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Since I’ve stumbled upon quite a fair number of useful (and mostly free) music tools over some Google searching, I think I’ll post them here since I’ve already collated them:

AudioTool

Ardour (Note: Donationware, Linux/OS X only. Functionality lacking without paying at least USD1)

Linux Multimedia Studio (Closest thing to FL Studios, probably. Multi OS, IIRC)

Aviary Roc

Noteflight (Online sheet music writing program)

Musescore (free music composition and notation program)

Audacity (Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux!)

 
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Very helpful!

Everyone else is encouraged to share any music programs that they have been using, as well.

 
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Now maybe the writers should get a sticky too?

 
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Originally posted by Vegard20:

Now maybe the writers should get a sticky too?

Currently working on it… ish.

 
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TuxGuitar is another great program, it allows you to write guitar tablature/sheet music. You can choose from a bunch of different instruments to compose entire band tracks. I’d check it out if you’re interested in stuff like that

 
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MPTracker should be up there too. But be aware, trackers are extremely difficult to use the first time.
EDIT: But it is free.

 
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The program that I primarily use is Ableton Live.

Yes, my parents bought it for me. It costs a bunch (depending on the version, it goes from ~$100-$800), but it’s really intuitive and allows you to make music and DJ with ease. Great stuff.

 
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@ Riff/ray: Please provide links to your programs and brief summaries of what they do if you’ve used them. It helps a lot.

@ Glomp: A cheaper alternative, surely, although not exactly free. >_< That and I’m a tad lazy to update my post atm so I’ll wait for a bit more things to update it with :)

 
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I’ve been Using Acoustica Mixcraft for a while for remixing MIDI’s that I write out. It has one of the best instrument samples available (in my opinion) that I know of that isn’t over 100$. It’s also very good for recording live if you have a microphone. It costs $74.95 but it’s well worth it’s price.

Also, one that most people probably know about the Finale products that give you a lot of choices of different notation software to choose from (Cheapest 10$ to 600$)

 
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Definitely check out famitracker for making chiptunes. It’s a rather great tracker, in my opinion, and though I’m not very good with trackers, it has a rather intuitive interface and it’s very solid.

Also, should we post links to good VSTs/percussion samples here too?

 
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While it’s far from a pro tool, I found it both funny and an interesting option for those who don’t have a real piano.

Plus, it’s free and the game was uploaded to Kongregate.

Piano Talent 1.2

I guess it’s worth giving it a try and adding it to the list :)!

 
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If you have a Mac running Leopard or Snow Leopard, and you’re into recording, you can download the Adobe Audition beta for Mac. It’s free, but you have to sign up for a (free) Adobe account.

 
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I use Finale notation software, it doesn’t have the best “audio” but I love it. I like to have a hard copy of notated music as well as the sound file.

http://www.kongregate.com/collabs/sounds/Eonomine/minuet-of-winter-in-eb-major

An example of what it can put out.

 
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I use Madtracker 2, and it is a pretty good free program. It is VST plugin compatible, so theirs always new sounds and stuff you can get off the internet.

 
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Very helpful. Thanks.

 
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I’ve also been using a program called Notessimo, and it’s been working pretty good. I suggest anybody with an music experience try it, although it can be just a bit hard to use at times. For those lazy people, here’s the link Notessimo

 
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Im using Ableton Live 8, and i didnt spent a dime on it. I got the crack from my friend and it work perfectly.
I also enjoyed using Fruity Loops, since it was my first audio program.

 
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i have lots of sample packs whit a bunch of cool sounds (warner bros, george lucas, 8-bits) and many VST and plugins. i will put it on 4shared so people can easy find material to creating new sounds.

 
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all of sony’s acid programs are excellent for making music for acid express software go to www.acidplanet.com -peace out.

 
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sfxr is a cool tool for making 8-bit sounds for games,

i demand it be added to the list!

http://drpetter.se/project_sfxr.html

 
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I’ve been using Propellerhead Reason. Not a free program tho.

 
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www.soundation.com FTW

 
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Ok Most of below is not free (cost noted where i can remember). These are what i use for bits a pieces.

documenting ideas for bass and guitar and learning songs-Guitar pro alternatively you can use power tab which is free

Drum programming-I use fruity loops with the drum hit from hell plugin

Audacity-i use this to turn my drum tracks into better formats as the fruity loops format isnt that useful for my recording process

Pro tools through M-audio plugin-i can use audacity to import my drum tracks then record vocals, bass and guitars through the M-audio interface. The essentials package is about £60 but full functionality costs more