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    100 FREE TOOLS FOR MUSICIANS

    100 FREE APPS

    for the

    Everyday Life of a

    Musician

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    We have compiled this list of free apps and

    software for musicians in July 2016.

    The list contains apps that help you in every

    stage of your musicianship: Learning,

    Rehearsing, Recording, and Video and

    Graphic Production for your albums and

    music videos.

    If you find something especially useful,

    consider helping the developers of the app

    by buying a premium version (if available) or

    linking to their website.

    You can find more useful resources for

    musicians on our blog at:

    http://blog.sofasession.com

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    CHAPTERS

    Learning Apps ......................................... 5

    Music Theory ........................................... 8

    Samples ................................................ 11

    Sheet Music .......................................... 14

    Production and Recording Software ...... 16

    DJing ..................................................... 20

    Design Software .................................... 22

    Music Video Production Tools ............... 25

    Music Players ........................................ 27

    Songwriting Tools .................................. 28

    Tuner ..................................................... 31

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    Promotion .............................................. 34

    Music Notation ...................................... 37

    DAW Plugins ......................................... 39

    Selling Music ......................................... 41

    Sources and Shoutouts ......................... 42

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    Category 1

    Learning Apps

    Uberchord - Learn to play the guitar with chords. Free app for iOS.

    https://www.uberchord.com/

    Jamplay - Free Website and iOS/Android App that let's you learn the guitar with

    videos.

    http://www.jamplay.com/

    Yousician - Free App to learn Guitar, Bass, Piano available for iOS and Android.

    https://get.yousician.com/

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    Pianist HD - Free App to learn songs on the piano on Android.

    http://www.rubycell.com/game_detail/Android/Pianist-HD/

    Sing Sharp - Free App for learning how to sing. Only limited songs available at the

    moment.

    http://www.singsharpapp.com/

    Chords plus - Guitar chords and tabs free Android and iOS app.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xssembler.ch

    ordsplus&hl=en

    Saxophone Fingerings - Simple saxophone fingering chars for Android.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=appinventor.ai_S

    uhadisapari.Saxophone

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    Saxophone All-in-one - Free iOS and Android app with fingering charts, types of

    saxophones, scales, tuner and more.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.saxophoneal

    lin1pro

    Viruoso Piano Free - Free iOS Piano App for Singers, Saxophone players and more.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/virtuoso-piano-free-2-

    hd/id304075989

    Gamestar Perfectpiano - Free Android Piano app, Perfect Piano.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamestar.pe

    rfectpiano

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    Category 2

    Music Theory

    Toby Rush - Music theory for musicians and normal people Nicely designed

    infographics about music theory, perfect for

    print-out.

    http://tobyrush.com/theorypages/index.html

    Skillshare - A bunch of free video classes about music composition, education,

    production and theory.

    https://www.skillshare.com/search/?query=music&enrollmentTy

    pe=free

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    Circle of Fifths - Beautiful & interactive circle of fifths.

    http://randscullard.com.s3-website-us-east-

    1.amazonaws.com/CircleOfFifths/

    MusicTheory.net - Free music theory lessons & exercises like ear training.

    http://www.musictheory.net

    Chordify - Turns any youtube, soundcloud or deezer link to a song into a chord

    progression.

    https://chordify.net/

    Songtive - Free iOS chord and scale dictionary.

    http://www.songtive.com/products/piano-companion

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    Pitchimprover - Ear training exercise: free pitch trainer.

    http://pitchimprover.com/index.php?type=Perfect

    MetronomeOnline - Free online metronome.

    https://www.metronomeonline.com/

    MetronomeApp - Free metronome app for iOS.

    http://metronomeapp.com/

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    Category 3

    Samples

    Incompetech - Collection of user composed music for free download under Creative

    Common License.

    http://incompetech.com

    Daft Club - Collection of Daft Punk samples downloadable from their website.

    http://daft.club/tagged/Daftabase

    FreeSound.org - Collection of sounds for free download and use in your production.

    (Check license if author needs to be

    credited).

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    http://www.freesound.org

    99sounds.org - Collection of free sound samples for production.

    http://99sounds.org/free-sound-effects/

    Goldbaby - Free collection of sounds. Very popular with hip hop artists.

    http://www.goldbaby.co.nz/freestuff.html

    Samplefino - 60 free drum samples.

    http://samplefino.com/free-drum-samples/

    Prime Loops - Prime Loops is a collection of free sounds, samples, vocals, synth

    presets and more.

    https://primeloops.com/sounds/samples.html

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    Noisli - Background noise generator.

    http://www.noisli.com

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    Category 4

    Sheet Music

    Petrucci Music Library - Over 100.000 works of music downloadable.

    http://imslp.org/

    Classtab - Classical guitar tablature works.

    http://www.classtab.org/

    Practicesightreading.com - Website to practice sheet music reading.

    https://practicesightreading.com/

    Ultimate Guitar - Huge selection of guitar tabs, also as app.

