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Great Resources for Musicians in Isolation

With everyone spending a lot more time indoors at the moment we wanted to collect some assets that musicians would find useful. Here you'll see links to free software and music lessons, tips and tricks on production, livestreaming and podcasting as well as anything else we think might help you level-up your skillset while stuck inside. We'll add to this list as we find new content, so check back regularly.

Lessons & Tutorials

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Add some smooth and soulful tones to your guitar repertoire with these 10 must know moveable jazz chords! Move these shapes up and down the neck for easy chord progressions.

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Check out these 10 techniques and tips for getting more out of your sampled sounds when working in your DAW.

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Determine the key of a track or sample using Ableton Live. Help to make sure extra elements and instrumentation you add are all in the correct key!

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Ever wanted to start making music, but weren't quite sure how. Check out this comprehensive how-to guide, covering all the essentials.

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Check out this FREE course giving you all the ins-and-outs of the wonderful world of Synthesizers! Become an expert in no time.

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DJing is more accessible than ever and a big part of that is DJ apps. If you're wanting to test it out grab one these three Apps!

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Ever wanted to program some 808 beats from iconic tracks? Check out these colourful posters that double as 808 programming guides.

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Break out of a creative rut or just play the guitar in a new way with this list of alternate tunings from Music is Win!

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Music YouTuber Andrew Huang walks you through the basics of music theory in half an hour. Get your head around the fundamentals of musical language.

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Grammy award-winning and multi-platinum producer Bob Power shares his decades worth of knowledge in this in-depth mixing master class.

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Check out this great resource for learning the Harmonica, FREE video lessons for beginners all the way to advanced.

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In this video, mix engineer Joe Gilder shares his three most effective habits to helps you get your mixes sounding their best.

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Mastering is a pivotal link in the chain to get your production sounding it's best, but it can be sometimes difficult to grasp.

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Ableton has made their highly popular book - Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers FREE for download.

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How do you find time for your passion projects and hobbies? The Noisegate crew offer some great advice on being productive.

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Learn piano basics with this epic 7 hour, FREE video course. Get started learning piano today with this ultimate guide.

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The Southern California Synth Society have an informative discussion, offering tips for how to get up and running in modular synthesis.

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Make sure your turntables are set up for the best performance possible! This easy guide will run you through a simple set-up check-list.

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Bass players, check out this great video running through some seriously beautiful sounding chords from the always great Scott's Bass Lessons on YouTube.

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Justin Guitar is one of the best guitar tutorial systems online. Most of the content is FREE and covers a massive range of subjects, beginners to advanced.

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Register your new Yamaha instrument now and get 3 months of flowkey Premium FREE. flowkey is a fun way to learn piano with over 1500 songs to play thorugh.

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Leroy from Noisegate shows us how to very simply, sync your Korg Volca units to Ableton. This will keep the Volca in time with Live!

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Learn slide guitar with Rhett Shull. A different and unique way of playing guitar, get started with these 5 easy steps.

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Modern Drummer has compiled 15 exercises to improve your drumming chops while you're at home! Simple, fast and easy to follow."

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Learn Blues guitar in 5 days! These simple lessons will help give you the skills to interpret and improvise using Blues guitar techniques.

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Fender is offering 3 months of their online lesson system Fender Play for FREE. Includes lessons for guitar, bass and ukulele.

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If you can't come in for a string change in person, order some from us online and checkout D'Addario's handy DIY guides.

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Learn Piano with Skoove. Get 3 months FREE access to their online tutorial system, with lesson options for beginners to advanced players.

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A great 10-day Ukulele starter course by Andy Guitar on YouTube. Simple, easy to follow videos that will get you up and running straight away.

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Learn Ableton Live with this FREE introductory course from the Berklee College of Music. Great for novices and those new to music production.

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Attack Magazine's Technique section is full of awesome electronic music tutorials, iconic track deconstructions, recreations and more.

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Marty Music is a guitar tutorial channel on YouTube with everything from "how to play" videos for classic songs to tips on tone and technique.

