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  Important: This list is mainly created for beginners and is recommended for making and releasing music with small or no cost. Each product/service is available for free or under payable options, under the terms defined by its developer. If you have any question about a product/service, please ask for support from the corresponding developer or search for related information on the Internet. "zero-project" does not provide any kind of support for any product/service mentioned below. You can use anything you want at your own risk. If you find something useful, please don't forget to support its developer.

Glossary: "DAW" (which means "Digital Audio Workstation") is the main (host) music program. An "audio library" contains audio files of recorded instruments or sounds. "VST" (which means "Virtual Studio Technology") is an interface for integrating software audio synthesizers and effects with DAWs. "VSTi" (which means "VST Instrument") is a software audio synthesizer.

Note: All suggestions are in alphabetical order.
 
     
     
  1. DAWs

Ardour
Low-cost / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Audiotool
Free / Cloud-based DAW

Cockos Reaper
Low-cost / Windows, Mac OS

Darkwave Studio
Free / Windows

Giada Loop Machine
Free / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Html5 Drum Machine
Free / Cloud-based sequencer

LMMS
Free / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Steinberg Cubase Elements
Low-cost / Windows, Mac OS

Tracktion Waveform
Free demo / Windows, Mac OS, Linux



2. Audio libraries

Freesound
Free audio collection

NASA Sounds
Free audio collection

Soundbible
Free audio collection

Sound Ex Machina
Free audio section

The Free Site
Free audio collection



3. VST - VSTi plugins

Amplesound Lite Plugins
Freeware section

Antress Modern Plugins
Freeware collection

Blue Cat Audio
Freeware section

De La Mancha
32-bit freeware collection (archive)

Dexed
64-bit synthesizer, free

Digits
32/64-bit synthesizer, free

DSK Music
Low-cost / Freeware section

e-phonic - XPressor
Free FX tool

Full Bucket Music
Freeware collection

GVST
Freeware collection

HG Fortune NFG
32-bit freeware collection (archive)

Ignite Amps
Freeware section

Ivy Audio
Free sampled instruments

Izotope - Vinyl
Free FX tool

Krakli Plugins
Freeware collection

Laptop Musician
Freeware collection

Leslie Sanford VST
Freeware FX collection

Mastrcode Music
Freeware collection

MDA VST
Freeware collection

Noizefield - Warrior
Free synthesizer

OBXD Synthesizer
Free synthesizer

Odin 2
Free synthesizer

ODOSynths Archive
Freeware archive

Oxe Fm Synth
Free synthesizer

PG-8X
Free synthesizer

Plex 2
Free synthesizer

Plugins 4 Free
Freeware collection

Plugin Boutique
Freeware section

Producer Feed
Freeware collection

Slate Digital - Fresh Air
Free FX tool

Smacklabs
Freeware collection

Solcito Musica
Freeware section

Soni Musicae
Free soundbank collection

Sonicbits
Freeware collection

Soniccouture
Freeware section

Sonora Cinematic - Magnetica Redux
Free sampled instrument

SuperWave P8
Free synthesizer

Synth 1
Free synthesizer

Surge
Free synthesizer

TAL Software
Freeware section

The Unfinished
Freeware section

Tin Brook Tales
32-bit freeware collection (archive)

Tokyo Dawn Labs
Freeware FX section

u-he Synths
Freeware section

Valhalla Plugins
Freeware section

Variety Of Sound
Freeware FX collection

Versilian Studios
Freeware section

Virtual Playing Orchestra
Free sampled instrument

Voxengo
Freeware FX section

VST 4 You
Freeware collection

VST Planet
Freeware collection

Vital (basic version)
Free synthesizer

Wavelet Audio - Trailer Ambient Tools
Free sampled instrument

Zampler-RX
Free synthesizer



4. Tools

ADSR Sample Manager
Free sample manager / Windows, Mac OS

Asio4all
Free Universal ASIO driver / Windows

Audacity
Free audio editor / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

JBridge
Low-cost 32/64-bit compatibility VST tool / Windows, Mac OS

MuseScore
Free score editor / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Ocenaudio
Free audio editor / Windows, Mac OS, Linux

SAVIHost
Free VST dll loader / Windows

Spek
Free acoustic spectrum analyzer / Windows, Mac OS, Linux



5. Digital distribution

Amuse
Free / Low-cost

Awal
Low-cost

DistroKid
Low-cost + 7% discount

Ditto
Low-cost

FreeMusicDistrib
Free

FreshTunes
Free

Music Kickup
Free / Medium-cost

RouteNote
Medium-cost

Songtradr
Free / Low-cost

Soundrop
Low-cost cover song distribution



6. Protect your music

Copyrights World
Medium-cost

Safe Creative
Medium-cost



7. Make your music available for licensing

Jamendo
Free

The Music Case
Free



8. File sharing services

Filebin
Free multiple-file sharing

Filemail
Free file sharing (2 files per 24h)

Gofile
Free file sharing (unlimited)

My Air Bridge
Free multiple-file sharing

pCloud Transfer
Free multiple-file sharing

Transfernow
Free multiple-file sharing
 
 
 
 
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