We gathered a list of 30-ish great free online tools, in the order of alphabetic. Some are great for music practice, some for composing, and some are just for fun, to unleash your wildest music imagination, and who said that is not necessary?
This terrific site offers a pair of Roland TB-303s and basic drum machine sounds. Use the randomize button if you need some inspiration. This is a seriously cool-looking tool too.
AudioTool is an online production studio that feels like a real studio—and a really dreamy one. You get to choose iconic gear to play with, like TR-909s, TR-808s and TB-303s just to name a few.
Autochords is a super useful tool when you’re writing songs. It suggests chord progressions according to the key and mood you select. Choose between piano or guitar. You get a main progression and three alternative ones.
This online tool enables you to print blank sheet music. You can’t add notes, but you can add stuff like treble clefs, bass clefs, and guitar tabs.
This free download allows users to create and print sheet music. You can compose sheet music for choir, guitar, orchestra, and piano.
MZ-101 is monophonic synthesizer inspired by the monophonic analog synthesizers of the 1970s—you can save and load presets.
The free version of this site allows maestros to compose ten scores. When you’re done, you can print or share your tunes.
Each button on your keyboard corresponds to a different sound. Pressing the “shift” key starts the recorder. Don’t forget to save your loops.
Soundtrap is a slick online studio that makes creating music a breeze. You’ll need to create an account or sign-in via Facebook, Google, or Office365.
Audacity is an audio editor and recorder. It’s a celebrated program for musicians and producers. Audacity is so good, and has so many options, it’s hard to believe you don’t have to pay for it.
It is a fully-fledged DAW that features an intuitive, single-screen interface that’s user friendly with input, waveform and mixer (including EQ, level, pan and plug-ins) laid out from left to right.
Podium Free is a fully functional version of ZyneWave’s Podium software, with just a few minor limitations. It is very easy and fast studio reconfiguration, nice and very ergonomic user interface.
As well as making great free synths, TAL makes some solid free effects too. Not all are currently supported, but its Reverb, Filter and Vocoder all do exactly what they’re supposed to, albeit with no frills.
With Beatmaker, you’ll be dropping beats in no time. It’s uncomplicated and a blast to play with.
An online drum machine plus sequencer, metronome and more.
It has a little bit of everything. Create beats and add chords and harmonies.
This online tool has just four drum sounds but you can control those sounds in a bunch of different ways.
Practice & Play:
This fabulous looking chart is a great resource when you want to know the frequency range of instruments and the human voice. What sounds “tinny?” This chart will tell you.
A simple metronome that tells you the technical term for whatever beats-per-minute you select.
This tool boasts a basic guitar tuner with ten alternative tunings.
This online sequencer allows you to input notes with your mouse. Available instruments include electric piano, violin, and guitar.
Lots of helpful tools available here. We’re spotlighting their pitch shifter. Change the pitch of an audio file without changing the tempo.
Makers of this site operate on the theory that successful musicians and producers are better listeners. That’s why they offer a wide range of ear training resources.
Take a break from creating music to train your ears.
Just for Fun:
A website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. It is a good way to relax during coffee break.
When you first arrive at this site you’ll probably think something is wrong. Don’t worry. Everything is fine. Just type on your QWERTY keyboard to create music. When you do, images will flash on your screen. We recommend starting with the “O” key.
As the name suggests, Pixelsynth turns images into sounds. Don’t expect to create anything melodic, but if you want to make far out soundscapes, this tool is for you.
This is a recreation of the SID sound chip found in the old Commodore 64. WebSID is retro and undemanding to play.