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Music Resources - Fort Wayne

Free music and audio recordings to enrich learning for all levels, from preschool to college; or just to enjoy

Recording and Editing Tools

Adobe Workstations

The Library has two iMac workstations dedicated to the Adobe suite of media editing software. These are located in the Creative Commons workroom. Programs include: Adobe Audition audio editor, Adobe Premier Pro video editor, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Prelude media ingest tool.

Access requires the same login used for your class. If you are not taking a class that requires Adobe, you will not have access. 

Open Source Tools

Below are widely used open-source tools for recording and editing, along with some fun tools for composing music.

NOTE: Some of these tools contain .exe files. While these tools are well-known and well-policed, use caution. 

Audio Tools

Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. Audacity is available for Windows®, Mac®, GNU/Linux® and other operating systems. 

Video Tools

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Free, open source, multi-platform (Windows®, Mac®, Linux®).

Composing Tools

Chordz and Chordit - Need to write or program an accompaniment to your sweet sweet melody? Try using Chordz or Chordit, with their virtual keyboard. Also available from GitHub

Chordify - Covering someone else's song? Copy and paste the URL of the song from YouTube, SoundCloud, or Deezer into Chordify to generate the chords in sheet music or tabs. Create an account to save your playlists.

Earslap - "procedural music, art, computation and some other things"

  • Otomata and Circuli are online generative sequencers that produce "sound events" through the movement of cells or circles, respectively. Move the cells in different ways to create a range of sounds and textures. It's addicting! Also available as apps for mobile devices. 
  • Touch pianist uses your keyboard to play well-known piano pieces. 
  • Fingerneedle is "a gesture based instrument that is operated from a multi-touch enabled surface. In essence, it is a sampler instrument which converts sounds into square images and the performer plays rectangular portions from these images with touch." Available from GitHub.

Seaquence - Interactive online or as an app, Seaquence allows you to create and combine "musical lifeforms" into dynamic compositions. The way each creature looks and sounds is determined by the step-sequencer pattern, and other parameters you can tweak including the audio waveform, octave, scale, melody, envelope, and volume.

Music Notation

MuseScore - free music notation software, for Windows®, Mac®, and Linux® platforms.