MIDI sequencers, when they first emerged, opened up a world of possibilities for playing with electronic keyboards and creating enchanting, and sometimes, let’s admit it, cacophonous melodies using our computers.
If you’re looking to revisit this experience without dealing with complex or expensive software, you’re in the right place. In this article, I’ll introduce you to a tool called Cacophony.
Cacophony is a minimalist and ergonomic MIDI sequencer explicitly designed to assist you in composing without the need for extensive training. One aspect that particularly appealed to me about Cacophony is its uncluttered interface, which can be navigated without a mouse, bringing us back to the fundamental essence of musical composition.
This open-source MIDI sequencer provides all the essential features needed by beginners. While it may not be as advanced as professional software, it offers a platform for enjoyable music creation.
Furthermore, Cacophony supports exporting to various audio formats (wav, mp3, ogg, or mid) with the ability to separate tracks. This allows you to easily save your compositions and share them with friends.
Compatible with Linux, MacOS, and Windows, Cacophony’s efficiency enables it to run smoothly on older machines. Being open source, it’s free if you choose to compile it yourself. Alternatively, for a convenient binary download, you can acquire it for a little under $10 via Itch.io.
If you’re interested, you can download the software from their official website.