Anvil Studio v2014.06.01
by Willow Software
(Willow Software Website)
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File Size: 3.1 MB
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With the free version, you can create an unlimited number of MIDI tracks, and two one-minute audio tracks. With the $19 optional Multi-Audio accessory, you can record and real-time mix up to 8 sixty-minute audio tracks.

System Requirements:

Requires 1 GB RAM.

Last Updated: 2014-05-30
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Software Description

Anvil Studio is a multi-track program for recording, composing, editing, and mixing of music using MIDI, digital audio, and sampled percussions.

The free version now hosts VST-Instruments.

The free version lets you record an unlimited number of MIDI tracks and one Audio track. With the Multi-Track accessory ($19), you can record multiple Audio tracks. Audio effects include delay, pitch change, volume change, filtering, and reverse.

Designed to work with optional accessories such as sheet music printing, piano exercises, ear training exercises, and voice-pitch analysis.

For a full list of changes in this most recent edition see

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New in v2013.09.01

  • Free version now supports ASIO
  • Bugfix for problems with the display of enharmonic notes.
  • Added File / Print Preview with a keyboard shortcut when the Print-Sheet accessory is installed.
  • Improved VST compatibility, including Antares Audio Technologies.

New in v2013.08.01

  • Free version supports a single VST-Effect or VST-Instrument.
  • Pro-Mix accessory supports an unlimited number.
  • Improved support for 3rd party VSTs, including ones from Antares Audio Technologies
  • Enhanced Piano Roll and add Sounds button
  • Edit a single note in staff editor
  • Change the properties of a chord in the Properties window

New in v2013.07.01

  • New Chord Finder.
  • Fix for problem where if VU was pressed before recording of an audio track started, it would not capture the start of recording.
  • Fix for other minor problems.

New in v2013.05.06

  • Now based on .Net 4.0
  • Better File / Export Mixed Audio.
  • Fix for problem when recording 2 audio tracks simultaneously
  • Fix for misprint of tempo/time signature
  • Added menu Track / Repair
  • File / Repair Song and Track / Repair can be interrupted by pressing the ESC key.
  • Start menu item is now "Anvil Studio" instead of "Anvil Studio 2012".

New in v2013.05.02

  • Supports importing and exporting .ogg audio files as well as any audio file format that you have a DirectShow or ACM Codec installed.
  • Fixed issue where the Rewind button sometimes caused extra spaces to be drawn on the staff.

New in v2013.03.01

  • Improved Print-Sheet accessory
  • Show track names above the staff
  • Improved Multi-View and Copy-me accessories
  • Option to use full screen
  • You can now trigger a MIDI event that advances to the nexxt song in the playlist
  • Various bugfixes

New in v2013.02.04

  • Bugfix for Edit / Paste Special problem where it was sometimes pasting lyrics for one note beyond the last note in the clipboard.
  • Bugfix for problem where View / Lyrics with no notes
  • Bugfix for problem where View / Upgrade was saying version3.htm was in use by another process.
  • On Windows XP when Multi-View was active, moving the mouse around, note properties pop-ups sometimes left blank spots on the display.
  • Print Sheet Accessory: Added Show track names above staff checkbox to File / Print / Conductor's Score Options.
  • Can now print custom fonts, e.g. 13/16, with the correct font.
  • Performance Tool Pack Accessory: Controller tool could report division by zero error when very unusual MIDI file was currently loaded.

New in v2012.12.05

  • Improved SATB tracks support (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/BasS)
  • Now works well with audio drivers that are configured for 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound
  • The free version now supports audio with up to 192000 samples per second
  • Now works well with files that have non-ANSI characters
  • Bugfix for a memory reference error

New in v2012.11.04

  • BugFix for Export Mixed Audio issue
  • Improved the way notes are displayed on the staff, ensuring notes line up properly
  • Various other minor bugfixes

New in v2012.11.01

  • Improved DirectX mode when VST-Instruments are loaded.
  • Enhanced the EQ effect
  • Bugfix for a problem that prevented selecting both clefs when lyrics were hidden.

New in v2012.10.06

  • Added Fretboard support, TAB editor and Percussion editor now works properly when the Copy Me accessory is active
  • Dragging notes from the palette to the staff now works properly when the Triplet, Quintuplet, or Septuplet checkbox is set.
  • Enhanced beam lines.
  • Various other bugfixes
  • Other minor improvements.

New in v2012.09.02

  • Enhanced the Staff editor's Chord Builder tool.
  • More header lines for the Print-Sheet accessory
  • Bugfix for minor issues

New in v2012.08.06

  • Better VSTi compatibility including Garritan Aria Player
  • Bugfix for File / Repair Song deletes redundant, unnecessary events.
  • Bugfix for File / Save deletes all EndOfTracks except the last one.

New in v2012.08.01

  • Staff editor now has Chord builder tool
  • Insert tempo changes at the current song position by clicking the Tempo icon at the top of the screen.
  • Several minor improvements to the staff editor.
  • Bugfix for File / Export Mixed Audio sometimes generated distortion when set to ASIO mode.

