Free Music Making Software

What is the Best/Most preferred Music Making Software for background music, credit songs, singing songs, etc?  

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  • edited March 2017

    1. Audacity

    2. Free Audio Editor

    3. Free MP3 Cutter and Editor

    4. Wavepad Audio Editor Free

    5. Ocenaudio

    No full featured good FREE "Music Making Software" I know of, maybe someone else knows?

  • Have you heard of Filmstro?  they have a free version.

    https://filmstro.com/

    I hope this helps.

  • edited March 2017

    Reaper.

    http://www.reaper.fm

    It's nagware, which means they want you to buy it eventually, but the software is fully functional and never "expires".

    It comes with a MIDI piano roll/editor and several sampler plugins, as well as full VST support.  There are scads (literally SCADS, I tell you) of free virtual instrument VSTs out there for any instrument you can think of, including full orchestras.  Just type "free VST" into the Google and Bob's your proverbial uncle.

    As a friend of mine asked me where to find said VSTs recently, here are the links I sent him.  They should get you going.

    "Start with DSK Music (www.dskmusic.com) - they have a bunch of free VST plugins.

     For orchestra, I use Sonatina, available at sso.mattiaswestlund.net - you'll need an SFZ plugin to make it work, though."

  • Reaper is awesome! And is one of the cheapest DAWs out there. 

    If you want to go orchestral, Miroslava Philarmonik could be a not-so-expensive VSTi starting point. 

    Of course, you would need to "play" your own music, just with a MIDI Keyboard. 

  • Of course, you would need to "play" your own music, just with a MIDI Keyboard. 

    No, you wouldn't.  There's plenty of composition software out there (I use TuxGuitar, since I... y'know, play guitar) that'll export to MIDI, which can then be imported into Reaper.  Or, you could program the MIDI directly into Reaper, which is what I do for drums in my rock tracks.

    If you can compose, you can use Reaper for the rest.

  • Right, maybe quoted play wasn't the right word. Composite perhaps?

    The thing is, you need to write/compose/record/wizard your own music. So far there is no software that creates unique compositions in the film context.

    And, on that topic, FILMSTRO is pretty damn close to do that. I like to think of that as a layered orchestration with "opacity" filters for instruments, extra notes and harmonies, which of course are called "momentum, depth and power".

    But even a great software like FILMSTRO isn't a substitute of a real human composer, and that I think was the initial request.

  • These guys have just released a free version of Music Maker

    http://www.magix.com/gb/music-maker/

    The synth that is included has good reviews.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator

    @Emecorp FILMSTRO isn't composition software AT ALL. It's mixing software to basically tweak the levels of pre-existing stems, and I honestly don't understand why people are so excited about a cut-down version of Sound Forge/Sony/Magix Acid. Or a cut-down version of the classic Digital Juice Musicboxes. 

    Great marketing team at Filmstro... 

  • edited March 2017

    @Emecorp @Triem23

    FILMSTRO isn't composition software no, Film Riot made a good video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ebrSzDCbo

    Audiotool is also good and free, it's a HUGE library of loops and sounds to work with...

  • I like to think of that as a layered orchestration with "opacity" filters for instruments, extra notes and harmonies, which of course are called "momentum, depth and power".

    I am totally aware of that, sorry if my english doesn't cut through.

    As Ryan Connolly said "it helps ... those people who aren't musicly inclined", again I'm thinking about the initial request.

  • edited March 2017

    @LuckyFilms  Another one that I like to use it musescore it's free 

  • Another Ryan great tip relevant to this thread. Check out https://artlist.io/ which as he says is 200 dollars for the year but any song u like any use. 

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