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Best free music making software tools

Want to get into music production but not sure what music making programs to use? There's a lot of tools in the market that could help you, but if you need something that's good for beginners without breaking the bank, here are some of the best free music making software. Check them out below!

1.Audacity

Free download

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

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  • Jeremy Willis

    by Jeremy Willis

    I love recording music on my computer, but I didn't have the software enabling me to edit and record tracks easily. Someone recommended Audacity, and  More

  • Kenneth Morgan

    by Kenneth Morgan

    Compared to how ableton works, audacity isnt really a digital audio workstation. But to be fair, I have edited samples, songs, and was able to process More

  • Amy Munoz

    by Amy Munoz

    This is definitely a good solution for the problem, and I can say that with certainty because I've used Audacity myself for years. The fact that it's  More

  • Edward Wade

    by Edward Wade

    In my many years, of improvising as a music producer and engineer, I can say that Audacity is a good music creation software that has a lot of the

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  • Philip Grant

    by Philip Grant

    I love Audacity, I have used it many times to aid me in creating music. I am an amateur music producer, and I like to create different styles of music More

2.Ardour

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Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation that allows you to record, edit and mix tracks, in a complete professional interface but also easy to learn and to use. Ardour is a very helpful tool for professionals such as audio engineers, musicians, and composers.

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  • Hao Cao

    by Hao Cao

    I have always wanted to try making music. The main obstacle has always been the pay wall for some of the more popular music making software like Cubas More

  • Julia Freeman

    by Julia Freeman

    I have been consulting with my music producer friends as I was looking for the best free music production software and based on their advice, I set

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  • by Julia Brooks

    I like Ardour, especially since it is a cross platform tool that works on Windows, Macs, and Linux. But it's definitely more for professionals and not More

  • by Sandra Hamilton

    This website allows users to record music and to create what ever they want in regards to music. However I question its quality since it is free due t More

  • Frances Ramos

    by Frances Ramos

    I liked using Ardour as a beginner. But as I learn more and try to do more fun things with my music, I see a lot of limitations. I think this is a goo More

3.LMMS

Free download

LMMS is a free and open-source digital audio workstation software. It is for creating melodies and synthesizing sounds for arranging samples. It also has a user-friendly MIDI keyboard along with presets and samples. 

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  • by Bruce Santos

    Looking for something to increase my creativity, I started looking for free music making software tools. I then came by a program called "LMMS". While More

  • Carl Carpenter

    by Carl Carpenter

    Good and free music making software is kinda hard to find if you are really into the technicalities of sound production and what not but this softw

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  • Jeffrey Hamilton

    by Jeffrey Hamilton

    Can't go wrong with LMMS when making free music audio. Great range of features.

  • Kevin Hudson

    by Kevin Hudson

    The positive is that it is a free cross-platform tool for making music. The issue I see is that there really isn't much information offered on the sit More

  • Scott Kim

    by Scott Kim

    Always wanting to have a digital audio workstation software that can produce quality synthesizing sounds, arrange great samples, play on a modern MIDI More

4.Macsome Audio Editor Freeware

Paid: $39.95 Free trial available

Macsome Audio Editor Freeware is a music-making software program for Mac that features an all-in-one iTunes music and audiobook converter. It also allows user to convert M4P, M4A, AA, AAX to MP3, AAC, WAV, AND FLAC.

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  • Charvi Nair

    by Charvi Nair

    Macsome is an excellent free audio editing tool. If you're looking for something to help with making music, it's a great starting option. More feature More

  • Han Yao

    by Han Yao

    Hate paying for audio programs? So did I! That's why I love Macsome Audio Editor since it's free and easy to use. I love using it to edit my own music More

  • Enrique Juárez

    by Enrique Juárez

    It's good for editing and all that for free music software. But for overall music production, I think that there's a lot of other options to see be

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  • Hansika Saxena

    by Hansika Saxena

    I need to edit MP3's sometimes and don't want to pay for a full program. This helps me out in those moments and best of all, it's free!

5.Hydrogen

Free download

Hydrogen is a free music production software program that marries the deep complexity of most drum machine suites with a setup suitable for newcomers. It features a sample editor, with the basics of cutting, and looping functions.

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  • Russell Castillo

    by Russell Castillo

    For those musicians on a budget, Hydrogen is a decent free option for creating and customizing your songs. It doesn't have as many features as some of More

  • Peter Hu

    by Peter Hu

    Some software only offer up to 3 to 4 layers for instruments but this one offers multi layers. And ofc the unlimited instrument tracks is a plus.

  • Andrew Walters

    by Andrew Walters

    I love the utility that Hydrogen provides me when it comes to my sound and music production. Easy to use and versatile, I recommend this software to a More

  • Tyler Larson

    by Tyler Larson

    This was an excellent recommendation! This filled that one niche that was missing in our prog rock band. Top of the charts, here we come!

  • by Vibhore Singhal

    Great software for Mac users. If you use Windows, can be a lot of tweaks here and there if you wanna achieve real production control

6.GoldWave

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Goldwave is a digital audio editing software that allows you to record and edit audio with the most advanced audio processing tools. Goldwave works on Windows and Linux.

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  • Patrick Walker

    by Patrick Walker

    GoldWave is one of the best free music making software tools out there. You can record, edit and process just about anything. It works on Windows 10 j More

  • by Joyce Willis

    I use this to edit commissioned works and it does it's job. Pretty cool for a free music software tool

  • Sean Brooks

    by Sean Brooks

    A big help as I was looking for a free music making tool

  • Bertha Muñiz

    by Bertha Muñiz

    I'm a small time radio producer and often have to edit and record audio for our radio shows. This software is easy to use and great for audio processi More

7.GarageBand

Free download

GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.

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  • James Hart

    by James Hart

    I think the only problem with this software is that it is only available on mac. In our office, I use a mac but when i am at home, I use windows pc so More

  • Abhinav Tata

    by Abhinav Tata

    This is the real deal, especially with the synth sounds. The only no-no for me is how digital and compressed the drum machine sounds is but aside f

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8.Music Maker Jam

with in-app purchases

Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

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  • Julie Bennett

    by Julie Bennett

    i reocmmend this app for start up business as the free version is more than enough for basic digital audio processing. It has oalso an online store

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  • by Matthew Beck

    Good app for beginners. You need to assess how it sounds first before you seriously use this for full-length songs

DID YOU KNOW?

If you have your mind set on becoming a DJ and record producer, then you probably know who Martin Garrix is. Tagged as the youngest person ever to hit the number one spot for Beatport's Top 100 chart, with his dance song 'Animals,' it's no wonder that he's such a talked about personality. But did you know that before rising to the top, Garrix was actually a ghost producer for someone else?

At a very young age, before becoming a DJ superstar, he ghost-produced a track that eventually became a hit in the music industry. He refused to say whose and what track, but when Spinnin' Records found out that he made it, he instantly got signed, thus kicking off his career. So, how does someone become a DJ at such age? As someone who started when he was only eight, Garrix said the most important thing is that you work hard. Spend as much time as you can creating and improving your music. And in an industry with a lot of competitors, you should develop your own style so you can stand out from the rest. The next most important thing is that you should know your tools. Whether you're starting out and using free music making programs or high-end DJ software, familiarize yourself with them and learn how you can make the kind of music you want to produce. On top of this, if you want to make it big in the industry, one thing you could do is try and reach out to stars for collaboration so you can spread your music. These are only some of the things you could do, but if you're determined enough, then just keep pursuing your craft until your music lands on clubs, parties, and top charts.

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