5 free music creation software

The following free music creation software allows you to create, mix and produce your own music using your computer.

Linux MultiMedia Studio (LMMS)

LMMS is cross-platform free music creation software that enables you to produce your own music using a computer. Whether you want to create melodies or beats or arranging samples, LMMS execute the task easily.

Features of LMMS

  • Has song-editor to compose songs
  • Create melodies, beats, synthesize and mix sounds
  • Has ready to use instrument and effect plugins, presets and samples
  • Has Piano-Roll to edit patterns and basslines
  • Support unlimited mixing using an FX mixer with 64 FX channels
  • Import MIDI files and other project files from Hydrogen and FL Studio
  • Friendly with many standards including SoundFont2, VST, LADSPA, GUS Patches and MIDI
  • Include plugins and powerful instruments

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 (available for 32 and 64-bits)

Website: Linux MultiMedia Studio


Hydrogen is full featured software synthesizer and sequencer used to emulate drum machine with simple and pattern-based drum programming. Hydrogen can be used as standalone software or works via external MIDI sequencer/keyboard software.

Key features of Hydrogen (Publisher’s description)

  • Include pattern-based sequencer and mixer
  • Support unlimited instrument tracks
  • Include sample editor to cut and loop functions
  • Support multi-layer for instruments
  • Support advanced tab-tempo, play-lists with scripting function, Timeline with variable tempo, single and stacked pattern mode
  • Support exporting/importing single patterns, export/import song files
  • Multiple pattern playing at the same time
  • Unique human velocity, human time, pitch and swing functions
  • Import/export drumkits, export song to wav, aiff, flac or ogg file, midi files and more
  • Import sound samples in wav, au and aiff formats
  • User friendly interface and include helpful manual

Compatibility: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X


Sony Acid XPress Free

ACID Xpress is free music creation program that enables you to create, record and mix your own original music using a pick, paint and play interface. Other than the basic features it comes with new useful music creation and mixing tools such as Metronome, Reverse audio and alternate time signature.

Features of ACID Xpress

  • Create songs from pre-recorded sounds
  • Allows to audit the loops before adding them to the mix
  • Allows to publish your music to the web and saves to WMA 48 kbs
  • Export your music to portable devices such as MP3 players, Sony Net-MD players
  • Support maximum 10 tracks
  • Support 16/48kHz maximum bit depth/same rate
  • Support live audio recording, MIDI playback, DLS sample file
  • supports Windows Media 9 series
  • Include interactive “Show Me How” tutorials

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8

Website: Sony ACID XPress Free

DarkWave Studio

DarkWave Studio is an open source and free music creation software comes with advanced functions such as pattern and sequence editing. It has support for VST instrument and effects Plugin.

Main features of DarkWave Studio (Publisher’s Description)

  • Feature Virtual studio that allows machine to be connected in ad hoc fashion
  • Include pattern editor that helps to add, delete, move or resize notes
  • Feature Sequence editor for track controlling, reusing patterns and remixing projects
  • Include Multitrack Hard disk that helps to record the output of any machine to 16-bit or 32-bit floating point
  • Record the output in .wav and convert to MP3, FLAC, etc
  • Support 64-bit Double Precision Floating Point Audio Processing
  • Support Multi core and Multi CPU
  • Comes with various related Plugins

Compatibility: Windows (support both 32 and 64-bits)

Website: DarkWave Studio


Temper is MIDI and Audio sequencer software that provides advanced group operations and unique functionality.

Main features of Temper (publisher’s description)

  • Sophisticated event routing and manipulation
  • Powerful MIDI editing environment
  • Interactive algorithmic composition tools
  • Décor and perform time
  • Multiple takes per track
  • Simultaneous multi-track editing, tool chaining
  • Unified MIDI controllers and VST automation
  • Multicore audio engine

Compatibility: Windows XP SP2 or later, requires ASIO driver for VST and audio support

Website: Temper MIDI Synthetique

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