TRACKER COMPARISONS

3AUG2014, edited by PEARSCH, IAeSR. v1/0
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) DMW (Digital Midi Workstation)

ROLAND TB-303

REASON TB-303 SYNTHESIS

JESKOLA BUZZ TB-303

ABLETON TB-303 VST

VENOM VB-303 VST

Audiorealism ABL2 VST

d-lusion Rubberduck VST TB-303
This is what d-lusions Ruberduck standalone software synthesizer would look & sound like running as a VST
in FL Studio 10 or any other D.A.W that supports VST.

iPad Music: Korg iMS-20 Drum &
Bass

iPad ReBirth
ReBirth, the legendary Techno Micro Composer, is on the iPad! In this video ReBirth guru Kurt "Peff"
Kurasaki gives us a walkthrough of the new iPad features, teaches beat-making Rebirth style, and shares
his thoughts on the legacy of the app.

Korg iElectribe
iPad App

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LINKS
Digital trackers
MADTRACKER free VSTs & free Samples

Psycle Tracker

is a

free, Open-Source, music creation program.
It supports three ways to get sound: its own native format, the VST Plugin standard, and
recorded .wav samples using the sampler machine.

Psycle is a tracker combined with plugin modularity. It supports its own plugin API, the VST2 plugin
standard, and a tracker style sampler playback. qpsycle is the Linux version.

Audio plugin support : VST (LADSPA for Linux version); Import : PSY, MOD, S3M, XM, IT |
Export : PSY, WAV; MIDI support : yes
Notes are entered in patterns, where you can also use commands (plugin specific, or global), as well as
automating parameters via the mcm and twk commands. These patterns are then organized in a linear
sequence, which becomes the song order.










A 64 Tracks Pattern Editor, with up to 1024 lines
256 sequence positions
Audio Routing (machine) view to interconnect the virtual machines in order to apply different effects
Internal Stereo Sampler unit which supports .wav and .iff files of any sampling rate, 8/16 and 24bits,
mono or stereo
70+ Native Plugins (generators & effects), most of them open-source and with an easy to use API to create
new ones
Support for VST1 and VST2 plugin standard
Imports .xm, .s3m, .it, .mod
Exporting to wav, as well as recording realtime to .wav
Configurable Keyboard Layout
MIDI-In Support (control Psycle using a MIDI keyboard, or even a software sequencer)
Themes and skins support and much more

JACKER
Here are a few examples of tracks made using Jacker and QSynth only:
• paniq - The Fourth Turning
• paniq - Unresolved
• paniq - Stolen Identity
• paniq - Perseverance
• paniq - Get Me to Hollywood
• paniq - A New Era
Jacker 2010.9.21 Latest source release.

QSYNTH
Mandatory for QSYNTH:
• Qt 4 (core, gui), C++ class library and tools for crossplatform development and
internationalization
http://qt-project.org/
• fluidsynth, real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications
http://www.fluidsynth.org/
qsynth-0.3.8.tar.gz Latest Release
The default audio driver for Qsynth is set to jack, for the low-latency Jack Audio Connection Kit (above).

FOR LINUX

Beast is a powerful music composition and modular synthesis application released as free software
under the GNU GPL and GNU LGPL, that runs under Unix.
Audio plugin support : LADSPA modules; MIDI support : yes

CheeseTracker is a software sampler
and step-based sequencer. It allows a musician to turn single-note samples into instruments capable of covering
three or four octaves (by playing the samples at different speeds, resulting in different pitches). In addition, it is

possible to take a collection of samples that are recorded at different octaves, and combine them into a single
"instrument", allowing for even more octaves without sampling artifacts.

Import : CT, IT, XM, S3M | Export : CT, IT, WAV

Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer,
midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more.

Frinika is a free, complete music workstation software for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX Tiger and other
operating systems running Java 1.5 (J2SE5.0). It features sequencer, soft-synths, realtime effects and
audio recording.
Frinika - Complete music workstation software.
Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer,
midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. The goal
of Frinika is to be a complete platform for making music with your computer, using the versatile Java
platform to be able to run on several operating systems, and being open source to be able to embrace
the best open source technology being available at any time.
Changes:
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Legacy Frinika Synthrack GUI rewritten.
Send tempo events to all midi device associated with midi lanes.
Virtual keyboard octave selection moved to trackerpanel, as it only applies there
Ctrl-S (save) now works from tracker panel
Part drag and drop now working with tempochanges.
Added all GM2 controllers to the pianoroll controller view.
Tempo box now edits current tempo event.
Solo/Mute logic now works for midi+audio.
Piano roll. Drum note write mode. Press+drag creates new notes at quantization pionts.
Sequencer now changes tempo whilst playing (changes to tempo box). But jumps!!!
Gervill 0.9 (Software Synth supporting SF2 and much more)
French locale.
Allow users to use Cubase style patch map for a device
Allow start of part to be before zero.
Many bug fixes

LittleGPTracker (a.k.a 'The piggy') is a music tracker
optimised to run on portable game consoles. It is currently running on Game Park's GP2x & Caanoo, PSP,
Dingoo, Windows, Mac OSX (intel/ppc) & Linux (Debian).
Piggy currently supports 8 monophonic 16Bit/44.1Khz stereo sample playback channels. Additionally,
the program can drive MIDI instruments (with the gp32 and gp2x a custom MIDI interface is required).

