MakeUseOf: 5 Free Online Music Makers That Let You Make Music Without Software

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Online Music Makers That Let You Make Music Without Software . “If you’re the type of person that listens to music all the time, then it’s quite likely that you’ve thought about making it, too. But finding the right software to try and create can be difficult, not to mention confusing. Luckily, there’s a wide range of different options available online with a wide range of differing complexities. All you have to do is open them up in your browser, and you’ll be good to go. Here are five of the best free online music makers that you can find online.”

TechCrunch: TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding

TechCrunch: TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding. “Mayk.it wants to help people easily produce, own and share music that they can create using just their phone. Users can upload their own beat or select an existing beat from another user, then add vocals (voice effects and somewhat corny lyric generators are available if you’re shy), and then add a visual from Giphy. Once you make (or, ‘mayk’) something, you can post it on the app, where other users can see it via a discovery page, which categorizes music by feeling or theme, rather than genre.”

Chrome Music Lab: An Introduction to the Easiest Music Maker Around (Make Tech Easier)

Make Tech Easier: Chrome Music Lab: An Introduction to the Easiest Music Maker Around . “You don’t need anything other than a mobile device or a computer to make your own music using the Chrome Music Lab. It’s the easiest music maker around and is completely free. You don’t even have to create an account to get started. It’s a fun music education tool and maker for people of all ages, from kids to seniors and everyone in between.”

SiliconANGLE: OpenAI debuts Jukebox, a machine learning framework that creates its own music

SiliconANGLE: OpenAI debuts Jukebox, a machine learning framework that creates its own music. “Artificial intelligence research outfit OpenAI Inc. has published a new machine learning framework that can generate its own music after being trained on raw audio. The new tool is called Jukebox, and the results are pretty impressive. Although the songs it made don’t quite sound like the real thing, they’re very close approximations to the originals.”

The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside

The Verge: Here are a bunch of free music apps and sample packs while we’re all stuck inside. “Life looks very different right now as the novel coronavirus has millions around the world stuck indoors. Festivals, clubs, and even house parties are banned in many cities, leaving musicians (and music lovers) housebound and searching for creative outlets. Over the past few weeks, several music companies have responded by offering freebies in order to, as Korg said, provide ‘a musical way to occupy your mind.’”

Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic

Mashable: Apple makes video and music software free amid coronavirus pandemic. “Apple has made its professional-grade software for video editing and music making – Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X – free with a 90-day trial. Normally, Final Cut Pro X has a 30-day trial, which has now been extended to 90 days, and works even if you’re already on a 30-day trial. And Logic Pro X, which didn’t have any sort of free trial so far, now gets the 90-day trial option as well.”

Enterprise NXT: 4 ways AI is helping musicians—and the entire music industry

Enterprise NXT: 4 ways AI is helping musicians—and the entire music industry. “AI uses machine learning models to produce new patterns and correlations based on the data it was trained from. In the case of music, almost 100 million recorded songs exist. Many scores of scores provide a deep base of data that’s hard to beat, and plucky researchers have taken note: AI’s ability to learn and iterate on its knowledge can change the way musicians work. And now, it’s impacting the entire music industry.”

Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project

Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project. “David James gets at least 10 calls a month from musicians in Flagstaff—or musicians who were once in Flagstaff—hoping to convert recordings they made here long ago to CDs or get in touch with Phil Gall, the late founder of Mudshark Recording Studios. James often finds himself tasked with delivering the sad news of Gall’s death in 2014, but rather than turn the callers away he still offers to take the recordings.”

The Verge: Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music

The Verge: Fender’s new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music. “Fender Songs is a new iOS app from the veteran guitar manufacturer which lets you learn the chords to millions of songs on guitar, piano, or the ukulele. The app is available to download now for iPhone with a rotating selection of chords available for free, and you can get access to its full library with a subscription costing $4.99 a month or $41.99 a year.”

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album. “YACHT had long possessed an interest in AI and its potential application in music. But the band tells Ars it wasn’t until recently, around 2016, that the concept of doing a full album using this approach seemed feasible. While research entities had long been experimenting with AI or machine learning and allowing computers to autonomously generate music, the results felt more science project than albums suitable for DFA Records (home to labelmates like Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem). Ultimately, a slow trickle of simplified apps leveraging AI—face swap apps felt huge around then; Snapchat and its dynamic filters rose to prominence—finally gave the band the idea that now could be the time.”

How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson (DJ Booth)

DJ Booth: How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson. “When I first started in the music business at 18, the term “mini-budget” was unheard of. Working in the major label system, even a small budget could quickly balloon to the six-figure mark. Sure, streaming was starting to rear its head, but it hadn’t fully formed and placed its inevitable grip on the music industry’s neck—yet. We were still sitting pretty in the center of the ‘good ol’ days’ of the music industry as some of the OG’s like to call it. But the tides were indeed turning and they were turning fast. Fast forward to 2019, and we’re in the midst of the streaming era. Anyone with access to a computer and Wi-Fi can easily create and upload a song or full project with the push of a […]

How-To Geek: The Best Sites for Creating Digital Music

How-To Geek: The Best Sites for Creating Digital Music. “When you’re at home with your favorite instruments, it’s easy to create a masterpiece. But, musical inspiration can strike anywhere. What do you then? The following websites will help you create digital music right in your browser. All you need are some skills (not always) and an internet connection.”

How-To Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps

How-to Geek: The Best Free DJ Apps. “Being a DJ used to be expensive. Even if you had no skills, you’d have to invest in equipment worth thousands of dollars to start. Thankfully, technology has bought those costs down. Today, you can learn to DJ for just a few dollars, even for free! The following apps will help improve your DJ skills—whether you want to do it personally or professionally.”