One of my pursuits of yore and for ever more (in the sense that I stopped short of joining the Conservatorium when I was a kid and still maintain a somewhat active - if diffuse - interest in it).


Category Date Link Notes
Books 2020 Fundamentals of Piano Practice Lots of pracice tips (and tuning of physical pianos)
DAWs Non a lightweight DAW for Linux
2020-01 Waveform Free free DAW that runs on Linux (including the Raspberry Pi)
Editors 2021 MuseScore likely the best open source music score editor out there
Environments 2022 Glicol an interesting music language with a Rust audio engine as back-end
Instruments 2019-12 Layers free orchestral music VST
2020 minibit a VST for chiptune instruments
SunVox a cross-platform modular synth that includes a tracker
2020-05 Zebralette free VST
PianoBook Free downloadable EXS24 and Kontakt sampled instruments (mostly pianos)
2021 a pretty popular free VST for Mac, Windows and Linux
Patches MobileMusic Pro Free Packs covers multiple iOS apps
PatchStorage Patches and samples for a number of iOS apps, including Moog synths.
Northern Film Orchestra Orchestral Swells a set of orchestral samples for Kontakt and DecentSampler
Samples 2020 BBC sound effects copyrighted but free for personal/educational use
2021 FreeSound Creative Commons licensed samples and loops
Scores 2019-06 El Atril free sheet music
Mutopia Free classical and contemporary sheet music
2020 IMSLP The Petrucci Public Domain Music Library
The Mayron Cole Piano Method has a number of simple piano scores for kids
Sequencers 2022 Ossia Score a sequencer for audio-visual artists, designed to create interactive shows leveraging DMX, OSC, MIDI, etc.
Synths 2020 Vital MPE support
2021 Ensembles a FluidSynth-based arrangement workstation for Linux
MT-32 Pi a work-in-progress baremetal MIDI synthesizer for the Raspberry Pi 3 or above, based on Munt, FluidSynth and Circle.
Bespoke Synth a cross-platform software modular synthesizer with a node-based UI
2022 MicroDexed Dexed for the Teensy 3.x/4.x microcontroller
MicroDexed-touch Dexed for the Teensy 4.x microcontroller, with a touchscreen UI, a sequencer and a tracker
MiniDexed Dexed running on baremetal Raspberry Pi
Helm a free cross-platform software synth that can be used as a VST
Tools 2019-06 Musical Chord Progression Arpeggiator
2020 NeuralDX7 a neural network that generates DX7 sysex patches
ADLplug a VST that provides a number of FM synth plugins to emulate YMF26XX chips
RNNoise VST no builds for macOS
stochas a plugin/VST for stochastic pattern generation
Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard useful for monitoring device or as a source image for video overlays
Blue Cat Freeware Plugins a set of free VST/AUs for both Mac and Windows, including a frequency analyzer
2021 alda a text-based programming language for music composition
Elk Audio OS A Linux distro with a low-latency kernel and Raspberry Pi support for audio HATs
nanostudio-2-sample SFZ to Obsidian patch converter
pianoplayer a fingering generator for sheet music
2022 JJazzLab-X Automatic backing track generator
Tutorial 2021 Learning Music One of Ableton's great online tutorials on the basics of electronic music
Learning Synths Another Ableton online tutorials on the basics of electronic music

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