If music is your passion, you might be keen to compose your tunes and songs or create new sounds and mixes like a DJ. Fortunately, you can do all that and more on your Windows PC.
Read on to explore some cool music apps that we’ve rounded up. These will enable music lovers and musicians like you to experiment with genres, create innovative tracks, write your music, and even learn the piano if you’d like.
You’ll enjoy creating unique tracks with Music Maker Jam, whether it’s a dance number, a soulful instrumental, a Rock melody, or a Jazz piece. It’s easy, fast, and fun to use too.
You can get accustomed to the software with the preloaded Dubstep music style. Plus you can choose three other free music styles, ranging from 70s Funk, Alternative Rock, Blues, Billboard Pop, Electric Jazz, Hollywood Score, and many more.
You can change the free music styles every month. That way you have new loops to try out, and you can keep your jams fresh and create newer sounds.
This free app offers a wide range of professionally produced loops. You can arrange them to your liking on up to eight tracks. Also, you can change the tempo, adjust the pitch, and mix your songs using cool real-time effects.
If you use it on a tablet, you can (quite literally) shake up an awesome remix too. Yes, just shake your tablet to reorder the tracks and create a unique version of your song.
While there are some good online music generators to create your own music, Music Maker Jam enables you to do it all on your Windows PC. You can create, edit, and save music projects and record as many tracks that you like and share them too. All of the sounds are perfectly synchronized to keep you on the beat every step of the way.
If you’re inspired to create innovative tracks or even a new music genre, you can buy new premium styles—Grunge, Chillwave, Hip Hop, House Pianos, Indie Pop, and many more.
Download: Music Maker Jam (Free, in-app purchases available)
If you seek a simple music editor to mix songs and create mashups, you’ll enjoy using Z Mobile: Music Editor.
Firstly, it comes with an Audio Cutter that enables you to trim the favorite parts of a song like a chorus or an intro. You can then use that in a ringtone or a mix.
There is also the Video to Audio software that you can use to make an audio file of your favorite video or extract the part you like. You’ll find it handy for creating mashups using signature tunes or famous lines from movies and media.
And of course, there’s the Audio Joiner and Mixer. With it you can also create new versions of songs by mixing up to three tracks in the free version. Merge your favorite songs or make a mixtape that you can enjoy anytime.
For unlimited audio mixing and unlocking all audio formats, you can buy the ad-free premium version.
Download: Z Mobile: Music Editor (Free, premium version available)
Do you love it when DJs mix tracks and create foot-tapping music? With the djay Pro app, you too can make music like a DJ on your Windows 10 and 11 PC.
djay Pro seamlessly integrates with your music library and comes packed with features. It’s also fun to use for both amateurs and experienced DJs.
As the developer puts it:
At the heart of djay Pro is its award-winning, modern DJ software interface that provides flexible layers of functionality alongside a powerful music library. You can easily switch between two decks, four decks, sampler, and expanded library layouts to perfectly match your preferred mixing style.
Moreover, djay Pro is perfect for use on your desktop or a touch-enabled device like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4, which is also the premium pick in our best laptops for business. It seamlessly leverages all available input methods such as keyboard, mouse, touch, pen, MIDI controllers, and the new Surface Dial to give the best possible control of all of djay Pro’s features.
You can enhance your tracks with the djay Pro sampler that features classic audio clips and sounds like Siren, Foghorn, Cymbal, Kicks, and more. You can also create and add your samples to create innovative mixes.
djay Pro gives you up to four channels of music, TIDAL, SoundCloud, and iTunes integration, an ultra-low latency audio engine, 64-bit processing, and silky smooth 60 frames per second interface. Plus it offers native support for over 50 MIDI controllers by Pioneer DJ, Numark, Reloop, Denon, and others.
You can try djay Pro for 15 days, and once you buy, you can use it on 10 active Windows computers you own.
Download: djay Pro (Free trial, in-app purchases available)
If you’d rather go the traditional route, then MuseScore 3 is our top pick. It’s one of the best sheet music maker apps for Windows and will help bring your inspiration to life.
When you boot up the app, you can open an existing score or a new score. If you’re not working on any songs right now, you can instead search for scores made by the online community. Add the instruments you want or choose from the various templates. Choose the key signature, set the tempo, enter the time signature and the pick-up measure, and hit finish.
Then you can start writing music by adding notes to your sheet. You can do that using the mouse or the handy keyboard shortcuts. You can also use a MIDI keyboard to input notes.
You’ll also find it easy to add lyrics and chords to finish your melody. There are in-app tours to guide you, and an online handbook on how to write music with the app.
With MuseScore 3, you can easily create, playback, and print sheet music for free. This cross-platform, multi-lingual, open-source music notation software features an easy-to-use “what you see is what you get” editor with audio score playback. So you’ll get results that both look and sound beautiful.
Moreover, MuseScore 3 offers you support for unlimited staves with up to four voices each, dynamics, articulations, lyrics, chords, lead sheet notation, and a mixer for instrument levels and effects. And you can import/export MIDI and MusicXML, export to PDF and WAV, and share your scores online.
Download: MuseScore 3 (Free)
Ever wanted to learn the piano, but don’t want to shell out for one? Then give Piano Time a try.
Piano Time is a multitouch piano with 36 visible keys and selectable octaves. The app can help you play and efficiently practice the piano, with support for a multitouch screen, keyboard, mouse, and a MIDI controller input.
If you’re on your laptop, you can use the mouse to click the keys. Or, if you prefer the keyboard, you can choose from three mapping layouts: Original for legacy support, Realistic, which has two rows, or the French Azerty that’s similar to a real piano. Since the keys are labeled, you’ll find it easy to learn—and will be playing tunes with some practice.
You can personalize the look of the app with your favorite color, configure the metronome, and record and playback unlimited songs. Plus there are piano stereo samples stereo songs, and also a Hover mode that enables you to play the keys by just hovering the mouse.
Though the app is free, you’ll need to upgrade for a small price to save MP3 recordings, and remove ads, or you can buy the Pro version.
Download: Piano Time (Free, in-app purchases available)
Create Music You Always Wanted to on Your Windows PC
These awesome apps offer you all it takes to write, mix, and compose your sounds and songs. So let nothing stop you from exploring these Windows apps and creating music in your unique way.