Music Comp

  • Free / Freemium

    Free / No Obligations or Limited Licensing.

  • Multitrack Editors

    Simple-sk Multitrack Editors

  • Audacity

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... LAME Website

    Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more.


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  • Qtractor

    Free Linux Website

    Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is GNU/Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures for Qtractor to evolve as a fairly-featured desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

    Qtractor is free/libre, open-source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.


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  • Music Maker Studio

    Freemium Android Website

    Compose your own music and songs and arrange with a multi-track MIDI sequencer.
    Write ideas once and see how they sound in different chord progressions, with the one-of-its kind feature of automatic harmonic transposition.
    It combines several tools to let you quickly shape your songs while exploring different ideas.
    It includes a step sequencer for drums hits, a piano roll editor for down-to-the note editing, a rhythm editor to try out different rhythm alternatives. Plus, organize your song into sections and modify and repeat them at will. You will be amazed how fast, easy and fun writing music can be with this app.
    The sounds are produced by the MIDI synthesizer of your device, so you can choose among all the 128 instruments specified by the General MIDI standard, which include many types of guitars, basses, pianos, brasses, strings, pads, synthesizers, percussion, woods and some effects.


    • Multi-track sequencer;
    • 6 different editors;
    • 128 instruments;
    • Mixer to program each track's instrument and volume, and to mute/solo the tracks;
    • Automatic Harmonic Transposition: lets you apply different chord progressions to the music you are writing, so as to choose whatever sounds best;
    • Metronome;
    • Playing range selection;
    • Save and reuse groups of bars and chord progressions in other songs and/or tracks;
    • Quickly copy and modify a section or an entire song;
    • Automatic saving at each modification of your composition;
    • Export to MIDI format: you can import the .mid file generated to your preferred DAW and take it to the next level, with further sound processing;
    • Export all your songs, groups of bars, and chord progressions into the external memory of your device, so you can import all your library to another device, or make a backup copy of your work;
    • Import from the external memory (what you have previously exported);
    • In-depth integrated user manual, with everything explained.


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  • Sequencer / Drum Kit

    Full Digital Audio Workstations ( Editor / Sequencer / Capturing ).

  • LMMS

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD ... Haiku Website

    LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like Small FL Studio iconFL Studio , which allow you to produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more; all in a user-friendly and modern interface.


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  • Rosegarden

    Free Linux BSD Website

    Rosegarden is a well-rounded audio and MIDI sequencer, score editor, and general-purpose music composition and editing environment.

    Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.


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  • Frinika

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. The goal of Frinika is to be a complete platform for making music with your computer, using the versatile Java platform to be able to run on several operating systems, and being open source to be able to embrace the best open source technology being available at any time.


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  • Caustic

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Wine Website

    Multi-platform, mobile-focused music creation app with practically everything needed for electronic music.


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  • Tracktion

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    Tracktion is a multi-platform software for music production, with a modern graphic user interface.


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  • Ardour

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. Record, edit, and mix on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.


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  • MAGIX Music Maker

    Freemium Windows Website

    MAGIX Music Maker is perfect for composing music: stunning songs, experimental beats, and exciting soundtracks! It offers everything you need to make your own music:

    • A massive sound archive featuring over 1,500 sounds and loops
    • Ability to record on 64 audio and MIDI tracks
    • Mixing console including effects, remix tools, and synthesizers
    • Burn CDs in the official standard of music labels and the record industry

    If youve never made music, you can still get started right away and make songs. If you are a musician, you will love the software tools available to polish your masterpiece.


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  • Zynewave Podium

    Freemium Windows Website

    Podium is a modern digital audio workstation (DAW) for Windows. It supports recording and editing of audio and MIDI, and hosts VST instrument and effect plugins.


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  • Converter / Encoder

  • FFmpeg

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the cutting edge. No matter if they were designed by some standards committee, the community or a corporation. It is also highly portable: FFmpeg compiles, runs, and passes our testing infrastructure FATE across Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, the BSDs, Solaris, etc. under a wide variety of build environments, machine architectures, and configurations.

