1. Plugins
  2. »
  3. Willow Software
  4. »
  5. Anvil Studio
  6. »
  7. Details

Anvil Studio

Simple VST Host by Willow Software
Anvil Studio
Anvil Studio by Willow Software is an Audio Plugin Host for Windows. It can host VST Plugins.
Can Host
Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
Copy Protection
My KVR - Groups, Versions, & More
8 KVR members have added Anvil Studio to 4 My KVR groups 8 times.
Not In Your MY KVR Groups
(or group limitation prevents versioning)
+1 in private groups

KVR Rank

Overall: 4519   4312

30-Day: 4347; 7-Day: 4661; Yesterday: 6700

Anvil Studio is a free Windows 7 / Vista / XP program for editing multi-track MIDI files. The free version can:

  • Host a VST-Instrument using Core Audio, DirectX or WDM.
  • Create songs with unlimited MIDI tracks and 2 audio tracks up to one minute long.

With the optional Anvil Studio Pro-Mix accessory, it can load any number of VST-Effects and VST-Instruments, and ReWire instruments under ASIO, Core Audio, DirectX, or WDM, and it can record, edit, and playback VST parameter automation.

With the optional Anvil Studio Multi-Audio accessory, it can record and mix up to 8 Audio tracks of unlimited length.

With the optional Anvil Studio Print-Sheet accessory, you can annotate and print sheet music for standard MIDI files with standard music notation including: slur, crescendo, decrescendo, fermata, trill, repeat, D.C., D.S., Segno, Coda, Prima Volta, Seconda Volta, pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, and more.

  • Editors: Staff, Lyrics, Piano Roll, Percussions, Loops, Audio, Events.
  • File formats: standard .MID and .WAV files.
  • Includes extensive integrated help.
  • Piano Roll / Rhythm editor with:
    • Multi-level loops.
    • Loops can refer to notes, other loops, samples, or Riffs.
    • Import, record and edit audio samples and play them like drums.
    • Any note duration down to 1/128th notes.
    • Dynamic editing while the song is playing, making it easier to experiment with rhythms.
    • Duplet, quintuplet, and septuplet notes.
  • Enter notes from external MIDI device, on-screen guitar fret board, on-screen piano keyboard, or by dragging notes to the staff.
  • Lyrics, track names, and comments can be in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other languages.
  • Percussion editor employs standard percussion notation.
  • Edit note properties individually or as a group: Pitch, duration, volume, stem direction, staccato, tie-to-next-note, and delete note.
  • Copy and paste between 2 song files by starting two copies of Anvil Studio with different songs loaded.
  • Align notes with beats and measures.
  • Stretch / compress notes over time.
  • Compensation for MIDI and Audio device latency and working with low-latency ASIO and Virtual Instruments.
  • Per-track On/Mute/Solo, device, instrument, channel, fader, pan, and effects controls.
  • Shows up to 25 tracks of information displayed at the same time.
  • Zoomed-out view of notes and wave data for all tracks at the same time.
  • Option to play notes as mouse moves over them, making it easier to quickly locate a spot in the song.
  • Dynamically change track volumes, mutes, instruments, and effects properties while a song continues to play.
  • Fast loading and scrolling of large MIDI files.
  • Time and Duration fields display time in Minute:Second:Frame(SMPTE), or Measure:Beat:Ticks, or sample format.
  • Metronome includes tempo, lead-in, and accent beat attributes.
  • Add Cue points for quickly positioning to a desired spot in the song.
  • Play list for playing hours of different song files.
  • File/Truncate menu to shorten the duration of .MID files.
  • File/Merge Song menu for copying tracks between .MID files.
  • User-defined keyboard shortcuts.
  • Control Record/Play/Stop functions remotely using any MIDI controllers such as a Foot Switch, Modulation wheel.
  • Free version has built-in patch-library support for SoundFont -compatible sound cards.
  • Supports the Tascam US-428 External Mixing console.


  • Free version allows you to record and edit a single, stereo or mono, one minute audio track.
  • Mix audio files with different formats (bits per sample, samples per second).
  • Controls for sound-card configuration.
  • Mix all tracks down to a single .WAV file.
  • Set record and play start and end times to control which range get recorded for Punch-in to re-record over mistakes.
  • Record audio tracks from any sound card's Mono, Left, Right or Stereo channels, from any soundcard source including Microphone, Line-In, CD-Audio, etc.
  • Audio effects: native reverb, native EQ, third-party DirectX effects.
  • Audio filters: zero-range, pitch change, volume change, pan, filtering, reverse, normalize (to maximize a track's head-room), low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, and band-stop.
  • VU meters.
  • Zoom in to the sample level.
  • Per-sample Volume, Pan and Reverb controls.
  • Record an Audio device's Left or Right channel to a track by itself.
  • Mix stereo and mono Audio tracks in the same song to a stereo or mono mix.
  • Split a stereo audio track into two mono tracks.
  • Change audio tracks between Mono and Stereo.
  • Paste Stereo to Mono and Mono to Stereo.
  • Import .WAV files to audio tracks or sampled rhythms.
  • When moving the mouse over notes on the staff, the equivalent keys on the piano keyboard are highlighted.
  • Record from an external MIDI keyboard.
  • Enter notes from Computer keyboard while real-time recording or manually composing.
  • Select, Copy, Edit, Paste notes.
  • Right-mouse popup menu control of individual note properties including:
  • Staff style control to display 1 or 2 treble, bass, or other clefs.
  • Quantize.
  • Transpose diatonic or chromatic.
  • Auto-harmonize.
  • Triplets, quintuplets.
  • Automatic layout of bars and staves.
  • MIDI Master and Slave Synchronization modes for synchronizing with MIDI drum machines and sequencers.
  • Repair Song menu fixes problems in badly-formatted MIDI files.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 0.00 from 0 reviews

Comments & Discussion for Willow Software Anvil Studio

Discussion: Active
6 February 2012 at 9:07pm

This seems pretty cool! :-o

Please log in to join the discussion