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    https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/

    Songsterr - Guitar tabs that can be played back will playing to them. Printing and

    saving require a paid account.

    http://www.songsterr.com/

    Free Scores - Free Scores offers free sheet music of different styles.

    http://www.free-scores.com/

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    Category 5

    Production and Recording Software

    sofasession - Free website to record and jam with other musicians over the internet.

    http://www.sofasession.com

    Audacity - one of most popular free source programs, recording and editing audio,

    adjust pitch, bass and treble; simple

    interface, set of tools, add effects; issues:

    distractive editing.

    http://www.audacityteam.org/download/

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    Ardour - import video, report and edit, prepare combination of individual tracks, no

    built-in instruments & effects, you need 3rd

    party software, not compatible with windows

    (linux & mac).

    https://ardour.org/download.html

    LMMS.IO - Free software to produce beats, DAW and sequencer.

    https://lmms.io/

    Reaper - Recording DAW. It's actually not free, but let's you use it even after the trial

    period.

    http://www.reaper.fm/

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    WarmPlace - Multitracrecorder featuing a modular synthesizer.

    http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/sunvox/

    Audiotool - Music production studio right in the browser.

    https://www.audiotool.com/

    Audiosauna - Music production studio in the browser.

    http://www.audiosauna.com/studio/

    Voice Recorder Free (iOS) - Free Voice recorder for iPhone.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voice-recorder-

    free/id685310398?mt=8

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    Voice Recorder Free (Android) - Smart voice recorder free app for Android.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andrwq.recor

    der&hl=en

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    Category 6

    DJing

    Mixxx - Free DJ-ying software.

    http://mixxx.org/

    djay Free - Free DJ-ying app for iOS and Android.

    http://www.algoriddim.com/

    edJing - Free DJ-ying app for iOS and Android. There are paid features available.

    http://www.edjing.com/

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    Cross DJ Free - Free DJ-ying app for iOS and Android. There are paid features

    available.

    http://www.mixvibes.com/downloads/

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    Category 7

    Design Software

    Artwork Creator - Create your CD/DVD cover; quite old looking though.

    http://artworkcreator.duplicationcentre.co.uk/#?

    Big huge labs - Make a personalized CD or DVD cover, upload from Instagram,

    Facebook, Dropbox or Flickr possible.

    http://bighugelabs.com/cd.php

    GIMP - Graphic Editor Programme, free open source alternative to Photoshop.

    https://www.gimp.org/

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    Canva - Amazing tool for graphics of any kind: Social Media, Blogs, CD's etc. Easy to

    use online.

    https://www.canva.com/

    Inkscape - Drawing programme for vektor illustrations - free open source alternative to

    Illustrator.

    https://inkscape.org/

    Scribus - Create layouts for flyers and album inlays - free alternative to Indesign.

    https://www.scribus.net/

    Hipster Logo Generator - Create a hipster logo in 5 seconds. Super funny!

    http://www.hipsterlogogenerator.com/

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    Krita - Free sketching and painting program.

    https://krita.org/en/

    Pixlr - Free picture editor online, very similar to photoshop.

    https://pixlr.com/editor/

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    Category 8

    Music Video Production Tools

    OpenToonz - Free Tool for creating animation movies.

    https://opentoonz.github.io

    Lightworks - Video editing tool used by professionals - free versions lets create

    videos up to 720p.

    https://www.lwks.com/

    Rotor Videos - Create free artistic music videos in the web app.

    https://rotorvideos.com/

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    Stupefix - Make videos out of photos, videos, music and text.

    https://studio.stupeflix.com/en/

    Movavi - Free Video Editor, works like iMovie or Movie Maker.

    http://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/how-to-make-home-

    movies.html

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    Category 9

    Music Players

    VLC - Music player for desktop and mobile phones that plays almost any format (video

    and audio).

    http://www.vlc.de/

    iTunes - Create practical music library with your tracks.

    http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

    AIMP - Music player which supports 30+ audio formats and hosts internet radio.

    http://www.aimp2.us/

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    Category 10

    Songwriting Tools

    Autochords - Chord progression have never been that easy. Choose style,

    instrument and key and get a set of chords

    as inspiration.

    https://autochords.com/

    CheatSheet for Songwriting - All about progressions and keys.

    http://i.imgur.com/k0F0EI3.jpg

    Hookpad - Hookpad by Hooktheory. Let's you create chord progressions in your

    browser.

