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Lessons & Tutorials

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Looking to start a livestream? Want to take your current audience to new places? We look at some mobile livestreaming essentials to get you started.

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Learn the ins-and-outs of syncing our hardware drum machines and sequencers with your DAW to create a hybrid set-up in your studio!

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In this article we answer some questions, unpick common compression parameters, and look at the four basic types of compressor.

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Get the low-down on mastering your DJ mixes, why you need to do it and some great advice on how to go about it.

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Learn some very smooth chord progressions (often borrowed from Jazz) that are commonly used in lo-fi hip-hop and beat production.


New to the fantastical world of synthesizers? Ableton have created to intuitive page to learn in the ins-and-outs of these music making machines!

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Some simple, easy to follow tips on how to improve a fundamental skill on the guitar- how to get better at changing chords!

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teoria is a longstanding (it was launched in '97!) site, dedicated to music theory drills and general theory info. Best of all, most of the content is FREE!

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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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Stuck for some musical ideas? Check this selection of tasty (and free) plugins that might help jolt you free of that creative block.

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Check out some of the best places to get quality samples for FREE in 2021. Get inspired and grow your library without spending a fortune.

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New to music making? Check out this list of 30 music-making software titles and DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) that are FREE to use!

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You might not know there's a FREE version of Native Instruments' epic Guitar Rig 6 plugin. You get an Amp sim w/ matched cab, 13 effects, and 50 presets!

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Grab Vital, a fully functional, FREE wavetable synth, chock full of modulation options! The free version is loaded with 75 presets and 25 wavetables.


This free plug-in from Slate Digital, is aimed solely at breathing life into your top-end frequencies. Smooth high end, without the harshness.

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Cherry Audio come up with the goods again. This FREE plug-in is a super authentic recreation of the Realistic (Moog) MG-1 synthesizer. An 80s icon!

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A must have plugin for creating any lo-fi production. Or just a simple way to add a little extra character to your sound design.

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FREE is the best price, especially when you're getting quality content for your $0. So, check out 9 of the best FREE VST plug-ins around from 'Musician on a Mission'.

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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!


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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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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Applications for the Vic Gov Live Performace Support program (Round 2) are now open. If you've been affected by event cancellations, you may be eligible.

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Looking to start a live stream, or need some new ideas to add to your existing streaming schedule? Check out this list of things to have a go at.

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If music is not your main job, perhaps it's just a hobby, how do you find time outside of your regular work?? Have a read of these tips.

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Have you ever given much thought to how your home studio is set up? Is it as optimised to aid in your creative endeavours? Have a read of this article.

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Looking for some inspiration? Join Splice's Songwriting Club. An open community that brings you bi-weekly prompts to get your creative juices flowing.

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Get some pointers and recommendations on setting up your first home studio - doesn't matter if it's in your bedroom or garage, start recording today!

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YouTube can be a bit daunting when getting started. Check out these suggestions on good practice when getting your channel up and running.

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Compressed, lossless, bitrates what does it all mean and what do you need to know about audio file formats? Have a read of this article.

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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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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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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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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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