Music Sequencers are music creation and production system. You can record, edit and process Midi data and digital audio. Sometimes called a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
Here are some of the jobs DAW software will do:
DAW software are designed with a user interface based on a multitrack tape recorder. It lets you record one instrument or many at the same time using the midi sequencer or analog recorder. You can also play a track and record to another track at the same time. This allow you to build a song one instrument at a time.
DAWs have transport controls-play, rewind, record, etc. These controls allow you to record, play back and rewind so you can control where you record or play back on the track.
They also have a mixing desk included in the software. These are like mixing consoles in professional recording studios allowing you to:
Mix the volume of each track in relation to each other. Mix each instrument within the stereo field. Apply Effects to each instrument.
Midi is how your computer talks to sound cards, keyboards and electronic instruments, midi stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.
The DAW can record a midi sequence and then play it back, with the instrument of your choice. You can edit the recording by adding or taking away notes, changing the pitch of notes and change the length of time the note is played.
The DAW include audio recorders which act like tape recorders, allowing you to record and instrument. You can edit the recording in much the same way as with midi.
Below is a list of DAWs.
Mac DAW Software
PC DAW Software
Both PC and Mac