Learn how to make music for free (from production to distribution)

Here you will learn how to make music for free, a step by step guide from the production to the distribution of your songs. If you are on this page that means that you have no idea about how most of songs are created nowadays and how they get distributed on all the main online music stores. I will provide two step by step guides on how you can create and distribute your music, one step by step guide will have only solutions that are completely free and the other one will require a small amount of money that will be invested in your music distribution fees.

Make and distribute your music without any investment, a step by step guide

1. Let's start

If you are a singer that want's to create beats for your songs or you are just someone who wants to create music of all sort of genres but you don't know from where to start, then you are in the right place. Nowadays most of the music is created with different digital audio workstations (DAWs), in this type of software you can create and edit sounds, you can make and mix an unlimited number of beats and sounds, make your voice to sound more amazing than ever, you can even make a beat from your voice, and more, the music creation process is limitless in a digital workstation. The best free digital audio workstations is LMMS (free and open source digital audio workstation)

2. Learn To Create Music With LMMS (free and open source digital audio workstation)

Learn how to use LMMS and find about all the different aspects and capabilities of this amazing free digital audio workstation. Start by studying the official LMMS documentation, after you finish studying you can search the internet and Youtube for different How To's and Tutorials - you can also find a good number of educational and informational articles about LMMS on this website

3. Learn To Use Audacity (free and open-source audio editor)

The best free and open-source audio editor is Audacity, learn to use this software, because you will need it if you want to add your own sounds. Audacity has a number of useful features, such as: record, cut, copy, and paste audio, with unlimited levels of undo, amplitude envelope editing, precise adjustments to the audio speed, digital effects and plug-ins, conversion of cassette tapes or records into digital tracks, noise reduction, vocal reduction and isolation, importing and exporting in many formats, plus many more features.

4. Create, Record, Add And Use Your Own Sounds in LMMS

To avoid copyright claims or disputes is better if you use your own sound effects and vocals, this is way you will avoid headaches, therefore I recommend you to Create, Record, Add And Use Your Own Sounds in LMMS.

5. You can use VSTs but with precautions

What is a VST? Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is an audio plug-in software interface that integrates software synthesizer and effects in digital audio workstations. The default VSTs found in LMMS are O.K. to use (most of them), but if you are not satisfied with the default VSTs and you want to add extra synthesizer and effects, things can get complicated. Important! Be careful what VSTs you will add to your projects, if a VST has a price but you found a way to download it for free - Do Not Do It - you can lose you creation (song) in a law suit or at least you will have to pay a large amount of money to settle the case, therefore, better to be safe. You can search and add free VSTs (there are plenty of them) this way you will avoid future problems, here is a list of VSTs that have been tested and work on LMMS - Tested VSTs

6. Prepare Your Song / Album For Release

In order to upload your music properly to online music platforms, all audio files must be 16 bit (sample size), 44.1 kHz (sample rate), 1411 kbps (bit rate) stereo WAV files - LMMS by default will export your audio files with the proper settings.

7. Distribute and Monetize Your Music

The best free online music platform is SoundCloud, so, go to SoundCloud, create an account, edit your profile page and upload your music. Next best free place to upload your music is Youtube, in order to upload your music to Youtube, you need to make a video with your music in background. On SoundCloud you will start making money after your music was streamed more than 1000 times. Before you start making money on Youtube you’ll need to apply for and be accepted into the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) - to be accepted in the partner program your channel needs to have more than 1,000 subscribers and more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months, also the channel must follow all the YPP policies and guidelines.

8. Advertise Your Music

Best free solutions are social networks like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. since you do not invest any money, you need to promote yourself by engaging with other users (make friends and start conversations)

Make and distribute your music with distribution fees and investments, a step by step guide

1 ... 6 Same steps as above, but with some financial differences

If you want and you have the necessary budget you can invest in your music creation process, you can invest and try different DAWs like Ableton and FL Studio, buy different professional VSTs, such as: Sylenth1, Spire, U-he Diva, Kontakt, Reaktor, Xfer Serum and more

7. Distribute Your Music

With just 10 dollars per song (annual) you can distribute your music an all major online music stores. like: Spotify, Google Play Music, Amazon, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer and more - all you have to do is to create a free TuneCore account, upload your music and cover art, pay the distribution fee, and they will do the rest for you. TuneCore provides a complete suit of solutions for your music distribution and publishing.

8. Advertise Your Music

You can try to promote your music for free, but promoting the right way is with an investment, you can try to invest your money on social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. - the reality is that Google Ads is the king, with other advertisement networks you will never reach the same results as with Google Ads - if you start a campaign with Google Ads you can target whatever Google product you want, such as: Youtube, Google Play, the display network (most of the websites on the internet) and / or Google search.

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