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The resources listed in this guide are focused on the software used in musical composition, digital recording, the creation of electronic music, and the editing of digitally recorded music, as well as that of voice and other audio sounds.

Topics related to the sale of recorded music can be found in the appropriate Shopping & eCommerce category, and other topics relating to music can be found in the Arts & Literature categories for music, as this category is specific to software.

Music software originated in the 1960s and most of the development in the software was related to improvements in computer technology. Over the past couple of decades, digital music has surpassed any other form. Traditionally recorded and converted into digital format, musical instruments today are capable of playing directly into the software in the computer, allowing for full digital control of the production, as well as the automatic transcription to sheet music. Several music-making software packages are available, as well as many others that are designed to handle various tasks associated with music.

Computing technology is also used to assist composers in creating new music, and there are computer software programs capable of independently creating music using algorithmic composition. Besides the software used to produce or digitally record music, software is involved in post-production editing and in music education.

Audio editing software is used to edit or generate audio data. Computer programs can be used completely or in part, as a library, as a computer application, web application, or loadable kernel module. There are several different types of wave editors, which are digital audio editors, many of which can also be used to edit music, apply effects and filters, adjust stereo channels, or perform other tasks. Digital audio workstations often consist of both hardware and software used for recording, editing, and producing audio files, although some of them consist solely of a software program installed on a laptop. A software effect processor is a computer program used to modify the signal coming from ma digital audio source in real-time.

However broad or narrow its functions may be, software programs that are used to produce, record, edit, or otherwise manipulate digital music or voice are the focus of topics in this category.



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