MilkyTracker is an open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module
files. It attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS
program Fasttracker 2, with special playback modes available for improved Amiga Protracker 2/3
compatibility.

Import : MOD, XM | Export : MOD, XM, WAV; MIDI support : yes
MilkyTracker's key features:
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Fasttracker II like, custom graphical user interface with context menus
Supported on multiple platforms including portable devices
Very accurate .XM replay compared to FT2
ProTracker 2/3 playback modes for playing and editing .MOD files
Various resampler options including emulated - Amiga 500/1200 sound output
Choose between a modern and a true-to-FT2 editing scheme / keyboard layout
Tabbed user interface for opening and playing up to 32 modules simultaneously and for
exchanging data between them
Over 30 imported module formats
Basic archive support for loading zipped, powerpacked and UMX modules directly
Rendering songs/patterns to disk (.WAV) or directly to sample
Powerful sample editor featuring waveform generators

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In-depth instrument editor featuring envelope zooming and scaling and support for copying and
swapping instruments and samples across tabs
Low latency audio driver support
MIDI In support
Module optimizer
Internal file browser option
Various font sizes for improved visibility of pattern data
Prospective pattern view option
Playing and editing simultaneously
Live mode for seamless pattern changes

A couple of facts:
MilkyTracker is not based on any common module replay. Its core MilkyPlay has been in development
since the mid-90s, originally as a Digitrakker .MDL player.
MilkyTracker development started a decade later for the Pocket PC and it still fully operates on rather
humble PDAs.
MilkyTracker is and will stay a 2nd generation tracker. There are already several good 3rd generation
trackers out there.
Microsoft Windows (NT, 200x, XP, Vista & 7)
YOUTUBE: Relax08 (Chiptune, MilkyTracker)

ProTrekkr (formerly known as
NoiseTrekker) is a tracker program combining a software synthesizer together with a traditional samples
tracker which can be used to create electronic music (like psytrance, trance goa, hard acid, IDM, chip,
techno, etc.) for small sized intros, demos or games.

Currently the tracker is available on Windows, Linux, Amiga OS4, AROS and Mac OSX. Check
http://code.google.com/p/protrekkr/wiki/introduction for more infos.
Note: that if you feel like submitting (good) modules for showcasing or to help me testing the tracker,
you can drop me a mail at: (name: hhhikr server: gmail.com)

Import : PTK, MOD, FT | Export : PTK; MIDI support : yes

Renoise is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a refreshing twist. It lets you record, compose, edit,
process and render production-quality audio using a tracker-based approach.
In a tracker, the music runs from top to bottom in an easily understood grid known as a pattern. Several
patterns arranged in a certain order make up a song. Step-editing in a pattern grid lends itself well to a
fast and immediate workflow. On top of this, Renoise features a wide range of modern features:
dozens of built-in audio processors, alongside support for all commonly used virtual instrument and
effect plug-in formats. And the software can be extended too: with scripting, you can use your entire
MIDI or OSC controller to control it in exactly the way you want.
Probably the most advanced tracker today! It has an integrated sampler and high quality mixer. ASIO
multi I/O cards support (for very low latency) with the ability to route tracks to hardware channels.
Support of Rewire mode.

Audio plugin support : native (DLL), VST, VSTi, AU, RTAS, LADSPA; Import : XRNS, RNS, PTK, NTK,
XM, IT, MOD, MI... | Export : XRNS, WAV; MIDI support : yes

SoundTracker is a music tracking tool for Unix / X11 similar in design to the DOS
program FastTracker and the Amiga legend ProTracker. Samples can be lined up on tracks and patterns
which are then arranged to a song. Supported module formats are XM and MOD; the player code is the
one from OpenCP. A basic sample recorder and editor is also included. SoundTracker is free ("open
source") software, licensed under the GNU GPL.
Finally, a module is a compact file containing various patterns and samples, including a position list
which specifies playback order of the patterns, forming a song. SoundTracker can load modules of the
popular XM and MOD formats. The very popular IT format is not supported at the moment.
Audio plugin support : no; Import : MOD, XM | Export : MOD, XM; MIDI support : yes

SunVox is a
small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). It is a tool for

those people who like to compose music wherever they are, whenever they wish. On any device.
SunVox is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Maemo, Meego, Raspberry Pi, Windows Mobile
(WindowsCE), PalmOS, iOS and Android. (SCREENSHOTS)










