Time to get creative: Free resources available whilst we're in lockdown

In the face of a period of self isolation and social distancing, the wider music industry has rallied around to offer support during this challenging time. 


We’re all looking for positives over the next few weeks in the face of a nationwide lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic hits the UK.

In the face of a period of self isolation and social distancing, the wider music industry has rallied around to offer support during this challenging time. 

Visit coronamusicians.info for more information put together by the sector. You can also find out more about what ICMP is doing to support current and incoming students

But if you are a musician facing several weeks in the house, then you can do worse than knuckle down and get to grips with the huge number of new resources to have become available in recent days. 

From Korg to Native Instruments, manufacturers are outdoing themselves in their efforts to enable you to make the most of this enforced time at home.

Check out this extensive list of resources… 

Free resources and tools for musicians

Native Instruments are giving away their Analog Dreams instrument free to all musicians until 31 March – download it here

Moog have made their Minimoog Model D Synthesiser app for iOS available for free – download it here

Korg’s iKaossilator app for both iOS and Android is free for a limited time

Korg also have the Gadget LE app available for free, which is a suite of mobile instruments available for iOS devices – here it is

Make and remix music on your mobile device with the free Launchpad app

TF7 is free FM synth for iOS devices, which you can download here

AudioKit Synth One is a feature-packed synth for your iPad, including 300+ presets created by professional sound designers behind M83, Tycho, and Rihanna. Grab it free here

Cherry Audio is offering their modular synthesizer package Voltage Modular Nucleus for free

Waves are giving away their reverb plugin OneKnob Wetter 

Ghostly’s have produced a guide for artists on how to support themselves during this time – and how music fans can support artists too

Want to start DJing? Traktor DJ 2 is free for desktop and iPad

Avid are currently offering free trials on a number of their products.

Corona Music is a regularly-updated source of info for all musicians during these extraordinary times

Ableton classes – being taught online three times per week on a donation basis. Beginner/intermediate level.

Spitfire Audio’s Labs – “An infinite series of free software instruments, made by musicians and sampling experts in London, for anyone, anywhere”. 

Fender are offering 3 months of free online guitar lessons to the first 100k new subscribers - get in there quick!

KVR Audio is a great source of news and reviews on all kinds of sound-related tools, and has an up-to-date database of plugins, free and paid

Bedroom Producers Blog – a site dedicated to free and affordable music-making.

Gearnews have put together a list of 10 neat online collaboration tools

Citiesandmemory.com have a great collection of the best free sound tools available

Free Samples, Field Recordings & Sound Resources

Vacua Moenia‘s Empty Cities callout for livestreamed recordings from quarantined places during March – find out more

Sounds for Lifting Hearts is a free compilation album of field recordings from around the world

A Sound Effect’s Audio Community Power Pack - free sound effects, video tutorials and advice

The Audio Engineering Society is offering three months of membership for $25 to help audio professionals stay connected.

This is not Rocket Science are offering a free pack of “happy” vocal sounds from  – something uplift your audio work : )

W1 Limiter is a free software tool for taming field recordings.

High-quality free samples can also be found at r-loops | LoopermanSplice | BBC SoundFX | BedroomProducersBlog 

You'll also find a massive selection of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, all released under Creative Commons licenses at Freesound

We'll continue updating this list as we find new resources and tools, so please bookmark this page - happy creating everyone!

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by ICMP staff writer
March 24, 2020
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