Music Shareware & Demos

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Music Programs

Album Tracker ( http://www.winsite.com/info/pc/win95/pim/at16dl.exe/ ) will help you catalog all your CDís records and tapes with 14 different fields including Title, Artist, Category, Value, Copyright Date, Length, Producer, Rating, Condition, Location, Label, and Media. Also included, are two custom fields that you can use for whatever information you like as well as the Librarian fields 'Lent to' and 'Date Lent'. Album Tracker has a simple, easy-to-use interface that not only makes it easy to enter information, but also makes it easy to browse, sort, and print reports on the information you have entered. There are sections to enter your own Notes on the album as well as list the Songs. A 'Find' button is also available, which enables you to search for information as your database of albums grows.

Cool Edit 96 ( http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/programs/Cool_Edit_Win32/ ) is a complete, easy-to-use digital audio editor for Windows 95 / NT. You can record and play audio files in a wide variety of formats, edit and mix files together, and easily convert files from one format to another, including RealAudio. This all-in-one audio editing tool provides a wide variety of audio effects, including EQ, reverb, flange, distortion, pitch and tempo adjustment. You can even create Brainwave files to induce deep sleep or relaxation.

Drums! ( http://www.winsite.com/info/pc/win95/sounds/drums100d.exe/ ) allows you to create drum music, play it and export it to digital audio. It uses drumsets created from CD quality sampled sounds so you don't need a wavetable soundcard. It provides high resolution control over every single beat you produce including panning, volume and length. The tempo is also adjustable. Features: You can create your own drumsets, Almost unlimited number of instruments, Almost unlimited number of bars, Export to WAV, Panning and volume control for every single beat

Easy Quiz ( http://www.winsite.com/info/pc/win95/misc/ezquizw1.zip/ ) creates three kinds of computer based multi-media Quizzes - Match Question and Answer, Type an Answer and Multiple Choice. Each question can contain additional information in the form of Text, Graphics, Voice, Video or Music files. The questions and additional information can be previewed before the quiz is taken and studied after it has ended, making this an ideal study tool. And the results achieved on the quiz can be written to a disk file for later analysis. Quizzes can be fully customized. All colors, presentation screens, results graphs and feedback information can be changed to make the quiz your unique program. An Opening Screen, an Introduction, an About Box, a Help System and a Closing Screen can be added, and you can also includeyour own program Icon and Help file.

Use WinZip ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/utilities/files.asp?x_fileid=104938 ) to uncompress the files needed to install Easy Quiz.

KeyNote Music Drills ( http://www.aloha.net/~khigaki/home.htm ) is designed to help music students learn to identify the notes of the bass clef, treble clef, and grand staff, and to locate their positions on the keyboard or guitar and bass guitar fingerboard. There are additional drills for the alto and tenor clefs, bass guitar, and key signature. Options include timed drills, set drill item count, Test Mode to record score and times, Top 10 Best Scores for all drills, file support for individual score statistics, visual feedback for elapsed time via progress indicator, and sound playback (registered version only).

MicroChart/32 ( http://www.aloha.net/~khigaki/home.htm ) was originally developed as a DOS graphics program in 1983 by Keith Higaki during his teaching assignment at the University of Hawaii and from the very beginning has been used to design and chart the halftime shows of the University of Hawaii "Rainbow" Marching Band and the Hula Bowl All-Star Halftime Pageantry. Since most other early marching band drill design programs were for the Apple (then IIe) computers, MicroChart was one of the first program of it's kind for the DOS/IBM PC platform. A Windows version was released in 1991 which included several major enhancements that took advantage of the new graphical environment.

Music Ace ( http://www.harmonicvision.com/ ) Provides an introduction to music fundamentals for beginning music students, both young and old. Following the friendly direction of Maestro Max and his choir of singing notes, users participate in a series of 24 comprehensive lessons, play a variety of challenging games, and easily compose their own music on a unique Music Doodle Pad.

AKoff Music Composer ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=108173 ) is music recognition system which performs WAVE to MIDI conversion. composer recognizes single instrument polyphonic music from microphone (other WAVE input or file) and converts it into MIDI sequences. Composer lets you open MIDI files, play them, display the set of instruments used in the song, their volume and balance and change all these attributes and also record new tracks. You can sing, whistle or play guitar, piano, flute and so on with your microphone, Composer will automatically recognize and score your music and create standard MIDI sequences. Neither a MIDI keyboard nor any musical experience are required to compose music.

Musical Generator ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=93433 ) is a shareware program that creates music and MIDI files from fractals, pictures, text and numbers. Lots of fractals can be used and each fractal can be adjusted in infinite ways to create weird, crazy or beautiful music. Also you can turn bitmaps into music. You can use the names of yourself and your friend to see whether they sound good together. And you can insert your tax figures, model results or whatever numeric source in order to create music.

Music-Memo-Game ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=135893 ) is a Concentration-type memory game with a music theme, in which you must match pairs of pictures and their associated sounds. The shareware-version includes 3 different Games: 10 classical music composers and a sample of their music. 10 instruments and the sounds of this instruments. 10 short melodies With the licensed Version you can add your own images and sounds to create your own Music-Memory!

Psychedelic Screen Saver ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=114677 ) is a light synthesizer that generates an astounding variety of mesmerizing patterns. As the patterns materialize on your screen, the colors will shift, undulate, and blow your mind. Whether you're into abstract art, mathematics, or just have a history of mental illness, you'll love this screen saver. Included with the screen saver are over 250 displays demonstrating some of the capabilities of the software. If, however, you wish to create your own displays, you can construct your own using the hundreds of controls that govern the animation creation process. The variety of displays that can be created is absolutely staggering. The Psychedelic Screen Saver has been designed to work in conjunction with CD/Spectrum Pro V3.4 in order to provide stunning visual effects that synchronize with the sounds from an audio source (like a music CD or an MP3 or WAV file...).