Modular interface.
Highly optimized synth algorithms.
Flexible architecture: SunVox can working on variuos devices. For example: pocket computer with slow
CPU - 13bit sound (fixed point arithmetic); or big PC with powerfull CPU: 32bit sound (floating point
arithmetic).
Built-in synthesizers & effects:
o Analog Generator;
o DrumSynth with 120 unique synthetic drum sounds;
o FM synthesizer;
o MetaModule (use it to build your own synths/effects);
o Sampler (supported formats: WAV, XI, AIFF);
o SpectraVoice (FFT-based synthesizer for warm atmospheric sounds);
o Side Chain Compressor;
o Distortion;
o Echo;
o 3Band equalizer;
o Filter (Low-pass, High-pass, Band-pass, Notch);
o Flanger;
o Loop (for glitch effects);
o Reverb;
o Vocal Filter (for human voice simulation);
o Vorbis Player;
o WaveShaper;
o and more ...
Multitrack WAV export.
MIDI import/export.
MIDI IN/OUT (except PalmOS and Windows Mobile).
Real-time sample recording.
Real-time recording of any types of sound events (notes, Touch Theremin, controllers).
XM (FastTracker) and MOD (ProTracker, OctaMED) import.
Supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK (iOS and Linux), Audiobus;
iOS version is compatible with iRig Mic.

Import : SUNVOX, MOD, XM | Export : SUNVOX, WAV; MIDI support : yes

Tutka is a free (as in freedom) tracker style MIDI sequencer for GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. It is similar to
programs like SoundTracker, ProTracker and FastTracker except that it does not support samples and is
meant for MIDI use only. Tutka uses a custom XML based file format for storing songs. Songs in
OctaMED SoundStudio's MMD2 file format can also be loaded and saved. Tutka is licensed under
the GNU GPL.
In preparation for version 1.0 Tutka is being rewritten using Qt. There are no new features except
support for Mac OS X. The rewrite may have caused some regressions but the intention is to iron these
out as soon as they are found. The source code for the Qt version (0.99.x) is available from the Tutka Git
repository.

Tutka is a free tracker style MIDI sequencer for GNU/Linux. No support of samples. It is meant for MIDI
use only. It uses a custom XML based file format for storing songs.

Audio plugin support : no; Import : MMD | Export : MMD, SMF; MIDI support : yes
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Free VST Host Applications
Follow the links for screenshots & download info:

Ableton Live Lite 8 [DAW] by Ableton (Mac, Windows) // Ends May 31st!
Aodix [Tracker] by Arguru Software (Windows)


































Ardour [DAW] by Ardour (Linux, Mac)
asHost [Live Host] by Asseca (Windows)
BeRoTracker [Tracker] by Benjamin Rosseaux (Windows)
Buzz [Tracker] by Jeskola (Windows)
Cantabile Lite [Live Host] by Topten Software (Windows)
DarkWave Studio [DAW] by ExperimentalScene (Windows)
HostX [Live Host] by MTsoftware (Mac OS X)
Jost [Sequencer] by Jucetice (Linux)
KRISTAL Audio Engine [DAW] by KristalLabs (Windows)
LiveProfessor [Live Host] by ifoundasound (Windows)
LMMS [Sequencer] by LMMS (Linux, Mac, Windows)
Macaw [Sequencer]by Robin Holmes (Windows)
MiniHost [Live Host] by Tobybear Productions (Windows)
Minihost Modular [Live Host] by Image Line (Mac, Windows)
MuLab FREE [DAW] by MuTools (Mac, Windows)
MultitrackStudio Lite [Sequencer] by Bremmers Audio (Mac, Windows)
Music Studio Producer [DAW] by Frieve (Windows)
OpenMPT [Tracker] by ModPlug Central (Linux, Windows)
Pedalboard2 [Live Host] by Nial Moody (Mac, Windows)
Podium Free [DAW] by Zynewave (Windows)
Psycle [Tracker] by psycledelics (Windows)
Qtractor [DAW] by Rui Nuno Capela (Linux)
Rack Performer [Live Host] by LiveFactory (Windows)
Rax’n’Trax [Sequencer] by Nassen Software Development (Windows)
Reaper v0.999 [DAW] by Cockos (Windows)
Rosegarden [DAW] by Rosegarden Project (Linux)
SAVIHost [Live Host] by Hermann Seib (Windows)
Samplitude Silver [DAW] by MAGIX (Windows)
Scooty [Sequencer] by YK (Windows)
Tunafish [Sequencer] by Bram Bos (Windows)
Usine Free [Live Host] by Sensomusic (Windows)
VstBoard [Live Host]by CtrlBrk (Windows)
VSTHost [Live Host] by Hermann Seib (Windows)
VstSeq [Sequencer] by PQN AUDIO (Windows)

People often mention Reaper as a free VST host, but please note that Reaper is actually commercial
software with a 30-day trial period. Although the actual software installation never expires, you
shouldpurchase a licence if you use it longer than 30 days (there is however Reaper v0.999 which is
stillavailable for free, many thanks to vian for sharing the info in the comments!).
MuLab FREE is my favorite freeware VST host application. Even with the 4-track limit of the free version,
it is still a very powerful modular VST host which will let you create some crazy FX and instrument chains
using your favorite VSTs.
Podium Free is without a doubt your best choice if you’re looking for a full-featured freeware DAW. The
only serious limitation of the free version is that it uses a single CPU core, but the amount of features
available at no cost is simply insane. It is very stable, perfectly designed, and definitely worth checking
out (as well as the Pro version).

