Article by Lim-Dul

DrPetter, a talented programmer from Sweden has taken the indie community by storm with his brilliant sound generator sfxr. It was one small step for him but a giant leap for game developers everywhere since now there isn't a single excuse for not including nice sound effects in a game left.

As nice as sfxr might be, few people are aware of DrPetter's other projects, especially Musagi.

What started out as a simple and intuitive music editor for Peter's brother turned into a fully functional and feature-packed application. Don't be deceived by the humble version designation of 0.1 pre-beta - it works and is more polished than many a shareware or commercial product.

Name: Musagi
Developer: DrPetter
Category: Sound Editor
Type: Freeware
Direct download link
Size: 1.3 MB (Unbelievable!)
Direct download link: Click here
Tutorial: Here

The closest comparison can be drawn between Musagi and Pixel's pxTone although the former has more features, yet is very intuitive to use. At first glance it resembles and emulates the basic features of commercial software like FL Studio.

The program comes with a broad range of instruments - from predefined "retro" sounds that can be customized a la sfxr to a MIDI interface and a WAV sampler. The possibilities are endless!

Even if you're not a composer and do not hook up your keyboard (musical instrument) to record tunes on your PC or use the keyboard (computer peripheral) to play them you can ignore the more advanced sound-editing features and start composing a nice melody right away - it's really intuitive and simple. Especially the so-called (at least in FL Studio) piano roll deserves high praise since it's very precise because of the nice "cross-hair" feature.

I could go on for ages how wonderful this DrPetter's work is and mind you, I'm not a composer myself, I'm just a guy that has been fooling around with various sound editors from time to time for many years - believe me, this is probably the best program when it comes to the ease-of-use vs effects achieved ratio I've ever seen.

I highly encourage everybody to try out Peter's work, even if you haven't come into contact with composing music before - maybe you'll unearth an undiscovered talent in yourself? Besides - the project needs as much attention as it can get so that Peter can find the motivation to finish it as soon as possible. He seems to be quite modest, hence he didn't announce such an early version all over the web but it really isn't very buggy except for the odd feature or the final touch that might be missing here and there.

Instead of wasting your time reading my article, download the program right away and be sure to read the text file in the documentation folder. Then you can check out the nicely written step-by-step tutorial that will let you compose your very first tune.