7 Free (or Cheap) Music Software Programs

Music and technology have become inseparable friends, and more and more often musicians are using software to create original music rather than doing it purely organically. But accessing that software can be difficult, in particular because most musicians – especially if they’re just starting out – are on a pretty tight budget for investing in the tools they need to create.

However, a big range of digital audio workstations and software platforms that are either freeware or superbly low in price are available for musicians on a shoestring budget. Here are seven of the best free or cheap music software programs available.

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5 Steps to Achieving the Perfect Mix (Without Expensive Gear)

When you picture professional producers, mixers, and mastering engineers like Dr. Dre, Bob Ludwig, and Rick Rubin, what are they usually working with? Massive mixing boards? Huge state-of-the-art speakers? Thousand-dollar headphones? Priceless vintage equipment? That sounds about right, doesn’t it?

If we all had access to gear like that, you might think life would be much easier — and you would probably be right — but there are still many ways to achieve a great mix on a budget. If you have a smartphone or a computer, you’re already well on your way to achieving a good mix.

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A Quick Guide to Microphones

It’s microphone mastery time, folks. Whether you’re a crooner, instrument geek, or linguistic lover, you’re gonna need to understand how mics work and how best to utilize them for your needs. Here’s a video primer to get you stage ready.

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How Guitar Amps Work And What You Can Do To Start Tweaking Your Own

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Electric guitars play a big role in nearly every type of music these days, and the amplifier is a huge part of the equation. Guitar amps might seem complicated, but they’re really just a lot of simple electronics wired together, and it doesn’t take too long to fully understand what’s going on in there. Plus, working on your amp when something is wrong can be both fun and rewarding, not to mention possibly essential if you’re on the road and in need of a quick fix! So here’s a basic overview of how amps work and what you can do to start tweaking your own.

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How To Choose A DAW: 7 Of The Best DAWs For Every Musical Need

This post originally appeared on Flypaper by our friends at Soundfly.

Whether you’re working out of a home studio or a small project studio, your Digital Audio Workstation (or, DAW) is probably the single most important part of your setup. It’s the bridge of your musical Starship Enterprise, containing and co-ordinating all the software and hardware you use to create and communicate each of your decisions. It’s no surprise then, that much like the fights that people have over Nintendo/Xbox/Playstation or iOS/Android, the world of audio production is rife with software fan service and forum flame wars (harmless, of course, but they can be quite harsh!)…

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10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes: A Five-Part Video Series

Can 2017 be the year your mixing game steps it up a few notches? Maybe some insider advice from a GRAMMY winning mixing engineer will provide the boost you need. Our friends at iZotope created a five-part mixing masterclass entitled Mix Resolutions: 10 Tips for Creating Better Mixes. It features Enrique Gonzalez Müller (GRAMMY winning mixing engineer, professor at Berklee College of Music) and Jonathan Wyner (GRAMMY nominated mastering engineer, professor at Berklee College of Music). And we have the exclusive videos for you right here, for the next five weeks.

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What Is Mastering? Here’s What Every Musician Needs To Know

What is mastering and why do we do it? This is an important question to ask for any indie or DIY artist, and we’ve brought in the team at iZotope to help answer it. Mastering is that last moment when you can alter, enhance, or edit the sound of a recording, and since it’s the final step, it is the most critical from the standpoint of assessing the sound.

What is mastering?

First and foremost, we want our music to sound as good as possible. It means we need someone with the ability to tweak what we have and fully develop the sound to its maximum quality. That’s where mastering comes in. Here are some things that need to be considered in mastering:

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