Podium FREE by Zynewave.
Usine Free, LiveProfessor, Rack Performer, VstBoard and Cantabile Lite are VST hosts suitable for live
use, Usine currently being the most popular one.
Psycle is a free tracker which also works as a VST host. I must admit i’m not very experienced with
trackers, but I know there are many people who don’t use sequencers at all and go for trackers instead,
so this one’s for them.
SAVIHost, MiniHost and VSTHost are lightweight and easy to use VST host applications, perfect for
quickly testing new VST plugins.
KRISTAL Audio Engine is an interesting 16-track sequencer which can load VST effects, but unfortunately
doesn’t support MIDI, hence no VST instruments can be used.
Feel free to leave comments suggesting other free VST host applications I may have missed and I’ll
include them in the list.
Many thanks to Ronnie for suggesting LMMS, a free cross-platform VST host application which is a great
alternative to commercial loop-based programs like FL Studio, Greg for suggesting Jeskola
Buzz andDarkWave Studio, two pretty awesome free VST hosts (and also Scooty!), bonzo for
suggesting OpenMPT,Alex_HS for suggesting Macaw, and gropkcor for suggesting Rax’n’Trax! Finally, a
big thank you to sattfor suggesting Tunafish, a lovely old school sequencer!

Download drum kits to play with the orDrumbox 3.6mb

MonoBar features

4 bar-sequencers: Pitch, Note on (if > 0) and velocity (bar height), Note off (if > 0), and Controller ( x5).
Main settings: Length and speed.



Modes : No mode, Midi root (pitch sequence is added to the played note, an offset can be defined in the
popup menu).
CC slot: define the active CC sequence. CC to output is defined by sliding on the number near the ‘CC
OUT’, CC sequence can be smoothed.
Presets: 127 sequences (max 64 steps) per bank (fxp/fxb).
Patterns can be sequenced by sending control change messages to MonoBar.

MonoBar is available as freeware for Windows PC.

Quick GLITCH SEQUENCER tutorial; Documentation

This application does not try to compete with the big boys like NI Traktor or Deckadence, but it still has
an interesting set of features:

Allows DJs to alter the structure of songs while playing them: parts can be repeated, skipped, paused and
reversed.









Tracks are automatically beat-matched and therefore always play in sync.
Powerful filters and effects allow the DJ to sculpt the sound to his/her liking.
The integrated browser facilitates the selection of songs. It lets the DJ preview the structure of songs and
listen to them on a second audio device.
The built in recorder allows DJs to record their mixes without the need for additional equipment.
The integrated BeatMapper lets users analyze the rhythmic structure of songs.
Different computers running Jackson can be networked. In such a configuration several DJs can play
together in perfect sync: all tracks on all computers are automatically beat-matched.
Sliders can be controlled by physical midi controllers. This allows for fast, tactile control and simultaneous
changes to different sliders.
Can generate a MIDI clock signal to tempo-sync external midi equipment.
A real time oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer is available for the techie DJ.

MU.LAB is a software application that transforms your computer into a real music studio. It does not
overwhelm you with a complex feature set, in which you can get lost. On the contrary, MU.LAB is a userfriendly yet rock-solid musical tool designed to create, fine-tune and play Your Music.
MU.LAB features







Audio Recording & Playback
MIDI Recording & Playback
Flexible Composition & Sequence Editing
Supports Audio and MIDI VST Plugins
Powerful Audio and MIDI Plugin Routing (up to 100% modular if you want)
Integrated MuSynth: Powerful Modular Sound Engine
Integrated MUX: Powerful Modular Audio/MIDI Effect Engine
Integrated MuVerb: Very Nice Sounding Reverb Plugin



Audio Engine using 32 bit floats, all usable sample rates
Sample Accurate Sequencing
Multi Undo/Redo

MU.LAB Free is limited to 8 tracks, 8 racks and no multi-timbral VSTis (MU.LAB Unlimited doesn’t have
these restrictions).

Quartz AudioMaster Freeware, as its name suggests, is FREE ! It's the best way to try the Quartz Audio
Family software concept. It includes the minimum, but yet powerful, features to start things for real and
possibly share projects with people who own one of the Quartz AudioMaster commercial version.
Quartz AudioMaster Freeware will allow you to record, edit, mix, share and deliver your productions
driving a fully integrated 4 tracks digital mixer, recorder, sound and time line editor in perfect synch with
a 16 tracks MIDI sequencer.
Easily record audio, in perfect sync with Midi, with any instrument or microphone or assemble already
existing audio materials or music loops. Easily record Midi, as well, using a Midi keyboard or your
computer keyboard and even if you are not a professional musician don't get stuck by difficult parts to
perform, thanks to the genuine 'Scale filtering' feature. A tutorial will help you getting started quickly.

