Free Music Software
If you're new to digital music creation, we've collected a list of free music software to help get you started! You can control any of the following music software using MoveMusic Control VR.
Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)
The most important type of music software is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). This kind of software allows you to record, playback, or live loop multiple tracks of audio and virtual instrument sounds. You can use MoveMusic Control VR to control DAW software with your body movements: air-drum a drum beat, play instrument sounds, or manipulate effects.
GarageBand : Our Recommendation for macOS
Apple's GarageBand is an entry level DAW with some great build-in sounds. If you're on macOS, getting this software is a no-brainer!
Waveform Free : Best Cross-Platform Option
Tracktion's Waveform Free is a full music production studio with advanced tools. It works on macOS, PC, and Linux computers. Although a bit harder to learn than GarageBand, what you learn can help you later when using other music software.
Some other free DAWs to check out are:
- BitWig's free version (limited to 8 tracks)
- Cakewalk (PC only)
- BandLab's DAW in your web browser
- Akai's MPC Beats
Plugins (More Sounds for your DAW)
Another common type of music software are Plugins: software that plugs-into and can be used inside of DAWs. Plugins often come in the form of sound modules and audio effects. This means that if your DAW is missing a sound you want to use, you can download a plugin with the sound you want and then use that plugin within your DAW.
With the addition of some free plugins, you'll be able to play a wide variety of sounds with your body movements in MoveMusic. Electric guitars, choirs, hand bells, you name it!
Spitfire Audio LABS
Spitfire Audio's LABS is a large library of free, very high-quality musical sounds that keeps growing! Want the sound of a music box, a mandolin, or a glass piano? Check out LABS!
Vital Audio's Vital Synth is a free synthesizer with very advanced features! A synthesizer (synth) is a sound module that allows you to craft unique electronic sounds from basic wave forms.
- Komplete Start: pack of 16 high-quality instruments
- Surge XT Synth
- Valhalla Super Massive: a reverb effect