You either came to Free Beat Maker because you want to be a shabby music producer, a rapper or just want to impress some friends in your online social network with some unique tunes, mixes and beats. For free ofcourse..
Well… it’s not all that easy! ..or cheap for that matter. But at Free Beat Maker we do have the solution. If you are interested in some little background information, then by all means read on. If you want to make the first steps in owning your very own private jet, make your selection from the free beat making software titles listed in the menu totally on the right of the page or the menu above the posts.
Sound editing is a delicate process that requires skill, instinct and sometimes even luck. Most sound editing is done digitally using specialized software. (The stuff that we have here on Free Beat Maker) In prehistoric times this wasn’t the case, hence no recordings, hence no Learjets. Magnetic tape and tape recorders were invented during the 1940s. Until the 90s it was magnetic tape that was used for recording and editing sound. This was a very lame period. Fortunately during the 90s, someone thought of using computers for producing music. Everything was good and I still have my C64 and Amiga mega ST. Now.. “64″ stood for 64Kb ram memory and “mega” for 1Mb. No HDD involved here. This was the start of the MIDI era.
While 1mb was awesome for MIDI, it totally sucked for audio. It was simply impossible doing anything audio related until the release of larger hard disks for peasants like me. Wave files just consume lots of hard disk space and it still does now.
These days everyone with a computer can have a go at audio production because it’s relatively cheap and in some cases even free. From one perspective you might say this is a good thing since everybody has a shot at showing the world his or her skills. Sometimes this is true, mostly this just has resulted in loads of crap being forced upon our delicate ears. Personally I bare with the crap just to hear that one in a million sound.
This is why I thought of the idea of making Free-Beat-Maker.com and put up a collection of free beat making software for audio production and if you think you’ve made a wonderful tune using some of the software listed here, drop me a line and I’ll put it up for everyone to enjoy
There are however a few things to keep in mind when it comes to a free beat maker. Most of the free beat making software that I’ve reviewed tend to lack of certain features. When you just start out beat making, it might be wise to go for a beat maker which doesn’t give you the hassle of exporting files, learning curves and low quality audio. Recently there has been an influx of cheap beat makers into the market. I’m actually quite amazed by the quality and simplicity of the software. The beats exported from such a beat maker can be imported into any other DAW. This means that when you upgrade to Reason or Sonar, you can take your beats with you.
Do yourself a favor and buy any of the beat makers listed in the top menu for just a few bucks. It will make your efforts in order to become a pro beat maker a lot easier.
Formerly known as FruityLoops, FL Studio is one of the most complete virtual studio available at this moment. It will play any sample file (wav), generator (softsynth, VSTi & DXi) or midi instrument.The demo version does allow you to save your project, but these can only be openend with the full version of FL Studio. FL Studio does include all of the program’s features though. You can render to wav, midi & mp3, or produce gigabytes of loops and songs for free. This means that with the demo version of FL Studio you will be able to export your projects to mp3 format.
With multi-core support, 64-bit floating point engine and enhanced sampling rates (up to 192kHz), FL Studio now gives the opportunity to serve as the master to other hardware controllers, plugins and effects. Previously, FruityLoops was largely used only to produce loops, having few features or little software architecture for complicated, multiple-audio source production and performance. These days FL Studio is fully capable of performing most music production tasks.
The program is able to work as a multi-out VSTi, DXi and Rewire client in hosts like Cubase, Live and Sonar.
FL Studio is easy to use for beginners and versatile enough to do anything you can imagine once you grasp it.
This software enables you to create your own songs and audio loops. It comes with a large database of sound effects, tweaking instruments and automated tools.
No extra software is required to produce different style of music, as the complete set of instrument and studio tools is included.
FL Studio is a full featured, open architecture, music production environment capable of audio recording, composing, sequencing and mixing, for the creation of professional quality music.
There are too many good featurs of FL Studio to examine all at once. You best try FL Studio on for size and you’ll discover it’s power.
Don’t waste your time and start downloading now as FL Studio is around 200MB and, depending on your internet connection, might take some time to download!
In the mean while you can watch this tutorial video to give you an impression how easy it is to make a good beat with FL Studio. Turn your sound down a bit though..
MilkyTracker is an open source, multi-platform music application for creating .MOD and .XM module files. It attempts to recreate the module replay and user experience of the popular DOS program Fasttracker II, with special playback modes available for improved Amiga ProTracker 2/3 compatibility.
MilkyTracker’s key features:
Fasttracker II like, custom graphical user interface with context menus
Supported on multiple platforms including portable devices
Very accurate .XM replay compared to FT2
ProTracker 2/3 playback modes for playing and editing .MOD files
Various resampler options including emulated Amiga 500/1200 sound output
Choose between a modern and a true-to-FT2 editing scheme / keyboard layout
Tabbed user interface for opening and playing up to 32 modules simultaneously
Over 30 imported module formats
Basic archive support for loading zipped, powerpacked and UMX modules directly
Rendering songs/patterns to disk (.WAV) or directly to sample
Powerful sample editor featuring waveform generators
Low latency audio driver support
MIDI In support
Internal file browser option
Various font sizes for improved visibility of pattern data
Prospective pattern view option
Playing and editing simultaneously
Live mode for seamless pattern changes
Livid Instruments, the leading innovator in performance hardware and software has released Livid Looper, a free, open source audio manipulation software. Designed to emphasize simplicity and hands-on control, short loops of audio can be sliced, diced, scrambled, and transformed with built-in and VST effects.