Aodix is described as "the ultimate bridge between tracking and sequencing", featuring full support for
ASIO and VST 2.0 allowing modular wiring of VST instances and pure real-time operation.
Main features:















256 track multi-pattern sequencer.
Virtually unlimited pattern length, intended for pattern call operation.
32-bit float sample precision.
Up to 960 PPQN timestamp precision.
Selectable timeline quantization.
Step and step-free editing/recording.
Pure real-time event recording including automation (VST and MIDI CC).
Several real-time/offline editing modes (e.g. edit and play elsewhere).
Powerful MIDI-masking.
Full VST 2.0 support.
Supports plug-ins that are known to work with only a few hosts.
Modular VST routing through wires, multiple VST output support.
Full VST parameter automation with automation matrix.
ASIO output achieving low driver latencies (1ms).
MIDI Out through a MIDI-out supplied wrapper.
32-bit float IEEE mono/multi-channel file rendering.

Traverso is a multitrack audio recorder and editor for windows.
Traverso offers an innovative User Interface concept, with which it tries to differ from other multitrack
audio applications and, more importantly, provides a powerfull tool to easy and quickly record or
import, edit and mix songs.
Traverso is a complete solution from recording to CD Mastering. By supplying many common tools in
one package, the user isn't forced to learn different applications who often have different ways to be
controlled. This will lower the learning curve considerably and as a result, the user will be able to do his
audio processing much quicker!
New in v0.42.0








Read and write support for Ogg Vorbis, WavPack, FLAC and MP3
On the fly sample rate conversion
A simple yet effective Project backup and restore system
Better use of available hard disk bandwidth
Encoding formats for recording added: W64 and WavPack
3 new themes added, notably the medium-contrast and ubuntu theme
Fixed a number of bugs, added new ones and various improvements all over the
place
User Manual translated into German and Portuguese

Svar: Advanced music creation tool. Next generation of trackers. Modular virtual studio. Click here to
Donate
FEATURES:

Compatibility with thousands of virtual instruments - can load VST, VSTi, and DirectX DMO plugins.
Integrated sampler. Support for up to 15 typical tracker effects:
Note/channel stereo pan, stereo shift, volume tremolo, volume slide up/down,
frequency shift up/down, pitch set
Note delay, reverse, chord play, vibrato, resonance filter,
Note retrig (2 types), glide, panbrello
Sample offset (2 types), sample zone selector


All internal operations are 32-bit floating point, except calculations requiring 64-bit floatingpoint precision.
Can import the following types of song modules:
IT, Impulse Tracker module

XM, Fast Tracker 2 module
S3M, Scream Tracker module
MOD, ProTracker module
MID, MIDI file


DirectX wave and MIDI driver output.
Renders wave file (PCM16 PCM32 FLOAT32 at 22100-196000 Hz).
Standard Windows interface

SVArTracker is provided as freeware for private (non-commercial) or educational (including non-profit
organizations) use

RaX'n'TraX is a pattern-based composition tool with linear sequencing and recording capabilities.
Features:
Modular:
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Racks, synth-layering, 8 insert effects.
Connections between pattern based tools.

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ASIO-IN rack, MIDI-IN 1-2, PC-keyboard.
VST-MIDI out port.

Monophonic note generator:
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Variable loop lengths for notes, velocities, durations.
Slides.
16- and 32-step mode.
Step-record, groove-record, tap-record (quantized/free).
16 patterns.

Polyphonic note generator:
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Chords.
Strumming.
Drum editing.
Forward/Backwards.
Variable step-lengths (poly rhythms).
16 chords progressions.
Steps 1->32.
Rotations.

Rack controller:
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Slides and gates, interpolated values.
Forward/Backwards.
Variable number of steps.
Parameters, MIDI-CC, PB and AT.
Steps 1->32.
16 patterns (steps/values/tempo).

Beziers and free draw:
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Variable, unlimited lengths.
Parameters, MIDI-CC, PB and AT.
Recordable, editable free draw.
2 types of beziers curves.
16 patterns (speed/scale/offset).

Transposer:
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(Cumulative) note, time, velocity and duration transposers.
Algorithmic approach to melody and rhythm generation.
Swing and groove.

Wave:
- Mix down or drop wave files.
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ASIO-In loop-record.
16 patterns (slice and send levels (4 sends)
DIRAC Time Stretch/Pitch Shift technology (c) Stephan M. Bernsee.
One shots.

Mixer:
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16 channel mixer.
4 sends per channel.
8 inserts per channel.

