Monday, June 11, 2012

Free Online Resources for Musicians and Educators

Free and open-source resources for musicians, music teachers, and anyone else really. There are lots of free solutions for a variety of computing tasks online. These are some of my favorite online and open source tools and have been extremely useful to me. Most of them are free.

Music Programs and Utilities

  • Reaper
    REAPER is digital audio workstation software: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment.  Reaper has a 30 day trial period after which you are required to obtain a license. A non-commercial license is $60 and is a fantastic price for such a great piece of software.
  • MuseScore
    MuseScore is a free cross-platform WYSIWYG music notation program that offers a cost-effective alternative to commercial programs such as Sibelius, Finale and Capella. You can print beautifully engraved sheet music or save it as PDF or MIDI file.
  • Weird Metronome
    Free metronome for your computer.
  • Hydrogen
    Advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux
  • Audacity
    Free audio editor and recorder

Internet Browsers

I gave up using Internet Explorer for a browser when I discovered Mozilla Firefox many moons ago. Lately I have found myself using Google Chrome most of the time.


    Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
  • FreeMind
    Download free mind mapping software. Perfect for brainstorming!
  • Mindomo
    Online mind mapping tool.
  • Foxit Reader
    "The best PDF reader"

Computer Utilities

Graphic Design

  • Gimp
    Gimp is an free open-source graphic design and image manipulation program.
  • Scribus
    Open source desktop publishing.
  • Inkscape
    Open-Source vector graphics editor.
  • MWSnap3
    MWSnap is a small yet powerful Windows program for snapping (capturing) images from selected parts of the screen. (Also, if you are a windows user check out the snipping tool.)
  • IrfanView
    Freeware graphic viewer for windows.

Cloud Computing

Blogging and Web Design

  • Blogger
    Free blogging platform. I used to use a self-installed version of (I don't like until I didn't pay my 1&1 internet hosting bill! No big loss, but with blogger I don't have to worry about it going down and use it in conjunction with other free services on the internet.
  • Photobucket
    Photobucket offers image hosting, free photo sharing and video sharing.
    Powerful and free blogging/website building software.
  • 1&1
    I used 1&1 to host my website for years. Simple, easy, cheap.
  • FileZilla
    Free FTP solution
  • Kompozer
    KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
  • SoundCloud
    Create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world with SoundCloud, the world's largest community of sound creators.
  • BandCamp
    Bandcamp helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.
  • MixCloud

If that isn't enough, here's even more: OPEN SOURCE GOD: 480+ Open Source Applications

More about how I use these tools in conjunction later. Care to share some of your favorite online resources? Leave a comment below!


  1. FYI: REAPER is NOT free! It has a 30 day trial period after which you are required to obtain a license. Non-commercial (you don't earn more than 20000$/year with reaper) is 60 $, totally worth it. So please correct this.

  2. You are correct sir, and I did mention that "most of them are free". Just so you know, I have paid the $60 for the license and love the software! Thanks for visiting the site and commenting!

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