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Free Music Notation Software
Non-free Music Notation Software
Free educational Music software
Free Software Synthesizers
Free Text-to-Speech
Non-free Software Synthesizers
Free Sequencers
Free Multi-media authoring
Free Audio Converters
Free Sound Recorders and Editors
Free Rippers
Non-free Music and Sound editors
Free Music Players
Free Karaoke Players
Free Music-related utilities
Music systems, languages, formats
Other Music-software related sites
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Free Music Notation Software
Anvil StudioFreeware music notation, sequencer and harddisk recording program for Windows.
Bucket o' TabFree guitar tablature editor for Windows.
CMNCMN (Common Music Notation) is a free western music notation package written in Common Lisp. Freeware, multi-platform.
DenemoDenemo is a graphical musical score editor, and serves as a frontend to Lilypond. Runs on Windows and Linux.
Easy Music
Composer Free
Freeware automatic composition program for Windows.
GNU LilyPond LilyPond is a freeware and open-source music notation program for Windows and Linux. It produces music notation from a description file. LilyPond input is plain text. So, you can use your favorite text editor to enter it, for example:
\key c \minor r8 c16 b c8 g as c16 b c8 d | g,4
iabcA free music notation program based on the ABC programming language for WIndows, Unix and Linux.
JAMEasy and fast music editor + sequencer for entering chords and notes.
MuseScoreFreeware music notation program for Linux and Windows.
MusetteFree Music/Song Editor for Windows. Musette simplifies creation and distribution of public domain songs as lyrics and music are included together in one file. Special features help create, edit, play and print scores and songs, even if you're not familiar with music notation.
NoteEditA free music score editor for Linux with an unlimited number and length of staffs, polyphony, MIDI playback, creating chords, lyrics, and many import/export formats.
Philip's Music WriterA music typesetting program for Unix; it operates by reading an input file containing an encoded description of the music; such a file can be constructed using any text editor.
RosegardenFreeware, open-source audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition system for Linux.
 
TreePad X Enterprise
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Non-free Music Notation Software
AllegroMusic notation program for Windows and MAC: $ 199 USD.
CapellaIntuitive music-notation program for Windows.
FinalePowerful music notation program for Windows and MAC: $ 600 USD.
Finale NotePadLow-cost score/notation program for MAC and Windows.
Finale NotePad is a lite version of the highly esteemed programs Allegro and Finale.
Igor EngraverQuality music Notation program for MAC and Windows. Standard version for Windows and MAC costs $ 295.
MozartConvenient music Notation program for $ 120 USD. Runs on Windows.
NoteWorthy ComposerProgram to compose, edit and playback musical scores. Runs on Windows. $ 39 USD.
SibeliusMusical score editing program for $ 600 USD. Suitable for Mac and Windows.
SmartScoreGets printed music into your computer through scanning. Converts a sheet of music into midi, music notation + playback. From $ 99.
TurandotNotation program for Windows, $ 165, which includes professional score printing quality and free access to score library.
 
Free educational Music software
NoteCardFreeware for Windows. Educational software that will give you drill at recognizing music notes. It can significantly shorten the time it takes to learn to recognize the notes instantly, an absolutely necessary ability for fluent reading. As notes are displayed on a musical staff, you enter the note name, or click in the appropriate place on a piano keyboard or guitar neck graphic. Provides practice with both treble and bass staves. Work through twelve levels as your skill builds.
Homestudy Institute
Of Drums
Free downloadable mini-homestudy course for beginning drummers.
Impro-VisorA free music notation program for MAC, Linux and Windows, designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised. The objective is to improve understanding of solo construction and tune chord changes.
 
Free Software Synthesizers
Ambient AutomatFree online experimental Java synthesizer+drum machine. Runs in your browser so does not need to be installed.
Analog BoxAnalog Box is powerful sound design program invented to create 'jambots', which are robots that jam. It has a flow chart style interface and high performance DSP engine allow rapid creation of circuits that can be used for a variety applications. Freeware for Windows.
BuzzFree modular software based synthesizer for Windows. It is based on a system of objects, which may be routed in a modular fashion, giving you the freedom to be as creative as you want. For example, if you wish to run 3 Physical Modelling synths and a Drum Machine through 2 seperate Stereo Delays, into a Mixer, through a Compressor and Parameteric EQ, and finally out to your speakers - no problem. Lay down your synths, connect the wires and you're done.
CoagulaCoagula is an image synth. This means that it is both a program for creating and manipulating images, and a program for generating sound from those images. Runs on Windows. Freeware for non-commercial use.
FriedSpace.com
Software Synthesizer
A musical instrument synthesizer for creating digital samples in .wav format. Includes distortion, compression, white noise, overtone, envelope and filter features.
MyOrganFreeware program to load and play virtual pipe organs. It can combine the individual pipe sounds and organ behaviors to simulate a variety of pipe organs.
Stomper HyperionFreeware drum-sound synthesizer for Windows.
SubSynthSubSynth is a freeware synthesiser program for Windows. It uses subtractive synthesis - the method used by analogue synthesisers like Moogs and Roland TB303s.
SydFreeware, open-source modular software synthesizer for Windows and MAC.
Synth1Freeware software synthesizer for Windows.
TimidityFreeware 32-voice software sound-generator (midi expander) for SUN-os , HPUX and LINUX.
WaveCraftFreeware modular analogue synthesiser emulator for Windows.
Zrs.SynthJava synthesizer which runs as an applet inside your Webbrowser.
 
