Here you will find free programs offered by manufacturers we represent. Some may be free-for-use, others may be demos or trial versions. If you like the program, check our prices for the full, licensed version.
your free introduction to music notation software
With Finale Notepad, you can create orchestrations of up to eight staves. You can add notes by clicking them into the staff or importing MIDI or MusicXML files. Once your music is in NotePad, you can hear it play back, see it on the printed page, and share it with other NotePad users and users of other Finale family music notation software. Free download
A free notation program from the makers of Sibelius. With Sibelius|First you can write music with up to 4 instrumental parts.
Mixcraft Recording Studio by Acoustica
Download a free two week trial of Mixcraft 9 to test drive your own personal music recording studio. Mixcraft 9 is the perfect blend of ease-of-use and pro features. With great workflow and less clutter, you’ll be able to focus on making music and not technical details.
Translated into 20 languages: Chinese Traditional and Simplified, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hellenic, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
Requires Windows 7 SP1, 8, or 10, 8 GB RAM, 1.8 GHz Dual-Core Processor. Free Download
THE SHRIEK OF DEATH from Boom Library
This FREE Sound Effects pack contains sounds from the Aztec death whistles. When raised to the lips and blown, they produce a shrieking sound so human that it can paralyze the listener in their tracks. We found the death whistles exceedingly interesting for sound design so we decided to do high quality recordings of the instrument and give it away for FREE. 179 ROYALTY-FREE SOUNDS33 WAV files • 96kHz/24bit • 670MB. Download here. (You will need to create a user on Boom Library.)
Voltage Modular Nucleus from Cherry Audio
In order to support people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, Cherry Audio is supplying Voltage Modular Nucleus FREE for everybody. It’s a complete modular synthesis package, with 22 modules and over 130 presets, for OSX and Windows.
Stay home, stay safe, make some music, and learn to master modular synthesis. We’ll all get through this together.
– Cherry Audio
Mls Tool from Wave Arts
MlsTool is an application used to measure impulse responses. You can use MlsTool to measure the room reverberation of acoustical spaces, or to measure digital effects units, speaker cabinets, spring or plate reverbs, etc. The impulse responses from MlsTool can be loaded into our ConvologyXT plug-in to reproduce the measured system.
MlsTools is distributed as a zip archive containing the application and a PDF manual. There is no purchase or registration required. Free download.
After unzipping the files, run the application and select Audio Settings to select the playback and recording devices. It’s recommended to use an external USB audio interface, and you should use the same audio device for both playback and recording, so that the sampling clocks for D/A and A/D conversion are perfectly synchronized. See the manual for more information.
After selecting the audio devices, choose an MLS length and click Start to begin the measurement. The app will play a few seconds of white noise, and will then write the measured impulse response to the file “impulse.wav”. At this point one generally repeats the measurement a few times while tweaking the output and input levels to get a good record level. When the levels are correct you can examine your impulse response in a sound editor, or load directly into Convology XT.
- Maximum-length sequence (MLS) measurement application
- 24-bit WAV, 16-bit WAV or ACSII text output files
- Measures mono to mono responses, mono to stereo, and stereo to stereo (4-channel true stereo)
- IR lengths from 255 samples to 1M samples
- Supports any sampling rate provided by audio interface
- MacOS 10.8 and up
MlsTool is a 64-bit MacOS application
- Windows 7/8/10
MlsTool is a 32-bit Windows application
- It is recommended to use an external USB audio device for both playback and recording.
Convology XT from Wave Arts
Convology XT is a free convolution reverb, the result of a collaboration between Impulse Record and Wave Arts. Convology XT comes with 74 vintage impulse responses, a sampling of the 3,556 impulse responses in the Convology XT library.
The Convology XT Complete Library is focused on vintage reverb effects. Responses were sampled from 126 different pieces of vintage studio gear from studios all over the world. There are 10 separate libraries: 80s-90s DSP 1 Basic, 80s-90s DSP 2 Classic, 80s-90s DSP 3 Pro, Plates, Springs Bright, Springs Boingy, Springs Warm, Echo Space, Vintage Amps, and Vintage German DSP. The libraries are affordably priced.
The Convology XT True Stereo Library consists of 4-channel true stereo impulse responses. There are 2 separate true stereo libraries: True Stereo 1 and True Stereo 2.
The plug-in features an easy to use interface to browse through the libraries, allowing the user to quickly step through presets and audition on the fly while the music is playing. Despite being free, Convology XT is a world class convolution reverb, with CPU efficient processing, low latency and zero latency modes, max IR length of 2M samples (40 sec at 48 kHz), support for true stereo responses, support for WAV and AIF files, and modulation. There are also extensive IR modification functions, including stretch, decay time scaling, EQ, frequency-dependent decay time scaling, time reverse, and amplitude envelope. And a cool UI with real time spectrum, time display, and images of the vintage gear.
The beauty of Convology XT is the ease of browsing a huge vintage library, with truly world class impulse response files.
- Requires a host program that supports audio plug-ins. iLok licensing not supported.
- Macintosh – AU, VST2, VST3, AAX
OS-X 10.11 to MacOS 11 (Big Sur) supported
M1 chip supported, AU and VST3 formats
AAX – Pro Tools 11 and higher
64-bit hosts only
- Windows – VST2, VST3, AAX
AAX – Pro Tools 10.3.5 and higher
32-bit and 64-bit hosts supported