I thought I would open a topic on the creation of quality music using Free/OpenSource tools. I would like to know what you are using! Whats good whats bad. It might help people who want to create music but don't know how to make it sound good!
Here are my tools / resources:Composition
- its a modular synthesizer, much like Jeskola Buzz was. Fortuantly the source has not been lost for this one. The current version includes a graph for patching machines (which can be instruments or effects), to pipe your music through various effects before outputing, a simple sequencer, and a track editor, much like a Tracker (FastTracker / ImpulseTracker). It has its own plugins, but they're not very good for analog music. However, it has the ability to host VST plugins, which are very valueble, look at the next items.
- SFZ VST
- VST plugin for playing Soundfonts. Playes soundfonts without needing a good MIDI card. I import it in Psycle and use it to play high-qualitity sound-fonts. Hard to come by, you can not download it anymore from the original publisher.Resources
- The FreeSound project
hosts thousends for free samples. Just register and you can access all these high-quality SFX. Not many good instruments though, but other than that, very usable.
has a nice collection of downloadable soundfonts. Beatiful instruments you can use to make your songs sound like they've been played by a real ochestra!Sequencing
- You can use Psycle for simple pattern sequencing, but its not very usable if you wish to edit multitrack. Fortunatly Psycle has the ability to export certain channels or sequences to WAV. The next new version if Psycle will have a sequencer like Buzz used to have. Until then...
is a audio-editor, but can also be used for sequencing. I often use it to compose my songs from the exports I made in Psycle. It takes a bit of getting used to opposed to pure wave-editors like SoundForge or Auditon, but once you get the hang of it its pretty good.Post-editing
- See above. Audacity you can even edit individual samples, and it comes with build-in Ogg support
Well, thats it from me. Let me know what free tools you use!