Anvil Studio consists of a free core program with optional add-ons.
The free version is a fully functional MIDI editor/sequencer which loads and saves standard MIDI-formatted files, and
allows individual tracks to be edited with a:
By default, Anvil Studio uses a General MIDI software synthesizer for playback, but also allows tracks to be assigned to VST instrument or external MIDI devices.
It processes audio using Core Audio, ASIO, DirectX or WDM or enabled drivers.
Anvil Studio is used in University research, is included in the curriculum for college classes in music creation and video game design., and is recommended by the book 'The Game Makers Apprentice' for use in the creation of video games.
Anvil Studio is recommended by librarians for displaying sheet music for widely available free classical music files.
It is used in library-hosted computer clubs for promoting 21st century literacy skills.
Anvil Studio is recommended by 'Recorder Classroom Magazine' for use in elementary education. and by the U.K Choral Society as an aid for learning timing and pitch.