Best Scanner Apps to Digitize Sheet Music
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
Our favorite app is Scanner pro. It’s not free but it’s definitely worth the investment. The scan quality is very high, the auto crop is extremely accurate, and the page rearrangement is intuitive, making the entire processing process quick and painless. There are four different filters you can choose from (the grayscale filter usually gives very good results for sheet music). In addition, you get many enhanced features such as distortion correction, brightness and contrast scales.
Scanner Pro App $3.99
Our second choice is Scanbot. This basic app is free and offers many scanning options, a very good scan quality, four filter options including the grayscale filter and is overall very user-friendly. In other words, this is a fun app to use! The downside is that processing can sometimes be a bit slow, so you may have to be patient.
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
The last app on our list is Genius Scan. This free app offers users a good scan quality (although it lacks the grayscale filter), with fast processing and rearrangement features. The full version of the app – Genius Scan – allows users to print and export to a cloud service.
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.