List of music software

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This is a list of notable software for creating, performing, learning, analyzing, researching, broadcasting and editing music. This article only includes software, not services. For streaming services such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, Prime Music, and Spotify, see Comparison of on-demand streaming music services. For storage, uploading, downloading and streaming of music via the cloud, see Comparison of online music lockers. Although this field is only 46 years old, this list does not include discontinued historic or legacy software, with the exception of trackers that are still supported.[1][2] For example, the company Ars Nova produces music education software, and its software program Practica Musica has remnants of the historic Palestrina software. Practica will be listed here, but not Palestrina.[3] If a program fits dozens of categories, such as a comprehensive DAW or a foundation programming language (e.g. Pure Data), listing is limited to its top three categories.

Types of music software[edit]

CD ripping software[edit]

Choir and learn-to-sing software[edit]

This section includes both choir software and learn-to-sing software. For music learning software, see music education software.

DJ software[edit]

Digital audio workstation (DAW) software[edit]

Computer music software[edit]

Internet, RSS, Broadcast Music Software[edit]

This section only includes software, not services. For services programs like Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, etc. see Comparison of on-demand streaming music services. Likewise, list includes music RSS apps, widgets and software, but for a list of actual feeds, see Comparison of feed aggregators. For music broadcast software lists in the cloud, see Content delivery network and Comparison of online music lockers.

Lyrics and Vocals[edit]

MIDI plug-ins[edit]

Music analysis software[edit]

Music circuit software[edit]

Music composing software[edit]

Music engraving software[edit]

Music education software[edit]

  • EarMaster
  • InstrumentChamp (video game for also acoustic guitar, and piano, drum, sax and trumpet; multiplayer)
  • Reaktor (software creation of nearly every instrument; reverse engineering encouraged)
  • Rocksmith (video game with emphasis on instructional aspects; unique in that controller can be any electric guitar w/ 1/4" jack)
  • Synthesia (video game with piano instruction aspects)
  • WaveSurfer (studies of acoustic phonetics)
  • Yousician (educational game to learn to play guitar and piano)

Music gaming software[edit]

Music mathematics software[edit]

Music notation software[edit]

Music player software[edit]

Music research software[edit]

Music technology, synthesis and o/s software[edit]

Music visualization software[edit]

Orchestration software[edit]

Drums and Percussion[edit]

Guitar[edit]

Piano[edit]

Pipe organ[edit]

  • Hauptwerk produces audio in response to MIDI signal from attached keyboard or from a MIDI sequencer[7]

Automatic composition software[edit]

Samplers and Sequencers[edit]

Soundtrack creation software[edit]

Trackers[edit]

Name Latest
update
License OS versions File format support VST
support
ASIO
output
Windows OS X Linux MID MOD XM IT S3M
Renoise 2016-01 Commercial Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
OpenMPT 2018-07 BSD Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoundTracker (beta) 2006-02 GPL No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
MilkyTracker  2017-4 GPL Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Load Load No Yes
Buzztrax 2015-09-03 LGPL Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
Psycle 2009-11 GPL Yes No No No Load Yes Load Load Yes Yes

Virtual Studio Technology Hosting Software[edit]

Virtual Synthesizer and Studio Software[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Short History of Computer Music". UCSC.edu. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. ^ "The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music". FactMag.com. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. ^ Walter B. Hewlett, Computing in Musicology, 1990, p. 112, Stanford Music Lab, Menlo Park, CA. Ars Nova (educational music software company, not music style) is at Ars Nova Software
  4. ^ "Sound and Sonification—Wolfram Language Documentation". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Music & Math". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Intelligence, new visions of artificial intelligence in practice". 11. Association for Computing Machinery. 2000.
  7. ^ Thomas Wichmann, The Hauptwerk Computer Program, Review in "The American Organist" 2004 July
  8. ^ VST plug-ins