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Sequencable mixer states.
Song-structure through mixer states.
MIDI-controllable volumes, pans and send levels.

Linear sequencers:
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(Loop)-record MIDI and GUI (parameter automation, mixer).
Clips (loop, merge and split), ghost clips.
Event sequencer (mutes, fades, resets, patterns, ...).
4 independent sequencers.
Key- and tempo changes.

Piano-roll:
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Lasso-select.
Copy/paste, transpose.
Quantize and undo.

Curve editor:
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Free draw.
Line draw.

Integrated (context-sensitive) browser:
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Racks.
MIDI-clips.
Wave.
Presets.

DarkWave Studio Now Free & Open Source.
This program is designed for the composition, synthesis and recording of digital music. It is great as a
production tool and is also very suitable for live performance. If you have a little knowledge of music
composition and sound design you will have no trouble making great music with DarkWave Studio.
Features
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Virtual Studio - Wire Machines Together As If You Were Using Real Hardware
Pattern Editor - Quickly Create And Modify Musical Notes In A Piano Roll Interface
Sequence Editor - Arrange Patterns Into A Song
Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder - Record Multiple Tracks To Disk For Post Production
32-bit Floating Point Internal Audio Path - High Quality Sound Processing
SSE and SSE2 Optimizations - Blazing Performance On Recent Processors
Assembly Language Optimizations - Blazing Performance Even On 32-bit Systems
Native 64-bit and 32-bit Platform Support
VST PlugIn Support - Limitlessly Expandable With Virtual Instruments and Effects
ASIO Audio Driver Support - Low Latency Output For Live Performance

Bundled PlugIns

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MIDI Input - Play Instruments From A Music Keyboard
ES Mixer - 8 Track Stereo Mixer With 2 Auxilary Tracks, For Mixing and Production
ES DGenR8 - Synthesize Drum Beats With Roland TR-909 Flavour
ES BassHead - Top Notch Virtual Analog Subtractive Synthesizer
ES SpatialVerb - Realistic Reverb Effects With The Smoothest Sound
ES Stomp - Synthesize That Classic Techno Thumping Kick Drum
ES AntiAlias - Filter Digital Audio To Make It More Like Analog
ES QuadDelay - For Trippy Echo Effects

TrakAxPC is a user friendly, feature rich multimedia editing suite which allows users to be creative using
any combination of media, be it audio, video or photos.
With trakAxPC, users can now mix and edit audio, videos and photos within the same application at an
affordable price and directly upload their creations to YouTube to share with family, friends and the
world.
Note: With trakAxPC Free, you can experience all the features of the Pro version free for 30 days. After
30 days, you can continue to use the Free version forever. You can buy the Pro version from here.

LMMS is a free cross-platform alternative to commercial programs like FL Studio®, which allow you to
produce music with your computer. This includes the creation of melodies and beats, the synthesis and
mixing of sounds, and arranging of samples. You can have fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more;
all in a user-friendly and modern interface.
Features
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Song-Editor for composing songs
A Beat+Bassline-Editor for creating beats and basslines
An easy-to-use Piano-Roll for editing patterns and melodies
An FX mixer with 64 FX channels and arbitrary number of effects allow unlimited mixing possibilities
Many powerful instrument and effect-plugins out of the box
Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
Compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and MIDI
Import of MIDI and FLP (Fruityloops® Project) files
Available for Linux and Windows.

ModPlug Tracker: A complex audio editor that will help you mix, play or create your own music. If
you've ever dreamed of creating your own music, you've just found the perfect tool to do so! If you have
a Windows-based PC, you can use the MODPlug Tracker to discover the music inside!
ModPlug Tracker makes use of features common to Microsoft Windows programs, such as context
menus for effect selection, "tree" views for files, samples, and patterns, and drag-and-drop functionality
throughout. It supports both loading and saving of IT (Impulse Tracker), XM (FastTracker Extended
Module), MOD and S3M (Soundtracker) files, loads many sample file formats, and has some support for
DLS banks and SoundFonts.

Buze is a full featured modular music tracker.
Buze is tickless and intuitive, it is compatible with a variety of plugin and file formats. A notable
distinction of the Buze is its Ableton-like envelope. You also have a number of workflow options
including piano rolls, you can design custom pattern layouts, you have dynamic midi and audio routing
and you can combine different pattern-resolutions. Like a standard DAW, you can use Buze for wave
audio editing, midi controlling and more! You can utilize the multi-faceted Buze as a sampler, software
synth, audio editor or sequencer.
Buze sports a no non-sense interface. It’s easy to learn and will help you increase your musical
productivity. The best thing about Buze is that it’s free, and it supports a gazillion of free downloadable
instrument/effects such as the plug-ins available here at Hitsquad.com. All you have to do is download
it, run it, get machines, get samples, and enjoy your free portable software studio.
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portable studio, no installer-software
100% pattern-based sequencer with envelopes and pianorolls ++
Very productive since almost everything can be done using shortcuts
*All plugins* can be switched between GUI or native buze-look, so you will not be distracted by massive
GUI plugins.
Supports a wide range of plugins for generating and processing audio, MIDI, value and note signals. 30+
built-in plugins

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Full undo/redo, configurable keyboard shortcuts and window layouts

Natively supported file formats:
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Supports VST, Buzz, Psycle, LADSPA and Lunar plugins natively
Imports ARMZ, BMX, IT, S3M, MOD, MID, SID song file formats
Wavetable can import WAV, MP3, FLAC, IFF and many more file formats. Features a basic wave editor.

