Your Recommended Free PC Software

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by Andy2 »

I've not looked at this thread before and am amazed at the amount of free stuff out there, and the hard work that must go into all these.

what would be cool would be an SOS demo project recorded using only freeware software.................mmmmmmmm!
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

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For those who are interested in, here's my (WIN32) Open Source software list @ ReactOS' wiki.

Contributions are welcomed !

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by PlaguesBand »

hi guys, how's it going?

gotta be NorthPole (awesome filter) at:

I'm sure the outstanding SIR reverb has already been covered here but worth mentioning just in case.

dB Tempo Delay is also really nice. It is made by db audioware and you can find it at:

PLEASE NOTE: this link is to downlaod a demo of their entire (albeit not that huge) mastering suite which is time limited 30 day trial only. To just get the free delay, download the whole demo, start the installer and make sure you choose a custom installation. Now if you untick all the trial versions and just leave the delay at the bottom of the list it will just install the completely free full version of the tempo delay. I easily rate this as one of the simplest and most effective tempo delays I have ever used. The layout makes it really simple to get some beautiful stereo delays.


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by Mark Knutson »

I just tried the Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Hammond B3 plugs from

I think they sound surprisingly good, but I will mention that they have nag screens where the controls are obscured for a bit by a donation screen when you open the control panel.

Their web site isn't clear on what it costs to get some of the nags removed, but the B3 one is 15 euro, and there is a new version of the B3 for 40 euro. Much better value than the NI ones.

The author also explains that he was inspired to develop the fender rhodes after seeing Ray Charles play one in the Blues Brothers movie! That is the great scene where Ray, a music store owner, shoots a pistol into the wall by a youth is trying to steal a stratocaster.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by wavesound »

renflo wrote:hi ! my favorite PC/mac free software is ardour, it is a clone of Protools.
For the moment it works on both macOS and linux but will run on windows soon.
take a look at the screenshot It seem to work very well (better than cubase I think)
to try it on a PC you just have to insert a live CD of Linux in your computer : agnula demudi live

You can get 64studio as a live CD/DVD and just run this to test all the sound apps you need on Linux.

Its a learning curve as when you first started any mutitrack software, but once you have it you'll stay with it.
Give it a go.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by XdigiX »


Some very useful stuff here:

I've found myself revisiting this site on numerous occasions, it seems to be pretty regularly updated, and the ratings seem to me to be pretty accurate and knowledgeable.
e.g. ccleaner which always seems to be a favorite of this forum is highly recommended and notably Ad-Aware and Spy-Bot have fallen out of favour.
I know most of you wouldn't dream of setting this stuff loose on a DAW partition and may anti-virus may be disabled etc, but for other use I thought I pass it on!!

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by Indigo2 »

Actually I'm looking for a software, that's "not as good as it could be".
I have tried to help some schools find a midi-software that only enables them to connect a midi-keyboard and play back through the Microsopft GS Wavetable.
It's intended for exams in the Danish high schools, so it should not feature more than the above mentioned, since that could be use for cheating.
I have found several on-screen midi keyboards, but most of them - even the simplest one - can also display chords played, and that can be use for cheating.
So does anyone know af a freeware program, that just connects a midi-keyboard with the Windows Microsoft GS Wavetable, then I know a some teachers, who'll be very pleased.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by TensionDeficit »

Hey, I'm new here. Don't know if this was recommended, but I just found out about this recently at another forum:

Hydrogen Drum Machine
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by FirstBassman »

+1 for Audacity and Free Amp.

Though Audacity does not have a "Save As wav." Have to "Export" to wav. Just a little of a pain.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Post by timoc »

+1 Sir, Voxengo, Kjaerhus, Digitalfishphones and Audacity!

I've been discovering midi synths this year; been using the free ones only. You can hear the freealpha and the orca in action on my songs "faith" and "my notes on a scandal"

This synth has really convincing and rich sounds.

I use this for bass sounds most of the time.

The only thing I can't find is a free good drum synth.
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Re: N-track.

Post by ulrichburke »

Someone mentioned N-Track, it's got one AWESOME feature that got left out of their post.

You can plug complete music packages into it. So if you have Reason and Garritan (for example), you can take your MIDI track, shove it in N-Track, plug Garritan and Reason into N-Track and use their sounds with your midi file within N-Track! Mixing on the fly as you listen to your track on the great sounds! Just like you'd do with something like Cubase, except for a fraction of the price!!

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