Create Music with these Wonderful Open Source Tools

Music Composition

Software that creates music can often be expensive. The heavyweight Cubase, Apple LogicPro, FL Studio, Adobe Audition, and Sony ACID Pro are all impressive software music production environments. Unfortunately, they cost hundreds of dollars and are released under a proprietary software license. Fortunately, there is a good range of open source software that lets you produce professional quality recordings.

We recommend the following software for musicians. With a good background in music, talent, and patience, coupled with open source software you can be truly creative and innovative.

All of the software is released under an open source license.

Music Composition
ArdourPowerful digital audio workstation
LMMSCombines the features of a sequencer-program with synthesizers and samplers
Pure DataReal-time graphical programming environment
SuperColliderPlatform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition
LinuxSamplerProfessional grade software audio sampler
CeciliaAudio signal processing environment aimed at sound designers
HydrogenSoftware synthesizer
MixxxAdvanced DJ software
AudacityEasy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder
SoundgrainGraphical interface where users can draw and edit trajectories to control granular sound synthesis
ZynAddSubFXFully featured open source software synthesizer
GiadaHardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians
LilyPondMusic engraving program, devoted to producing the highest-quality sheet music
MuseScoreCreate, play and print beautiful sheet music
Are you interested in learning the art of programming? There are lots of excellent free and open source programming books that teach you how to program in every popular programming language. Read these Free Books.

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