View Full Version : Free (or close to free) electronic music composition software?

Oct 3, 2006, 07:47 PM
I am a contemporary classical music composer and I am wondering if anyone knows of any programs for manipulating sound? I don't mean like gargageband or audacity. I don't want to record guitars or voice or anything and I am not looking to write electronica or beats or anything. I am looking for a program where one can manipulate several base frequencies into more complex waves by using effects, filters and automation. I used audiomulch (the perfect program for this stuff) for Windows but it is not available for OS X yet.

Oct 4, 2006, 02:18 AM
do you know about max (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_%28software%29)?

Oct 4, 2006, 10:31 AM
do you know about max?

He did say free. :)

These are a few:

Ceclia (Csound)

Soundhack (a classic)

PD (like Max/MSP. Project developer is Max/MSP developer)


Csound5 was recently released. You can find a csound5 binary out there and use that with Cecilia.

Oct 4, 2006, 11:24 AM
He did say free.
or close, which is relative :-)

i linked to the wikipedia page instead of cycle74 because they listed all those variants.

Oct 4, 2006, 11:39 AM
All of those programs look like options. Max and Cecilia look like nice. I'll have time to try them out tonight. Have you guys used them a lot? Do you have any compositions that you have written with the programs that I could listen to?

Oct 4, 2006, 11:49 AM
i've not used any of them. the last time i "composed" something was, errr, nearly 20 years ago, and i used MOTU's Composer.

messing around with Max is something i've been telling myself i'll do in my spare time for over 10 years now.