What are the best free software application for music composition?

asked by Duane Theron
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    #1MuseScore

    MuseScore
    MuseScore is a free open-source cross-platform music notation software. It supports notations for piano, guitar, and even bands, orchestras and other forms of music.  
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "I used MuseScore to train my nephew's ears so he can compose his own songs, and the software is flawless. "
  2. 13

    #2ScoreCloud

    ScoreCloud

    ScoreCloud is a music notation software created by Doremir Music Research AB. It supports most instruments, including voice. It has a free limited version but is also offered at two other paid versions.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Carol Wheeler
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "Great for me! Been looking for a free software like this for a long time, now I can check the notes on the golden (LOL) licks that I produce on my guitar. "
  3. 10

    #3GoldWave

    GoldWave

    Goldwave is a digital audio editing software that allows you to record and edit audio with the most advanced audio processing tools. Goldwave works on Windows and Linux.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Eric Watson
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "A great free solution for an aspiring artist like me! The simple controls made it easy for me to create music, I am still learning though!"
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    #4GarageBand

    GarageBand

    GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Scott Collins
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "All of my friends and I use GB to create music, I don't know why this only is thrid on the list. It took me some time before I got used to it but now using it is a breeze. "
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    #5LMMS

    LMMS

    LMMS is a free and open-source digital audio workstation software. It is for creating melodies and synthesizing sounds for arranging samples. It also has a user-friendly MIDI keyboard along with presets and samples. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Larry Richardson
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "My bro uses this for his hiphop compositions and it works so well, might be because of the built-in effects, and it is linked to his Souncloud acct too, so we can always listen if he is better than others LOL"
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    #6Audacity

    Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    David Gardner
    Written on August 16, 2018
    "I've tried the other programs on this list before and while they all have good qualities Audacity takes the cake for me. real easy to use. Now I can try and edite my songs in less than an hour, though I scrap most of those XD"
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    #7Ardour

    Ardour

    Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation that allows you to record, edit and mix tracks, in a complete professional interface but also easy to learn and to use. Ardour is a very helpful tool for professionals such as audio engineers, musicians, and composers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #8Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Anna Owens
    Written on November 24, 2018
    "RECOMMENDED! Simple, and has a a free mobile platform, can't say anything bad about that. I dont always have my laptop with me but I don't go anywhere without my phone so having an app is a great way to make music whenever and wherever I get inspired to do so."

Summary

Best What are the best free software application for music composition
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1MuseScoreSoftware 15 Free
2ScoreCloudSoftware 13 Free
3GoldWaveSoftware 10 Free
4GarageBandSoftware 7 Free
5LMMSSoftware 6 Free
6AudacitySoftware 4 Free
7ArdourSoftware 4 Free
8Music Maker JamApps 0 Free
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