LMMS is a popular free choice for PC. You can install additional free VST instruments from places like this. There are good video guides on the site explaining how it all works.
If you don’t have a piano keyboard, you’ll be drawing in notes within the piano-roll window and/or using your computer keyboard to play and record in real-time, which actually works reasonably well for recording simple melodies or tapping out basic drum rhythms. Here's the LMMS guide for using a typing keyboard to record.
i have a windows computer and i wondered if i could make dungeon synth with it and if i can which apps should i use and how
If you have no keyboard nor a proper DAW you could just use samples and pitch shift them in audacity, probably especially easy for slower more ambient type stuff. It's pretty simple on there, makes it really easy to take a recording or imported clip and pitch shift it to specific notes, so you could basically cut and paste it and do it that way.
If you have a DAW and presets, you could do what I did when i first started out and just use the computer keyboard. I think I tried doing it again recently at some point though after using a MIDI keyboard and it's really horrible, I don't recommend it. My advice: Use live recordings or samples, or just buy a MIDI keyboard. They really aren't that expensive, I spent a bit more for a basic but reliable Korg one, but you could spend much less for a basic budget one and it would still do the job.
Buy a cheap controller like the Keystation Mini by M-Audio. It works very well! As a further option,you can write your scores with a multi-intrument tab editor like TuxGuitar (free) or Guitar Pro. But let me tell you it's not my cup of tea. I appreciate much more live recordings, dynamics, mistakes etc.
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You can use trackers. At least 75% of my latest release was composed via tracking software. I still think it's one of the most versatile ways to make music. I'll most likely be making a YouTube tutorial on this soon.
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If you're worried about quantization, then set your note input to the smallest possible note value. Sometimes there'll be a hotkey that, while pressed, will release you from any given note value, so you can get in there and make some really fine adjustments to note length or input incredibly tiny notes or simply just draw in notes more naturally. It's not as good as a keyboard, but, well, we work with what we have, not what we wish for.
(Though you can, of course, always simply purchase a keyboard.
If you want to play a keyboard but don't have an actual musical keyboard, I know FL Studio and LMMS allow you to use your computer keyboard as a live keyboard. It's a little tricky to use, and I feel LMMS has some input lag, but I've actually recorded a few songs this way. Might want to try it out, at least for fun.
I had just uploaded a video of the tracked file for one of the songs on my latest album. The audio is from the finalized/mastered track which includes some of my hardware synths and other sound effects not present in this tracked file. But the song was almost entirely composed in Schismtracker, without a keyboard. This track is kind of overkill and has a lot going on. Chiptune artists usually are the only ones using trackers these days, and they post their tracked videos on YouTube, which gave me the idea for this. Those damn tutorial videos I mentioned above will be made in due time!
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