The links below include software, hardware, and technical resources relevant to media production and composition. There is no correct set of tools for working with sound, video, and new media and you will eventually develop a workflow that makes sense to you, but these links are here as a survey, a starting place, and motivation to try a few techniques that are currently outside of your comfort zone. If there are links that you feel should be added to any of these lists, send them my way––and I’ll add them.

[expand title=”Video Editing”]


[expand title=”Animation Tools”]
  • istopmotion | mac-only stop motion software, $49 (5-day trial)
  • DraganFrame | Professional Stop motion software
  • After Effects | cross platform but not free, available in the labs
  • Blender | Free, cross platform animation / 3D software


[expand title=”Live Audiovisual Tools”]
  • VDMX
  • Resolume
  • Jitter | part of Max/MSP


[expand title=”Generative Audiovisual Tools”]
  • Processing | a language optimized for coding/processing pixels
  • Jitter | part of Max/MSP dedicated to video and graphics processing
  • VVVV


[expand title=”Sound / Audio Tools”]

DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations)

free / inexpensive

  • Reaper – multitrack editor (Mac or Windows)
  • Ardour – multitrack editor (Mac or Windows)
  • Audacity –  simple audio editor (Mac or Windows)
  • Renoise – a slightly different DAW paradigm (Mac or Windows)

commercial / not free

audio programming environments

free / inexpensive audio effects

miscellaneous audio tools


[expand title=”Electronics”]

local stores

online diy stores

  • Adafruit | electronic kits, modules, and other components
  • SparkFun | modules and parts for electronic prototyping
  • Solarbotics | motors and a range of other components as well
  • ServoCity | Robotics, motors, drivers, etc
  • Robotshop | Robot Kits and Components
  • Pololu | More motors and drivers

large electronics companies


[expand title=”Materials & Supplies”]

Local Art Supplies

Local Craft Supplies

  • Urban Source | recycled craft materials – relatively inexpensive
  • Dressew | Sewing/fabric/knitting/etc. Huge selection, dirt cheap!
  • Yoko YaYa | Tinseltown Mall. dollar store
  • Daiso | giant dollar store
  • Michaels | everything craft-related, but is expensive.
  • DeSerres | general craft store

local materials

online materials

local hardware stores


[expand title=”Digital Fabrication”]

companies / software / resources

digital fabrication materials

  • Inventables | Acrylic, woods,  vaneer, etc.
  • RepRaper |  cheap filament, parts, and electronics for 3D printers.
  • OpenBeam USA | mechanical bits and pieces
  • McMaster Carr | Large catalog of engineering components.
  • Misumi USA | Another giant catalog of components.


[expand title=”Reading / Fun / Miscellaneous”]


FNDT 160 | Spring 2019