Spitfire Audio Labs – free samples
99Sounds – Free Sample Instruments and Sound Effects
Subscription Based Samples and Synth Sites
East West Composers Cloud – All East West products for monthly subscription
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
BandLab – Cloud based DAW
Logic Mac only platform
Nuendo Multi platform for ease in moving from Mac to and from PC
Soundtrap – Online Browser based DAW
Open Source Daw – Bedroom Producer Blog on Free DAWS
LMMS (DAW with tutorials on the forum)
Podium Free Windows platform
Pro Tools First by Avid
RoseGarden (DAW with Forum)
Qtractor – Linux users
Ubuntu Studio – It comes prepackaged with many programs including Arudour, Audacity, Rosegarden, Hydrogen, Rackarrack, Qtractor and Pure Data and many more
EAST WEST Hollywood Film Scoring sound, among the best in their many collections
Echo Collective – collection of uncommon sounds
Evolution Series – world percussion samples
In Session Audio – a company devoted to guitar samples and loops
Iris by iZotope
KVR Audio – News and information resource for open standard audio plug-ins
Synchro Arts — makers of Revoice Pro 3 – autotuning software
Big Fish Audio – A written letter of consent, special use license, is required for use in production music. Not all loops sold by the company qualify for special use license. If available for the loops you are interested in, consider asking for the special use license when ordering the products.
LoopMasters – The Sample Boutique
Native Instruments Reaktor Sites
Twisted Tools – Reaktor Ensembles
Scoringfilm.net – This site has links to Kontakt Scripts and tutorials
Audio Ease maker of Altiverb and Speakerphone
Impulse Responses – Free
Concert Hall Responses – Pori, Finland – Free IR
Liquidsonics Makers of Reverberate a modulated true-stereo hybrid convolution reverb audio processor for Mac and PC
Noisevault – Free IR
Voxengo – Free IR
Audified – Audio Research and Solutions
Equivocate by Eventide – When Sample Magic’s Magic AB plugin is set up as a side chain, Equivocate can match the EQ profile of any audio on your computer and can be applied to an individual track or the master bus. The best part is that the audio does not need to be imported into your project as Magic AB reads the audio from your hard drive.
Mdsp@Smartelectronix – free VST and AudioUnit plugins
Plogue – Bidule Realtime Audio/MIDI/Spectral processing
Alcon Digital – Mastering and Restoration Plugin Suites
Beyerdynamic Virtual Studio – a plugin that simulates real speaker systems in various environments on your headphones. It is also FREE.
Izotope – Ozone 8 , Neutron 2, Neutrino 2, RX Loudness Control, Nectar
Final Mix Software – Rob Chiarelli Signature Series Plug-ins – Very affordable. Check them out!
Klanghelm VU Meter – Plus it is a Trim.
Loud Max Limiter – freeware VST/AU Plugin Limiter
Mastering the Mix plugins – Reference, Levels, and Expose
MAAT Digital – Check out the DRMeter MkII
MeterPlugs – Perception – You can instantly bypass entire FX chains to make A/B comparisons of EQ settings, compression and more. Even better, Perception will level-match and sync your sources so that “loudness deception” and plugin delay do not influence your decisions. Dynameter, K-Meter and LCAST for broadcasting
Mix Checker – standard and pro versions for simulated playback devices for checking mix and how it would translate.
Room EQ Wizard – free room acoustic analysis software for measuring and analyzing room and speaker response
Sonarworks – Headphone and Speaker Calibration Software
SoundSoap by Soundness – noise reduction software
Tone boosters – TB Isone Biaural room simulator. It employs real-time HRTF (head-related transfer function) and BRIR (binaural room impulse response) processing in a flexible VST plugin format.
TrackSpacer – 32 band EQ that analyses a track via an external sidechain and then applies the opposing frequency curve to the track you place the pug-in on in real time.
Magic AB – This is a plugin for referencing audio you are working on in your projects. Presets of styles/genres can be saved in the plugin file and compared without loading reference tracks into your project.
VSonic – VMeters for fully compliant metering to both the ITU-R BS.1770-3 and EBU R-128 standards. It allows for customizing loudness metering.
Audio editors/Pitch correction
Celemony Makers of Melodyne a polyphonic audio editor. For melodic, rhythmic and polyphonic audio material. Ideal for corrections and creative applications.
Additional Open Source Music Software
Airwindows Free modular audio unit plugins for mac host programs
Audacity (audio editor)
Bidule – Plogue’s modular audio software
CSound A C-based audio programming language
Giada – hardcore audio tool for DJ’s, live performers and electronic musicians.
Hosting AU – micro DAW for hosting audio units for playing live
Hydrogen (drum machine)
Jack (audio midi routing software)
Lilypond Notation program (code based notation program)
Mixxx – A Linux, Windows and OS X program provides a professional quality DJ mixing envoronment that can read <P#, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, AIFF and FLAC formats, among others.
MuseScore – notation program
Rackarrack – Multi- effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedalboard.
Sabayon Linux (operating system)
Samplev1 – Old-school all digital polyphonic sampler synthesizer with stereo fx
Sonic Birth – Application for allowing users to build their own AudioUnit plugins, either by working with existing circuits or by creating circuits completely from scratch
SoundGrain – A graphical interface where the users can draw and edit trajectoris to control granular sound synthesis.
SuperCollider – programming langauge for real time audio synthesis and algorhythmic composition.
TAL-NoiseMaker – synthesizer
WaveSurfer (sound visualization/manipulation tool)
ZynAddSubFX – Software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments
Quickeys – Automate your software with your own shortcuts. The shortcuts can be combined to form extended series of commands.
Quickeys iOS app at itunes
Touch OSC – Modular OSC and MIDI control surface for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad
Tim Davies Video demonstrating Touch OSC use working with Finale music notation software
Quadro – An app for Mac and PC that you can create buttons for your phone and tablets to trigger hot keys in your software programs. Buttons can be different colors, sizes or even photos which can be labeled with any name. Here is a link to an article and pre programmed palette for ProTools.
Stream Deck available in 6, 15 and 32 button configurations. Got keys from Dawson can be assigned with choice of icons from your software can be added.
Monogram Modular dials, keys, sliders that can be added as needed
Art Conductor 5 by Babylon Waves – Organizes orchestral articulations from all the major orchestral company collections into a single preset of keyswitches for a universal approach to working with all sample collections. Available for Logic and for Cubase Expression Maps.
Widisoft – Audio to Midi plugin
Collaborative Apps for Music Making
BandLab – Cloud based DAW
Jamtaba – free online software to play live music in online jam sessions
Kompoz – cloud based workspace for uploading audio to be used in any DAW with your collaborators.