Awesome Music Production

A curated list of software, hardware, and other resources to create music.

I use this knowledge to produce music as my alter ego Leo Mask. Check it out at leomask.com

Software

Audio Workstations

Libraries

  • Alda - A music programming language for musicians.
  • ATM CLI - Command line tool for generating and working with MIDI files.
  • Aubio - Segmentation, pitch detection, tapping the beat and producing midi streams.
  • Band.js - Music composer interface for the Web Audio API.
  • Blip - Looping and sampling with the Web Audio API.
  • CSound - A sound and music computing system.
  • Dplug - Library to make audio plug-ins with the D programming language.
  • Euterpea - In Haskell embedded language for computer music applications.
  • Faust - Functional programming language for sound synthesis and audio processing.
  • FourVoices - Automatic music generator for four-part writing.
  • Houdini Music Toolset - Adding MIDI functionality to 3D program Houdini.
  • Klasma - Chiptune music composition kit.
  • libsoundio - Cross platform audio input and output library.
  • LickCreator - Online web based music notation.
  • Leipzig - Composition library for Clojure and ClojureScript.
  • Magenta - Music and Art Generation with Machine Intelligence.
  • Magiclock - Feel MIDI clock beat via the magic trackpad.
  • meSing.js - JavaScript singing synthesis library.
  • Microm - JavaScript library to convert browser microphone to mp3.
  • Music Suite - Haskell based language for describing music.
  • Nashville - Convert Nashville Number System (NNS) entries to chords.
  • Node Speaker - Output PCM audio data to the speakers.
  • Octavian - Utility to reason about notes, frequencies, and intervals.
  • Orca - Esoteric programming language to create procedural sequencers.
  • Overtone - Open Source toolkit for designing synthesizers and collaborating with music.
  • Pedalboard.js - JavaScript framework to develop audio effects for guitars.
  • Pippi - Computer music with python.
  • PitchFinder & Node PitchFinder - Javascript (and node c++ addon) with pitch detection algorithms
  • React Music - Create beats with React.
  • Repitch - Real-time polyphonic MIDI-controlled audio pitch shifting.
  • Rust Music Theory - A music theory guide written in Rust.
  • Scribbletune - Create music with JavaScript.
  • Sharp11 - Music theorization and improvisation engine.
  • Slang - Simple audio programming language implemented in JavaScript.
  • Spectmorph - Analyze samples of instruments, and combine (morph) them.
  • Spleeter - Source separation library (e.g. extract drums from a track).
  • Step Sequencer - Elm step sequencer for programming drum beats.
  • Teoria - JavaScript library for music theory.
  • TidalCycles - Programming language to describe polyphonic, polyrhythmic, and generative music sequences.
  • timbre.js - JavaScript library for objective sound programming.
  • Tonal - Functional music theory library.
  • Tone.js - A Web Audio framework for making interactive music in the browser.
  • Tuna - An audio effects library for the Web Audio API.
  • VCV Rack - Open source virtual modular synthesizer.
  • Vexwarp - JavaSCript library for audio time stretching and pitch shifting.
  • Vivid - High quality audio in Haskell with SuperCollider.

Synthesizers

  • Amsynth - Synthesizer with a classic subtractive synthesizer topology.
  • Helm - GPL licensed polyphonic synth with lots of modulation.
  • Surge Synthesizer - Open source digital synthesizer.
  • NSynth Super - Open source AI synth from the Google Magenta team.
  • Yoshimi - Software audio synthesizer.

Apps

  • Agordejo - Music production session manager.
  • Auxy - Modern instruments for mobile creators.
  • Composer's Sketchpad - Sequencer that combines musical staff paper with an artist's sketchbook (iOS only).
  • Dragonfly Reverb - Open source audio effects for Linux, macOS, and Windows.
  • Fluajho - Simple SF2 soundfont host and player for Linux.
  • IXI Programs - Apps for creating musical instruments and environments.
  • KXStudio - Collection of applications and plugins for audio production.
  • Laborejo - MIDI sequencer based on classical music notation.
  • Luna - MIDI sequencer.
  • Max - Visual programming language for music and multimedia creation.
  • Melodics - Desktop app to teach playing MIDI keyboards, pads, and e-drums.
  • Midica - Music programming language and desktop app for MIDI generation.
  • MIDI Tapper - Shape music performances with multi-touch gestures.
  • Ninjas 2 - Sample slicer audio plugin and standalone app.
  • Patroneo - Simple pattern based midi sequencer.
  • Samplr - Multi-touch music making app for iPad.
  • SeekMIDI - Graphical multi channel MIDI sequencer.
  • Seq24 - Minimal loop based midi sequencer.
  • SFZ Designer - Visual sample mapping tool to create SFZ files.
  • Sonic Pi - Live coding music synth for everyone.
  • Spire - iOS multitrack recording app with FX & mixing features.

