Author Topic: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)  (Read 4633 times)

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« on: May 14, 2016, 07:46:33 pm »
Free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)

1.LMMS (Linux Multi Media Studio) It is for Windows too and OS X. I used this program to make over 500 free audio for Solarus and all my music is done with it. For instance, my Klgo Journey music I added for Solarus as well to use. LMMS is very very easy after you do a few tutorials. The soundfonts I listed at the bottom can be used in it. It is basically a free FL Studio. Examples of my audio.

1.5 - MidSequer This is the best free piano roll software like LMMS I could find for Android. It works quite well and has quite a few instrument choices, but you can not use midi, sf3, and VST.

2. Musagi - I do not know much about this software, but "llamazing" said that there are others saying good things about it. I think it sounds very game like. |Example|

2.5 - cgMusic - This software is amazing. It literally randomly generates music using algorithms. [sample]

At comment 105 at the site he mentions that it is okay to use them in "games" if credits clearly state that cgMusic was used during music production and it would be great if he could get a copy of the game. (but it is said in a way that one does not have to) It would be nice to credit Maciej Biedrzycki in my opinion.

Quote
Maciek says:
September 8th, 2014 at 3:05 pm
@alfwein Actually, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the possibility of using cgMusic commercially and generally I was allowing it. The only thing I ask is that it is clearly stated in the credits that cgMusic was used during music production. Also it would be great if I could get a copy of the game, to see how the music was used :)

Anyway, this credit is important as copyright law is very unclear when it comes to algorithmic compositions. I would like everyone to avoid potential problems – after all the program can give two people identical results if the same random seed is used.

3. sfxr - This software is recommended by one of the best people (Diarandor) apart of the Solarus community. He says that it is very easy, simple and intuitive to use. |Example|

Sfxr even has an android version. This tells you how popular the software is. You can make sound effects when you are bored somewhere with your Smartphone.

You can use Wine on Linux too, but not on all hardware. Do not be sad because I searched like crazy to find the Linux source code. The original sources are gone. Also, you could use the online version: as3sfxr

Download Source: (Login to download)
Source

Open the terminal and install the dependencies:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev libgtk2.0-dev
Extract and point Directory:
Code: [Select]
cd "Drag the sfxr-sdl-1.2.1 extracted folder in the terminal or type out the directory"
Ex:
Code: [Select]
cd '/home/zefk/Downloads/sfxr-sdl-1.2.1'
Build and install:

Code: [Select]
make && sudo make install
Preview:


3.5 - Chiptone This software is basically just like sfxr.

4. Bfxr - Bfxr is an elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games. I will not add an example because you can try it online by clicking the link. Simple to use. Here is an older version if you have some interest in history: as3sfxr-b

You can use Wine on Linux too.

5. LabChirp - A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos - whatever you want! It is a complex program and might require tutorials or this one.

You can use mono on Linux to run it, but you might need some mono .dll
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10490155/unable-to-run-net-app-with-mono-mscorlib-dll-not-found-version-mismatch
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install mono-complete

I installed the complete version and it worked, but I was in a rush and did not have to do that.

6. Famitracker - This software is a free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems and it my favorite impulse tracker. That basically means 8/16bit audio, chiptune! I still think it sounds the best compared to similar modern copies. |Example|Example2||Instruments|

This works on Linux with Wine, but the piano might not show with Wine themes. For example, Windows XP Themes. I tried three different themes and the same error occurred. No theme and it is okay.

7. ChibiTracker The project seems to be dead, but it is very similar to Famitracker and still works. Also, it is said to work on Linux, but it might depend on a certain version. |Example|

8. DefleMask DefleMask is a free Cross-Platform tracker for producing music for many soundchips and old school systems. More chiptune like Famitracker, but this one works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. |Example|

9. Schism Tracker This is another impulse or chiptune software. It has a Windows and Linux version. This was made in early 90s and released in 1995. It became opensource in 2014. |Example|

10. CheeseTracker - This is another impulse tracker program. I find the name to be odd.

11. MilkyTracker - This tracker has an Android version. I have used the android port and there is a lot of settings for all needs.

List of Audio Trackers:
The link gave me great insight on how music was made in the 80s and 90s for video games. I did not think video game consoles had software made for them to make audio. I guess consoles were not for just playing games.
Here or long list

My word! There is a Gameboy Color tracker called Fatass! (It runs on emulators and a Gameboy Color.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYYl-clQL4w

And here is a list of more game system handheld trackers.


Impulse Tracker Graveyard:
It seems Wiki is hating on impulse trackers and deleting them off of Wikipedia. Here is a post for more about impulse trackers. I so want to call this chiptune abuse.

Soundfont(sf2) list for others that want to help Solarus or make music:
I have not tried these free soundfonts yet, but here are the links for those that want to help make music for Solarus or to just make music. You will probably need sfpack and sfark to decompress soundfonts (sf2 files).

Free HQ Orchestra Soundfonts and many others

Musyng Kite soundfont (If you scroll down to, "Some personal recommendations on Soundfonts and synths," then you will find more sound font info on this website.)

Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

Free LMMS or commercial FL Studio are good music making software choices I recommend, but LMMS is free.


Tags:
sf2, Sound font, Soundfont, orchestra, Percussion, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Choir, SFX, instruments, Video game, audio, free, volunteer, Adventure, Space, fantasy, BGM, SE, ME, Background, Sound effect, Musical effect, chiptune, impulse tracker, 8bit, 8, bit, generator, music, sound,


Return to Solarus Resource Help Project
« Last Edit: July 01, 2017, 01:34:00 am by Zefk »

Diarandor

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 753
  • Cats are cool! (ΦωΦ)
    • View Profile
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 11:38:49 pm »
3. sfxr - This software is recommended by one of the best people (Diarandor) apart of the Solarus community. He says that it is very easy, simple and intuitive to use.

