Anvil Studio is a free Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 program designed for people who want to:
perform music with MIDI equipment, record music with MIDI and Audio equipment, compose music for MIDI and Audio equipment, or play with music using a computer and sound card.
With the free version, you can create an unlimited number of MIDI tracks, and a one-minute audio track. With the $19 optional Multi-Audio accessory, you can record and real-time mix up to 8 sixty-minute audio tracks.
Our Review: At last - a free composition program. And what's more - it's great. Anvil studio is a comprehensive composer for MIDI and WAV songs, although the free version has very limited WAV support. You can play the song on the keyboard in different modes and see the results on the scale of notes or edit them directly. Connection with external MIDI synthesizer is also supported. While Anvil Studio has enough advanced features to keep experienced composers satisfied it is the beginners who will benefit most from the loving care Willow Software have taken to ensure Anvil is easy to use. Firstly there is the help, which is almost always on-screen and acts much like a tutorial, then there are the practice modes and links to useful web-resources. Anvil Studio is simply superb - and as freeware it would be an insult not to download it.