Internet Resources

Software, MIDI utilities, music databases and publications that you might find useful in conjunction with our products.

We ommited the popular market leaders you know anyway and instead focussed on helpful things that are rather hard to find. Please regard our disclaimer concerning external links.

Virtual Instrument Hosts

Bidule

Modular hosting environment for Windows and Mac. Allows for arbitrary routing and patching of virtual instruments and effects (VST/AU).

Reaper

Reaper is a lean and versatile DAW for Windows and Mac. The affordarbe software works nicely as a host for virtual instruments for Harmony Navigator 2.

Utilities

ASIO4ALL (Windows)

Low-latency ASIO Sound Driver for Windows (free)

CherryPicker (OS X)

CherryPicker is a powerful MIDI patchfile editor for OS X. You can use it to create, export, import and edit midnam XML files that can be imported into Synfire and HN as device descriptions.

IAC Driver (OS X)

This loopback driver is part of OS X. You will find it in the Audio & MIDI Settings of Tiger and Leopard.

LoopBe1 und LoopBe30 (Windows)

MIDI loopback driver (virtual MIDI cable) for routing MIDI to VI hosts and other software.

LoopMIDI by Tobias Erichsen (Windows)

Virtual loopback MIDI cable for Windows XP up to Windows 8, 32 and 64 bit.

Maple Virtual MIDI Cable (Windows)

MIDI loopback driver (virtual MIDI cable) for routing MIDI to VI hosts and other software.

MIDI YOKE (Windows)

MIDI loopback driver (virtual MIDI cable) for routing MIDI to VI hosts and other software (Windows).

VirtualMIDISynth (Windows)

Replacement for the built-in Microsoft GS Wavetable Synth (Donationware), working from XP to Windows 8. You may want to try this for a lower latency.

XML Device Definitions for many Synthesizers (1)

Apple's Audio MIDI Setup (AMS) application is useful for configuring and naming the ports of your MIDI interfaces. Cognitone applications can import those files, saving you hours of tedious typing when you register your MIDI equipment for use with Harmony Navigator or Synfire. This page of Digidesign containes some useful explanations on how to manually edit these XML files.

XML Device Definitions for many Synthesizers (2)

Digicake Studios aggregated a comprehensive collection of midnam XML files. The files were originally converted for ProTools, but may be used on the Mac and PC as well. Cognitone software is able to import these files.

Advanced Software

Impro-Visor

Jazz Improvisation Advisor for the Improviser. Free Software from Harvey Mudd College Computer Science Department. A music notation program designed to help jazz musicians compose and hear solos similar to ones that might be improvised.

LilyPond

Musical typesetting program that creates beautiful and unparalleled notation prints. Music Prototyping Studio supports LilyPond export. LilyPond is open source and free.

Symbolic Composer

Symbolic Composer 5.1 is a music composition development environment that requires programming experience (LISP).

MIDI Files

Composers Offering MIDI Files on the Net

Links to Sites Maintained by Professional and Amateur Composers.

Mutopia Project (Sheet Music Downloads + MIDI)

All music in the Mutopia Project is free to download, print out, perform and distribute. Audio previews of the music are available as MIDI (.mid) files; these are computer generated but give a rough idea of what the music sounds like.

The Classical Midi Connection

Very comprehensive and carefully maintained collection of classical midi files.

Wikipedia Article on Chord Progressions

Explore countless links and examples for popular chord progressions.

On Composition

Algorithmic Composition

Article on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Great thoughts and tips from a veteran songwriting teacher.

Music Composition FAQ (by James Fry)

Very insightful Q&A concerning creativity, composing and writer's block as well as a lot of other important topics. If you're looking for inspiration - you should read this.

PRINCIPLES OF ORCHESTRATION (by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov)

A comprehensive and very popular interactive online course with examples, excercises and discussions, histen by Northern Sounds. Extremely helpful for everyone who wants to get into the art of orchestral composition and instrumentation.

Wikipedia Article on Chord Progressions

Check out this article and its many links to explore countless chord popular progressions and how they were and are used by musicians all over the world.

Music Theory

Bob Keller's Jazz Page

A huge list of various online Jazz resources, among them a nice selection of music theory links.

Dolmetsch Online - Music Dictionary

Comprehensive Glossary

Jazz Improvisation Primer

Here you can find information on almost every topic relating to jazz improvisation, from jazz history to music theory to practical advice on playing in a group.

JAZZ THEORY & IMPROVISATION

Pete Thomas is a leading UK music producer, saxophone recording musician and composer of film & television music. This site offers great lessons and tutorials.

Music Theory for Songwriters

Nice site by Steve Mugglin.

Music Theory & History Online

Comprehensive dictionary covering music theory and history.

Ralph Patt's Jazz Web Page: The Vanilla Book

The Vanilla Book:The Vanilla Book is a resource for the working jazz musician that contains basic chord changes to over 400 standard tunes. The Major Third Tuning: A new way to look at tuning the guitar for jazz guitarists. Tonal Centers: This is a resource of similar chord progressions. Most jazz standards move through different tonal centers (major and minor) before returning to the tonic key. Listening to many songs with the same or similar chord progressions, helps to recognize these tonal shifts. It is linked to the "Vanilla Book".

The Chord Wheel

Well, this one doesn't have a MIDI interface. It even isn't software at all - it's hardware. A nice tool for "browsing" chords in a completely different way, using wheels of printed charts.

The Tonal Centre

The Tonal Centre is an interactive site for music composers and theorists which explains and demonstrates some of the key concepts of tonality; including chords, scales, cadences, and modulation. Most of the musical examples are illustrated with a midi file - just click on the relevant link to hear it.

Thomas Pankhurst's Tonality Guide

A very good introduction to basic musical conecpts like chords and scales.

Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary

A very comprehensive music dictionary created by Richard Cole (Virginia Tech Department of Music) and Ed Schwartz (Virginia Tech New Media Center)

Organisations and Magazines

International Computer Music Association

Homepage of the ICMA

IRCAM (French)

Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique, a leading non-profit organization of musical creation, r&d and education in acoustics and music, located in the center of Paris (France), next to the Pompidou Center, of which it is an attached department. It hosts composers, researchers and students from many countries cooperating in contemporary music production, signal processing, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and their interrelations.

Zeilenstein

This is an example link to an external site.

Composers Showcasing their Works

Young Composers

Listen to the original MIDI music compositions of young composers.