The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part I

By Eimear O SullivanMusicngear Editor

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SAMPLES

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part IFREESOUND

FREESOUND is the vintage flea market of sample banks – it is a glorious treasure trove containing everything from 80s style Halloween sound effects to haunting recordings of traditional Middle Eastern vocals.

This unique bank of Creative Commons licenced sounds contains a vast array of field recordings from all over the planet, alongside a thoroughly unique selection of sound effects and samples.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part ILANDR

LANDR is an online music software for creators, providing mastering and distribution services.

However, it also functions as a goldmine for producers, as it contains a huge collection of completely free sample packs.

The sample packs themselves range from rich sonic themes such as dark cinematic ‘Italian Thriller Toolkit’ by Giovanni Rotando, to nice and straightforward curated selections such as the ‘50 Best Kick Samples’.

You can also bypass the sample packs completely and simply search for individual samples by key signature, BPM, genre and instrument, which is very useful if you just want to find a nice vocal sample to add as a finishing touch to your track.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part ICYMATICS.FM

Sample pack and preset creators  CYMATICS.FM are highly in-tune with what production styles are most in demand amongst music producers at the moment, with packs ranging from warm lofi jazz to earth shattering 808s. 

Their drum and percussion samples are of an incredibly high calibre. There have been quite a few times where a track I was working on just had that something missing, only to be instantly saved by substituting the existing drums samples with some of theirs.

Cloud-based collaboration platform SPLICE also contains some incredible free sample packs.

 

TUTORIALS

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part IYOU SUCK AT PRODUCING

YOU SUCK AT PRODUCING is a music production channel infused with the dark humour of It’s Always Sunny - one of the most imaginative and to the point production channels out there.

Creator ‘Underbelly’ covers a vast array of practical production topics; music theory, mix advice, arrangement tricks and hidden uses of Ableton’s stock plugins, making each principle stick with his macabre metaphors.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part ILANDR'S BLOG

LANDR'S BLOG  is a resource filled with solid, practical advice for home studio producers and DIY artists.

Alongside audio and production tips, it offers great insight into music promotion, the creative process and the best free VSTs and plugins on the market today, 200 of which are listed here.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part IPENSADOS PLACE

PENSADOS PLACE has everything a producer could ever want in one place; quick tips and in-depth interviews with the best producers, songwriters and engineers in the industry today.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part IWAVES AUDIO YOUTUBE

Waves Audio is the industry leader and manufacturer of high end plugins and VSTs. 

Although their YouTube channel is obviously centred around Waves Audio plugins, it offers a very clear insight into the fundamental principles used by the top engineers and producers; principles which are independent of plugins and can very much be applied to your own workflow.

I found that by really tuning in and absorbing exactly what these engineers and producers were doing, that I was able to then apply these techniques to my own mixes and productions, all of which have made a huge difference.

 

AND FINALLY…..

Most of us have to work other jobs in order to remain alive while pursuing a career in music or audio, so why not soak up some knowledge on the commute?

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part IUBK HAPPY FUNTIME HOUR

UBK HAPPY FUNTIME HOUR is hosted by two incredible audio engineers Gregory Scott and Nathan Daniel, an absolutely hilarious podcast jam packed with knowledge, anecdotes and advice from these veterans of the industry. Features interviews with the likes of Sylvia Massey and Joe Chiccarelli.

 

Article photo - The Best FREE Online Resources for Music Producers - Part ISONG EXPLODER

SONG EXPLODER is a podcast where artists take apart their songs, giving insight into the creative process piece by piece, telling the story of how they were made.

 

 

About Eimear O Sullivan

Eimear Ann O Sullivan is a multi-genre music producer, audio engineer and vocalist. After receiving a Masters in Music Technology from the CIT Cork School of Music, she went on to operate as a producer under the name Blakkheart. Her releases have received critical acclaim from Ireland's biggest music publications, such as District Magazine and Nialler9, alongside receiving heavy commercial radio airplay. She currently works in Cork recording studio Flashpoint CC. Previous clients of hers include the likes of Comedy Central’s Dragony Aunt star Candy Warhol, rapper Darce and Outsider YP. (Photo credit @Fabian Boros)

Contact Eimear O Sullivan at eimear.o.sullivan@musicngear.com

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