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.
All of these free goodies are compiled here, in a huge list which is meant to be updated and improved with your help. I’ve also added some of my favorite tutorials, music theory guides and various other tools which can be helpful for music artists. Feel free to submit your own favorite freebies in the comments section below!
Cakewalk has introduced Music Creator 7, a new version of the recording software for your home studio.
Music Creator 7 is a fun, easy, and fast way to create original music or remix your favorite songs. Transform any Windows 7 or 8 computer into your own personal music studio with all the tools, loops, instruments, and effects you need to create, edit, and mix great music.
Version 7 of this best-selling software makes it even easier to produce exceptional tracks thanks to the integrated MixStrip, one-knob “Style Dial FX” for shaping your sound, touch screen compatibility, and VST3 plug-in standard support—so you can use cutting-edge instruments and effects from Cakewalk and dozens of other manufacturers. Then when you’re ready to share your music with the world post your music on Facebook and Twitter with SoundCloud.
Music Creator 7 features
Seamlessly create, record, edit, and mix your music using the Award-winning Skylight user interface.
NEW! Access all your most important controls using the Hi-Def Control Bar with more harmonious spacing, labeling, and dynamic resizing.
NEW! Create your own MIDI parts with the new virtual onscreen MIDI controller with touch support, or your QWERTY keyboard—great for mobile music making.
Get creative with 32 audio tracks and 8 instrument tracks, and 128 MIDI tracks.
NEW! Support for 8 inputs and 8 outputs simultaneously.
NEW! Support for the latest VST3 instruments and effects.
A complete backing band with 6 virtual instruments (including the entire Studio Instruments Suite).
NEW! Mix like a pro with the integrated MixStrip, which includes Curve EQ and new Style Dial FX for one knob access to commonly used effects.
Mix with all the must-have effects including reverb, EQ, and more.
Plug in your guitar and rock out with Overloud’s TH2 Creator guitar amp simulator.
NEW! Enhanced MIDI editing includes a new Piano Roll View and time-saving Pattern tool for painting MIDI parts.
NEW! Create the perfect performance from multiple takes using the new comp tool.
Create beats and drum tracks with the integrated Step Sequencer.
Trigger audio and MIDI loops for real-time performance and remixing with the Matrix View.
NEW! Custom modern loops designed by Loopmasters.
Easily drag and drop loops, instruments, effects, and project templates from the built-in Browser.
Plus! Use any Windows 8 touch-enabled device to control the software with your fingers.
Music Creator 7 for Windows is available for purchase for $49.99 USD. New Music Creator bundles and add-ons are also available.
Ableton Live has announced the release of a public beta of version 9.2 of its Live music production software for Windows and Mac.
Live 9.2 is coming soon. This free update brings a number of significant improvements and additions to both Live and Push and is available for download as a public beta version.
Changes in Live 9.2
Improved warping — Live 9.2 introduces several refinements to Live’s audio warping engine. The Complex and Complex Pro modes now feature punchier transients, even at extreme settings. Auto-Warp and downbeat detection has been improved to better recognize when audio has a fixed tempo (as is often the case with electronic music) and warp it accurately.
Latency compensation — Live 9.2 also introduces a number of latency-related improvements. Sets that contain Max for Live devices or third-party plug-ins now have lower latency. And automation is now fully latency compensated.
Tuner included — Along with further under-the-hood improvements, Live 9.2 also comes with a new Tuner device – sure to come in handy for guitarists or anyone else who uses hardware instruments.
64 pads for Push users — For users of Push, the Live 9.2 update introduces the ability to use all 64 pads to play drums and quickly flip back to 16 pads for step sequencing.
Further Push refinements — The Live 9.2 update also brings improved aftertouch implementation to Push’s pads and the addition of aftertouch to many of Live’s core library sounds. In addition, Push’s touchstrip can now be used for modulation wheel control as well for pitch bend.
The Live 9.2 public beta for Windows and Mac is now available for download. More details are available in the release notes.
Image-Line has announced the release of FL Studio 12 Beta 3, the latest public beta version of the music production software for Windows.
FL Studio 12 Beta 3 is now available with many bugfixes and changes as suggested by users.
Changes in FL Studio 12 Beta 3
New Fruity Convolver impulse library by Soundiron.
Hardcore new FX pedal (Tube drive).
Updated Elastique stretching engine.
UI updates for some plugins.
Control Surface: touch support.
Control Surface: controls are freely sizeable.
Plugins are found by ID as well as by filename.
FL Studio vectorial UI improvements.
Many bugfixes and enhancements as reported by users (too many to list).
The new beta version will expire April 15th, 2015.
FL Studio is available for purchase starting at $99 USD. FL Studio 12 will be free to FL Studio users as part of Image-Line’s Lifetime Free Updates policy. New Image-Line customers can save 10% off their first order here.
