Hardcore is usually composed using music sequencers, and many earlier tracks were produced on home computers with module tracker software. Some examples of the software used are FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, Nuendo and Reason. The wide availability of computers, combined with the absence of financial remuneration, means that many hardcore musicians write for their own enjoyment and the pleasure of innovation.

Stylistic origins:
Techno Acid House New beat EBM Industrial
Cultural origins:
Late 1980s, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany
Typical instruments:
Keyboard, synthesizer, drum machine, sequencer, sampler
Mainstream popularity:
Low - Moderate
Derivative forms:
Happy hardcore Gabber

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