One of the biggest topics in the industry today is finding a way to create music at an affordable price, and in this case how to make music for free.
Before we begin, making music is not just an art but a business. There are many tools out there that allow you to do so. You have to understand that making music generates income and the tools to do so can be expensive depending on what level of production skill you are at. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert there are gonna be ways to create for free but will suffer in comparison to more expensive routes.
Let’s begin shall we?
If you have no idea what a DAW is you should definitely check out my post on “What is a DAW“.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, here is a list of a few DAWs that you can use absolutely free.
- Apple’s Garageband – If you were born in the last 20 years, then you have probably heard of this DAW. It used to come preinstalled on all apple products. This is a watered down version of Apple’s flagship DAW Logic Pro X.
This is a great option for those on Mac to get their hands dirty when it comes to MIDI, tracking, and mixing. Garageband offers a lot of features and is an ideal DAW for those just starting out. Garageband only works on apple computers so keep that in mind.
- Tracktion 7 – This is another great option, as in it’s free for everybody to use.Tracktion is a company that allows you to use downgraded versions of their most up to date DAW for absolutely free. So even though you may have to pay for the freshest version of it, you will still have an endless amount of options and features within this software to get the job done.
This has got to be one of the best options on the market for those willing to put the time in to learning how it works. With no restrictions you are able to do almost anything that the full version includes.
- FL Studio – This is my favorite DAW and I can recommend that anyone who tries it will absolutely love the simplistic and easy to maneuver theme. Even though the demo is a bit restricted in what you can do, you will find that upgrading to the full version is 100% worth the price.
FL Studio is great for beginners, and with an endless amount of features and plugins you can’t go wrong when it comes to quality music production.
- Audacity – This has got to be the most basic of DAWs out there and what list of free software would be anything without mentioning this one. Even though the structure of this DAW is pretty basic you will still find it incredibly easy to navigate and discover what Audacity has to offer.
As the last item on this list, it would be final recommendation when it comes to a great workstation just because you’re very limited to what you can do on it.
Royalty Free Samples
One of the biggest issues in the music industry is finding and using audio samples that are not copyrighted.
Fair warning using copyrighted samples can result in lawsuits and fines, so I’d recommend using ones that are royalty free. Here are a few websites and easy to search commands that will help you on your path to finding quality but free samples.
- Looperman – This is my go to when I’m looking for great unique samples. Looperman is a community ran website where anybody can post sounds, acapellas, and even full tracks.
When using looperman you really have to check each individual sample because some producers do require some kind of referral on a finished product. That’s alright though because most users on Looperman just want to see their content used in something amazing.
- MusicRadar – Another great website if you’re looking for drums, guitars, 80s like pop loops, literally anything you can think of Music Radar will have it. On this website they offer royalty free packs so instead of downloading just one you get a full collection of content that will shake the foundations of your production with no kick to your wallet.
With an easy to navigate page you can find almost anything for absolutely no cost at all. I highly recommend checking them out if you’re looking for some great samples.
- Landr – What originally started out as mastering platform for tracks. Landr has become one of the most well-known hubs for free audio samples that will give you that oomph when you need some.
With a modern theme and some great sounds you can bet that after you visited Landr you will leave with GB worth of great content for all your music production needs.
Platforms For Your Finished Product
There’s not much else that you will need to start making for free. But what will you do when you’ve finally finished a great track?
Here are a few platforms that you can post your music too absolutely free for anyone to hear.
- YouTube – As the biggest sharing platform in the world, this one is self explanatory. You can post anything for absolutely free and you have the chance to monetize your music at no additional costs. What’s better than making money from a zero cost production?
- SoundCloud – As of recent years, SoundCloud is becoming the hub for Artists and Music Producers worldwide. As a free website you can post any songs and tracks that you want to share to the world and even create a unique profile to go along with your brand.
- iTunes – What’s a list of great platforms without iTunes? As one of the biggest in the world you can share almost anything and even make some revenue if people like your music and want to help support you. I’d reccomend iTunes as a great option for beginners, who are looking to find an easy and efficient way to build your profile.
You’re All Set!
Now that you know the basics of cost free production it’s up to you whether you want to try these options out. With an endless amount of platforms on the internet today it will be hard not to find one that doesn’t put holes in your budget.
A simple search on your browser will reveal the nearly infinite amount of options that you can use today! So go on, and get to producing, we would all love to hear what you got in store for us.
One thing to remember, is that when saving money it will always effect the quality of your production. As you will always recieve more features and plugins when you pay for something full value. Other than that, there’s nothing else to worry about.
Lastly I want to thank you all for reading this post. If any of you need any further assistance in cost effective methods of producing music, you can always leave a reply or contact me at the email at the top of your screen.
Thanks and best wishes,