Composing the music you want with ease and convenience requires a very good set of tools. There are many wonderful tool sets out there for making original music that you can access right from your web browser at home. The following 10 are some very great examples of these music maker tools.
With any one of these you will be able to hop in quickly and get cracking on bringing your musical creations to life!
Soundation is an incredible platform that is easy to use and get familiar with for making songs. It is membership based, with a limited-feature free tier, and two higher tiers for access to more or all of the available production features. It is a great price too for the higher tiers, at just about 6.99 US per month for the maximum membership. It also has an extensive sound library to work with, community features, as well as featured tracks made by other creators. As its name implies, it provides a great foundation for arranging sounds to achieve the songs you want.
If you have a Mac or other compatible Apple device, GarageBand is a well-known music production studio program that is easy to set up and use. It has everything from virtual instruments and audio recording to editing and music lessons. As its name suggests, it also has robust support for guitars, featuring up to five different simulated affects you can layer onto your song. While it is limited to Apple devices on MacOS and iOS on iphones, with how common Apple products are, GarageBand is still easily accessible for creating great music.
LMMS is a free suite of music production software tools that work together with various hardware to help you produce songs from scratch right at home. It includes several different types of editors, synthesizers, and an AudioFileProcessor for its sampler ability. It requires a bit more effort to get into compared to some others, but with enough time, reading and practice, it is a powerful free GNU music maker.
If you want to turn up the heat as it were and really get to making the songs you want to hear quickly and easily, AudioSauna is a great choice for a free online music maker. You can run it on Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems alike. It allows you to record, write, mix, and edit in whatever way you see fit, and it even boasts a virtual analog synthesizer. With such an array of effects and tools, you are sure to achieve most of if not all of your song creation ambitions using AudioSauna.
SoundTrap is a great premium online music recording suite that also benefits greatly from additional collaboration features and a large support base for different devices and operating systems. It is easy to learn how to use, and you can even try it free on a one month trial if you want to see how it works for you before you do or do not get a subscription. SoundTrap is a popular choice amongst music students; it features versions for both personal use and for educators on top of this.
Open source and as friendly on your budget as free can be, Ardour is an excellent choice for several reasons. It is great for those who wish to practice music creation without committing to a subscription service or paying a flat fee. You can easily follow its development as well in anticipation of future feature additions. Most importantly, it offers a free studio that can mix, record, edit, and everything else in between. That kind of versatility and feature transparency is a great boon for any music maker.
Long outliving its original host site, Hobnox, Audiotool is a music creation studio still under active development to this day. It is non-commercial so it is free to use. Some of its features include simulated effects pedals, emulations of things like synthesizer and drum machines, and tools to create albums and publish work. With all of these combined together, you have more than just a simple tool for creating music; indeed, you have a whole arsenal of different tools to achieve just the perfect arrangement for a song you want.
Free and collaborative, all you need to run LoopLabs and get to creating is a simple user profile! It is cloud-based so your work is always safely backed up, and also makes it easier to share for collaboration and exposure. Its music maker is highly user-friendly, supports the Beatport audio library, and it has great community features to make you feel even more at home making music. With the addition of Beatport, this pulls LoopLabs out of the good territory and into the great territory for those who love having or need to have a large sound library to sample from.
This music making site has a neat quirk. You are able to create music by remixing music samples that other artists have made and submitted. This is especially great for first-time song makers, as it gives them a sandbox in which to take other creators’ examples and try out different sounds and techniques. It is collaborative, free to use, and quite a great place to dip one’s toes in the musical creation waters, as it were. Even if not as a main music maker, it is still a great platform for experimentation to give you new song ideas!
ChordChord is a great choice of music maker. The website is easy and straightforward to use and allows musicians to create their own chord progressions and sequences. It is primarily targeted at more experienced musicians, but the simplicity of the software means anyone can use it! It also comes with a huge selection of different instrument settings, for the most versatile music making experience!
As you can see, there are a lot of exciting choices out there. What’s more, many of these music makers are even collaborative and/or cloud-based, making it easier than ever to share your creations and co-create. The fact that so much musical production can be done just on your web browser alone would surely have been mind-blowing around twenty years ago. Happy composing!