I thought it might be fun for folks to share our favorite standalone, non-DAW software environments. I’m always on the lookout for something new and interesting that I can do with my laptop.
What is a DAW in this sense? ProTools, Reaper, Ableton, Bitwig, Cubase, Logic, etc. I think we are all familiar with them and their workflow, linear in time and usually involving some kind of piano roll. There’s a definitional discussion in there somewhere, but I think the list below gets what I’m driving at. Most of these encourage less-traditional interfaces and methodologies. There are also plenty on iOS but I feel like those are already well-documented on Lines.
I’m sure there are many more out there, especially in the standalone Max world. I’d love to find some more.
Not all of these links provide https if that matters to you
Leafcutter John’s Forester 2022 (Needs Max installed, but not registered) ||||||||
Berna and Gleetchlab (Doesn’t need MAX pre-installed) ||||||||
ppooll (Requires Max license)
Granurise (Needs Max installed, but not registered)
Pure Data ||||||||
Kyma (Requires hardware)
chipTuned |||||||| An arcade instrument, you just have to see it see link ←