Music Software Links

Ableton

Ableton is an AG company who produces music software including Ableton Live and Ableton Operator. These are used for track editing in real-time, especially for live performances.

Audacity

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

Avid Audio

Avid Audio is an American digital audio technology company. Avid Audio's flagship software product is Pro Tools.

BetabugsAudio

Create a friendly and attractive interface, and then develop algorithms that match the plug-in's purpose. Try MonstaChorus!

Camel Audio

Innovative instruments and effects in VST plugins and Audio Units formats including including additive synth Cameleon 5000 and multi-effects CamelSpace, CamelPhat and CamelCrusher free.

DontCrack

DontCrac[k] proposes hundred of audio freeware to download, distributes and supports most of the best audio software developers.

Flux

Flux develops high end audio plug-ins, with limiters, compressors, equalizers, expanders, de-compressor, de-expander, de-noiser and other digital audio technologies for DAW hosts.

Gersic.com

The largest online database of free audio plugins.

GVST Effects

Free VST effect plug-ins for Windows including GSnap (pitch-correction) .

HairerSoft

Creators of Amadeus II and Amadeus Pro sound editors for Macintosh. Amadeus Pro is the successor of Amadeus II, but requires MacOS 10.4 to run.

Kjaerhus Audio

Professional effect and instrument plug-ins for recording studios and other audio productions. All plug-ins in the "Classic Series" are free downloads.

KVR Audio

KVR Audio is an Internet news and information resource for open standard audio plugins, otherwise known as virtual instruments and virtual effects. Find new releases, product announcements and product updates and more.

LAME

LAME is an MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder licensed under the LGPL. LAME is considered the best MP3 encoder at mid-high bitrates and at VBR.

LilyPond

LilyPond is an automated engraving system. It formats music beautifully and automatically, and has a friendly syntax for its input files. It is Free Software (‘open source’).

MakeMusic (Finale)

Finale is the flagship program of a series of scorewriters created by MakeMusic for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. MakeMusic also offers several less expensive versions of Finale, with subsets of the main program's features.

MAX

Max is a free software CD ripper and audio transcoder for Mac OS X. It supports ripping to and encoding between over 20 different lossless and lossy formats and editing their metadata. It also supports MusicBrainz and the Growl notification system.

McDSP

McDSP's mission is to create the best audio signal processing software ever. McDSP is currently focusing its business as a Digidesign Development Partner specializing in plug-Ins designed to emulate vintage and modern pro-audio equipment.

MOTU

MOTU (Mark of the Unicorn) is a music-related computer software and hardware supplier. Software includes Digital Performer, MachFive, MX4, Unisyn and sample libraries.

Propellerhead Software

Propellerhead Software makes software musical instruments. The company's two key software products are Reason and ReCycle.

Native Instruments

Native Instruments has become one of the largest names in the world of professional musical software, offering a plethora of products aimed at electronic musicians. Popular software titles include Kontakt, B4 Organ II and their new Kore system.

REAPER

REAPER (Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording) is a powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio created by Cockos. It is distributed as uncrippled, unexpiring shareware.

Sibelius

Sibelius is a proprietary scorewriter program, created by the company Sibelius Software.

SIR

SIR and SIR2 are audio-plugins for applying impulse responses for high quality reverberation. SIR2 offers upgrades like zero-latency processing with low CPU-consumption and non-destructive audio processing of impulse responses.

Smartelectronix

Smartelectronix is a group of people who make pretty high quality, unusual, interesting and experimental music software that is free or at least affordable.

Solid State Logic

It's true: the maker of world-class recording consoles has released two plug-ins so far for free. The classic LMC-1 Listen Mic Compressor has a great story.

Steinberg

Steinberg is a German musical equipment and software company. It mainly produces MIDI music sequencer software, software synthesizers and digital audio editing tools. Popular DAW software includes Cubase, Nuendo and WaveLab.

Tweakbench

Tweakbench is the audio software project of Aaron Rutledge (just one guy!). The project offers free VST instruments and effects for Windows based VST hosts. All synths are free for any use.

Waves Audio

Waves Audio Ltd. is a developer and supplier of software-based audio signal processing tools. Waves’ current product line has over 60 plug-ins supporting over 20 different audio editing environments, both for CPU-based operation and DSP accelerators.

WinAmp

Winamp is a proprietary media player written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of Time Warner. It is skinnable, multi-format freeware / shareware. Winamp was first released by Justin Frankel in 1996.