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!
Mark Mosher of Modulate This has announced the Project: INIT video series.
Project: INIT is a new video series I’m kicking off today. In the videos I will offer real-time behind-the-patch footage taking you on sound design missions from INIT using a variety of sonic weapons. By simply coming along for the ride you’ll learn more about synthesis and how to make unique sounds for your productions.
First Project: INIT video – Vocal Formant Lead in Tone2’s ElectraX
The Project: INIT videos are free of charge, donations are most welcome.
Ableton and SoundCloud have announced a joint promotion where Ableton users get 5 months of free SoundCloud Pro, while the SoundCloud community gets a free copy of Ableton Live Lite 8.
Ableton has long been the number one choice for musicians, whether for songwriting, making beats, remixing or live performances. At SoundCloud, we know that many of you depend upon it, indeed many of our team members use it on a regular basis privately (and it’s even been used in a masterclass or two!). It’s therefore with great pleasure to announce that SoundCloud and Ableton, two great Berlin audio companies, have teamed up to give our communities something unprecedented and very, very awesome.
The news? Ableton now comes with SoundCloud sharing baked in – yes, upload straight to SoundCloud. To celebrate, SoundCloud is offering Ableton users 5 months of SoundCloud Pro, for free. You can find the details here. So what does the SoundCloud community get? Ableton has been generous enough to offer the entire SoundCloud community a free copy of Live Lite 8 so that everyone can get started making their own sounds.
If you’re registered for our newsletter, you’ll get an email in the next 2 weeks with your own personal download code for Ableton Live Lite 8. If you haven’t yet registered for our newsletter, you can do so on your email settings page.
IMSTA FESTA comes back to New York for the second year running after a very successful inaugural event in 2010. This year’s focus will be on The Future of Music Technology showcasing what’s hot and what’s next for music makers around the world.
IMSTA FESTA brings a collection of the top audio technology companies together in an environment where they can interact with music makers face-to-face. Anyone who makes music will benefit from this event in a number of ways.
IMSTA FESTA is a FREE event. Doors open at 11:00AM and we go until 7:00PM. Open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professionals, semi-Pros, hobbyists and students. All visitors must register on-line www.imsta.org. Early registration is recommended.
Lots of new highlights to come for 2011!
2010 EVENT highlights
All the top music technology companies gathered in a hands-on environment. MORE THIS YEAR!
Attendees packed in for the Shocklee Innertainment Panel Series hosted by Shocklee Entertainment. These panels included industry heavy weights that coached visitors on how to get the most out of their music. BACK FOR 2011!
Visitors were encouraged to enter Akon’s Hitlab Song Competition for a chance to perform in front of Akon and win a record label contract. The first, second and third place winners also received software prize packages from world-class music software companies.
Just for attending, visitors received $100 of FREE software courtesy of IK Multimedia.
Finally, Mr. Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘funky drummer’ from James Brown’s band of the 60’s and 70’s made his first New York appearance in ages and blow the audience away!
IMSTA FESTA takes place 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday September 24, 2011, at the SAE Institute in New York.
Point Blank has announced Music Potential, a free music production workshop featuring Wretch 32. Point Blank, in association with Barclaycard Unwind and Choice FM’s Music Potential initiative, are giving young people a fantastic opportunity to … read more
TC-Helicon has announced the immediate availability of an update to its USB enabled connectivity app called VoiceSupport. Version 1.2 of VoiceSupport adds an Online Preset Library that makes freely available a series of professionally produced … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Phillips SAA-1099 Sample Pack (Copyright-free and License-free) A new pack of samples by Sebastian Tomczak: I have made a copyright-free and license-free sample pack of the Phillips SAA-1099 … read more
Are you looking to publish your songs online but you are not sure how? Then REBEAT may have just what you need. Music distribution company REBEAT has released REBEAT Digital, a software allowing every musician, … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Arduino Contest Show what you can do with Arduino! Arduinos are awesome – with one simple controller, you can make almost anything! What new things can you make … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Experibass – violin, viola, cello and double bass combined together. Diego Stocco writes: Few weeks ago I visited a luthier looking for instruments parts, I had an idea … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Waveformless: Free Sample Friday: Metallic Hits Tom Shear of Waveformless has a lovely collection of samples as a free download. As a thanks to my readers, here are … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Drone Machines by Tristan Shone. Drone Machines are custom made machines fabricated from raw materials and utilizing open source circuitry. The devices draw heavily on aspects of industrial … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Tactile Metronome – Wayne and Layne The Tactile Metronome is a tap-controlled metronome and "beat looper." "Syncopation machine." "Metronome with an attitude." You tap the piezo speaker to … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: Christopher Willits of XLR8R takes a look at some of the features of Max for Live (no it’s not out yet!). Warning: there’s a pretty loud advert before the … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # These Are My Twisted Words – Free Radiohead song Johnny writes: So here's a new song, called 'These Are My Twisted Words'. We've been recording for a while, … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # Toy Piano Rescue Project Ranjit Bhatnager bought a toy piano on eBay, but it got damaged in transport. For Awesome August I'm trying to make something of this … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # A Deal You Can’t Refuse | ryangruss.com Ryan is about to release Volume II of his subscription based drum loops service, so in the next few days you … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # in Bb 2.0 – a collaborative music/spoken word project In Bb 2.0 is a collaborative music and spoken word project conceived by Darren Solomon from Science for Girls. … read more
Some interesting things I found recently: # One Person Band Vivace is a nice looking multitouch portable music studio concept, designed by Young-Shin Lee & Hae-Jin Jung. A Music aficionados rejoice. The idea of having … read more