about that, indicating that it seems to occur when the note stem is extra long. They got back to me right away and it’s in their system to fix in a later update. In any case, I next hooked up my iPhone to AppleTV and played the music over my TV/entertainment system. And started practicing my violin part with the music playing in the background! Now I can learn my part so much easier!! I can play my part at half speed and fix rhythm and intonation problems so much faster. I will then speed it up to what it needs to be as I learn my part. Wish I had this much earlier in life as I’m 69 years old! Next day I took a photo of sheet music with solo and piano accompaniment and you can just have it play the piano part. Very very cool!!! It currently only plays one sheet at a time so that is a limitation. I also notice the audio output volume is a bit low so I don’t know if there is an in-app control for that yet. Anyway, posting my first impressions now. In my opinion, well worth the price! After all, a single music lesson will set you back way more!
  • Better for scores than passages

    By The real volfied
    I picked this up hoping to use it with a theory book I have. Unfortunately, it has two problems with short passages: 1) there is no way to crop out surrounding text within the app, so you have to do it yourself in Photos 2) once you have cropped them, the app often thinks they’re too low resolution, evidently because it’s expecting a larger image. When successful, though, it’s quite nice.
  • Amazing

    By Mod.san
    I am amazed with this app. I wish I could scan and play multiple pages!
  • Multiple Clefs

    By JJ DuPuie
    When I scan a two-staff (top-treble, bottom-bass) piano part, it plays back both parts as if they are in bass clef...
  • The best OMR engine to date

    By KSW3
    This app, while certainly not perfect, moves the “state-of-the-art” of OMR (optical music recognition) forward. A good test of ANY OMR app, regardless if it’s on iOS or a full-scale expensive app for MacOS or Windows, is piano reading. This is by far the most accurate piano reading I have seen by ANY app. The current version is missing multi-page support, although the developers are saying it’s coming. They also want to see problematic scores so they can improve their underlying recognition engine, which is admirable.
  • Only does a single page at a time.

    By Guy at a Keyboard
    OK for learning a hymn but not for anything more than a page long.
  • Unreliable playback

    By bassoonistbk
    Audio playback is shoddy at best, even when working from a screenshot of a pdf, can’t get any more clarity than that, rhythms are wrong, notes omitted. Very disappointing
  • Barely useful - waste of money

    By Jim_Clarke
    I thought this might help learning vocal parts for the choir I belong to. Unfortunately the scan feature really only works on very simple pieces in which there is only one voice. Our music has 4 voices and the scan feature and related output is useless since it can’t handle anything but the simplest sheet music. Nice idea though.
  • Pure Magic!

    By Rotkiv990
    PlayScore just might be the most impressive app in the entire App Store. Up until now optical music recognition was very unreliable, even on a high powered PC. PlayScore is a game changer. Whenever I show it to musicians their jaws drop in disbelief. It not only works with sheet music, it works with images off of a monitor as well. This latest version is even 100% accurate with screenshots from my new IPad Pro. This is a must have app for every musician.
  • Works Great! Except for one little thing…

    By Ryan Giraldi
    Hands down, this app does what it says it does, and compared to other music reading software developed for a PC, the price is very competitive. However, I would like to see more features Such as different midi voices and the ability to take multiple pictures and have them be played in order as opposed to simply having one page. One thing that did disappoint me is one specific song, Music of the night. I took a high resolution image of the vocal score, which had the clefs and flays written in a funky font, but it didn't seem to matter, and on every other song I tried this on, no matter the key, it played all the correct notes. But when it came to MotN, which is in D-flat major, every note played flat. Please tell me if key recognition is not yet supported or what I could be doing wrong, otherwise, Great App! Sincerely, RG