Free Text-to-Speech
FestivalFreeware, open-source Linux speech synthesizer and text-to-speech system.
Quick start tip: after installing it, open a terminal window and type:
echo "This is a text" | festival --tts
or to hear a file such as test.txt:
festival --tts test.txt
Text to VoiceFreeware text-to-speech plugin for Mozilla Firefox. Just select a piece of text in your Webbrowser, and do "Right-click/speak it"or press the small speaker at the right-hand bottom of your screen.
TypeIt ReadItReads aloud texts in realtime and can also convert texts to wav files. Freeware for Windows.
AnalogX SayItFree basic speech synthesizer by AnalogX for Windows.
CepstralNon-free. Text-to-speech software with highly professional voices for Linux, Windows, MAC and Solaris. From $ 29.95.
 
Non-free Software Synthesizers
AudioMulchInteractive Music Studio. AudioMulch is a program for real-time sound synthesis, music composition and audio processing. Runs on Windows. Price: $ 50 USD.
CellSynthThis program consists of a matrix. Each square in the Matrix is called a Cell and contains a sound processor. Connect and configure the cells to create your sounds. Runs on MAC. Price: $ 95.
DreamStationSynthesizer: subtractive synthesis combined with FM synthesis, 96 Oscillators organized into 32 separate voices VCA, LFO, User EG for each voice, distortion, ring modulation, etc. Sequencer: 32 tracks step time sequencer, 100 Patterns with 32 tracks and a maximum of 128 steps each, midi syncrhonization, etc.
HauptwerkHauptwerk is a generic computer simulation of a pipe organ. It is a computer program into which you can load different pipe organs and play them using a MIDI keyboard or sequencer. $ 90.
Native InstrumentsCompany specialized in high-quality software synthesizers, and emulators, such as Reactor and Absynth.
ReasonPowerful software synthesizer, audio workstation, sampler, sequencer, etc.for Windows and MAC: $ 500.
SynthfontA tool for playing MIDI files making use of SoundFonts. It also enables you to render audio files (".WAV" files) from Midi files without needing a sound card.
WinGrooveWavetable synthesizer for Windows: $ 20 USD.
 
Free Sequencers
MusEEasy and fast MIDI/Audio sequencer for Linux, with recording and editing capabilities.
Music Studio ProducerFree sequencer for Windows.
Jazz++A full featured, audio capable midi sequencer for Linux and Windows. Freeware, open-source.
MidiMountainFreeware midi sequencer for Linux and Windows.
Modern Midi SequencingIn-depth article on midi-sequencing by Scott R. Garrigus.
 
Free Multi-media authoring
trakAxPCFree multi-media software for creating music and video mixes on your PC.
 
Free Audio Converters
online-ConVert.comFree online media file converter. It converts: audio files, video files, image files, documents, ebooks. It can also create a Hash value from a file
 
Free Sound Recorders and Editors
Anvil StudioFreeware music notation, sequencer and harddisk recording program for Windows.
ArdourA multi-track digital audio workstation for Linux and MAC. Freeware, open-source.
AudacityFreeware, open source program for recording and editing sound on Mac, Windows, Linux, etc.
Fast RecorderFast-starting freeware wave sound recorder - it puts an icon on Windows' icontray, when you click on it will immediately start recording, for example if you hear a song you like on the Internet radio, you can instantly start recording it.
Fat Rock StudioFree 16-channel multitrack digital audio recorder for Windows.
KristalFreeware 16-track recorder + sound editor for Windows.
MultitrackStudioMultitrackStudio is audio/MIDI multitrack recording software for Windows. It combines a multitrack recorder, a mixer, lots of effects and a MIDI sequencer in one package.
The Lite version is freeware.
Quarz Audio MasterFreeware sound editor, recorder and mixer for Windows.
Vocal removerRemoves vocals from audio tracks.
WavePadFree Windows program for recording and editing sound data. It supports cut, copy and paste, effects (like echo, amplification and noise reduction), the file formats wav, mp3, vox, gsm, real audio, au, aif, flac, ogg and more.
 
Free Rippers
Exact Audio CopyConverts audio CD's to music files (mp3, flac, wma, wav, etc.). Freeware for Windows.
Express RipA freeware CD ripping program for Windows that lets you extract digital audio tracks directly from audio CDs to mp3 or wav audio files.
BonkEncMakes a backup of your CD's to MP3, Ogg, etc. Freeware for Windows.
 
