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The Big List Of Sound And Music Creation Software

Audio Tutorials

Basic Sound Theory And Synthesis (DrPetter / creator of sfxr, musagi and scultpris)
Game Music Tutorials (TIGForums)
Audio Related Tutorials (Audiotuts+)
Home Recording Forums (with lots of resources)
Audio Editing 101 and many more Tutorials (Sound Library)
Almighty List of Music subreddits (reddit)

Music And Audio Resources (Newgorunds / Note: some links are outdated and dead)
VideoGameAudio (Presentations and Workshops about Sound / Music Design in Video Games)
KVR Audio (Audio Plugins and more…)

CREATE SOUND EFFECTS

bfxr


(Free / best tool to create chip sounds. improved version of the legendary sfxr)

LabChirp (Free / create sounds)
How to make your own Sound Effects (tips and techniques from sound designers)

CREATE MUSIC

Digital Audio Editors & Music Studios (COMMERCIAL)

Reaper


(40$ / Free Trial)

Record, edit and mix your sounds and music.
Depending on the program they provide things like samplers, analog synths, graintable synth, vocoder, mixer, drum machines, arpeggiator, compressors, EQ and effects…

FL Studio


(49$ – 279$ / Demo available)

ACID Music Studio (65$ / Free Trial)
Sequel (100$ / Free Trial)
Cubase (500$ / Free Trial)
Avid Products (Various $)
Adobe Soundbooth (199$ / Free Trial)
Adobe Audition (349$ / Free Trial)
Reason (349$)
Logic Pro (200$ / only for Mac)
Otomata – Online Sequencer

CREATE CHIPTUNE MUSIC

PXTone

(Free / by the creator of Cave Story)

Musagi

(Free / create midi music)

MilkyTracker


(Free)

Tracker – Software to create chiptune music (Wikipedia article)
Open ModPlug Tracker (Free)
NESTracker (Free)
FamiTracker (Free)
Renoise (80$ / Free Demo available)

Digital Audio Editors (FREE)

Audacity


(Free)

Linux Multimedia Studio (Free / Win & Linux)
Ardour (Free / Mac & Linux)
Wavosaur (Free / Win)
List Of Free Audio Software (Wikipedia)

Further Reading

Digital Audio Workstation (Wikipedia)
List of Audio Editing Software (Wikipedia)
25 Free Digital Audio Editors (Hongkiat)

  • EnergyXT could be nice to add! That’s what I use, it’s a good alternative to FLstudio since it’s much cheaper! And also pretty damn good in general!

    Isak Andersson

    September 14, 2011

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  • Wavosaur should be classified with “digital audio editors”: it has a feature set that is similar to Audacity, and no particular orientation towards creating sounds from scratch.

    Lorenzo Gatti

    November 3, 2011

  • Thanks for the clarification. I have just moved it over to the “digital audio editors” section. :)

    PixelProspector

    November 3, 2011

  • Musink Lite would be a good one to add too! It’s a free notation editor, and puts together MIDI files quickly. It has a ‘MIDI loop’ export function, which is great if you need the music to loop (e.g. for games!).

    Marcus

    October 28, 2012

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