100+ Awesome Free Online Resources For Music Producers
BPB | 27.02.2015 | +100 Resources
Over the years, I’ve bookmarked hundreds of free online resources which can be incredibly useful if you’re away from your main music workstation. Things like online BPM counters, tuners, virtual instruments and web based music sequencers can be life savers when you’re making music or recording audio outside of your studio.
Patatap | A free jamming and beat making tool. Theremin | A free touch friendly synthesizer which works great as a dub siren. WAVE-PD1 | Another touch friendly virtual instrument. Tibersynth | Make totally weird noises and swooshes with your mouse. WebModular | Play a modular synthesizer in your web browser. TrueGrid | A complex modular synthesizer with patch saving and audio export. Tanguy | Virtual analogue synthesizer capable of processing external audio. Patchwork | An awesome experimental modular synthesizer. Build your synth from scratch. AngryOctopus | A collection of web-based virtual instruments (requires Java). PatternSketch | Cool grid based sequencer with several kits and export functionality. Tonematrix | A simple tone matrix from the makers of Audiotool. Otomata | Another matrix sequencer for jamming and inspiration. PulseBoy | Free Game Boy style tracker. Seaquence | A totally weird generative music sequencer. SiON FM Synthesizer WF-1 | Neat FM synthesizer with a mouse controlled filter. WebSID | Browser based Commodore 64 style synthesizer. MiniGoog | A Minimoog Google Doodle in celebration of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday. Sample-stitch | Re-create iconic hip hop tunes with your computer keyboard. Musical Keyboard | A really simple online piano keyboard.
Online Drum Machines
WebAudio Drum Machine | Online drum sequencer with several kits and effects. FL 909 | Free Roland TR-909 emulation. 808 | A simple Roland TR-808 kit for online jamming. Sequence | Free drum pattern generator with over 100 free drum samples. Monkey Machine | A simple free drum machine from the creator of MauSynth. Qwerty Beats | Online drum machine with a freaky mouse controlled synth. JS-909 | Web based drum machine (requires QuickTime). Drum Kit | You, your computer keyboard and 26 weird samples.
Bfxr | Creates 8-bit sound effects which you can download in WAV format. Text to Speech | Convert any text to speech and download the result as an MP3 file. Online Tone Generator | A handy test tone generator. Sweep Sine Tone | Sweep tone generator for testing your monitors and room acoustics. Noisli | A wonderful background noise generator to help you relax and focus. Defonic | Another free noise generator to help you relax.
Audiotool | A modular online music studio with a set of virtual synthesizers and effects. AudioSauna | Free online workstation for making music on the go. Soundation Studio | Online sequencer with audio and MIDI processing. TwistedWave Online – A free online audio editor for editing mono audio files.
Splice | Online platform for music creation and sharing. Indaba Music | Free online music collaboration platform. Ohm Studio | The first free online collaboration platform for musicians. Blend | Collaborate online and create remixes (powered by Dropbox). Kompoz | Collaborate with musicians from around the world. Livegit | A free online collaborative DAW. JAM with Chrome | Jam with your friends in Google Chrome. Plink | A fun way to pass time and make music with total strangers. :)
Rekkerd | A huge archive of free patches for virtual instruments. KVR Audio | Database of patches and sound banks submitted by KVR Audio members. AudioBombs | A fresh archive of free synth patches and sound banks. BigTick Zen | Manage and launch all your synth patches from a single plugin.
SoundCloud | The most popular online platform for uploading and sharing your music. Bandcamp | Build your artist profile and share your music with your fans. sfx.io | The Imgur of audio, an quick way to upload and share your music.
AudioJungle | The largest online marketplace to sell your music. iStock | Sell royalty free stock music and recordings. Pond5 | Another online marketplace for selling royalty free music. Sampleism | Sell your samples and other sound design work.
Backup & Productivity
Wavestack | Backup your recording sessions and share them with collaborators. Dropbox | A great free solution for backing up your files online. Hive | Upload and share your music and other materials. Evernote | Take notes of all your projects and ideas in one place. Trello | A great tool for managing your projects and collaborations. Google Keep | Use this online note saving tool to keep track of your ideas and tasks. Toggl | Time tracking utility to help you stay focused and measure your productivity. Pocket | Easily save online resources (such as this article) for offline reading.
Artwork Creator | Create your album artwork for free. CD Cover | Make a simple CD cover with your printer and a bit of paper. Hipster Logo Generator | A free logo generator. Also works for simple album art and covers. Squarespace Logo | Another simple logo generator. Pixlr | Great free online image editor similar to Photoshop. Canva | Incredibly cool free graphics editor to make covers and promo images.
Sonic Candle | Completely free tool to generate an HD music video with a spectrum display. Audio Visualizer Creator 2.0v | Free music visualizer generator (requires Adobe After Effects). Blender | Free alternative for After Effects. Loads of tutorials available on YouTube.
WordPress.com | A powerful free blogging and blog hosting platform. Strikingly | Build a beautiful looking free portfolio or artist website in minutes. FourFour | Free website platform made specifically for musicians. Flavors.me | Make a free artist website with links to your social media profiles. MailChimp | Build a free mailing list for up to 2000 subscribers. SharedCount | Monitor the social media stats of your releases or artist profiles.
HearTheMusicPlay | In depth research into what instruments and music accessories will best help you play at the highest level.