Music Notation Software FORTE

Surely, composing and creating professional-grade sheet music has never been easier or more fun!

With FORTE 12 music notation software, you can write sheet music using your computer in minutes, have it played back by over 100 preloaded instruments at the click of a button… and that’s not all… 

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Music Notation Software

FORTE 12 offers a full suite of easy-write music tools so you can also... 

  • Scan and edit physical scores quickly and with superior accuracy
  • Practice a piece by playing along with a full digital band or orchestra in the comfort of your home! 

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How does FORTE 12 music notation software work?

Write and edit music notation in a clear, simple-to-use format (with the option of printing physical copies immediately).

FORTE 12 is a unique and easy-to-use notation software program for composing, arranging, editing and transposing scores whatever your requirements or experience.

Scan physical sheet music into FORTE 12 using a scanner, your phone or import picture files (including PDFs – yes, it can be done!) for further editing, transposing and saving as MusicXML or MIDI.

Using new algorithms this software offers superior scanning with high accuracy and quick editing tools.

Compose and arrange your music, and then play along with a digital band using the Bandora software. At the click of a button, create parts for different instruments, save the parts and create sheet music for them.

Or practice along with a full virtual orchestra (using our complementary software PlayAlong Orchestra).

Who is FORTE 12 perfect for?

Professional musicians,
composers and arrangers

Playing classical music

FORTE 12 Premium has everything you need (including ScanScore2 Ensemble, Bandora Arranger and FORTE Player) to create full orches-tra scores and MIDI files with ease – freeing up your time so you can spend it creating and composing rather than dealing with technology.

FORTE 12 Premium

Music hobbyists, choir directors
and advanced music students

Music Choir

You’ll now be able to create and arrange beautiful scores in as little as ten minutes with FORTE 12 Home.
This software offers you an advanced but easy-to-learn music notation program with an extensive range of music notations to create, edit and perform your scores.

FORTE 12 Home

Musicians new to composition
and notation software

Writing Sheet Music

If you’re completely new to music notation software and want to get started within minutes, FORTE 12 Basic is ideal for you. Great for beginners and students alike, this music writing software has everything you need for music scoring, without going through a ton of training.

FORTE 12 Basic

FORTE 12 music writing software offers you everything you need for creating sheet music whatever your requirements.
We have different packages to suit different needs and budgets so you only pay for what you need… and if you ever want to upgrade, you can do so anytime at the click of a button to see our Online Music Notation offers.

For a simple overview of the products and how they work together, please see our FORTE 12 Complete Product Range page.

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Why FORTE is the Perfect Music Notation Software for You


The FORTE program’s interface is designed to be as intuitive as possible and moves along the well-known ideas that you’re already used to from the popular Office products. The program view bundles the functions selected in the 13 main tabs and allows you to access them quickly. Thus you can reach all necessary music notation tools quickly and you’ll be able to keep up the workflow with a minimum of clicks to access particular notation functions.

There are three editions: BasicHome and Premium. For every level of musical knowledge and notation need, you’ll find the perfect music notation tool for you. With the full package, you can scan and edit physical scores with the ScanScore module, write full scores for orchestras with 32 instruments per system, use live recording from your MIDI-device to write your notes, create arrangements with the Bandora module, use the extensive sound library of the FORTE Player, export audio files as MIDI playback and many more.

When starting the program, the score wizard will help you set up the score and you’ll have an extensive list of instruments to choose from. FORTE has two basic modes: select mode and insert mode, depending on whether you’re writing or editing your music sheet.

The most practical tool of this music notation software is the input palette. In the input palette you’ll find all notation elements available in FORTE to create a complete score. The compact display of all possible score content in this palette makes working considerably easier and saves you searching through the entire program structure for hours.

When writing your music scores, the unique music ruler will help you to accurately input your notes on the correct beat of the bar. The program “thinks” in bars. This means, there are no incorrect bars, ever. This music notation software fills in the rests automatically to complete the bar. And you’ll just go on with your beautiful melodies...

FORTE 12 offers you

  • All the features of a more expensive product.
  • Full customer support + easy-to-navigate tutorial and videos for immediate help if you ever hit a problem.
  • Easy-to-use intuitive interface.
  • Over 100 preloaded instruments to playback your composition.
  • No-Risk Guarantee - all FORTE products are backed up by our 30-day full money-back guarantee. No hassle!
  • Free and regular updates to the software.

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