Aero Studio - $102
Aero Studio combines traditional piano roll/parameter automation editing with pattern editing (tracker style).
A pattern editor is like a spreadsheet style representation of your song data. Programming synths on the fly is a piece of cake.
ACID - $400
ACID PRO software is the original loop-based music creation tool. Create music in minutes with over 1,000 included loops, or record your own tracks and enhance them with onboard tools.
ACID Music Studio software is our entry level loop-based music creation tool. If you want to make your own music or remixes, add soundtracks to videos, or burn your own songs onto CD, ACID Music Studio software is all you need.
Adobe Audition (originally CoolEdit) - $299
AdobeÂ® Audition%u2122 1.5 software is a professional audio editing environment. Designed for demanding audio and video professionals, Adobe Audition offers advanced audio mixing, editing, and effects processing capabilities. Its flexible workflow, combined with exceptional ease of use and precise tools, gives you the power to create rich, nuanced audio of the highest possible quality
Anvil Studio - FREE
A free Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP program designed for people who want to: record music with MIDI and Audio equipment, compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment, sequence music with MIDI equipment, or play with music using a computer and sound card.
Bhajis Loops - $25
Lets you create elaborated sample based compositions on PalmOSÂ© Handhelds. It takes advantage of the computing power of the ARM-powered devices and of the advanced sound manipulation features provided by the OS 5.0 to emulate a sequencer with numerous editing features, a sampler with a complete synthesis section and a complete range of audio plug-ins.
Buzz - FREE
Buzz is the first ever "easy to use" free modular software based synthesizer. What this means is that the entire system is based on objects, which may be routed in a modular fashion, giving you the freedom to be as creative as you want.
Cubase - $800
Cubase is the perfect environment for any composer, songwriter and music producer. Regardless of how a creative person approaches music, Cubase offers the right tools for music creation. The clearly-structured Project Window and powerful editing tools support many different methods of music composition.
Digital Sound Planet - Free - $266
Quartz AudioMaster Freeware will allow you to record, edit, mix, share and deliver your productions driving a fully integrated 4 tracks digital mixer, recorder, sound and time line editor in perfect synch with a 16 tracks MIDI sequencer.
Pay more for extra tracks, up to 128.
Fruity Loops Studio - $260
FL Studio is a full-featured sequencer perfectly suited for creation of complex songs and realistic drum loops, with 32 bit internal mixing and advanced MIDI support. The resulting song or loop can be exported to a WAV/MP3 file and all MIDI events can be exported to a standard MIDI file.
FL Studio is a pattern based sequencer, which means you create your songs in pieces (patterns) using the Step Sequencer and the Piano Roll view and then weld those pieces together using the Playlist window (the Playlist also supports full-featured audio tracks with hardrrive streaming). Then you can add a wide range of effects to your instruments (reverb, phaser, flanger etc.) and route the resulting mixer tracks in any way you like to create complex mixing chains with ease.
Guitar Tracks Pro - $209
Guitar Tracks Pro includes everything you need to deliver professional results-no expensive hardware is required. You get a 32-track digital recorder and virtual mixing console; IK Multimedia's Amplitube LE-a special edition of the leading guitar amp plug-in; high-quality effects; powerful looping tools with full ACID%u2122-loop support; a chromatic-tuner; a metronome; and a complete library of backing tracks.
Hammerhead Drum Beat Creator - FREE
HammerHead is a simple TR-909-like drum computer program aiming at the dance-scene. You can use it to create perfect Techno loops, Jungle patterns or House beats, but it's also suitable for Hip Hop, Triphop, Rap, Industrial and almost any other music you can think of.
HammerHead features six separate channels, 29 built-in drum sounds, six complete breakbeats and the possibility to import six samples of your own. You can save your patterns to completely noise-free CD-quality wave files to use them with your sampler, tracker or sequencer program.
GarageBand (for Mac) - $79 as part of the iLife package
GarageBand lets you easily perform, record and create your own music. Whether you're an experienced or aspiring musician. Or just want to feel - and sound - like a rock star. With the new version of GarageBand, you can even record multiple tracks at the same time. Sing as you play the guitar, harmonize with your best singing bud or jam with the band, and GarageBand will record every note. And when all your tracks are in place, you can view them in full music notation and take advantage of new GarageBand features to enhance the tuning and timing of your recordings.
