What are the 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!

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    #1Audacity

    Audacity

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Jeremy Willis
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "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 it's really changed my life! It's a lightweight and easy to use piece of software for all my recording needs. "
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    #2Ardour

    Ardour

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Hao Cao
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "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 Cubase and Ableton which require a huge investment to even play around with. Ardour is different. Ardour is a free software solution that allows you to play around with creating your own music. It supports a large number of VSTs, which is the main component to any DAW, and provides all the features of other more expensive software packages. Definitely worth downloading. "
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    #3LMMS

    LMMS

    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. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Bruce Santos
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "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, it does have neat features, it just doesn't have the necessary tools to be able to create good music. I wouldn't recommend it. "

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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    #4Macsome Audio Editor Freeware

    Macsome Audio Editor Freeware

    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.

    Software

    Mac

    $39.95- Free trial available

    Charvi Nair
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "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 features than many similar free software, so a good one to try out."
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    #5Hydrogen

    Hydrogen

    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.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Russell Castillo
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "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 its more expensive competitors, but it gets the job done. Unfortunately, the full version is only available for Mac, and is only available in the beta stage for Windows."
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    #6GarageBand

    GarageBand

    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.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    James Hart
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "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 i dont get to use it. 2 layers of effect for each track is pretty enough for me."
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    #7GoldWave

    GoldWave

    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.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Patrick Walker
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "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 just fine and was well worth the download."
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    #8Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    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.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Julie Bennett
    Written on November 24, 2018
    "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 for new sounds if you are willing to spend a little more."

Summary

Best What are the best free music making software tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AudacitySoftware 8 Free
2ArdourSoftware 5 Free
3LMMSSoftware 4 Free
4Macsome Audio Editor FreewareSoftware 4 Paid
5HydrogenSoftware 3 Free
6GarageBandSoftware 2 Free
7GoldWaveSoftware 0 Free
8Music Maker JamApps 0 Free
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