    It contains libavcodec, libavutil, libavformat, libavfilter, libavdevice, libswscale and libswresample which can be used by applications. As well as ffmpeg, ffplay and ffprobe which can be used by end users for transcoding and playing.

    The FFmpeg project tries to provide the best technically possible solution for developers of applications and end users alike. To achieve this we combine the best free software options available. We slightly favor our own code to keep the dependencies on other libs low and to maximize code sharing between parts of FFmpeg. Wherever the question of "best" cannot be answered we support both options so the end user can choose.

    Everyone is welcome in FFmpeg and all contributions are welcome too. We are happy to receive patches, pull requests, bug reports, donations or any other type of contribution.

    Security is a high priority and code review is always done with security in mind. Though due to the very large amounts of code touching untrusted data security issues are unavoidable and thus we provide as quick as possible updates to our last stable releases when new security issues are found.


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  • HandBrake

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce Website

    Convert videos to formats that work on your mobile phone, tablet, TV media player, game console, computer, or web browser.


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  • LAME

    Free Mac Windows Linux BSD Website

    LAME is a high quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. It is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR. Both quality and speed improvements are still happening, probably making LAME the only MP3 encoder still being actively developed.

    Mike Cheng started it as a patch against the 8hz-MP3 encoder sources. After some quality concerns raised by others, he decided to start from scratch based on the dist10 sources. His goal was only to speed up the dist10 sources, and leave its quality untouched. That branch (a patch against the reference sources) became Lame 2.0, and only on Lame 3.81 did we replaced of all dist10 code, making LAME no more only a patch.

    The project quickly became a team project. Mike Cheng eventually left leadership and started working on tooLame, an MP2 encoder. Mark Taylor became leader and started pursuing increased quality in addition to better speed. He can be considered the initiator of the LAME project in its current form. He released version 3.0 featuring gpsycho, a new psychoacoustic model he developed.

    In early 2003 Mark left project leadership, and since then the project has been lead through the cooperation of the active developers (currently 4 individuals).

    Links where the latest compiled binaries are always available:


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  • Helium Audio Converter

    Free Windows Website

    Helium Audio Converter is a free, fully functioning, helper application that enables you to convert your audio files into many different formats.

    It provides comprehensive support for the conversion from and to a large variety of lossless and lossy music file formats, namely:

    Ogg Vorbis

    In addition, the music file tag content (meta data) is also converted.

    DRM (copy protected) music file conversion is not supported.

    On starting Helium Audio Converter, a simple screen is displayed where you can add folders and/or files to a list of music files to be converted. Drag & drop is also supported.

    Helium Audio Converter has the following language translations available: English, Dutch, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian and Swedish.


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  • Free Audio Converter

    Freemium Windows Website

    Free Audio Converter supports all popular audio file formats.
    It converts between aac, ac3, aiff, ape, flac, m4a, m4b, mka, mp3, ogg, ra, tta, wav, wma, and more...

    It is the best MP3 converter on the net.
    It creates superior MP3 quality with the help of alternative MP3 LAME Encoder presets: INSANE and EXTREME.

    This is a lossless audio converter.
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), WAV (Windows PCM), ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), WMA Lossless (Windows Media Audio Lossless).

    This audio converter has flexible settings.
    Each format is provided with a profile kit and a preset editor. You can create new presets, delete and edit the old ones, and modify the audio converter settings and parameters.

    Free Audio Converter goes with both single and batch mode support.

    Free Audio Converter does not contain spyware or adware. It's absolutely free and completely safe to install and run.

    Size: only 7.0 Mb.


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  • Freemake Audio Converter

    Commercial Windows Website

    Convert audio free to MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, M4A, OGG, convert audio to MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, PSP, extract audio from video, join audio files.
    Send MP3 and AAC files directly to iTunes from our audio converter.

