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The best software for recording/transcribing/editing your music

As a musician or composer, it can be overwhelming to figure out the best computer softwares for honing your craft and creating compositions. There is an abundance of these programs out there, ranging from free to expensive, simple to extremely complex and professional. No need to fear – here’s our list of some of our favorite music-related computer softwares and how you can use them to your advantage!

Music-Making Software:

  1. GarageBand

GarageBand is a classic for Mac users. It’s a free, user friendly app that is a fully equipped music creation studio. Apple advertises the service as being “easy to learn, play, record, create, and share” your music. Great for beginners who are creating recordings, and who have Mac computers.

  1. Tracktion T7

This is a great alternative to GarageBand, that’s also free. Tracktion lets users download older versions of the software for free when they update. Even if a little out of date, Tracktion still has some great features, and even has an edge over GarageBand in at least one regard – Tracktion has MDI-out functionality, meaning users can send tracks to outside synthesizers and drum machines. This is also great for beginners creating recordings and sampling tracks, but can be used on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Transcription Software:

  1. Transcribe!

Transcribe! doesn’t automatically transcribe for the user, but it is a specialized player program that is enhanced for transcription. This free app helps users figure out what they’re playing from a recording. Great for beginners who don’t want to commit to a more expensive or complicated software, and is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

  1. ScoreCloud

Score Cloud claims to be the “Google Translate” of music transcription. It automatically turns recordings into sheet music, and allows users to edit and arrange once the sheet music has been created. ScoreCloud is also super user-friendly, and has capabilities for beginners and professionals, so it is a great software to grow and learn with. Songs are also stored online and can be automatically synced to all devices. This is a great software for people who don’t want to break the bank, but want a more sophisticated, but easy to navigate, transcription software.

Hopefully this helps you get started on your composing journeys – now get writing!


P.S. Want more resources for recording and editing music? Check out The TheaterMakers Studio for a complete list!

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