New in v2012.07.01

  • Added checkbox to Key Signature and Custom Time Signature dialogs to allow changes to apply to all tracks.
  • Enhanced Track/Merge menu - it includes an option to merge all enabled tracks, and supports filtering out short notes.
  • Added a Zoom control to the TAB viewer.
  • Bugfix for View / Lyrics menu would sometimes not cause lyrics to be visible.
  • More VST-Instruments are now supported, including the Korg M1 Le.
  • Works well with more VST-Instrument Editors.
  • Other minor problems fixed.

New in v2012.05.10

  • VST-Instruments supported
  • Drag audio samples to the Staff
  • Piano Roll Editor now has splitter bars and scroll bars.
  • Edit MIDI effects parameters
  • Better native Equalizer effect
  • Support VSTi automation of effect parameters with PRo-Mix
  • Improved error messaging
  • VST Instruments that do not respond to MIDI events alter the tracks Audio volume
  • Various bug fixes

New in v2012.04.04

  • Staff editor now has Chord Builder .
  • Click Tempo Icon to insert tempo changes at the current song position

New in v2012.04.01

  • VST instrument bugfix
  • Other minor bugfixes
  • Better EQ effect

New in v2012.03.01

  • Bugfix for Playlist files
  • Bugfix for audio samples that were not working
  • Bugfix for VSTi echo issues
  • Updated list of supported VSTi's
  • Added Duplets and Septuplets to the staff editor.

New in v2012.01.01

  • The free version now hosts VST-Instruments, allowing limitless sounds. You no longer need to rely on the high-latency, Microsoft GS Wavetable Synthesizer.

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this is said to be easy?
always 5000 items to view, read, options to the moon, nothing easy about it.
i'm just looking for a midi sequencer download, not the galaxy

oh well, i'll un iunstall this confusion and find another

Q: Anvil Studio run as a VSTi?

Can it? Runs great as a stand alone

It can host VST-Instruments

It can host VST-Instruments and VST Effects

MIDI Events

Why won't Anvil Studio let me set a midi event at the beginning of a measure? Whenever I try, it always goes to the millisecond before it (example: measure begins at 0:12:00, but midi event is instead set at 0:11:29)!


Just to clarify, it happens with practically every song I open.

i have a question.

is there any other software that is very similar to this? i'm just curious.

I don't think so.

I tried looking up software like Anvil but could find none. So, no.

Everyone who uses the latest version of Anvil Studio, READ THIS!

Okay, one of my midis got turn into a complete piece of $&]; because of Anvil Studio (it was so lucky I had backups). The notes started to play off-key and the song now sounds disgusting.


the regular midi:

the ruined midi:

You tell me if you hear a difference(and if the links die).



I've downloaded both files and will begin to examine them.

Sorry but I could not hear

Sorry but I could not hear the difference. Both songs are 1 minute 9 seconds long, nearly identical file sizes.
Looking at the event list, I saw only superficial differences (e.g. we store the version of Anvil Studio the file was saved with - 2009.11.03 vs 2011.11.06).
Maybe my ear isn't sensitive enough, but if you could let me know how many seconds into the song the two files diverge, I'd appreciate it.
All the best,

Here's when it changes.

Precisely 6 seconds into the ruined song, there is a hard-to-hear trombone that is supposed to play a low F. Instead, it plays something else that has absolutely NO relation to the song. 6 seconds later, on the same track, it changes to a rock organ and plays 9 note counts lower than it's supposed to. Any other notes in that one track play off-key.

I cannot thank you enough

I cannot thank you enough Omega3 for your help in uncovering this bug. It is fixed in version 2011.11.08 which we will release after our testing cycle. It occurred when a track had several Program Change events past time 0.
Thank you again, Tom

You're welcome.

Glad I could help.

Version 2011.11.08 has now

Version 2011.11.08 has now been released and fixes this problem. To upgrade, please download and run Please let us know of any other problems that you notice, and we will fix them immediately. Thanks again. Tom


It fixes the bug!

error in anvil studio

when i play midis, there's a lag and it doesn't play for 5 seconds. Then it sounds all distorted. when i push stop, it says "Anvil Studio was unable to play this song in perfect sync."

what the heck does this mean?!

This should never happen,

This should never happen, even for a song with a huge number of tracks, notes, and controller events. If you could please email the song file to us at we will get to the bottom of it and get back to you with a resolution.

its not the song

i know for sure that it is not the song file. i've tried other midis and i got the same error in the same situation. some weren't even as large.

what's the problem then? could it be my computer?

I realize there is nothing

I realize there is nothing wrong with the MIDI file. The reason we'd love for you to email us or post the MIDI file is because different MIDI files have different combinations of events, and if this one is demonstrating a bug in the software, we would really love to fix it.

it's okay.

i uninstalled the program and installed it again. it works fine now.

its anvil

more or less, its the software.


it could be that your song has too many notes, or your computer is already doing too much.

Only Free as a MIDI Sequencer/Editor

Just to clarify the status of Anvil Studio - it is only free as a MIDI Editor/Sequencer, you have to buy the software to get the multitrack audio recording features added to it.


