List of music software

This is a list of notable software for creating, performing, learning, analyzing, researching, broadcasting and editing music. This article only includes software, not services. For streaming services such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, Prime Music, and Spotify, see Comparison of on-demand streaming music services. For storage, uploading, downloading and streaming of music via the cloud, see Comparison of online music lockers. This list does not include discontinued historic or legacy software, with the exception of trackers that are still supported.[1][2] For example, the company Ars Nova produces music education software, and its software program Practica Musica has remnants of the historic Palestrina software. Practica will be listed here, but not Palestrina.[3] If a program fits dozens of categories, such as a comprehensive DAW or a foundation programming language (e.g. Pure Data), listing is limited to its top three categories.

Types of music software

CD ripping software

Choir and learn-to-sing software

This section includes both choir software and learn-to-sing software. For music learning software, see music education software.

DJ software

Digital audio workstation (DAW) software

Computer music software

Internet, RSS, Broadcast Music Software

This section only includes software, not services. For services programs like Spotify, Pandora, Prime Music, etc. see Comparison of on-demand streaming music services. Likewise, list includes music RSS apps, widgets and software, but for a list of actual feeds, see Comparison of feed aggregators. For music broadcast software lists in the cloud, see Content delivery network and Comparison of online music lockers.

Lyrics and Vocals

MIDI plug-ins

Music analysis software

Music circuit software

Music composing software

Music engraving software

Music education software

  • EarMaster
  • InstrumentChamp (video game for also acoustic guitar, and piano, drum, sax and trumpet; multiplayer)
  • Reaktor (software creation of nearly every instrument; reverse engineering encouraged)
  • Rocksmith (video game with emphasis on instructional aspects; unique in that controller can be any electric guitar w/ 1/4" jack)
  • Synthesia (video game with piano instruction aspects)
  • WaveSurfer (studies of acoustic phonetics)
  • Yousician (educational game to learn to play guitar and piano)

Music gaming software

Music mathematics software

Music notation software

Music player software

Music research software

Music technology, synthesis and o/s software

Music visualization software

Orchestration software

Drums and Percussion



Pipe organ

  • Hauptwerk produces audio in response to MIDI signal from attached keyboard or from a MIDI sequencer[7]

Automatic composition software

Samplers and Sequencers

Soundtrack creation software


Name Latest
License OS versions File format support VST
Windows OS X Linux MID MOD XM IT S3M
Renoise 2019-08 Commercial Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
OpenMPT 2019-09 BSD Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoundTracker (beta) 2006-02 GPL No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
MilkyTracker  2018-02 GPL Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Load Load No Yes
Buzztrax 2015-09-03 LGPL Yes Yes Yes Load Load Load Load No Yes Yes
Psycle 2017-03 GPL Yes No No No Load Yes Load Load Yes Yes

Virtual Studio Technology Hosting Software

Virtual Synthesizer and Studio Software

See also


  1. "Short History of Computer Music". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  2. "The 14 pieces of software that shaped modern music". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. Walter B. Hewlett, Computing in Musicology, 1990, p. 112, Stanford Music Lab, Menlo Park, CA. Ars Nova (educational music software company, not music style) is at Ars Nova Software
  4. "Sound and Sonification—Wolfram Language Documentation". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. "Music & Math". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. "Intelligence, new visions of artificial intelligence in practice". 11. Association for Computing Machinery. 2000. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. Thomas Wichmann, The Hauptwerk Computer Program, Review in "The American Organist" 2004 July
  8. VST plug-ins
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