Collaborating and recording with musicians from anywhere in the world is now a reality. For some, it’s actually a necessity. As recording gear becomes more affordable, musicians are recording from home more than ever before. You don’t have to live in Music City, USA to meet other musicians and create great music. In fact, I whole heartily believe that some of the best musicians are the ones that you haven’t heard of yet.
That being said, building a community and meeting other musicians isn’t always easy. There still requires a bit of leg work. The key to online collaboration is to be seen and heard. You have to create a presence online so that others can find you.
Whether you’re wanting to make money from your home studio, meet other musicians or just have fun creating music, here’s a list of 5 tools that every musician should sign up for and use:
Dropbox is currently what I personally use the most. It’s not only a great tool for sharing audio files among clients and other musicians, but it’s great for anything! To me, dropbox is the simplest and most flexible cloud service available. They offer free and pro accounts from 50GB to large team sharing accounts. Sign up here.
The great thing about gobbler is that it’s a collaboration tool AND an audio back up service. If you haven’t had a hard drive crash on you yet, you will at some point. Gobbler helps put your mind at ease. You can set up your hard drives to back up automatically. Gobbler also makes it super easy to send large audio files. Audio back up and file sharing made easy.
Get a free 5GB Gobbler account right here.
SoundCloud is well on its way to becoming a leader in the social network of music. They’re in the business of…. well, sounds! SoundCloud gives musicians the opportunity to share their music with other musicians and eventually the entire world. Create a community, get critique on your latest mix, collaborate and share files with other musicians and promote your music – all in one place. Their custom widget is also great for sharing on other sites.
Follow me on SoundCloud here.
Indaba is a Zulu word that refers to a gathering for sharing ideas. Indaba Music was launched in 2007 and have grown to be a leader in music creation, community and collaboration. Indaba has a basic, pro and platinum service available. They provide musicians from hobbyists to grammy winners with the tools to get noticed, get hired and get heard. Tools include everything from remix contests to an online DAW called Mantis.
Connect with me on Indaba Music here.
Kompoz considers themselves as the music collaboration social network. They offer a free account with basic benefits such creating your own personal profile and contribute and submit unlimited tracks. The Kompoz Plus account upgrades you to more audio format options, private sessions and a 15% discount to Abbey Road Mastering services. The cool thing about Kompoz is that they have a music player available on their site as well as an iPad and iPhone app that plays music from Kompoz members. It’s a collaborative radio station, if you will.
Sign up for a free Kompoz profile here.
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