Musical software is an area where I feel my knowledge is severely limited and that I should really try and learn more about what's available to musicians.
Anything musical and audio related, and free, is welcome. DAWs, drum machines, softsynths, plug-ins, audio synthesis environments, sequencers, spectrum analyzers, modular systems, programming languages, audio editors etc.
I recently downloaded SuperCollider and feel totally lost in it. I've heard some amazing things done with the likes of SC and PureData but I cannot get to grips with it at all.
Most of the music I create features lots of improvisation, and I've been performing a lot on a homemade 11-string electric lap steel/zither, using pedals to loop the sound and alter the timbre and phase and stuff like that. I'd like to augment my sound by using a digital MIDI-based instrument to provide a harmonic background to solo over and also to add texture/ambience. Problem being that I play in a system based off of Partch's 11-limit just intoned Monophonic fabric. I thought I'd be able to do something in SuperCollider, but I can't even get it to work at all, and then when I do it'll probably take a year to understand the language. I'm not sure it runs the best on Windows either.
Any and all suggestions welcome, as well as reviews of what software you are using at the minute.