Deluxe Music Construction Set is a 1986 music composition, notation and playback program for the Amiga and Apple Macintosh home computers. This listing is for version 2.0 which came out in 1993. It was the first music program for the Amiga system and was created by Geoff Brown and published by Electronic Arts (EA). Ariolasoft published the program in Europe under license from EA.
Deluxe Music Construction Set was the first of a line of music programs for the Amiga to make use of its 4 voice 8-bit sample playback and MIDI synthesis. Some compared the Amiga's sample playback, at the time, to the first Ensoniq Mirage Sampler which was selling for over USD$1000 in the mid-1980s. This program required 256 KB of RAM, but with 512KB, it could be used for sample playback and complex music composition.
Deluxe Music Construction Set included Bach's Fugue in G minor "Little".
Deluxe Music Construction Set was more complex and capable than the first music application that EA made for the Commodore 64, Apple II, Atari and Atari ST computers, Music Construction Set. For example, it allowed users to enter lyrics in with the musical score, though the lyrics were strictly for the user's benefit, as the program did not attempt to "sing" the words.
Deluxe Music Construction Set was also released for the Macintosh, though it was hampered by its copy protection, which used a low-level code encryption that skirted the Macintosh toolbox, resulting in it becoming incompatible with Macintosh System software when upgraded to System 6.