Apr 22, 2020

7 Home Recording Tools That Will Help You #stayhome

Another week stuck at home. You’re unable to rehearse with your band, your mics and preamps are locked away in the studio somewhere, but you have some great ideas and want to start working on them. So what now? Stay creative and use this time wisely! Prepare yourself for when things will pick up and for when there will again be opportunities to play! Write those songs, create those killer beats, or why not learn something new?

Home Recording Tools for Quarantine

One tiny silver lining in these very challenging times is the opportunity for home recording – if you have the right tools. Music software companies have made a collective effort to help to keep musicians productive. Lots of the bigger and smaller players in the music production industry have been offering some of their apps, sample packs, DAWs, … for free or at a fraction of the original price. To make things easier, we’ve gathered 7 of the most interesting home recording tools and freebies for you while #stayhome.


Ableton wants music makers to stay on track – especially during this crisis, so they responded very generously by setting up an entire page with ideas and offers for you to stay productive! In addition to temporarily extending their Live 10 trial period to 90 days, they also reduced prices of all Live editions by 30%. In case you have been struggling with writer’s block, you can now download their highly acclaimed book Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers. Make sure to check out their free Packs (such as the Stray Cats Collection), and many more freebies and offers here.

Home Recording Tools: Ableton


Find chords and melodies, practice scales and write songs based on the interactive circle of fifths. The Tonaly app is for all musicians, whatever their instrument is; it’s for songwriters, it’s for producers – beginners as well as advanced users. Whether you are looking for chords or inspiration for songs, learning new scales, improving your skills on the instrument, or want to delve deeper into music theory. The app has a wide range of functions, and is intended as a tool that will help you when creating music. Find out more…


Want to learn how to play a new instrument from your own living room or kitchen? Fender is now offering 3 months of guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons for free. All classes are available on any computer, phone or tablet. Take advantage of this and start learning. Knowing your instrument is, to be honest, indispensable when home recording.

Cherry Audio

Cherry Audio has made its Voltage Modular Nucleus free for everyone! It’s a complete modular synthesis package, with 22 modules and over 130 presets, for OSX and Windows. Stay home, stay safe, make some music, and learn to master modular synthesis. 


oothe2 is a dynamic resonance suppressor to get better microphone sound. It identifies problematic resonances on the fly and applies matching reduction automatically. This results in a smoother, more balanced sound and saves you from having to notch out the frequencies by hand. The plugin from the new Finnish company oeksound is fast to set up, easy to use and can be tested here for 20 days for free.


The Minimoog Model D App, a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, is now available for free for all 64-bit iOS devices. Get creative with over 160 included presets, or lay fingers to the controls and explore your creative potential! Download it now in the App Store.


Magix is a market-leading provider of high-quality multimedia software, known for innovation that inspires true creative freedom! Until May 31st you can download coreFX VolumeFormer for free: It comes with all the essential tools for mixing and mastering: nine powerful core effects for creative sound manipulation on any DAW, five plug-ins for precise dynamic control, three delay effects for creating echo and reverb, plus a rhythm effect for contemporary productions. The regular price is $24,99.

Make the best of it! We wish you a happy #stayhome home recording.

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