Avid has announced version 11.3.1 of its Pro Tools digital audio workstation software.
Pro Tools redefined the music, film, and TV industry, providing everything you need to compose, record, edit, and mix music and audio. Create without bounds and work at the speed of your creativity, so you can take on the most demanding sessions and deliver the best sounding mixes possible.
Fixes in Pro Tools software v11.3.1
The Pro Tools | HD Native Thunderbolt driver doesn’t load properly after upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite.
When multiple E3 engines are connected together (as part of a shared input VENUE S3L-X system), and at least one E3 engine in the system is connected to a Pro Tools computer, only one of the available E3 engines may be listed twice in the Playback Engine pop-up menu of the connected computer.
Analyze mode in AudioSuite does not work as expected when processing mode is set to “clip-by-clip”.
Pro Tools quits unexpectedly when instantiating the default EQ or dynamic plug-in from a EuControl surface.
Automation lags when delay is induced by plug-ins further in the signal chain.
A Pro Tools Satellite is disconnected from the Satellite network posts a “Pro Tools Cannot Stop Playback” dialog.
When a large session on a Satellite system receives a play command while attempting to auto-save, Pro Tools reports a “Pro Tools Cannot Stop Playback” message.
If automation data is lost after using the “TCE Edit to Timeline Selection” command, the command cannot be undone to recover the lost automation data.
Pro Tools quits unexpectedly when recording in QuickPunch mode while banking on an S6.
When using a Video Satellite system, scrubbing in Pro Tools results in an assertion in Media Composer.
Consolidated clips lose embedded rig settings with Eleven Rack.
When stopping DPE recording, the playhead “parks” (rolls back into previous recording). Consequently, when playback is engaged, you hear the last bit of the previous recording.
EQ knobs and buttons on a EUCON control surface do not respond when they are changed from the plug-in GUI in Pro Tools.
Automation is delayed when using a VCA track.
With more than 90 ISIS workspaces mounted, AVE connections time out.
The update is free to download for registered Pro Tools 11 users.
MuTools has announced the release of version 6.3 of its MuLab music production software and MUX Modular synthesizer and effect plug-in. MuLab is an inspiring music production studio for Mac OSX and Windows featuring an … read more
Apple has releases version 10.1 of its Logic Pro X digital audio workstation and version 3.1 of the MainStage music application designed for live performance. Logic Pro X is the most advanced version of Logic … read more
Avid has announced Pro Tools 12, the next generation of the industry-standard digital audio software. Featuring new flexible licensing options, Pro Tools 12 delivers on Avid’s commitment to customer choice, a key element of Avid … read more
Avid has announced Pro Tools | First, a free version of the industry-standard Pro Tools that offers many of the same music creation capabilities used by top artists and recording studios worldwide. Delivering on Avid … read more
Bitwig has announced it will present the forthcoming Bitwig Studio 1.2 update at NAMM 2015 from January 22nd – 25th (Booth 4901 in Hall C). Following the announcement, Bitwig will offer a sneak preview detailing … read more
XT Software has launched a first public beta of version 3.0 of energyXT, a music production application for Windows, Mac and Linux. energyXT enables you to record, edit and mix your music with powerful, yet … read more
Bitwig has announced that it has extended its sale on Bitwig Studio, offering 20% off its music production software. 2014 was a banner year for Bitwig, and the sales straight up rocked for Bitwig Studio. … read more
Cakewalk has announced the availability of its new SONAR line of digital audio workstation products. There will be no more SONAR “version numbers”; the software at the time of purchase is always the latest version, … read more
MuTools has released version 6.2.7 of the MuLab music production studio and MUX modular synth and effect plug-in for Windows and Mac. Changes in MuLab / MUX v6.2.7 New: New “Event Recorder” module. (MuLab only, … read more
Ableton has announces the release of version 9.1.7 of Live, the music production software for Windows and Mac. If you’ve used music software before, you’re already familiar with one half of Ableton Live. Live’s Arrangement … read more
Juno Ju-X has released version 1.3.1 of Hosting AU, a free AudioUnit host software for Mac. Hosting AU microDAW is a micro-sized Digital Audio Workstation for Mac OSX that hosts Audio Unit instruments and effect … read more
Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7, major upgrades to the Mixcraft music production and multi-track recording workstation software. The updated version offers new features, including 32-bit and 64-bit … read more
MuTools has released version 6.1 of its MuLab and MUX Modular music production software. MuLab is a rich and rock solid sound and music production tool for Mac OSX and Windows, designed to create, record, … read more
Plugin Boutique has announced that the Bitwig Studio music production software for Windows, Mac and Linux is now available at its online shop. Bitwig Studio is now available at Plugin Boutique. When purchased, customers will … read more
Image-Line has announced it is developing a native Mac version of its FL Studio music production software. A while back we started by testing a FL Studio Mac OS X BETA (Crossover Wrapped) version, with … read more