When you’re at home with your favorite instruments, it’s easy to create a masterpiece. But, musical inspiration can strike anywhere. What do you then? The following websites will help you create digital music right in your browser. All you need are some skills (not always) and an internet connection.
Soundtrap is a slick, easy to use, and a powerful DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that works in your browser. You’ll need to create an account to start using the browser-app, which will also give you a trial of their premium features. Once the trial expires, you’ll be downgraded to a free account that has certain limitations.
There are plenty of instruments and loops that you can experiment with and create music. You can also connect a MIDI-compatible instrument and record music in the app. Soundtrap also has sharing and collaboration features, using which you can share your musical projects with your friends, and they’ll be able to listen and even edit your music.
AudioTool is a fantastic music production site that has been around a while. Its interface has always been easy to use, but the regular updates keep polishing it even further. You can connect various virtual-devices like synthesizers, equalizers, effect pedals, and more to create a virtual mixing desk inside AudioTool.
As powerful as it is, AudioTool has a steep learning curve. If you’re starting out or just want to have fun, then AudioTool might be overkill for your needs.
Soundation is another easy-to-use website where you can create digital music. Similar to other websites, Soundation gives you access to a full-fledged Digital Audio Workstation right in your browser. The layout is a simple multi-track interface that is easy to use and not intimidating—even if you’re making music for the first time. A helpful guided tour explains the basics and gets you up to speed quickly.
A free account comes bundled with over 700 loops and samples. While those might be enough for some people, there is an option to purchase additional sound packs from their store. If you enjoy using Soundation, you can also upgrade to a premium account ($6.99 a month, but intro accounts start at $1.99)
Even before you think about trying out AudioSauna, we must warn you that it’s not designed for beginners. Most music applications have a simple drag-and-drop interface, but AudioSauna has a keyboard synthesizer layout to which you can add beats, instruments, effects, and even your own music.
While AudioSauna may not match up to the other tools we discuss in the number of effects or samples, it does make up for that with the uniqueness of its effects. If you can get the hang of the interface, you can create music you won’t be able to with the other tools. Even if you find it difficult or limiting to use, you can surely use AudioSauna to edit or enhance the music that you create elsewhere.
Chrome Music Lab
The Chrome Music Lab is a fun and addictive way to learn and create music online. It was announced in 2016 with 12 different tools, and now it has 13. You can play around in the lab and learn about rhythm, chords, arpeggios, melody, harmonics, and more. You can then combine those skills and use the song maker to create, save, and share digital music.
Unlike other websites we discussed, the Music Lab is designed to be used by everyone. Regardless of your age and skills with music production, you’re going to enjoy playing around in Music Labs and maybe learn a few things in the process.
BandLab is another website where you can create digital music. It strikes a great balance between making the experience fun while also allowing great control over the music creation process. After you create an account, you’re taken to the DAW where you can create music by adding tracks to the multi-track editor. You can then add loops to each of the tracks to create music. Once you’ve created a track, you can save it and even make it public. You can also allow “forks” of your song, which lets other users build upon what you’ve created.
These are our favorite sites for creating music. Check them out, create some music, and don’t forget to have fun!
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