Computer Music (Musc 216)
Blair School of Music
Computer Music Software Downloads
(FreeWare, ShareWare and Demo Software)
SOFTWARE: Classic Synthesis
SYD Central is the home of SYD, an instrument editor and software
synthesizer by Jim Bumgardner. It has a graphical "patch cord" interface,
and is relatively easy to use, compared to other music languages.
It is particularly suitable for teaching computer music. Both Macintosh
and Windows versions are available. [GREAT TOOL FOR TEACHING INTRODUCTORY
CONCEPTS FOR COMPUTER MUSIC!!
GrainWave 3 is a real-time, software synthesizer for Power
Macintosh (PPC) computers. GrainWave will run on the standard equipment
that comes with any PPC. It does not require any additional hardware.
GrainWave has an open synthesis architecture, based upon units called
operators. An operator can generate a signal or transform one. Operators
are collected into regions which represent individual instruments.
One or more regions are contained in a patch. Only one patch at a
time is available to be played. GrainWave may be played by using the
mouse, the keyboard, and/or MIDI.
The Cloud Generator program was developed by Curtis Roads
and John Alexander. Cloud Generator synthesizes granular sounds in
units called "clouds" and also "granulates" stereo sound files. The
program uses the AIFF file format.
Lemur is a system for generating and manipulating sinusoidal
models for sampled sound. Lemur is a Macintosh implementation of an
extended MQ algorithm for sound analysis and synthesis based on the
work of Maher and Beauchamp (1989).
AudioMulch is an interactive musicianŐs environment for Pentium
and Pentium II computers running Windows 95/98 and Windows
NT. Bringing together the popular with what has up to now been considered
experimental, AudioMulch merges the worlds of mainstream electronica
and electroacoustic sound composition to create a fluid sonic environment
only limited by the artistŐs imagination.
Check out PLUM
(Programming Languages Used for Music.
SOFTWARE: Algorythmic Composition
Csound is the most widely used software synthesis system.
Compiled public domain versions are available for all of the major
computer operating system platforms -- various flavors of Unix (SGI,
Linux, Sparc and generic Unix), several Windows ports, Macintosh (PowerPC
and 68xxx) and even Atari -- and can be downloaded at no cost over
the internet via a web browser or ftp from http://mitpress.mit.edu/e-books/csound/frontpage.html
(the Csound Front Page) and mirror sites. Csound provides music
synthesis and sound processing procedures apart from the limitations
of particular hardware and software systems.
Check out the COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE:
Download Sites below. CalArts in particular has sites for downloading
a full range of FREEWARE and SHAREWARE software for both MACS and PCS.
Check out PLUM
(Programming Languages Used for Music.
SOFTWARE: Digital Recording
DigiDesign's Pro Tools software
gives you complete control of the powerful recording, sequencing,
editing and mixing features of the system. Home Studio systems run
Pro Tools LE software, a version of Pro Tools that uses your computer's
processing power for mixing and processing. Professional Music and
Post Production systems run Pro Tools TDM software, which uses the
digital signal processing (DSP) hardware on the Pro Tools cards for
mixing and processing.
Be sure to check out Pro
Tools Free -- That's right! DigiDesign is GIVING AWAY a fully
functional version of Pro Tools.
A helpful site for professional audio (including all of DigiDesign's
products) can be found at Performance
Cool Edit Pro is a digital audio software package for Windows.
Features include: ease of use, digital effects modules, 64 tracks,
compatable with many different sound cards.
SOFTWARE: Sound/Spectral Analysis Tools
Amadeus II is a powerful tool designed to manipulate, create
and analyze sounds. It has a full range of analysis tools, including
2D and 3D spectrums, sonograms, etc. Will create a QuickTime movie
of 2D specturm for the entire soundfile. Allows recording to AIFF
files with some basic effects (reverb, backwards, etc.). I can't say
enough good things about this GREAT application. Also, available at
a very reasonalbe SHAREWARE price from KAGI.
SOFTWARE: Software Synthesizers
[See review of Reaktor at Harmony
REAKTOR is a complete sound design studio with almost endless possibilities
for producing and performing music. REAKTOR can be used as a synthesizer,
sampler, effects processor, groovebox, and much more. High quality
signal processing algorithms and the 32-bit floating point precision
of REAKTOR's audio engine guarantee sound quality that meets the highest
Crossloader was put online in August 1999 with a working music file
sharing engine for online music builders.
Designed for fast access info, software, media, and mixes for the
electronic musician and audio enthusiast. Still in its infancy, Slaterville
will continue to develop both in content and design.
SOFTWARE: Download Sites
Downloads of various computer music software on various platforms.
Software for Macintosh
A list of programs for the Macintosh. Maintained by Tom Erbe, CalArts
School of Music (email@example.com)
Music Software for IBM-PC
A list of programs for the PC platform with preference to software
that is Windows 95 and NT compatible. Also included are links
to ftp sites and homepages. Maintained by Brendon Cassidy, CalArts
School of Music (firstname.lastname@example.org).
a free interactive tool developed by dload for artists to create their
own online website with the ability to distribute their music in mp3
or any digital format they wish to choose, including free streaming
of all submitted material. Also includes downloads of music software.
HitSquad - The Musician's Web
The internet resource for musicians. Harmony-central.com is [one
of ] the leading Internet resource for musicians, supplying valuable
information from news and product reviews, to classified ads and chat
rooms. This all-in-one Web site gives musicians benefits not available
through traditional physical retail channels and provides extensive
Phil Burk's Computer
Music Software Links
Phil Burk is associated with SoftSynth.com
which produces a variety of audio and DSP related products for the
music, multimedia, and internet community. [They] also provide contract
services related to digital audio, DSP, ASIC design, Java and pForth.
& Mehmet Okonsar's Computer Music Software downloads
Check it out.