I did not know I was one of the best, lol. Thanks for the compliment! XD XD XD

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 12:01:53 am »
You are welcome!  :D

I think you are one of the best! Christopho, MetalZelda, Kibos1er, and Wrightmat too! You guys are all very helpful and kind.  :)

Christopho

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1024
    • View Profile
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 12:05:44 am »
3. sfxr - This software is recommended by one of the best people (Diarandor) apart of the Solarus community. He says that it is very easy, simple and intuitive to use.

I did not know I was one of the best, lol. Thanks for the compliment! XD XD XD
And he is right :) Solarus is better than ever thanks to your feedback: bug reports and feature requests.

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2016, 05:05:56 am »
Added:
4. Famitracker - This software is a free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems. That basically means 8/16bit audio.
« Last Edit: August 17, 2016, 02:39:31 am by Zefk »

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 05:15:24 am »
Added:
5. ChibiTracker The project seems to be dead, but it is very similar to Famitracker and still works. Also, it is said to work on Linux, but it might depend on a certain version. |Example|

6. DefleMask DefleMask is a free Cross-Platform tracker for producing music for many soundchips and old school systems. More chiptune like Famitracker, but this one works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. |Example|

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2016, 05:27:59 am »
Added:

7. Schism Tracker This is another impulse or chiptune software. It has a Windows and Linux version. This was made in early 90s and released in 1995. |Example|

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2016, 05:42:59 am »
Added:

Impulse Tracker Graveyard:
It seems Wiki is hating on impulse trackers and deleting them off of Wikipedia. Here is a post for more about impulse trackers.

Diarandor

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 753
  • Cats are cool! (ΦωΦ)
    • View Profile
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016, 07:23:17 am »
Well... sfxr is actually to create sounds (and not music). There are another 2 programs that are very useful to create sounds: bfxr and LabChirp. Bfxr is like an improved version of sfxr, it has more features and things so it is better, but it is more overwhelming  if you are learning how to create sounds (that is why I preferred sfxr, but I may consider using bfxr someday since now I got some experience).

I have never used LabChirp, but I have read that it is more customizable than bfxr, but less casual and less user friendly. Bfxr and LabChirp may be complementary, and using both of them at the same time may be a good choice.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2016, 07:24:58 am by Diarandor »

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2016, 06:59:10 pm »
Added:

4. Bfxr - Bfxr is an elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games. I will not add an example because you can try it online by clicking the link. Simple to use.

5. LabChirp - A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos - whatever you want! It is a complex program and might require tutorials or this one.

10. CheeseTracker - This is another impulse tracker program. I find the name to be odd.

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2016, 09:43:58 am »
I found this interesting link.
http://battleofthebits.org/lyceum/View/List+of+Trackers

I will add it above in the morning.
The link gave me great insight on how music was made in the 80s and 90s for video games.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2016, 12:20:12 am by Zefk »

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2016, 12:00:26 am »
My word! There is a Gameboy Color tracker called Fatass! (It runs on emulators and a Gameboy Color.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYYl-clQL4w

« Last Edit: June 23, 2016, 01:33:01 am by Zefk »

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2016, 08:07:13 pm »
Added:
And here is a list of more game system handheld trackers.

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2016, 11:50:15 pm »
Update:
I Added some information for Linux compatibility with Wine.

3. sfxr - This software is recommended by one of the best people (Diarandor) apart of the Solarus community. He says that it is very easy, simple and intuitive to use. |Example|

You can use Wine on Linux too.

4. Bfxr - Bfxr is an elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games. I will not add an example because you can try it online by clicking the link. Simple to use.

You can use Wine on Linux too.

5. LabChirp - A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos - whatever you want! It is a complex program and might require tutorials or this one.

You can use Wine on Linux too, but you might need some mono .dll
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10490155/unable-to-run-net-app-with-mono-mscorlib-dll-not-found-version-mismatch

I installed the complete version and it worked, but I was in a rush and did not have to do that.

6. Famitracker - This software is a free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems and it my favorite impulse tracker. That basically means nostalgic 8/16bit audio, chiptune! I still think it sounds the best compared to similar modern copies. |Example|Example2||Instruments|

This works on Linux with Wine, but the piano might not show with Wine themes. For example, Windows XP Themes. I tried three different themes and the same error occurred. No theme and it is okay.

Zefk

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 492
  • Just helping Solarus
    • View Profile
    • Zelzec Business
Re: A list of free Music making Software and Soundfonts (sf2)
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2016, 08:18:12 am »
Linux Update:

3. sfxr - This software is recommended by one of the best people (Diarandor) apart of the Solarus community. He says that it is very easy, simple and intuitive to use. |Example|

You can use Wine on Linux too, but not on all hardware. Do not be sad because I searched like crazy to find the Linux source code. The original sources are gone.

Download Source: (Login to download)
Source

Open the terminal and install the dependencies:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev libgtk2.0-dev
Extract and point Directory:
Code: [Select]
cd "Drag the sfxr-sdl-1.2.1 extracted folder in the terminal or type out the directory"
Ex:
Code: [Select]
cd '/home/zefk/Downloads/sfxr-sdl-1.2.1'
Build and install:

Code: [Select]
make && sudo make install
Preview:
« Last Edit: July 24, 2016, 08:26:00 am by Zefk »