I've never been messing around with free software.
Why, do I have too much money?
No, I was just quite dissatisfied with
the performance of the
top notch software offered at that time, not to mention free music
recording software. I was constantly looking for improvements, hoping that
programmers finally "get" what the user wants.
But now things have changed.
Computers are fast enough to run
even demanding audio applications and professional programs often provide more
functions than you actually need.
It's not that programmers improved very much on the
human interface or the musical intelligence (in my humble
opinion), but they have implemented so many functions, that almost
anything is possible somehow. This makes software often more
complicated than necessary for a specific task.
Therefore these days another wish arises.
A recording software that has a dedicated task, is
simple to use and keeps you focused on your production idea.
This is where free music recording software comes
There are some great programs out there that give you all
the sound quality and functions you need for a certain project. Sometimes
even for free, nothing, rien, nada,....
requirements. Look if the software is
available for your operating system and if your computer is fast enough
for this application. Manufacturers recommendations are usually set a bit
too low. That means, get a better computer than recommended.
You don't have to record on 64bit/192kHz
but you don't want to record on 8 bit either. Your recording software
should at least support recording in CD quality (16bit/44.1kHz)
If you want to overdub (record, while you
listen to what's already recorded), you need a low latency interface with
it's drivers (ASIO, WMF, or similar)
No serious Bugs.
You don't want to loose half a day of recording work just to find out that
everything is gone just because of a buggy software. Take your time and
test the important functions on your own computer.
all you need. Yes, it might be love
(according to the Beatles), but also some recording functions, effects,
headphone mix, MIDI functionality etc. Think of what you actually need
regarding your recording project and see, if the software provides all
don't want to talk you into using free software after you have invested
into a big recording program. I know what's the difference, but for
beginners it's a serious option. It's maybe good enough to record your
This free music recording software is usually easy to
learn and not as feature overloaded, that it takes weeks to explore
But take a look for yourself. You can download and
use this programs for free. Make your first steps into multitrack
recording or try them just for fun to see, if this programs can make your
Kristal Audio Engine/Kreatives.com
A 16 channel multitrack recorder that supports ASIO, VST effects, up to
32bit/192kHz Audio files and is easy to handle. This software should be
enough for recording small acoustic projects but with all effects,
filtering and mixing.
A fast free music editing software that is capable of multi-track
recording for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg,
and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in
effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo. Unfortunately no ASIO
driver available because of legal problems.