Jokosher is a simple and powerful multi-track studio. Jokosher provides a complete application for
recording, editing, mixing and exporting audio, and has been specifically designed with usability in mind.
The developers behind Jokosher have re-thought audio production at every level, and created
something devilishly simple to use.
Easy to use interface, designed from the ground up. Jokosher uses concepts and language familiar to
musicians, and is a breeze to use.
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Simple editing with splitting, trimming and moving tools.
Multi-track volume mixing with VU sliders.

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Import audio (Ogg Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, WAV and anything else supported by GStreamer) into
your projects.
A range of instruments can be added to a project, and instruments can be renamed. Instruments
can also be muted and soloed easily.
Export to MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV and anything else GStreamer supports.

Hotstepper is a 12-channel
drum sequencer for Windows that's packed with a lot of nice features.
Features:
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Adjustable velocity and pitch for every event
Up to 12 different sounds can be used simultaneous
Adjustable velocity, delay, panorama position and pitch for every sound
Adjustable pattern size and resolution (triple, quarter)
Import wav files (10 second max, 44.1kHz, 16-bit, mono only) into the sound library and select start and
end sample points
Export drum patterns as Windows PCM (*.wav) files
Delay control so you can define the amount of the delay and adjust feedback
Shuffle control for adjusting the type of shuffle and its intensity
Organize patterns into a song (only one pattern may play at once)
Wave Stretching allows you to define sounds that will be stretched automatically to the length of the beat
Sounds can cut-off other sounds when started (ie. Closed HiHat stops Open HiHat)

Jackbeat is a free multi-platform audio sequencer, for musicians and sound artists:
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Drum machine interface with animations for easy and playful editing
Built for both composition and live setups with high interactivity needs
Easy to use but yet powerful by connecting with other applications using JACK and OSC
Loads and saves .jab files, Jackbeat's xml+tar open file format
Supports ALSA, CoreAudio, PulseAudio, JACK and ASIO

The file includes: Windows XP/Vista 32bit installer.

PianoRollComposer 2.45 is a MIDI Sequencer for composing and playing music.
PianoRollComposer uses the standard treble and bass clef staffs. Notes are displayed in the piano roll
format, so it shows music with absolute accuracy. Notes are entered directly on the staffs, and you can
edit each note to give it the exact characteristics you want. You can input and edit any of 128 MIDI
instruments and 61 percussion instruments. If you have a MIDI keyboard, you can play and record any
instrument with it. A composition can contain music from 15 instruments and all the percussion
instruments. The music created with it can be played by any MIDI player, and can be shown in standard
music notation by programs like Notation Player. PianoRollComposer can play and display any MIDI
music. Music from different instruments (different MIDI channels) is placed on the same staffs, with
different colors to differentiate them.
VST plugins can be used, as well as any SoundFonts.
Darker or lighter colors differentiate sharps or flats. Instruments can be selected to be played and
shown, or not played and shown. You can move a note left or right. Right-click on it to change its note
type, volume, instrument master volume, beats/minute, and beginning and end positions. A note's
parameters can be shown on-screen when the mouse passes over it. Music can be transposed up or
down. Groups of notes can be copied or cut and pasted. Pressing the Delete key deletes a note that the
mouse cursor is over. You can insert or delete vertical spaces on the staffs. Key and time signatures can

be entered and displayed. You can change instruments for music already created (including percussion
instruments). A beat is provided (by a selected percussion instrument) when entering music with a
keyboard -- either without music showing on the staffs or when adding to music on the staffs after that
existing music has finished playing. A virtual piano keyboard is included.

JavaDAW is a Java Sequencer for playing and manipulating MIDI files, however the source code is not
available yet but will be in the future when everything is stable. JavaDAW can be used without a license,
it is just a "fun" project to test the boundaries of java and music. JavaDAW is completely build in Java
and uses the VST plugin and ASIO solutions of Martin Roth. This means most common VST plugins and
ASIO drivers can be used. In JavaDAW you may create MIDI clips and add midi notes to each clip with a
(double) click of your mouse. Insert a Midi track, assign a VST Plugin to a track (F3) and hit the play
button (space bar) after insert a midi file of course. You can also create and import audio clips.
JavaDAW makes manipulating MIDI Files very easy. In addition, JavaDAW provides many more features:
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Using ASIO or Java Sound.
Importing and exporting (multiple) MIDI files.
Importing and exporting .wav files.
Drag and drop functionality for these files directly from the Desktop.
Manipulate clips and MIDI notes (delete, copy, etc.....)
Quantitize MIDI notes and clips(F5 & F6).
Add and connect MIDI controllers to JavaDAW.
Recording directly from your MIDI controller.
Quantitize MIDI notes when recording.
Scale up and down when in the clip of midi edit area(CNTRL left/right arrow).
Add, copy and remove MIDI and Audio tracks(F7).
Play and hit the follow button.
Use automation on volume and modulation (midi messages).

