There's never been a better time to get into digital music making. Whether you are looking for a fun and creative activity for the kids or want to seriously learn how to use a professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), we've got two exciting streams of Makerspace Online programming to get you started.
And if you just want to play around with some free music tools that you can use right in your browser, check out the examples below.
Makerspace Online: Soundtrap for kids
Join our Soundtrap group to start making music at home. Each session we’ll learn how to quickly start putting songs together and making beats with this exciting browser-based software. What is Soundtrap?
This session is strictly for ages 10-14.
Makerspace Online: Ableton Live 90-day challenge
Do you want to learn how to use the industry standard music production software Ableton Live? Me Too! Let’s download the 90 day free trial version and learn it together.
You will need a computer capable of running the Ableton Live trial software. In each session we will go through the program together, learn something new, share our tips and maybe even remix each other’s tracks. Although I’ve got experience with other software, I’ll be learning too, so we can help each other.
This program is strictly for ages 14 to Adult.
Make some music right now in your browser:
This free web based service allows you to create calming background music and ambience soundscapes, to block out sound when you need to focus or just for relaxing at home.
There are heaps of settings for different moods, all you have to do is adjust the sliders to create your preferred ambience. This option is perfect for getting started in exploring generative music.
Turn any typing into a music experience with typatone! Choose from different sound palette and type out a tune. When your finished you can send your tune on to a friend.
Now we get into sequencing music using a grid method. This one is great for kids, create tunes by placing different coloured blocks on the grid and hitting spacebar to start the song.
Plink is a superfun multiplayer music experience. All you need to do is choose a nickname that other players will see and then instantly start collaborating using only your mouse and a colour palette for different sounds.
Wish you could hear what your drawings sounds likie? Now you can, sort of. This browser activity lets you draw scribbles on the screen and hit play to make music. Hint: draw a circle for a surprise.
The 808 drum machine is one of the most famous electronic instruments ever created, and played a huge part in inventing the musical genres of House, Techno and Hip Hop. Yes, really!
Now you can write beats with an 808 directly in your browser! The interface takes a little getting used to, so you might want to check out the tutorial.
On the off chance you aren’t already into big goofy synthesizer sounds, you should really check out this browser based synth! Use your computer keyboard to play notes and experiment with the many knobs you can twist. To get started, look for the know labelled ‘cutoff’ to experiment quickly with changing sounds. You can also scroll through heaps of preset sounds.
Hot tip: open the 808 and Viktor NV-1 synth in different browser windows to get a jam going!
Be aware, this one is very experimental, and quite nerdy. You choose the style, instrumentation, scale and some other attributes and out comes a computationally generated piece of music.