Software for Music Creation and Management
This has become my default music player in recent years. It is much faster, "lighter" and more resilient than
stupid old iTunes, and with the huge number of available plug-ins you can get it to do almost anything (including sync
to your iDevice.) The down side is that it takes a lot of fiddling to get it set up the way you want it -- recommended for
"power users" only. For PC.
Another music player which I sought out for my Mac, since Foobar seems to be unavailable. Seems pretty good - fast, light, extensible. Available for both PC and Mac.
A sound-file editor with multitrack capabilities. I use it for
volume adjustments, fades, etc., but it seems designed as a serious tool for electronic composition and recording. Available for Linux, Mac, and PC.
Quickly chop up an Mp3, alter volume, add a fade-out, etc. Works directly on
the Mp3 file so it is fast and "lossless." For PC.
Adjusts the volume of Mp3 files. It analyzes average volume, not
just the loudest point, for more practical results (though such an approach could easily
distort a particularly dynamic piece of classical music.) It can work through a list
of files and set them to a uniform volume, and it works directly on the Mp3 code so it
is "lossless." For PC.
A nice standalone tag editor. Can shape up a folder of mp3s very quickly. For PC.
Speeds music up, slows it down, can attempt to "kareoke" it by knocking
out the parts balanced in the center. For PC.
Quickly encode .WAV files to Mp3 using the free LAME codec. A little difficult to configure, at first, and you have to install the lame .dll
. But, once you've got it, fast, trouble-free encoding is just a few clicks away. For PC.
Renders MIDI files as WAVs, and, as the title implies, can use a varied
palette of synthfonts (collected waveforms and samples) to do it. For PC.
Another MIDI->WAV program. I actually never got this one to work, went back
to synthfont instead. Some people do recommend it, though, difficult configuration notwithstanding. It apparently exists for PC, Mac, and Unix.
I tried a few different free MIDI sequencing programs over the years, but they
were all too primitive and unstable. This one is great for recording and editing MIDI, and it does multi-track audio as well. It is quite stable and reliable, and I'm impressed by how much it offers for such a low price (about $40, last I checked). For PC.
A cheap ($10) program for music notation, intended to get you hooked on the expensive and complicated Finale. For PC or Mac.
A dopey tap metronome that I wrote for PC.
A simple, automated tempo analyzer - drag and drop a file and it will calculate the BPM. It is, of course, not 100% accurate. Be warned that it writes to
your tags and could mess up your data. These days I've switched to the BPM plug-in in Foobar. For PC.
For recording from "line in" jack or external microphone - this application can sock it away to compressed Mp3 files,
thus allowing you to record a lot longer. For PC.