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.
Low-latency ASIO Sound Driver for Windows (free)
This loopback driver is part of OS X. You will find it in the Audio & MIDI Settings of Tiger and Leopard.
MIDI loopback driver (virtual MIDI cable) for routing MIDI to VI hosts and other software.
Virtual loopback MIDI cable for Windows XP up to Windows 8, 32 and 64 bit.
MIDI loopback driver (virtual MIDI cable) for routing MIDI to VI hosts and other software (Windows).
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.
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.
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.
Musical typesetting program that creates beautiful and unparalleled notation prints. Music Prototyping Studio supports LilyPond export. LilyPond is open source and free.
Links to Sites Maintained by Professional and Amateur Composers.
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.
Article on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Great thoughts and tips from a veteran songwriting teacher.
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.
A huge list of various online Jazz resources, among them a nice selection of music theory links.
Pete Thomas is a leading UK music producer, saxophone recording musician and composer of film & television music. This site offers great lessons and tutorials.
Nice site by Steve Mugglin. With Chord Maps.
A very comprehensive music dictionary created by Richard Cole (Virginia Tech Department of Music) and Ed Schwartz (Virginia Tech New Media Center)
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".
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.
Homepage of the ICMA
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.
Listen to the original MIDI music compositions of young composers.