What are the best free music making software tools?

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    Roy Griffin
    Written on October 3, 2018
    "this program rules! it can handle a lot of different audio formats and convert them to the kind you need. it's very easy to understand and use even tough i'm not that advanced using computers and stuff I just installed it grabbed the audio from a video and now i have the mp3 to listen to any time! "
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      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.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      Kenneth Morgan
      Written on October 9, 2018
      "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 audio files throught it."
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      Kenneth Morgan
      Written on October 9, 2018
      "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 audio files throught it."
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      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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      Amy Munoz
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "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 free and easy to get makes it a worthwhile solution to try."
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      Philip Grant
      Written on October 4, 2017
      "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 from my computer. This program does it all."
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      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

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      Peter Hu
      Written on October 9, 2018
      "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."
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      Peter Hu
      Written on October 9, 2018
      "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."
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      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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      Andrew Walters
      Written on May 30, 2017
      "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 anyone interested in sound and music production."
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      Tyler Larson
      Written on January 9, 2017
      "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!"
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      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

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      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..."
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      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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      Han Yao
      Written on May 18, 2017
      "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."
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      Hansika Saxena
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "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!"
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      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

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      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..."
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      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."
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      Kevin Hudson
      Written on June 10, 2017
      "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 site in regards to functionality of the software and features are just listed indiscriminately."
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      Scott Kim
      Written on May 9, 2017
      "Always wanting to have a digital audio workstation software that can produce quality synthesizing sounds, arrange great samples, play on a modern MIDI keyboard? Your problems are solved with LMMS software."
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      Jeffrey Hamilton
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "Can't go wrong with LMMS when making free music audio. Great range of features."
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      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

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      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..."
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      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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      Julia Brooks
      Written on September 29, 2017
      "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 the casual DJ. As long as you are looking for something feature loaded and geared towards audio and sound professionals, than Ardour is a great choice."
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      Sandra Hamilton
      Written on June 6, 2017
      "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 to bad experiences in the past with free programs."
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      Frances Ramos
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "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 good start but improvements are much needed."
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      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

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      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..."
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      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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      Magix Music Maker
      Magix Music Maker is a beat making software developed with user-friendliness in mind. Find pre-loaded sounds & loops, software instruments, soundpools, tracks, and effects.  
      Software

      Windows, iOS, Android

      Free

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      Julie Bennett
      Written on October 9, 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..."
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      Julie Bennett
      Written on October 9, 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."
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      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

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      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..."
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      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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      Bertha Muñiz
      Written on February 2, 2017
      "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 processing."
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      Sean Brooks
      Written on February 13, 2017
      "A big help as I was looking for a free music making tool"

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    Summary

    Best free music making software tools
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Audacity Software 12 Free
    2 Hydrogen Software 4 Free
    3 Macsome Audio Editor Freeware Software 4 Paid
    4 LMMS Software 4 Free
    5 Ardour Software 4 Free
    6 GarageBand Software 1 Free
    7 Magix Music Maker Software 1 Free
    8 GoldWave Software 0 Free
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