Webapps

  • 108 - Minimal beat machine.
  • AI Duet - A smart piano that responds to you.
  • Arpeggiator - Web Audio Arpeggiator.
  • Baroque Dances - Procedurally generated classical music.
  • Beat Push - Online music production with built-in parallel drum and synth machine.
  • beatboxer - Simple drum machine.
  • BlokDust - Interactive music-making app to build synths and sounds.
  • Chords - Text based chord progression editor.
  • Circle of 5ths Explorer
  • Djenerator - A metal breakdown generator.
  • Frequency Explorer - A microtonal additive synthesizer + sequencer
  • Funklet - Drum machine and library of famous drum patterns.
  • Jamwithchrome - Play music live with your friends online.
  • Keithwhor.com/music - Musical Keyboard - JS Dynamic Audio Synth.
  • Klangmeister - Live coding environment for the browser.
  • Klank - Sound and animation in the browser using PureScript.
  • Landr - Automatic audio mastering.
  • Lissajous - A tool for programmatic audio performance in the browser.
  • Loopjs - Live Electronic Music Performance Software.
  • Looplabs - Cloud based music studio.
  • Matrix Piano - Virtual 2D piano to use the PC keyboard as an instrument.
  • Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator - Sketch out musical chord progressions.
  • MyNoise - Background noises and interactive soundscapes.
  • Piano Genie - Machine learning augmented piano app.
  • Reactor - Online DJ controller connected to SoundCloud.
  • Repeater Orchestra - An orchestra of repeaters which repeat the conductor.
  • Scale Explorer - Visual scale explorer.
  • Song Maker - Simple step sequencer.
  • Sononym - Visual sample browser.
  • Splice - Music creation and collaboration platform.
  • SuperCollider - Platform for audio synthesis and algorithmic composition.
  • Synth Time - Simple synthesizer.
  • Synthi-JS - A JavaScript emulator of the legendary EMS Synthi A synthesizer.
  • TimeStretch - Online tool to loop, speed up, slow down, and pitch shift sections of an audio file.
  • ToneBasic - Programmatic sound generation in the browser.
  • Websynths - Free browser-based microtonal midi instrument.
  • QuasiMusic - Quasiperiodic tilings of the plane as sound triggers.
  • Qwerkey - Keyboard tonnetz.

Virtual Reality

Guitar, Ukulele, …

  • Chordata - A dummy chord-book for mandolin, ukulele and guitar.
  • Fretboard - Online Guitar fretboard viewer to study scales and chords.
  • SmartGuitarAmp - Guitar plugin using neural networks to emulate real world hardware.
  • UkeGeeks - Creates fingering diagrams by reading plain text or ChordPro ukulele songs.
  • Ukutabs - Source for ukulele tabs, chords, tips, tools, guides
  • Ukulele Chord Finder

Services

AI Music Creation

Music Distribution

Management

  • SongRiffer - Organize and browse riffs and song ideas.

Datasets

  • SigSep - Publicly available datasets for research on source separation.

Misc

Hardware

Synthesizers

  • dadamachines - Toolkit to create automated analog sounds.
  • LittleBits Synth Kit - Snap-together modular synthesizer built in partnership with KORG.
  • Modal 002R - 8 or 12 voice digital/analogue hybrid 3U rack.
  • OP-1 - A powerful portable music workstation. with sampler, multi-track support, and onboard synth generation.
  • Organelle - Intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine.
  • Pocket Operators - Tiny, low-cost digital instruments.
  • ZynAddSubFX - Polyphonic fully featured musical software synthesizer.
  • Zynthian - Open hardware swiss army knife of synthesis, equipped with multiple engines, filters and effects.

MIDI Controllers

  • Artiphon - Guitar like MPE controller.
  • Bela - Computing platform for creating responsive interactive applications.
  • C-Thru Music Axis - Hexagonal and harmonic table based controller.
  • Continuum Fingerboard - Linear piano like MPE playing surface.
  • DIY Controller - DIY midi controller with simple buttons.
  • Dodeka Stellar - Linear and isomorphic MIDI keyboard.
  • dualo du-touch - Accordion like controller with hexagonal pads.
  • Eigenharp - Grid, breath pipe, and touch strip enabled MPE instrument.
  • Erea Touch - Seamless polyphonic MIDI Controller with LED touch surface.
  • Joué - Expressive and modular MPE controller.
  • LinnStrument - Grid based expressive MPE controller.
  • [Lumatone] - Hexagonal isomorphic keyboard.
  • Mimu Gloves - Expressive wearable musical instrument.
  • Morph - Expressive MPE touch controller with swappable hardware interfaces.
  • MPK Mini mkII - Cheap, functional, excellent starter controller.
  • Neova - Expressive finger ring.
  • NuEVI - Electronic valve instrument MIDI controller.
  • Open Woodwind Project - Electronic aerophone.
  • OpenDeck - Hardware platform to build custom MIDI controllers.
  • Poly Expressive - Foot controller.
  • QuNexus - Small and portable MPE keyboard.
  • ROLI Blocks - Portable snap-together MIDI controller with both desktop and mobile interfaces.
  • XVI Desktop - USB 16 Channel Fader Bank with CV, I2C, and MIDI.

Instruments

  • Chapman Stick - 8, 10, or 12 string fretboard tapping instrument.
  • Harpejji - Electric stringed musical instrument.
  • Karlax - Multi sensor expressive Clarinette like instrument.
  • Keytam - Tunable guitar-tambourine hybrid.
  • Musical Instrument Challenge - List of DIY instruments.
  • Orba - Ball shaped, hand sized musical instrument.
  • OTTO - Sampler, sequencer, multi-engine synth and effects in a box.

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Awesome Music Production

A curated list of software, services and resources to create and distribute music.

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