Sonar Home Studio (Formerly Cakewalk) - $149
It's time to take control of the creative process. Now you don't have to depend on anyone else to get your music recorded. Do it all from your PC with Cakewalk Home Studio Version 2. There is no better Windows software available for musicians taking the step into the world of digital recording. Home Studio provides you with everything you need to turn your PC into a powerful multitrack recording studio.
Kristal - FREE
KRISTAL Audio Engine is a powerful multi-track recorder, audio sequencer and mixer - ideal for anyone wanting to get started with recording, mixing and mastering digital audio.
It is designed as a modular system. The main application provides a mixing console, while the audio sequencer, live audio input and so on are loaded as separate Plug-Ins.
Logic Pro - $1000
The industry-leading application for music creation and audio production dramatically broadens the capabilities of computer-based studio environments with Logic Pro 7. The first choice of many prominent musicians and producers, Logic Pro 7 provides the most comprehensive collection of music creation tools.
nTrack Studio - $69
n-Track Studio is an Audio & MIDI Digital Multitrack Recorder that transforms your
PC into a powerful audio recording studio. You can record, playback, overdub just
like with a tape multitrack recorder, but you can exploit the flexibility and power of
today's PCs for applying effects, realtime input processing, automated aux channels
sends and returns, destructive and non-destructive wave editing. The program
supports 24bit-192 khz recording, multiple channels soundcards, live input processing, CD burning, mp3 encoding and much more.
MadTracker - FREE
MadTracker is a sample-based music composition tool. Compose music quickly and easily with its tracker interface.
From the creation of beats to the composition of a full symphony, MadTracker will get the best out of your samples thanks to its high-quality resampling engine.
MULTIQUENCE - $55
MULTIQUENCE is a remarkably flexible multitrack digital audio and video mixing program.
Nuendo - $1500
Nuendo offers every feature imaginable for all of your audio production, radio broadcasting, multimedia, music, surround mixing and post production needs. The software is fully customizable, giving you the creative freedom you need over your project and workflow.
Orion Platinum - $298
Orion Platinum is a complete virtual studio, including multitrack audio recording, a mixing desk with sub busses and effect returns, as well as powerful sequencers, generators and effects. All common interfaces, ReWire2, VST and DirectX are fully supported. Orion Platinum ships on CD with a 600 MB library of more than 800 royalty-free presets and high quality multisamples. Demo songs and tutorials are included as well.
Project 5 - $429
Project5 is simply everything you need to create and perform today's music. Straight out of the box, you get a complete set of superb quality instruments and effects; powerful recording, looping, sequencing, and arranging; dynamic creation tools; and the ultimate open synth host.
Psycle - FREE
PSYCLE is a Music Creation Studio, using a tracker interface.
It can be used to make any type of music, using either its native plugins (synths and effects), VST2 plugins (synths and effects), internal sampler and effects and .wav files through the sampler.
Reason - $499
Reason gives you one-step loading of complex, customizable instruments and effect setups, a new instrument-packed soundbank, instant integration with MIDI keyboards and controllers, a new intuitive file browser, plus a suite of mastering tools. For a pleasurable, performance-friendly Reason experience.
Renoise - $499
Renoise is the next generation of music tracker software, combining studio quality sound and virtually infinite expandability with a clear and concise interface putting every parameter and option literally at your fingertips!
Samplitude - $299 - $999
The all-in-one software for the digital audio workstation: Recording, editing, mixing, Rich Media authoring und mastering - in fact, everything up to and including 'Red Book' compatible burning of audio CDs.
Skale Tracker - FREE
This is a Freeware Music Creation Program, This means you can create your own music with this software completely for free. All you need is your creativity and a big bunch of good sound samples to create all you want.
Sonar (Cakewalk) - $719
SONAR is the perfect solution for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and remixing music productions; and for providing voice over, score, sound design and post audio for film, TV, video, commercials, and games.
Tracktion - $149
Tracktion is a revolutionary, easy-to-use music production application that contains everything most people will ever need to professionally record and mix music on a Mac or PC - without all the hassles and limitations of other audio software. Tracktion's hallmark is a clean, single-screen interface and streamlined operation.
Special Thanks to Denvish for organizing the above information.