QuasiFractal Composer ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=145149 ) creates avant-garde musical pieces by combining fractal music with algorithmic composition. Unlike programs that rely heavily on static rhythms and new-age synthesizer patches, it is designed to surprise the listener with emergent musical textures and structures. It generates standard MIDI files that can be played using the built-in MIDI controls or exported to other MIDI players and sequencers.

TypaTune ( http://www.jumbo.com/pages/upload/files.asp?x_fileid=146664 ) If you can type K K G G K K D D G H K... to the rhythm of "America The Beautiful" You can experience the thrill and excitement of playing real music, even if you're not a musician! You play the melody while TypaTune accompanies you with the harmony. This demo version comes with only 2 songs. The full version comes with over 50 songs!

Standard Notation Programs

FreeStyle ( http://www.motu.com/english/other/Downloads.html ) Freestyle is the first trackless sequencer with instant music notation. Powerful, yet easy to use, FreeStyle gives you the freedom to concentrate on what is most important to you - your music. Create compositions intuitively using ensembles, players, takes and arrangements. Get inspired with FreeStyleís dozens of drum riffs. Notate your performances as you play. See your music on screen exactly as it will print. Get started quickly with built-in support for dozens of popular MIDI instruments, including any General MIDI device. FreeStyle provides both tape recorder and drum machine style composing.

Melody Assistant ( http://www.winsite.com/info/pc/win95/sounds/melocomp.exe/ ) offers a friendly interface and powerful features: A built-in softsynth is included, An easy-to-use editor enables you to place and move notes on the staves. It processes all the break and effect symbols and uses them while playing the music. You can record your own sounds and use them as instruments in your tunes. It calculates tablatures for any fretted instrument or harmonica and displays the chord diagrams. A wide guitar chord diagram user-defineable library is provided. You can associate lyrics to a tune, and let the music play in Karaoke (multi-voices) mode. Graphic and texts can be inserted at any point on the score. A jukebox is integrated (playlist).

Muse ( http://www.musements.co.uk/muse/ ) is a music editor which shows you the music in standard notation, tablature or the ABC folk music notation. Up to 8 parts with different instruments play simultaneously. At the bottom of the screen are the symbols you need. Click on the symbol and the mouse pointer turns into that symbol. Click on the staff to drop the symbol into place. The computer plays back what you have written. Guitar chords can be written by name (e.g. Em7) and they play too. Muse can transpose music into new keys. It automatically inserts bar lines, spills the music onto new lines keeping bars together (like a word processor spills words) and inserts a clef and key signature at the start of each line. Muse supports all four clefs: treble, alto, tenor and bass. Any part can have any clef and you can change clef within a part.

MusEdit ( http://www.musedit.com/ ) MusEdit is a powerful yet inexpensive music notation editor (only $79, compared to $200-$400 for other such software). Use MusEdit to write standard treble and bass music notation, tab notation for 4, 5, and 6 string instruments in any tuning (including bass), rhythm notation, lyrics in any font, and to draw chord diagrams -either from a chord dictionary or by creating your own. MusEdit can also import MIDI files and turn them into notation instantly, with up to 20 instrument staffs, including percussion notation! You can also use MusEdit to translate standard music notation to tab, or vice versa; transpose; play your music as sound; print beautiful looking scores, and more... Plus, MusEdit comes with a printed, well illustrated, 170 page manual.

NoteWorthy Composer ( http://www.ntworthy.com/ ) is a software music composition and notation processor for Windows. It allows you to create, record, edit, print, and play back your own musical scores. Write your own songs, or transcribe existing songs, using the notation editor. The editor allows you to create notation in a manner similar to writing a document in a word processor. Add parts (staves), notes, text, lyrics, and symbols directly from the editor. Songs can be played back via your computer's sound card, or to external MIDI setups. You can use an external MIDI keyboard for real-time and step-time entry of your music. Print your whole score for a conductor's view, or just the parts that you select. You can specify the notation size for fitting various arrangements on the page. A transpose feature can be used to transpose parts from one key to another. Notes and key signatures are automatically updated to the new key.

Professional Notation Programs

Finale ( http://www.codamusic.com/coda/fin2000.asp ) For years, Coda's Finale has reigned supreme as the notation program of choice for professional copyists and arrangers. Although there are many other capable notation packages for Macs and PCs, few can match Finale's sheer number of features, its versatility, and its printed-output quality.
Finale Forum (for Finale Users) ( http://www.cmp.net/finale/index.html )

Personal Composer for Windows ( http://www.pcomposer.com/ ) is a full-featured program that is used by musicians and composers around the world. It is used to write music for publication and electronic music production. A DOS version of Personal Composer was demonstrated at the first MIDI NationalAssociation of Music Merchants trade show, at Chicago, in June 1983. Personal Composer for Windows was first released in 1994. Personal Composer for Windows runs under Microsoft Windows 3.1, Win95, Win98, or WinNT. It is compatible with Microsoft's multimedia standard for recording and multi-port playback, and supports popular soundboards. It will analyze and transcribe input from any MIDI instrument and reads Standard MIDI files. Personal Composer is distributed in three levels: 8-staff, 16-staff, and 44-staff. The two lower levels have other limitations relative to the features in the 44-staff program.

Sibelius ( http://www.sibelius.com/? ) Sibelius is the music notation program for the 21st Century. It's designed to notate, edit, play back and publish music of every kind, to the highest professional standards. Its speed, elegance and unique features will make your life much easier, take the chore out of composing, arranging and copying music - and put you in complete control.