I'm looking for a lightweight digital audio workstation (DAW) program built for editing MIDIs and exporting them to a modern compressed format (such as mp3 or Ogg Vorbis) through emulated sound cards similar to what DosBox provides (see https://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Sound). Can be any major modern desktop platform (Windows, Mac OS, Linux).

I will be using the program to write music in "tracker module" style - writing notes with a computer keyboard and mouse, no need for physical instrument connectivity. It does not need to support a piano-style "MIDI keyboard", guitar, or drum interface. (therefore, this question is not a duplicate of Cheapest software with MIDI support and sound effects which specifically requests MIDI keyboard support)

I've already looked into Anvil Studio (https://www.anvilstudio.com/) but it's unclear what it uses to play a MIDI (probably the computer's default "sound font"). It's also unclear what exactly it supports as output formats out of the box other than MID, WAV, and maybe WMA.

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Does it have to edit MIDI files? You could try RAD (Reality Adlib Tracker)? It's a tracker for DOS/Windows/Mac that emulates OPL2 and OPL3 sound chips.


  • Yes. That's the whole point of it. I would use the program to write music. Jun 10, 2021 at 19:58

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