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Got a Mac? Here's a list of great free music production software - Kuwait Music

Got a Mac? Here’s a list of great free music production software

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Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Caesar (ENGAGE)



Professional music production software such as Pro Tools can cost upto 600 odd KD. If you have that kind of money to invest in software, then great, however there are a lot of independent musicians on shoe string budgets and having good software without having to feel the pinch is important. If you have a Mac, check out our list below:


1) Audicity


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Many more semi – professional features

2) Ardour

Ardour is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. You can produce your own CDs, mix video soundtracks, or just experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal.

3) MRP Sequencer

MRP Sequencer goes a little beyond the feature set of most step sequencers. It can accomodate sequences of up to 64 steps, track count limited only by processing power, output MIDI port and channel can be set per step, select-modify paradigm enables any set of steps to be, affected by editing operations extensive randomisation/variation functions, clean graphical user interface, and a text user interface enables full scripting.

4) Studio One Free

Some features include:
  • Elegant single-window work environment
  • Powerful drag-and-drop functionality
  • Unlimited Audio and Instrument (MIDI) tracks
  • Unlimited FX channels
  • Two simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • Unlimited inserts and sends per channel
  • Single and multitrack comping
  • Multitrack MIDI editing
  • Track list with presets and mixing-console link
  • Track Transform (advanced freezing capability)
  • Content browser with search, user tabs, and preview player
  • Automatic delay compensation
  • Easy-to-use sidechain routing
  • Many Many more

5) Monkey Machine


Monkey Machine is a free online drum machine for creating drum loops and providing rhythmic accompaniment for musicians. Monkey Machine features are:

  • Over 20 high quality drum kits provided by Natural Studio and Hydrogen.
  • Extremely accurate timing.
  • Online drum beat database with over 10 000 downloadable drum beats.
  • Export drum beats as MIDI files.
  • Tap tempo.
  • Variable time signatures.
  • Many more




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About the Author

Caesar is the Founder and CEO of Kuwait Music. A passionate musician and web nerd, Caesar spends most of his time thinking about how to build a healthy music business in the region Follow Caesar at the below links: Google+

2 Responses to Got a Mac? Here’s a list of great free music production software

  1. Ahmed Albahar says:

    Wow. I wish.if monkey machine was for windows too. And btw. You forgot to add GarageBand :)

  2. Josh says:

    Nice list! but also check out Studiotoolz! for a huge list of free audio software for musicians.

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