List of music software

This is a list of 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.

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 several categories, such as a comprehensive digital audio workstation 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

Audio plug-ins edit

Music analysis software edit

Music circuit software edit

Music composing software edit

Music conversion software edit

Music education software edit

  • Soundtrap
  • Meludia (ear-training practice exercises)
  • EarMaster
  • GNU Solfege (ear-training practice exercises)
  • 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[10]

Automatic composition software edit

Samplers and sequencers edit

Soundtrack creation software edit

Trackers edit

Historical tracker software:

Name Latest update License OS versions File format support VST
Windows OS X Linux MID MOD XM IT S3M
Renoise 3 January 2021 (2021-01-03) Proprietary Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
OpenMPT 27 August 2023 BSD Yes Yes-Wine Yes-Wine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoundTracker 29 July 2020 (2020-07-29) GPL No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
MilkyTracker 12 December 2020 (2020-12-12) GPL Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Load Load No Yes
Buzztrax 3 September 2015 (2015-09-03) LGPL Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
Psycle March 2017 (2017-03) GPL Yes No No No Load Yes Load Load Yes Yes

Virtual Studio Technology hosting software edit

Virtual synthesizer and studio software edit

Wave editors edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Short History of Computer Music". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. ^ Twells, John. "The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music". Fact Mag. Archived from the original on Apr 23, 2014. 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. ^ Amped Studio
  5. ^ "Zrythm". Libre Audio Visual. Archived from the original on 16 May 2022. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  6. ^ zrythm (6 June 2023). "Zrythm". github. Retrieved 7 June 2023.
  7. ^ "Sound and Sonification—Wolfram Language Documentation". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Music & Math". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ Intelligence, new visions of artificial intelligence in practice. Vol. 11. Association for Computing Machinery. 2000.
  10. ^ Thomas Wichmann, The Hauptwerk Computer Program, Review in The American Organist, July 2004
  11. ^ "VST plug-ins". Audacity Wiki.