The detailed and progressive
tutorials help you to use the software.
Display the on-screen contextual help with a single key.
The detailed music tutorial helps you to understand music notation or
review music theory.
Display the note names automatically.
Pizzicato will help you to read a score. Play your instrument while
Pizzicato is playing the score as a reference for rhythm. Change the
tempo according to your progress.
Just like you create a letter with a word processor, Pizzicato gives you
the tools to write, print and hear your music, for the drums and
percussion, including timpani, xylophone,...
You can enter the music with
combination's of mouse clicks, tool palettes, keystrokes, the virtual
piano keyboard, or directly through a MIDI keyboard, step by step or in
The music notation is automatically spaced correctly. You can then
zoom in and adjust any aspect of the music notation at any time.
You can add accidentals, tuplets, chords as
well as many other standard symbols and hear their influence on the
playback of the notes.
Select measures and use the copy/paste function, for instance to
duplicate measures or to transpose a melody without the need to rewrite
You can use and manipulate up to 8 voices per measure.
You can enter music by playing the notes in
real time at your tempo, on a music keyboard connected through a MIDI
interface (for instance MIDI/USB interface).
Pizzicato displays the score and you can make any correction you want.
You can edit the notes graphically as on a
piano roll editor. Music notation is adapted accordingly on the staff.
Fast entry of notes and chords
Using this entry mode, you can select the rhythmic value of a note
just by moving the mouse to the right for longer duration or to the left
for shorter duration.
You can encode simple music with only the mouse. There is no need to
select tools on a palette or to use the keyboard.
A similar mode is used to enter the notes of an existing chord
progression, on one or more staves. A simple but powerful note entry
mode to translate chord symbols into real notes.
Clef, key and time signatures
You can use the G, F and percussion clefs, standard or transposed (8).
Change the clef anywhere in the score.
Select the key signature (number of flats or sharps at the beginning
of the staff) and change it anywhere in the score.
You can transpose the score from one tone to another, just by changing
the key signature or by selecting an interval.
Specify the number of beats of the measure with the time signature
(4/4, 3/4, 6/8,...) and change the time signature anywhere in the score.
Create composite time signatures (3+4/8), advanced key signatures
(mixing flats and sharps), free measures (with no time signature),
multi-measure rests, and customize the measure appearance and content.
Chords and text
Add chord symbols and convert them automatically to notes on the
Add a title, the composer name or any free text associated to a page
or a measure.
Page layout of the score
Adjust the page layout, customize the number
of measures for each staff or more generally, layout the music as you
want it to look on the page.
Add page and measure numbers, brackets, instrument names, bars and
Specify the global printing size.
Other notation features
Pizzicato provides all the tools needed for drum notation. Note heads,
staves with 1 to 16 lines, the percussion clef and MIDI mapping of
instruments are combined to create nice looking drum parts.
Pizzicato will import MIDI files and can split the individual drum
instruments so that you can easily edit the parts and print nice drum
Without being an expert, you can easily create and edit a drum
pattern. You can use the standard notation or the visual piano roll
editor. Pizzicato can play the pattern in a loop while you edit it, so
you can intuitively modify it until you like it.
Assign colors to notes, based on the note names, the pitches, or
Audio to Midi to Score conversion
Pizzicato can now convert an audio file (WAV) into a
score. Play a melody on a flute, guitar, piano,... through a
microphone and Pizzicato can help you to transcribe it into music
The Audio/Midi/Score window helps you to adjust the conversion at each
step and offers you several features, like for instance:
Adjusting the start of audio notes
Delete, edit and add notes manually
Adjust the measure and beat positions
Work on several voices and staves, based on different
Import a MIDI file or record freely in MIDI, without
the metronome, and convert it to a nice sheet music by setting the
measures and beats intuitively
Record in real time the starts of measures and
intermediate beats, by clicking with the mouse
Listen at any time to the audio and/or score version
of the music
Record an audio file in real time with a microphone
This new function also helps you to transcribe audio
polyphonic files (several notes together), even if it is more delicate
to work such files.
Playback of the score
Playing the score
While entering or editing the notes, you can
You can play the full score or any part of it, starting at any
measure. You can even play a section in a loop and still continue to
edit the score while Pizzicato is playing it.
You can watch the notes colored as they are played.
The playback takes into account the tempo, accents, nuances, and
Select the sound you want for each staff of the score, in the
percussion instrument families.
Add sound effects by drawing a curve in the
effects view, for instance to add the precise shape of a glissando or a
If you have a MIDI synthesizer, you can connect it to the computer
through a USB/MIDI interface and Pizzicato can play the score by using
the sounds of your synthesizer.
You can add one audio track and synchronize it with the score.
You can record an audio track to add an acoustic instrument, voices or
With the audio editor window, you can directly edit audio tracks.
Operations like copy, paste, mix, echo, fade in & out, insert,
remove, time inversion, and many others are available to edit the sound
Quality sound library
Pizzicato includes a licensed version of the PapelmediaTM Sound
Library, with 1.2 GB of audio samples for a realistic sound rendering of
your music. This library is not included with the demo version.
You can assign the percussion sounds to any staff of your composition.
You can create a standard MIDI file from any Pizzicato score and
import MIDI files from the Internet or from any other music software and
edit or print the score, up to 8 staves.
You can also export MusicXML files to exchange music scores with other
You can export a page or a few measures to a graphic file (BMP) and
use this image in a word processor or graphic software.
You can create an audio WAV file from any Pizzicato score, using the
full quality of the integrated sound library. You can create an audio
file for the full composition and also a separate audio file for each
You can use these audio files to create a CD with your music
Your Advantages - Why Choosing
Whether you are a beginner or professional musician, Pizzicato offers
you an easy and user-friendly approach to creating music with a
The music course and software tutorials do not require any music or
computer knowledge. They are surprisingly simple to read and apply. It
contains a full music theory course, with many examples that combine
with the discovery of the tools to enter music. You can then directly
apply what you learn in practice. With it, you will be able to
understand music notation.
The step by step tutorials show you how to write a score, with many
examples. You learn how to use each tool so as to be efficient and save
Pizzicato offers free and unlimited technical support through the
Internet or email for any question you may have while installing or
You can always email technical support from the editor of the
software. This guarantees clear, efficient and customized answers within
24 hours during business days.
A user forum, a database of frequently asked questions (FAQ) as well
as many tutorial videos are also available through the Internet site
When you buy Pizzicato, you are entitled to receive two free major
upgrades of the software, by download.
Pizzicato Drums and Percussion today
and enjoy its features
for your musical activities!