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Step into the world of Modular Synthesis by using a FREE 1-Month trial to complete this online course "Learning Modular Synthesis."

Software & Apps

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808303.studio is a browser based emulation of the iconic TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 Bassline synth. Create and record electronic grooves with ease!

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Wavesfactory make some high-quality and unique plug-ins. Grab these ones, that are offered for FREE on their website.

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Grab this easy to use plug-in dedicated solely to shaping and moulding your kick drum. Help your kick's sound bigger, punchier, and sit better in the mix.

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Many aren't aware that there is a FREE version of the industry standard DAW Pro Tools. First is designed to introduce you to the Pro Tools experience.

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Add this Buchla inspired virtual synth to your arsenal for FREE, thanks to Eventide. Pendulate has West Coast in it's DNA and is described as “chaos”-driven. Fun!

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Autochords is a simple chord generator that allows you to input things like "mood" and key then offers potential sequences. Great for getting quick ideas!

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Jump into the (virtual) world of modular synthesis with the FREE Reaktor 6 Player and FREE modules from Toybox. Get wired in!

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Akai's MPC Beats is FREE music production software that puts MPC style beatmaking on your PC or MAC. Use standalone or as a plugin.

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Valhalla DSP is giving away another one of their awesome plug-ins FREE! 11 different algorithms, easy-to-use interface and that Valhalla DSP quality!

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DC1A 3 is an excellent freeware compressor effect from Klanghelm. The simple interface means easy control and DC1A offers both RMS and peak compression options.

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Waveform Free is a fully featured FREE Digital Audio Workstation. It's a great way to learn the elements of music production and fundamentals of recording.

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Grab this FREE pack of drum samples from MusicRadar. Kicks, snares, hi-hats, crashes and more for your DAW or sampler.

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There's a lot of FREE EQ plug-ins out there! Here is a selection of eight of the best, different styles and functionality. All FREE.

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Not everyone has space for a piano in their studio, so check out some of the best FREE virtual Piano plugins available online!

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Get some retro 80's vibes into your productions with this FREE software emulation of Korg's 1983 Poly-800 synth.

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Get Valhalla's Supermassive reverb plugin FREE. Luscious clouds of reverb, otherworldly delays, swelling waves of feedback!

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RØDE has released an amazing collection of Ambisonic, 3D soundscapes for you to download and use! Search by category and download today.

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The FREE version of Roland's Zenbeats couples a great interface with classic sounds for an easy and fun way to make music on your mobile device.

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Sonible's Balancer plug-in will balance your audio tracks in just a few seconds. Deficiencies in the signal are detected and automatically corrected.

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Six of the best FREE pieces of Mastering software on the web. Add the finishing touches to your mix, without spending an arm and a leg on plugins.

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An oldie, but a goodie! Audacity is still one of best FREE pieces of recording recording software available. It's also open-source and cross-platform.

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Check out this selection of the best free music making software around. These programs can be used by anyone and will get you up and running today!

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Get a host of high-quality samples for free. Check out Cymatics free download page for all their sample packs that cost $0!

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6 of the best free synth plugins going! Grab yourself one or all of these VST synth plugins, FREE. Available for both Mac and PC.

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This virtual MPC software models the famous 2000XL unit suprisingly well! If you're an MPC fan or just curious about the workflow, check it out, its FREE.

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Melodics is a desktop app that helps you practice on either keys, pad-controllers or electronic drums. FREE to try, with 60 lessons to get you started.

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Cherry Audio is offering its Voltage Modular Nucleus software FREE. A complete modular synthesis package w/ 22 modules and 130+ presets.

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Ableton has extended its trial period of Live Suite from 30 days to 90 days! Check out the complete Live package FREE, for 3 months.

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Moog and KORG are currently giving away their Model D and iKaossilator apps for FREE! Grab these awesome music tools while you can.

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Grab this FREE sample pack from Grammy award winning producer, Jack Antonoff. Recorded at the famous Electric Lady studios in New York.

