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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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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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The crew at RODE have been producing some of the best gear for creating content for a long time now! Check out their guide to starting a podcast.

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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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The Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr teaches you how to play their classic "Headmaster Ritual" thanks to Fender's Artist Check-In series.

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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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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.

Serato Play software

Learn to DJ using Serato Play, which allows you to DJ without using any hardware, all you need is a laptop. FREE for the month of May.

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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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Arturia has extended the FREE trial period of their Pigments synth until July 3rd. It's an incredibly versatile synth, with a huge sound palette.

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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.

Moog Model D app on iPad

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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Apple's pro music production and video editing software, Logic X and Final Cut X are now available on a 90 day FREE trial.

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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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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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RØDE is back with their My RØDE Cast competition. Submit a 1-2 minute podcast and go in the running to WIN a share of 150K of podcasting prizes.

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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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On June 5 and July 3 BandCamp is waiving their revenue share on sales. Get your tracks up now and encourage people to buy some music to support artists.

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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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