I am thinking of converting on of my .wav files into a .mid. Is this possible with Anvil Studio? If it is, how do I do it?

Conversion .WAV <----> .MID

Anvil Studio can convert a .MID file to a .WAV file, but not .WAV to .MID.
For that, we recommend the software at

Just to clarify, the free 2011 version of Anvil Studio allows you to create songs with 2 audio tracks, where each one is up to one minute.
With the Multi-Audio 1/8 accessory (US$19), you can create songs with up to eight 16/24-bit audio tracks of unlimited length.
Other accessories allow you to create songs with more audio tracks.
The free version supports an unlimited number of MIDI tracks.
Tom - Willow Software

Aw, man! That's such a

Aw, man! That's such a bummer!

i guess...

I guess you could record the WAV with anvil and turn it into an audio track on a new MIDI. I never tried it, but it could be a solution.

Be aware, that the editor of this site stated that free users can only have one audio track, and they have to buy anvil to add multiple audio tracks.


I was able to have 2 audio tracks. What version are you talking about?


I don't think so. You could record the wav with anvil studio and turn it into a midi. But i don't exactly expect this to be perfect.



This is bad software. NEVER download this!

Tell me about it! I load the song, and Anvil Studio changes the song before I do! In a bad way!

This happens with every file I load onto this software! All the notes start playing off-key! It's not even a song anymore! I have to delete the song because Anvil Studio ruined it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All I wanted to do was add a midi control change to some of my songs. I didn't have a device in my home, so I had to do it on my computer. I searched the web for software that was able to add midi control changes. Barely any of them did the trick. When I saw this software, I couldn't hesitate to download it. When I saw what this software did to the songs I had, I was furious.

I searched the web again to find SOMETHING ELSE that was able to add midi control changes. All of the pages I read said the exact same things: "Download Anvil Studio." "Anvil Studio is great software." My eyes were bright red at this point. Can't these people understand that I don't want to download this?! I already tried it, and it throws the notes off-key!

Now I can't add the midi control change i wanted to add because everyone recommends Anvil Studio!!!! Well, guess what. I HATE ANVIL STUDIO!!!!!!!! ANVIL STUDIO IS HORRIBLE SOFTWARE!!!!!

For all those people who either recommend this software, want to create a song, or have to add some control changes, keep this in mind:

NEVER DOWNLOAD ANVIL STUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

hey listen u dont know what

hey listen u dont know what for it is i can compose any karaoke with it . any type of music can b composed in many tracks means each instrument has diferent track whether it is rythem or instrument . if want to know more or want any karaoke composed just mail me to


I don't do karaoke midis!

I don't care...

I don't care what you say. Who does? Even if it doesn't work, it's my only option! This is probably better at making MIDIs than editing them. I'm downloading it anyway! You can't stop me!


EDIT: Oh, it's not.

try this...

I think you're talking about the new version. I had the same problem. It messed up the notes and replacing the messed up notes didn't work. However, just like you, I don't have a home midi console, or whatever it's called. I had to use the computer, and more specifically, Anvil Studio. I started using the older version (they said it was a year old and recommended I get the newer version. What the heck I don't want the new version it messed up my songs) and it turns out that the older version doesn't mess up your songs.

You are right about how Anvil Studio messes up songs, but did you try the old version? It worked much better than the new one.


OMG Really? Give me the link!

You want it?

Find it yourself! It's so easy to find it! Just search it up! You're the one who made the big rant about Anvil!

ALRIGHT!!! Geez...

Alright! Fine, I'll do it myself! You don't have to be so rude! I had to do an essay on this, okay? And I learned that YOU SHOULDN'T act like THIS!!!


If you ever encounter problems with Anvil Studio...

We are more than happy to fix them, typically getting you a new release within 48 hours.
The transition from version 2009 to version 2011 was major, and the first few releases did have some problems.
We are at version 2011.09 right now, and it is very stable. If you ever have a problem where Anvil Studio does something you don't like to a song:
o Please email us a copy of the song file before the changes, and a copy of the song file after the changes.
o Use Edit / Undo
o If you don't like what has happened to the song file, don't save it, or save it to a different file.

Tom - Willow Software


The problem happens AFTER I save it.

If you can give us any clue,

If you can give us any clue, we'll be happy to fix it. Even if you can just email us the song file AFTER it has been saved in a way you didn't like, along with a general description of what it changed that you didn't like.
Thanks, Tom

how about

can i put a post here with download links to the midis?

Sure, if you prefer doing

Sure, if you prefer doing that to emailing them to us at

ill place them

ill put a post with the download links

its here

Its on the top.

Anvil Studio works just fine for me.

As the editor on this site I don't usually get involved in these debates, however, I run Anvil on both XP and Vista and I haven't had any problems with the latest version.

Just my $0.02 worth.

about that...

I never paid for Anvil, which is maybe the reason it doesn't work.


I have a recording that has 3 or 4 voices on it. They sound all computerized, and i was wondering if anybody knows how i can single them out to understand them better.


I am looking for a program which can play one midi track en record others at the same time. can I do that with Anvil?

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