Frequently Asked Questions


What is Musink?

Musink Lite is a 'free' music-composition software package for Windows, that lets you write music at unprecedented speeds. Musink lets you create anything from orchestral scores to short-musical-snippets, to exercise books. Musink will also play back your music to you, and can export your work as MIDI. Musink is particularly useful if you are a drummer or writing music for many voices. Musink Pro is a premium version of Musink.

How is Musink different?

Download it and find out.
Musink is optimised for speed; it takes care of almost all layout tasks for you, including note durations. This rids you of frustratingly-slow input methods, like note toolboxes, and lets you focus on what you came to do: write music.


How much does Musink cost?

Musink Pro's price is listed here. Musink Lite is free to download for personal or commercial use. If Musink Lite has saved you money or made your life easier, why not give a small donation?

What are the differences between Musink Lite and Musink Pro?

A comparison table is on the download page. Some of Musink Pro's features are also detailed on the Musink Pro info page.

Is Musink open source?

No, not currently. If you'd like contribute to Musink, feel free to contact me. You are not permitted to disassemble the software yourself (as stated in the EULA).


Will Musink play my music back to me?

Of course. MIDI playback is supported through any GM-compatible device (including the General Midi built into Windows). Also see Requirements.

Can I record from a MIDI Keyboard?

Musink Pro offers this functionality, yes. Also see Requirements.

Can I write drum music in Musink?

Definitely. Musink has a range of features specifically for percussionists. You'll never have written music faster!

Can Musink write TABs and Guitar chords?

Not just yet. This is a priority for the future, however, so watch this space.

Which formats does Musink export as?

Sheet music can be exported as PDF, XPS documents, or PNG image files. Your projects can also be exported in MIDI format.


Which operating systems does Musink run on?

Musink requires Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP Home SP3, XP Professional SP3, or XP Professional (x64) SP2. Musink is expected to work on 'XP Home' but has not been tested on this platform. Other versions of Windows are not supported. Musink is not compatible with Linux or Macintosh.

What are the minimum hardware requirements?

Most modern PCs will meet the recommended hardware requirements:

Minimum Recommended
Processor (32 or 64 bit) 2 GHz single core 2.3 GHz dual core or better
Free Disk Space* 2GB 2GB
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1600 x 960 pixels or better
*If .NET Framework not installed. The .NET framework comes preinstalled with some versions of Windows.

What do I need for MIDI Playback?

You will need one or more functioning MIDI devices installed on your computer. Most versions of Windows come with a basic MIDI package already installed. To test whether you have a MIDI device installed, open any MIDI file on your computer. If it plays, Musink playback should work. A list of free devices and other help with MIDI playback is available here.

What do I need for MIDI recording and input?

You will need a copy of Musink Pro, and a MIDI device (such as a MIDI keyboard) that can send MIDI messages to your computer. If you do not have any such device, Musink Pro will work, but you will not be able to use the MIDI-in functionality.

Remember that some soundcards can cause latency (delay) issues with MIDI devices. This is not a Musink bug, but a soundcard performance issue. There are usually ways around latency issues, but, if you are unsure and intend on recording 'live' into Musink Pro, you should check your MIDI device performance before making a purchase. Remember that Musink Pro also has step-input functionality, for which latency issues usually do not matter.

How much disk space does Musink require?

Around 20MB. If you have uninstalled the .NET framework that comes shipped with Windows, the install size will be larger.


Who owns Musink?

All code, trademarks, copyright, intellectual property, and patent rights are owned by Musink Limited, New Zealand.

Who wrote Musink?

Musink was written and is maintained by Lee Reid.

What are the restrictions on a Musink Pro license?

Musink Pro licenses are on a per-computer, rather than per-user, basis. I.e. You can only install Musink Pro on a single computer, but your family and friends can use Musink Pro on that computer as much as they please (See EULA for details). If you need to move your installation to a new computer, you will need to contact us in order to do so.

Licenses are 'eternal' and allow free updates (within a major version).

See the EULA and Terms Of Sale for details about licenses. Both of these agreements are listed on the legal page.


I found a bug! What do I do?

Report it here, so the problem can be fixed :)

How do I print / turn my music into a PDF / put it on a page?

Choose File->Publish from the menu bar. The process is completely automated.

Are there any tutorials available?

Yes. The help wiki contains step by step instructions for most tasks. A getting started tutorial can be found here.

How can I get involved?

Please see our contribute page.

How can I contact you?

Use this page.