    Soon the audio converter will allow users to rip Audio CDs and burn Audio CD and MP3 discs.


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  • Freemake Video Converter

    Commercial Windows Website

    Freemake Video Converter lets you convert videos and rip online videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and 50+ sites.


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  • $$$

    Commercial - Fee / Subscription based

  • Adobe Audition

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Edit, mix, record, and restore audio.
    Audition is a comprehensive toolset that includes multitrack, waveform, and spectral display for creating, mixing, editing, and restoring audio content. This powerful audio workstation is designed to accelerate video production workflows and audio finishing — and deliver a polished mix with pristine sound.


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  • FL Studio

    Commercial Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows S ... Android Tablet iPad HUAWEI AppGallery Website

    Professional DAW and beat making software covering all aspects of digital audio composition, mastering and editing.


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  • Reaper

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

    REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.


    • Efficient, fast to load and portable. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.
    • Powerful audio and MIDI routing with multi-channel support throughout.
    • 64-bit internal audio processing. Import, record to, and render to many media formats, at almost any bit depth and sample rate.
    • Thorough MIDI hardware and software support.
    • Support for thousands of third-party plug-in effects and virtual instruments, including VST, VST3, AU, DX, and JS.
    • Hundreds of studio-quality effects for processing audio and MIDI, and built-in tools for creating new effects.
    • Automation, modulation, grouping, VCA, surround, macros, OSC, scripting, control surfaces, custom skins and layouts.


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  • Studio One

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Full-featured desktop DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with powerful music composition, mixing and mastering tools.


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  • Mixcraft

    Commercial Windows Website

    Mixcraft is a recording studio with effects, featuring Reverb, Delay/Echo, EQ, Compression, Flanger and Chorus, as well as resonant filters and a powerful loop editor. The high performance 32 bit sound engine supports broadcast quality WAV files and will even import compressed MP3, OGG & WMA files. Use it to record your own music, your band or even a remix for a dance recital. Mixcraft is arguably the closest thing Windows users have to GarageBand for Mac OS X.


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  • Radium

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface.

    • Compared to the normal sequencer interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen.
    • Compared to trackers, note positions and effects are edited graphically, which should be quicker, provide more vertical space and give a better musically overview.

    However, despite its unusual appearance, it's a design goal for Radium to be straightforward to use, and easy to learn. It should not be harder to learn Radium than any tracker or most MIDI sequencers.

    Some Features

    • Velocity automation
    • Effect automation
    • Pitch automation
    • Tempo automation
    • Smooth scrolling
    • MIDI sequencing
    • Optional piano roll
    • Tickless.
    • Modular mixer
    • LADSPA and VST plugins (More than 100 LADSPA plugins are included in the OSX and Windows versions)
    • Several built-in effects and instruments (virtual instruments, etc.)
    • Pure Data embedded (Linux only for now)
    • Zooming
    • Microtonality
    • Perfectly tuned default color scheme
    • Extension language support (Write programs that generate music or modify your songs)
    • Scores can be generated with Common Music Notation (CMN)
    • Open source

    Quick start

    1. Load the demo song in the File menu.
    2. Play by pressing "Alt Gr". Stop by pressing Space alone.
    3. Add a new note by pressing a key. Change octave with F1 and F2. (Or record from MIDI input)
    4. Delete or stop notes by pressing "Delete" or "a".
    5. Add effects by pressing right mouse button in a track.


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  • Bitwig Studio

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform music-creation system for production, performance and DJing, with a focus on flexible editing tools and a super-fast workflow.


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  • Reason

    Commercial Mac Windows Website

    Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. And it's more than just a set of excellent synths and effects. It's a complete music system. Step into the age of Reason. Reason comes with synthesizers, samplers, drum machine, REX file loop player, professional mastering tools, mixer, vocoder, world class effects, pattern sequencer and more. As many of each as your computer can handle. Reason is an infinitely expandable all-in-one music production environment, complete with its own realtime sequencer.


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