Best Scanner Apps to Digitize Sheet Music
This article is from 2018, and since then we integrated a built-in scanner in the Newzik app. It’s super efficient and works perfectly with your favorite sheet music app. That’s probably why it has become so popular among our users! We wrote a dedicated article about it if you want to learn more.
Whether you are a performer, a composer, a music librarian or a music teacher, more and more musicians today require digitizing their sheet music, meaning to scan the score they have in hand. Thanks to the scanning apps, the smartphone can now, in fact, be a great scanning tool, with many features that let you create the best result from the page you wish to scan.
We ourselves truly appreciate the yearning to find the best of the best, that’s why we have done some of our own research and chosen a selection of scanning apps which we believe to be the best on the market at present.
1. Scanner Pro
Scanner Pro App $3.99
The full version – Scanbot Pro – lets you rearrange the pages (move, rotate, add, delete), search inside documents, and offers features like smart file naming and more.
3. Genius Scan
App Features Comparison Table
|FEATURES||SCANNER PRO||SCANBOT||GENIUS SCAN|
|REARRANGE PAGES||Yes||Yes (only with Scanbot Pro)||Partial|
|PROCESSING SPEED||Very fast||Slow||Fast|
|PRINT OPTIONS||Yes||Yes||Yes (only with Genius Scan +)|
|PRINT FORMATS||A4, A5, A3||No formatting option||A4|
|PRICE||$3.99||Free/Pro $6.99||Free/Pro $7.99|
|PAGE FILTERS||4 options||4 options||3 options|
|FILE COMPRESSION||No option||4 sizes||4 sizes|
Brightness & contrast scales
|Auto enhancement||Auto enhancement|
|DEVICES||iOS only||iOS and Android||iOS and Android|
|CLOUD INTERGRATION||Yes||Yes||Yes (only with Genius Scan +)|
|AUTO CROP||Very accurate||Accurate||Not accurate|
|APP ERGONOMY||Very good||Excellent||Good|
Before you start scanning, here are four tips that will help you get the most out of your scan with your smartphone:
- Hold the device as straight and as close as possible to the original document.
- Don’t forget to use flash if there is not enough light in the room.
- Place the sheet music on a flat, dark surface.
- Check both landscape and portrait modes and compare best results.