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Massive List of 65+ Open Source Music Production Tools

Making music is expensive. The hardware is expensive enough, but buying all the software you need can round up to thousands of dollars. A single license for a leading DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Ableton Live can run up to $750.

But music production software doesn’t have to be so expensive.

In fact, if you take the Open Source Software (OSS) route, you can get cutting-edge music making tools for $0.

Finding all the right tools, however, is a challenge. A lot of existing OSS lists are outdated – some of these tools haven’t been updated since 2004. Most existing articles aren’t comprehensive enough.

Which is why I spent the last two days putting together the single most comprehensive list of current and available open source music production tools. …

Should You Buy Soundcloud Followers? A Honest Answer

I keep getting asked this in comments and over email, so I figured I’d write a post and clear all doubts.

Should you buy SoundCloud followers

Or for that matter, should you “buy” followers on Instagram, Twitter, or any of the other popular social media services?

I’m going to give you two answers to this question. One will be the “right” answer – and the one you see paraded everywhere around online.

The other answer won’t be right, but it will be true. It’s what you should be doing, but no one will tell you.

So let’s get down to business. …

What Equipment Do the World’s Top Music Producers Use?

When I first started my production career, I would obsess over what equipment my favorite producers were using.

I reckoned that if I could get my hands on the same equipment as them, maybe I too could sound like Moby or Tiesto. 

(Little did I know then that the only way to sound like my favorite producers was good 'ol hard work and talent.)

That early obsession, however, turned into a fascination with producers and the equipment they use. I've been tracking what headphones, keyboards, production software, synths, and monitors my favorite producers use.

That's exactly what I'm going to share in this post.

125 Best Music Blogs to Submit Your Music To

Last Updated on November 5, 2020 by Ryan Harrell

Update: The list of blogs was updated on July 3, 2020. I removed all inactive blogs and added newer, more active blogs. The current list has 125 blogs altogether. You can see the updated list below, or download a copy of the spreadsheet by filling 

When you’re starting out, one of your biggest challenges as a musician is getting heard.

It doesn’t even matter how good (or bad) you are; bloggers, influencers and tastemakers are just too inundated with requests to give you a listen.

For most musicians, the process to get heard goes something like this:

  1. Spend hours finding bloggers who will listen to your music
  2. Spend more hours categorizing blogs and finding email addresses.
  3. Spend even more hours building a relationship and crafting a pitch.

The good news is that I’ve taken care of step #1 and #2.

In this post, I’ll share a list of 125 different blogs that will listen to your music. This includes their contact details, Twitter and Soundcloud URLs, and my notes for submissions. I’ll also share my tips for pitching your tracks based on my experience as a musician and a marketer.