Music-making software that is free and easy to use allows you to easily record MIDI or audio tracks without the need to purchase expensive licenses.
Although programs that help music creators can be quite expensive, they are essential tools people use to earn a living. There are many free music-making programs that can be downloaded. This will give you a good introduction to the possibilities without spending too much.
Apple Garageband is the best free music-making tool. It is a great way to get started in music production and a path to Apple’s professional-level DAW. We’ve also gathered four other great music-making tools so that you can make the best choice.
It’s possible to be surprised by the level of quality you will find here. You might expect free tools to be too expensive to justify the cost of music recording software. You don’t have to make huge sacrifices in order to get music-making software for free.
The long-standing digital audio system from Apple has made great strides since its inception in 2004. Although it lacks a few key features, GarageBand still offers enough to get you started.
Apple has done a great job creating the perfect portal to music production. A clear path to Logic Pro, Apple’s professional DAW, is easy to see.
The Drummer is a shared feature that allows you to create a groove with ease. It includes multiple styles, simple controls, and tons of fill and pattern variations. Apple Loops sounds are also available. A familiar interface to Logic is also available to ease the transition.
GarageBand has 255 tracks per song but is still a powerful and simple to use DAW. It seems to be improving with age.
2. Waveform free
Tracktion seems to have found a very clever business model in releasing older versions for free with no cost.
It seems that the convention is to make all versions of the previous version available for free download. Although you won’t get the most recent features, you will receive updates every time the company updates its flagship DAW. This happens almost annually. The latest version will have its Waveform free price cut.
Each section can be resized to fit your workflow. The bottom panel also changes to display any parameters that you have selected elsewhere on the screen.
Waveform Free can also host unlimited audio and MIDI tracks depending on your hardware. It is also capable of hosting multiple plugin formats, including VSTs and Audio Units.
To download the software, you will need to provide an email address and password. After installing the software, it will display a warning that the program is in demo mode. Click ‘Unlock …’ to open the program and then enter your address and password.
3. AmpliTube Custom Store
AmpliTube CustomShop by IK Multimedia may be a reduced version of AmpliTube but it still functions as a fully functional guitar-rig modeling application. This version includes 24 models, including nine stompboxes and three rack effects.
You can record directly to your laptop and there are plenty of options for guitarists. Not least because IK Multimedia has official models from giants like Fender, Orange, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Orange, and Orange.
AmpliTube’s tone is authentic, and there is a lot of customization (including microphone placement and choice of the microphone). But the best feature is the Custom Shop.
You’ll need to start spending money if you want more amp models, stompboxes, and cab sims. The ‘try before buying’ policy is an excellent one.
Although Klevgrand is not a household name yet, the Stockholm-based production company has made a name for themselves with a variety of high-quality instruments that have some very unique interfaces.
SyndtSphere has it all and is one of the most accessible software synthesizers. The best part about this app is its 70+ presets. You can also morph between sounds by using the handy sphere-like object in the middle.
The beginner-friendly interface of SyndtSphere is not for the faint-hearted. There are many sounds within SyndtSphere that will appeal to more experienced producers. Although the unique morphing function is great for sound design, you might find yourself spending a lot of time playing with it before you get any real results.
Cakewalk – formerly Cakewalk SONAR – was the first digital audio workstations ever created. However, Gibson, its owner, stopped development. BandLab, a cloud music platform, purchased the software and made it free to music producers.
Cakewalk is a music production tool that includes creative songwriting tools, advanced mixing, and mastering tools as well as unlimited MIDI and audio tracks to create your own recordings. It also offers a suite of editing tools. After you are done, you can upload your work to SoundCloud, Youtube, and Facebook.
It’s unfortunate that it’s only currently available for Windows 10 but we’re curious to see what BandLab does with Cakewalk in the future.