Music 101 The best curated directory of free online tools to create music

Learn, compose, play and produce songs on your browser.

I reviewed tons of websites related to online music creation as part of my research on web digital music technology. Here I compile those sites that, due to their quality, have been added to the state of the art in my master thesis. I hope you will find them useful this curated directory.

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Learn the basics of the music

There are, literally, infinite, free resources to learn the theory of music, from the most basic sound to the complete harmony.

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Appreciate the different genres

In music, like in other arts, there are conventional categories that identify some pieces of music as belonging to a set of conventions. It is important to learn to distinguish among them and how they influence in later genres.

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Learn how to play an instrument

This is the toughest part, put into practice all the theory. I recommend visiting these links, then proceed to YouTube videos depending the instrument you want to play.

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Compose music

Once you have the basics, it is time to create your songs. These tools need no previous experience or even musical knowledge. Just flow with the stream, mix and try.

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Generate ideas

Creating samples or lyrics is not easy. Get help with these tools

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Edit & produce songs

Once you have composed samples, you need to mix them.

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Musical Playground

Just play with them and listen to their sounds. Maybe you get a decent song by chance

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Visualizations of music

Some people learn better when they see the effects of their changes. With these tools you can generate charts that follow the musics

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Discover artists

Inspiration is a great part of creation. Listen to different artists to define which style you like or you want to imitate.

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Relax in ambient soundscapes

It's time for a break. Close your eyes and let the sounds calm your mind.

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Get sounds, effects, and noises

Small pieces for your composition. Watch the copyrights license before using them

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Test your hearing

Try this quizzes for fun or curiosity

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Software

Download and install in your computer (iOS, Windows and Linux)

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Other resources

Just interesting websites related to music

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