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    https://www.hooktheory.com/hookpad

    Suggester - Free iOS to suggest chords and scales to your song. There is also a

    Premium version.

    http://www.mathieurouthier.com/suggester/

    Futurelearn - How to write your first song online course.

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/songwriting

    Rhymer - Find rhymes easily.

    http://www.rhymer.com/

    Rhymezone - Find rhymes, synonyms and definitions in one place.

    http://www.rhymezone.com/

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    Jam Maestro Lite - Free iOS app to compose songs in tab or chord format.

    http://www.jammaestro.com/

    Chordbot Lite - Chordbot is a songwriting tool / electronic backup band for iOS and

    Android that lets you experiment with

    advanced chord progressions and

    arrangements quickly and easily.

    http://www.chordbot.com/buy.php

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    Category 11

    Tuner

    Guitar Tuner - Very simple and exact tuner for the guitar on Android.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ovelin.guitart

    una&hl=en

    Guitar Tuna - Tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele on iOS.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-tuna-ultimate-

    free/id527588389?mt=8

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ovelin.guitart

    una&hl=de

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    Pano Tuner (Chromatic Tuner) - Free iOS and Android Tuner for every instrument.

    https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/free-chromatic-tuner-

    pano/id449780743?mt=8

    Saxophone Tuner - Tuner For Saxophone Plus Saxophone Metronome for iOS and

    Android.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saxophone-tuner-tuner-

    for/id817159901?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SaxTuner.Th

    ink

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    Chromatic guitar tuner - Very precise tuner for guitar and ukulele, iOS and Android

    versions.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gismart.guita

    r.tuner

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chromatic-guitar-tuner-

    tune/id662890455?mt=8

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    Category 12

    Promotion

    Dizzyjam - Create merch for your music with this free online service.

    http://www.dizzyjam.com/

    Bandpage - Create a bandpage for free and the info is then updated all over the web

    including YouTube, Facebook, Google etc.

    https://www.bandpage.com/

    Reddit Music - Submit your songs and be heard here.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/

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    Spotify - Share your music and get paid per play.

    https://www.spotifyartists.com/

    Soundcloud - Share your tracks with the world.

    https://on.soundcloud.com/

    Tunecore - Community of independent artists. Sell your music on iTunes, Amazon,

    Spotify and more.

    http://www.tunecore.com/

    Bandzoogle - Create customized websites for merch, tickets, videos and more.

    https://bandzoogle.com/

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    Viinyl - Create song-based websites to best showcase your music.

    http://viinyl.com/#home

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    Category 13

    Music Notation

    Blank Sheet Music blank sheet music Create and print your own music sheets.

    http://www.blanksheetmusic.net/

    Guitar Tab Creator Create guitar tabs.

    http://www.guitartabcreator.com/

    MuseScore Create musical sheets for free.

    https://musescore.org/de

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    Tuxguitar Free Guitar Tab Editor for Windows, Mac and Linux.

    http://tuxguitar.herac.com.ar/

    Noteflight Create, view, print, share and listen to professional quality music notation

    on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    https://www.noteflight.com/login

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    Category 14

    DAW Plugins

    Delamar - Selection of free VST Plugins for your DAW.

    http://www.delamar.de/musikproduktion/free-vst-plugins-800/

    Dontcrack - Another Selection of free VST Plugins.

    http://www.dontcrack.com/freeware/software.php/id/7037/audio/

    Plug-ins/plugins/VST/

    KVRAudio - Free Plugins ranked by highest user rating.

    http://www.kvraudio.com/plugins/free/highest-rated

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    FreeSoundEditor - Free Virtual Instru-ments.

    http://www.freesoundeditor.com/incageneng.html?VSTSynthen

    g.htm~main

    Superdrumfx - Free Virtual Instruments.

    http://www.superdrumfx.com/

    Soundprism - Free Virtual Instruments.

    http://soundprism.com/

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    Category 15

    Selling Music

    Spotify Artist Insights - Spotify Artist Insights to analyze your plays etc on Spotify.

    https://artists.spotify.com/faninsights

    Getty Images Music Sel your music on iStock.

    http://www.istockphoto.com/music-clips

    The Orchard - Distribution company which helps you to sell the music around the world.

    http://www.theorchard.com/

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    Thank you!

    Sources and Shoutouts

    This list was compiled based on own

    research, as well as hints from those great

    people:

    http://bedroomproducersblog.com/2015/02/26/free-resources-

    for-music-producers/

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-free-recording-

    software/

    And of course or friends at Reddit:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/WeAreTheMusicMakers

    Compiled with