Let's start this blog as we would start writing a new song (at least in most cases today): by switching on the computer and firing up our music making software of choice.
Besides numerous well-established commercial software suites to write, record and mix music, there is a whole slew of free tools available to produce your next masterpiece - or at least get you started with basic functionalities.
Here is a quick overview without any claims to be complete:
- Audacity, an audio editor
- Beast, linux, a music composition and modular synthesis program
- BuzzMachines, software sound synthesis
- GunGirl, an audio only drag-and-drop sequencer
- Hydrogen drum machine with intuitive pattern-based programming
- Kristal, multi-track audio recording software. ASIO, VST FX support,16 audio track limit (only free for personal use)
- Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS), linux, audio and MIDI sequencer
- Mad Tracker, tracker supporting ASIO, VST, ReWire,
- Mixxx, a DJing tool
- MusE, linux, audio and MIDI editing and recording software
- ProTools Free, freeware version of the ProTools suite
- Psycle, a tracker-type sequencer
- Reaper, audio and MIDI sequencer, free in older versions
- Rosegarden, linux, a full MIDI and Audio sequencer
- Schism Tracker, a tracker sequencer
- Seq24, a simple loop-based MIDI sequencer, best for live performances
- SuperCollider, a sound-synthesis and sequencer cross-brew
- TrakAx, tracker without VST support
More software titles in Wikipedia's Music Software overview.
Free audio software, also on Wikipedia.
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