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.


ASIO4ALL (Windows)

Low-latency ASIO Sound Driver for Windows (free)

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.

MIDI YOKE (Windows)

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

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


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.

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.

On Composition

Algorithmic Composition

Article on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Great thoughts and tips from a veteran songwriting teacher.

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.

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


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. With Chord Maps.

On Music Dictionary

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

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.

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.

Composers Showcasing their Works

Young Composers

Listen to the original MIDI music compositions of young composers.