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How to create a song

This example creates a MIDI song file with three tracks:
  • a MIDI keyboard track,
  • an audio track, and
  • a rhythm track.
  • Anvil Studio lets you record to these tracks, one at a time. All of the tracks can be played back simultaneously. To make it easier to follow these steps, consider printing this page by typing P while holding down the Ctrl key, or if you have Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later, right-click on the page and select the Print menu item. so it is

    Step 1: Creating a MIDI track

  • If you don't have a MIDI Synthesizer, please skip to Step 2, or go to the Compose page and follow the instructions on that page.
  • Ensure that your MIDI cables are connected as described in the Connections page.
  • Go to the Record page.
  • Select the New Song menu item from the menu in the upper-left corner of the page. This new song has one MIDI instrument track. If you wanted to add a second MIDI instrument track, you could select the
    Create Track / Instrument Track menu item from the Edit menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • If you'd like a countdown to synchronize your recording, click the metronome in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Press the record button to begin recording this track.
  • Press the stop button when you are ready to stop recording.
  • To edit this track, go to the Compose page and follow the instructions on that page.
  • Step 2: Adding an Audio track

  • Audio tracks are used to record from a microphone or other audio source connected to your computer. If your computer has no audio input device, please skip to step 3.
  • Go back to the Record page.
  • Save the song file by selecting the Save Song... menu item from the menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Select the Create Track / Audio Track menu item from the Edit menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Go to the Compose page.
  • Click on the Audio Quality button to select the audio quality you want.
  • Press the record button to record to this track.
  • Press the stop button when you are ready to stop recording.
  • Press the Filter to filter out noise from this track.
  • Follow the instructions on the Compose page to experiment with other Audio processing.
  • Step 3: Adding a rhythm track

  • Go back to the Record page.
  • Save the song file by selecting the Save Song... menu item from the menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Select the Create Track / Rhythm Track menu item from the Edit menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Go to the Compose page to edit the rhythm track.
  • Click anywhere on the grid with the left mouse button to add various drum sounds.
  • For more precision, click the Note: drop-down field and select 1/64 Note.
  • To remove a drum sound, click with the right mouse button on the note to be removed from the grid.
  • Click on the Loopback button over the first measure to show the Loopback window. In that window, type 3 in the Number of times to play them field. Press the Loopback window's Ok button to close it. This will cause the first measure to be repeated 3 times.
  • Click the Latin, Misc1, and Misc2 tabs to select different sets of drums.
  • Click the Sampled Sounds tab to add sampled sounds to your song.
  • Press the Create Sampled Sounds button.
  • Press the Help button, and experiment with the options it describes.
  • Step 4: Playing all of the tracks

  • Go back to the Record page.
  • Press the play button .


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    How to get songs to play on your MIDI synthesizer

  • Go to the Synths page.
  • Click the down-arrow to the right of the Midi Out Port field.
  • Select the port your synthesizer is connected to, e.g. one that has MIDI Out as part of its name. Now, all songs played by Anvil Studio will be sent to that MIDI port.
  • Anvil Studio can also support multiple MIDI Out ports and Patch Bays, with the optional MIDI Manager Accessory. See the page for details.


  • How to create a song with Audio Effects

    This example creates a WAV file with Audio Effects:
  • Go to the Record page.
  • Select the New Song menu item from the menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • On this page's track list, there is a row for every track in the song, showing that track's name and other attributes of the track. Now, change track 1's Type from instrument to audio by clicking on Instrument and selecting Audio from the list.
  • Turn to the Compose page.
  • Save the song file by selecting the Save Song... menu item from the menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Press the record button , sing into the microphone, and then press the stop button when you are ready to stop recording.
  • Press the Filter to show the filter window, and press its Ok button to filter noise from this track.
  • With the left mouse down, drag the mouse over part of the window to select part of the recorded song.
  • Press the Play Selection button to hear the selected sound.
  • Select Reverse from the Edit menu to replace the selected sound with the same sound played backward.
  • Press the Volume and Pitch buttons to adjust the volume and pitch of the selected sound.
  • If you have the Multi-Audio accessory, add another Audio track to this song by selecting the Create Track / Audio Track menu item from the Edit menu in the upper-left corner of the page.
  • Record some sound onto this track.
  • Turn to the Mixer page.
  • Click the Delay check box for each track to add a delay, or echo effect.
  • Press the play button to hear all the tracks played together.
  • Experiment with the Track Volume, Delay Intensity and Time controls, pressing the Play button to hear the effect of the change.
  • Press the Save Mixed Audio... button to create a single .WAV file resulting from blending all of the audio and sampled rhythm tracks together.


  • How to report a bug

    To help us diagnose the problem you are having, please press either shift key while starting Anvil Studio, and continue to press it until you see Anvil Studio's initial screen. This causes Anvil Studio to create a log file named log.txt in Anvil Studio's program folder. When the program ends, please email the log.txt file along with a detailed description of the problem you observed to WillowSoftware@tripod.net

    If you encounter a Setup problem, please download and run our Setup Diagnostic tool from:
    //members.tripod.com/~WillowSoftware/DrSetup.exe
    (It is very small and just take a few seconds to download.)