Music & Audio

Free Music and Audio Tools

Audacity – Audio recording and editing tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

LMMS – Digital audio work station similar to FL Studios
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Ardour – Digital audio work station similar to FL Studios
(Open Source, Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MIXXX – Digital DJing software for playing/mixing music
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Spek – Audio file analyzer and spectrogram viewer
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for creating .wav and .midi drum beats, see also Hydrogen.

Free Music Composition and Notation Tools

TuxGuitar – Sheet music composition program for guitar tab, and more
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MuseScore – Tool for editing and composing sheet music
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

LilyPond – Traditional quality sheet music engraving software
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Denemo – Sheet music composer and editor. Front-end to LilyPond
(Open Source, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Hydrogen – Pattern based drum machine. Create beats and rhythms
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Linthesia – Midi keyboard music game, similar to Synthesia
(Open Source, Linux Only , View Tutorials)

*for a player that supports MIDI playback, see also Media Player Classic.

CD, DVD, BluRay, and Encoding Tools

Handbrake – DVD and BlueRay disc ripping and video trans-coding
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

InfraRecorder – CD and DVD burning software
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

WinCDEmu – CD/DVD/BD emulator. Allows you to mount disc images
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Mediacoder – Universal audio and video trans-coder
(Free for P&C Use, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

*for another CD/DVD/BluRay Disc ripping and capture tool, see also VLC Media Player.
*for another audio CD ripping tool, see also MediaMonkey.

Media Players and Collection Organizers

Songbird – Music player and media library organizer similar to iTunes
(Open Source, Win / Mac, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MediaMonkey – Music player and media library organizer similar to iTunes
(Free/Paid, Win / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

XBMC – Home media center player and collection organizer
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux / OS, Get Download, View Tutorials)

VLC – Media player+ Rip dvds, play damaged files, stream web-cam…
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Calibre – E-book library management and conversion tool
(Open Source, Win / Mac / Linux, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Foobar2000 – Lightweight audio player for windows
(Free, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

MediaPlayerClassic – Simple video and audio media player
(Open Source, Windows Only, Get Download, View Tutorials)

Free Sound Effects Downloads – Creative Commons

freesound.org  – Sound effects shared by user all over the world, just like you!
soundbible.com
sweetsoundeffects.com – Good collection of effects packs. *Email address required!
soundjay.com – Good collection of sound effect.
superflashbros.net/as3sfxr/Sound effects generator. Great of video games & animations.

Royalty Free Music Downloads – Creative Commons

freemusicarchive.org

soundcloud.com

incompetech.com/music/

audionautix.com

jamendo.com/