Up to six files loaded in each looper for quick recall and playback
Loop is automatically pitch shifted to match the BPM
Automatic segmenting for slicing up a loop
Interactive waveform display for arbitrary loop selections
Assignable to crossfader
Record live audio and instantly loop it
Multiple audio effects, including a VST effect
Granulator for scramble or time-shift effects
Record up to 8 synced sequences of knob turns and effect changes
Record up to 8 synced sequences of segment and file changes
All actions are quantized to the master BPM
Easy MIDI learn function
Tight integration with Livid´s Ohm controller
Free of charge and open source (developed in Cycling 74´s Max/MSP)
Livid Looper is designed from the ground up to be networked and collaborated on. Taking cues from new technologies (such as mini-laptops) and contemporary ideas about shared computing, Livid Looper is made with a client-server model in mind. Native OpenSoundControl messaging means you can collaborate with multiple computers on separate interfaces controlling a single server computer. Instead of working on unconnected computers, you can create a true computer music band.
Cross-platform audio loop slicer designed to create sliced loops from WAV, MP3, FLAC or AIFF files in seconds without a sequencer.
Effects include filter sweeps, phasing, flanging, delay, and distortion.
Smasher is easy to learn and use audio freeware with which you will make audio loops very fast.
The graphical interface looks basic but is very clear.
Smasher is available for both Windows and Linux systems.
LMMS (Linux Multimedia Studio) is a powerful free Windows tool which you can use to compose, edit and mix music using your computer.
LMMS includes practically everything you need to create music from scratch (both melodies and background beats), mix samples or prefabricated sounds to producing and exporting the results for everyone else to enjoy. A MIDI keyboard is quite useful in combination with this program but for starters you can use the on screen one. If you like this software and you are up to it, you can always buy yourself a MIDI keyboard. They are not all that expensive anway.
The program offers a cool interface that that immediately sets the impression of an extended piece of software. Don’t let it frighten you! There are loads of menus, tools and other information to pay attention to. Fortunately LMMS is also extensively documented. For example there is a complete wiki page about it but also dozens of tutorials and ready-made tracks to get you off and running.
LMMS also comes with quite an amount of samples and drum loops that you can use on your compositions. The program is MIDI-compatible and its functionality can be easily expanded with plug-ins.
This program can look a bit complicated to you but trust me.. it’s not all that difficult. Put some time in it and your efforts will pay off.
Music creation simply takes some effort.
Ots Turntables Free is a basic yet but quite complete DJ application which you can use for your very own DJ sessions at home. You are able to mix your favorite songs and create a cool mix with this freeware mixer. Mix all your songs together and play them in a continuous loop. A featur which you can also use to create your own looping beats.
The program is designed to be handled as easy as possible with a nice interface, designed just like a real double turntable, you are behind the virtual wheels of steel! You can adjust the speed, volume and tempo of each sound source, and even make use of the scratch effects using your mouse in combination with the turntables. The program comes with a couple of samples to start with but ofcourse you will be loading your own MP3 files as soon as possible.
As this is a free version, there are some limitations to the program. The worst is that you are not able to record your own mixes.
This is just a minor obstacle to overcome as it’s easy to record any audio on your PC in real time with some freeware audio recorder
The pro version let’s you record through the program itself ofcourse and has some other features which are not available in the free version.
It has a really easy to use interface that everyone will be able to use, supports MP3 but has it’s small down sides which I meantioned above.
I’d want to suggest that you’d just give it a try because this program will probably not disappoint you.. being freeware and all.
DarkWave Studio is a free, open source, Digital Audio Workstation for Windows. Featuring a modular Virtual Studio, Pattern Editor, Sequence Editor and Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder. It has support for VST/VSTi instrument and effect plugins.
The virtual studio has a modular design allowing machines to be connected in an ad-hoc fashion. The pattern editor enables the quick creation and modification of patterns by clicking to add or delete notes and dragging notes to move or resize them.
The sequence editor allows you to queue patterns to play for each control track in any arrangement, enabling reuse of patterns and quickly remixing projects. The Multitrack Hard Disk Recorder allows you to record the output of any machine and record it to 16-bit Integer of 32-bit Floating Point PCM encoded .WAV files for full-quality post-production editing or for conversion to MP3/FLAC/etc.
Native x64 and x86 Windows Platform Support
VST PlugIn Support – Limitlessly Expandable With Instrument and Effects PlugIns
ASIO Audio Driver Support – Low Latency Output
Multi Core / Multi CPU Support
Makes Use Of SSE2 Optimizations When Supported By The CPU
Full 64-bit Double Precision Floating Point Audio Processing
MIDI Input – Play Instruments From A Music Keyboard
ES Mixer – 8 Track Stereo Mixer With 2 Auxilary Tracks
ES DGenR8 – Synthesize Drum Beats With Roland TR-909 Flavour
ES BassHead – Top Notch Virtual Analog Subtractive Synthesizer
ES SpatialVerb – Realistic Reverb Effects With The Smoothest Sound
ES Stomp – Synthesize That Classic Techno Thumping Kick Drum
ES AntiAlias – 32x Digital Oversampling Filter
ES QuadDelay – For Trippy Echo Effects