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KOMPLETE START is a FREE selection of instruments, FX, Loops and samples. It contains over 2000 customisable sounds for the low price of $0.

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If LoFi vibes are your thing, check out this really great list of the best FREE (and paid) LoFi VST plugins from BVKER.

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Universal Audio have launched their own DAW - Luna. Boasting near zero latency, it's FREE to users of UA's Apollo or Arrow interfaces.

Community & Publishing

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A cookbook isn't the first thing you'd expect from KORG! But with the help of some friends they've put together this FREE collection of some of their favourite eats.

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How do you design an album cover? This article takes a look at elements from colour, imagery, typography and more

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Happy Mag is back with their Needle in The Hay vinyl comp. Submit your track for a chance to WIN 250 x 7" vinyl copies of your single.

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The Live Music Australia program is designed to help the live music sector. Have a look and see if you or someone you know might be eligible for a grant!

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Anchor is a FREE Podcast creation and hosting platform. Record in app or upload existing audio and then distribute to all major platforms.

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Support Act is helping musicians with crisis relief grants. Check out the link to see if you're eligible to apply or let fellow music workers know!

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Here to help Australian music business, artists and fans. Check out what you’re eligible for and follow the prompts to apply.

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Native Instruments have teamed up with artists to release a charity sound pack. It's free, but any donations contributed go to supporting the music community affected by COVID-19.

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Good design can help you stand out in a crowded online space. So up your skills with this FREE 30 day Photoshop course from Phlearn.

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Songtradr is a music licensing platform based in LA. They're offering FREE music distribution for Aussie artists for the rest of the year (2020).

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Get all the info you need to understand Spotify For Artists - Setting up your page, editing your bio, getting verified and more!

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Music promotion isn't easy! But technology has provided more ways than ever for artists to launch their careers. Check this advice.

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In the modern world, the way muscians can earn money has changed a lot! Not to say it's easy, but take a look at this info from Serato.

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What should you do if you find yourself with a creative block, unable to write music. Check out some practical tips here.

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Check out Soundcloud's offering to help musicians keep going, continue creating and getting their projects out to the public.

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Check out this article on ways that you can get your music out into the public sphere without breaking the bank.

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Want to know how to get a livestream up and running? Check out this detailed guide on what you'll need and how to set it up.

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The Happy Pack is an initiative to deliver care packages to creatives affected by COVID 19. Check out all the details and get involved.

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Help your social media stand out from the rest. We all know how powerful these platforms can be, so make sure you're looking your best!

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Benn Jordan breaks down some of the most common scams that musicians face on a regular basis in this entertaining and informative video!

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How do you record multiple people at once for your podcast? Learn how with our easy to follow 10-step guide, inlcluding equipement recommendations.

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Mixcloud's has a new streaming platform with license agreements, meaning no copyright problems! Subscription is needed, but you can try for 90 days FREE.

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Resident Advisor have put together this great article, specifically for DJs on how to set up a livestream. Get your sets up online!

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A great guide to livestreaming from independent musician Emma McGann, who gave a TED talk in 2016 about streaming and online connections.

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Isol-Aid is an online music festival happening every weekend. They're also raising funds for Support Act - relief for musicians and music industry workers.

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If you ever wanted to start a podcast, now is a great time! Get up and running with our guide to simple and easy podcast setups.

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How do you livestream? Check out this guide and visit our "Studio Gear" category for streaming equipment to get you started.

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Endlesss is a free app that allows you to make beats, improvise music and jam live with friends anywhere in the world.

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Jambase helps you find and watch live music all day, everyday with a constantly updated database of live music streams.

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Collaborate on tracks with friends online using Soundtrap, a cloud-based audio recording platform. They offer a FREE 1 month trial.

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The "Ultimate Guide" to streaming on Twitch. Get up to speed on how to get started on one of the biggest streaming platforms on the internet.

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A remix contest is an awesome way to keep busy and creative. Metapop has a great list of current remix competitions, just download the stems!

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Streamlabs is a FREE streaming platform that's super user friendly and allows customisation via widgets. Available as a desktop and mobile app!

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