Non-free Music and Sound editors
AudiotoolsSound recorder and MP3 Converter for Windows. An evaluation version is available. Price: $ 25.
FlexiMusic Wave EditorAudio editor also suitable for huge-file editing, effects, cut/copy/paste/delete, undo, mix, MP3, WAV, WMA, AU, RAW, SND, etc.
An evaluation version for Windows is available, the registration price is $20.
 
Free Music Players
Music Player
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Freeware music player for Linux, with easy user-interface. It supports MP3, Wav, OGG and AIFF files. Music Player does not need to be installed and it is fully portable (it can run directly off a USB stick).
MIDInight ExpressFree programmable, software wavetable MIDI player and MIDI to WAV renderer for Windows.
MP3StripFreeware, small, simple but effective MP3 player for MAC.
SAPFree streaming audio player for Windows.
SoritongSkinnable MP3 player. Also plays other formats, such as WMA.
UltraPlayerFreeware for Windows. Plays MP3, WMA, RealAudio, WAV, MIDI, CD Audio, Internet radio, and video files (Windows Media, AVI, MPEG, Real).
WinampFreeware skinnable MP3 and CD player for Windows.
XMMSFreeware for Linux, plays MP3, MOD, MID and WAV.
XMPlayA free audio player for Windows, which supports many file formats, such as: OGG, MP3, MP2, MP1, WMA, WAV, CDA, MO3, IT, XM, S3M, MTM, MOD, UMX audio formats, and PLS/M3U/ASX/WAX playlists.
YAMPFreeware audio player for Windows, plays mp3, mod, wav, mid, rmi, CD, etc.
iTunesMP3 and internet radio player for MAC and Windows. Freeware, rather memory hungry.
 
TreePad X Enterprise
384 Gigabyte Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
Intuitive and versatile, including Website Generator, spellchecker, thesaurus, attachments, search engine, recycle bin, and much more! For Windows and Linux/Wine.
Click here to get the free evaluation version.
 
Free Karaoke Players
vanBasco's
Karaoke Player
Free Karaoke MIDI player for Windows - many options: change tempo, volume, key of song, font, colors, number of lines (up to four), background image, shows notes, volumes, and instruments, mute or play solo individual instruments, display notes on a big piano keyboard, etc.
 
Free Music-related utilities
Fast File Renamer

A free program which can help you with the tedious task of renaming large numbers of files. It can be used by anyone who needs to keep large collections of files organized (such as mp3 files, image and graphics files, web-site-related files, system files).

For Windows and Linux/Wine.
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Duplicate Music Files FinderFree program to track duplicate music files and delete them. It uses advanced search techniques to detect duplicates and detects duplicates even if the file names are not the same.
Media ConvertFree online media-file converter. Converts sound, video and text files to other formats.
 
Music systems, languages, formats
ChucKAn audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, and performance for MacOS X, Windows, and Linux. ChucK presents a new time-based concurrent programming model, which supports a more precise and fundamental level of expressiveness, as well as multiple, simultaneous, dynamic control rates, a precise and straightforward concurrent programming model, and the ability to add, remove, and modify code, on-the-fly, while the program is running, without stopping or restarting. It offers composers, researchers, and performers a powerful and flexible programming tool for building and experimenting with complex audio synthesis programs, and real-time interactive control.
cSoundCsound is a programming language designed and optimized for sound rendering and signal processing. To produce or process a soundfile with Csound, or to play a Csound instrument in real-time, one typically selects the orchestra and score through a simple "launcher" and then clicks on the "render" button to start the program compiling.
Salieri The SALIERI System is an interactive software environment for structure oriented composition, manipulation and analysis of music. It is based on the SALIERI Language, a newly developed programming language which has been designed to facilitate specification and manipulation of musical material on the score level.
GuidoThe GUIDO Music Notation Format is a formal language for score level music representation. It is a plain-text, i.e. readable and platform independent format capable of representing all information contained in conventional musical scores. The GUIDO design is strongly influenced by the objective to facilitate an adequate representation of musical material, from tiny motives up to complex symphonic scores.
SuperColliderOpen-source environment and programming language for real time audio synthesis. You can write programs to generate or process sound in real time or non real time. SuperCollider can be controlled by MIDI, the mouse, Wacom graphics tablet, and over a network via Open Sound Control. SuperCollider can read and write sound files in AIFF, WAV, Sound Designer 2, and NeXT/Sun formats.
Freeware, open-source. For MAC.
Virtual Sampler SDKNon-free. $ 99 USD. Virtual sampler SDK enables you to embed a Wavetable synthesizer into your programs. This software development kit is suitable for usage in combination with Watcom C/C++, Visual C/C++, C++ Builder, Delphi and Visual Basic.
Symbolic ComposerNon-free music composition and generation system for Windows and MAC ($ 395). Symbolic Composer includes many features, such as: context-free scoring language, 1000 music algorithms, Lisp interpreter, 300 microtonal scales, programmable neurons, etc.
 
Other Music-software related sites
Music Notation LinksMusic fonts, music software, tutorials, notation formats, links, etc.
The complete alphabetic
listing of music software
Very large list of free, demo and non-free music programs. Short descriptions, alphabetically ordered.
 
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