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Use (S)tep mode to learn a piano piece.
Follow a score presentation of your MIDI file.
Use the step sequencer and MIDI keyboard to learn a piece.
Change VST plugins whenever you like.
Add FX VST plugins whenever you like.
Add and adjust automation per track for volume and modulation.
Adjust the edit areas for the note and clip editing.
Save and read project files.
Add pattern files for drum, base and organ directly into your project.
Export an AUDIO file in .wav format.
Import an AUDIO file in .wav format (16 bit).
Record an AUDIO signal from microphone or keyboard.
Add a MIDI channel or an AUDIO channel.

Aria Maestosa is a midi tracker/editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in
a user-friendly interface offering score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.
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Import and play MIDI files
Easily compose and edit music
See and use musical score notation, as well as piano roll, tablature and/or drum views
Print musical notation (only in version 1.2+)

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Record from a MIDI instrument (only in version 1.3+)

Aria Maestosa runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux (Alsa). It has translations for English, French,
German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish (Castillano) and Japanese.
Donations are a simple way to say thanks (or to help motivate me to code new features of your liking)
YOUTUBE: Aria Maestosa

GunGirl Audio Sequencer

PolyGrid - MIDI editor and pattern sequencer for Windows.
PolyGrid features

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64 patterns, variable pattern length (in beats count)
User-defined grid frequency
User-defined editor snapping value
Midi recording with optional input event quantitizer
Midi channel and status input filter
Most of the real time midi events handled (not poly AT)
Various playback modes (loop, sequential, triggers)
Pattern import/export (not midi file)
Undo/redo history, action repeater
Editable midi event list
Solo CC output, making midi learning easier
Notes operations: constrain to scale, chords, quantizing, transform
Events operations: smooth, quantize, transform
48 ticks per beat
Each pattern owns its settings (grid frequency, quantitizer value, midi filter, etc)
Resizable user interface

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VST, VSTi:

BlueARP VST MIDI Arpeggiator with pattern sequencer stile, designed for electronic music genres.
"For a long time I was seeking for an arp that would allow me to do things like in hardware, at last
decided to develop my own one. I took some ideas from Novation Nova's arp, Korg Electribe groovboxes

and arrangers. BlueARP can be also characterised as: pattern arpeggiator, step sequencer style
arpeggiator, arpeggiator with pattern input."
Supported platforms: Windows VST 32 & 64 bit.
YOUTUBE: BlueARP - VST Arpeggiator for Electronic & Trance Music - intro and demonstration

Sequin is a monophonic step sequencer made with Synthedit. It can create 1 bar patterns with 8, 12, or
16 steps which are triggered from a MIDI note on event. When the sequencer is turned off, it can be
played like a regular monophonic synthesizer.
YOUTUBE: Sequin - Free VST step sequencer - vstplanet.com

Tyrell is the name of a project by the German online magazine Amazona.de. A reader survey and followon forum posts provided a pool of ideas for a low-cost HARDWARE analogue Synth, which Mic
'Moogulator' Irmer collected and used to develop quite a powerful concept. Based on a design similar to
Roland's classic Juno 60, a few modules and novel features could be added without making the product
too expensive...
However, it soon became obvious that developing the hardware would have taken years, so I (Urs)
offered to turn the core design into a freeware SoftSynth. That was late 2010. Only a few weeks later,
Tyrell N6 was out for beta testing! After some serious bug-fixing and fine tuning, the final release version
became available in April 2011.
YOUTUBE: I can't believe this is free (Tyrell N6 Synth)

Gater is a 16th-note (semi-quaver) gate sequencer or 'trance' gate. It features an easy to use GUI with a
handy randomize feature to invent new gate patterns. Two click-free gate shapes are available. The
Gater uses very little CPU power or screen space and is compatible with VST 2.4.

Sequencer 16 step, stepsequencer / arpegiator with midi out.
Made with SynthEdit
Specifications:
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16 step, dual channel step sequencer
Dual MIDI output channels (A / B)
16 MIDI Channels
1-16 steps selectable
Arpeggiator function
Host sync and internal clock
Different step rates for each channel (host clock only)
Pitch and velocity controls
Great analog feel
Easy to use

Works with most DAW’s (Cubase, Ableton, Fruity Loops, Logic… etc.)
YOUTUBE: Apollo pt.1 , Apollo pt.2

Apollo

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