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#1 2015-02-01 13:06:47

Evan
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From: Ames, IA
Registered: 2014-05-23
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Cheap & Free music software

Making music can be an expensive hobby!  I've made imitone affordable and I like to have recommendations for affordable or free software to use with it.


On Mac, the obvious one is GarageBand, which works great with imitone and comes free with every Apple computer.

On Windows, I Recommend MuLab.  As far as Windows music apps go, it's one of the easiest to get started with.  The free version has a few limitations but can be used indefinitely.


Also recommended:  NanoStudio.

A free music production program for Windows and Mac, with non-free versions for iPad and iPhone.  It can handle multi-channel inputs easily and has a huge number of synthesizer presets included with it.  Much like GarageBand, it doesn't take much time at all to get off the ground and start having fun with it in conjunction with imitone.  The biggest drawbacks are that it can be a little hard to navigate and mostly provides synthetic/electroniuc sounds.


Also recommended:  Linux Multimedia Studio

An open-source, free DAW for Windows, Mac and Linux, it comes with a variety of built-in instruments and has been in development for some time.  My experience with it hasn't been super compelling, but it's in active development and improving all the time -- it looks as if many new features have been added in the last year.


I'm curious what others have discovered?

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#2 2015-02-01 15:54:25

Musical Gym
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Registered: 2014-05-29

Re: Cheap & Free music software

Reaper (may be too well known to mention) can be used fully for free for evaluating; then a basic license is $40.
It's a great DAW.
I looked at Nanostudio, but it doesn't appear to come in a Win desktop pc version.

Last edited by Musical Gym (2015-02-01 15:56:11)

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#3 2015-02-01 17:40:09

Yragael
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2014-05-30
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Re: Cheap & Free music software

Musical Gym wrote:

I looked at Nanostudio, but it doesn't appear to come in a Win desktop pc version.

but it is: Direct link >> http://downloads.blipinteractive2.co.uk … -Setup.exe
xp/vista/7/8

from: http://www.blipinteractive.co.uk/download.php

best

Last edited by Yragael (2015-02-01 17:55:03)

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#4 2015-02-01 17:48:36

Musical Gym
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Registered: 2014-05-29

Re: Cheap & Free music software

Thanks for letting me know; I appreciate it.

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#5 2015-02-01 17:56:14

Yragael
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2014-05-30
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Re: Cheap & Free music software

You're welcome,

Another one free for windows, Open MODPLUG Tracker an old school tracker.

http://openmpt.org/

Tested and approved with imitone!

cheers

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#6 2015-02-01 18:44:22

Musical Gym
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Registered: 2014-05-29

Re: Cheap & Free music software

thanks

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#7 2015-02-01 19:27:52

Evan
Bugmaster
From: Ames, IA
Registered: 2014-05-23
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Re: Cheap & Free music software

Whoah, MPT supports MIDI inputs now?  That one takes me back...

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#8 2015-06-14 20:45:31

Tbot
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Registered: 2015-06-14

Re: Cheap & Free music software

I don't know if you are still looking for cheap music programs, and I would be surprised if you weren't already aware of the programs I would suggest, but I'll answer anyway.  All free, and freely available.

Ardour 3, Audacity (which works on Win, OSX and Linux), Hydrogen - drum machine, Rosegarden, and while we're at it, WYSIWYG scoring program, MuseScore.

I'm sure I have left many out, and all of the ones I have mentioned are widely known.  But just in case it can be of use, there they are!

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#9 2016-06-23 22:04:53

snicolaou2009@gmail.com
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Registered: 2016-05-17

Re: Cheap & Free music software

I just came across MidiEditor a freeware app for editing, playing and recording MIDI files.
It was exactly what I was looking for, for a newbie like me.
Setting it up was just a piece of cake.
Please try it, the website where you can download this wonderful piece of jem is
http://midieditor.sourceforge.net/

On the other hand, I would like to see a tutorial on how to fine tune imitone with all the musical terms explained- for us newbies who are neither professional musicians, nor do we have a good grasp of music theory.


I am sure you will find MidiEditor easy to use.



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#10 2016-11-04 18:38:55

Handmusician
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From: North France
Registered: 2015-01-27

Re: Cheap & Free music software

there's also Sekaiju, sequencer editor like Midi Editor but no need to install and with more possibilities (musical score, routing, .ins support...). The problem is it's in japanese by default, but you just need to change the sekaiju.ini file (section [Language] userinterface=english) and it's done. I can even use it on linux and control it from my autoit scripts, a very multi-purposed one !

Sekaiju

http://openmidiproject.osdn.jp/Sekaiju_en.html

Last edited by Handmusician (2016-11-04 19:01:35)

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