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Recommended Resources: Music & Audio


We utilize numerous tools and services on Tuts+, as well as teach you how to use them through regularly published educational material on this site. Here are our top recommended resources for audio professionals, which is put together by our editorial staff.

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Logic Pro

Logic Pro 9 features a complete set of creative tools for any musician who wants to write, record, edit, and mix music. It comes with a massive collection of instruments, effects, and Apple Loops, making it easy to get high quality sounds and create awesome songs. Learn more over at the Mac App Store.

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is industry standard, professional audio recording and music creation software. It includes everything you need to make music, from unrivaled sound quality, up to 96 audio tracks, ability to Compose with virtual instruments, MIDI, Score Editors, and more. Learn more over at Amazon.

Propellerhead Reason

Reason is an integrated music recording and production studio with unlimited audio tracks, and loads of professional sounds included. It includes all the instruments, effects and mixing tools you need for writing, recording, remixing and producing great-sounding tracks. Learn more over at Amazon.

FL Studio

FL Studio is designed for creative freedom for audio pros. It is full-featured, open architecture, music production environment for audio recording, composing, sequencing and mixing for the creation of professional quality music. FL Studio will play any sample file (WAV), run plug-ins (software synthesizers, VSTi DXi) or MIDI instruments. Learn more over at Amazon.


REAPER is digital audio workstation software: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment. This software allows you to Edit recordings in almost any imaginable way and do so while keeping your workflow completely non-destructive. Learn more over at REAPER.


The world's most popular DAW lets you record, edit and mix your songs like a musician, while providing you a professional, studio-grade audio quality at all stages of the creative process. Learn more over at Amazon.

Ableton Live

Live 9 Suite comes with more than 3000 production-ready sounds that give you the full range of vintage synthesizers, drum kits and one-shot samples, acoustic instruments and loops. Packing powerful MIDI note manipulation tools and an improved editing workflow help you create new musical ideas fast. Learn more over at Amazon.

Native Instruments Komplete

Native Instruments Komplete all-inclusive premium bundle for music professionals features cutting edge in studio production, live performance, instrument and sound design. Comprehensive range of Komplete Instruments, featuring Studio Drummer, Razor and Session Strings Pro Premium collection of Komplete Effects. Learn more over at Amazon.

Stock Music, Sound Effects, and Audio


At AudioJungle you can buy and sell royalty-free music and sound effects that are completely Podsafe for just a few dollars. The site is home to a bustling community of audio composers and producers. AudioJungle is an Envato Marketplace and sister site to Tuts+. It's a great community to get involved with. Learn more about AudioJungle.

Web Services


With Gobbler you can share, back up, and organize your recordings from anywhere. It's built by musicians, for musicians and integrates seamlessly with all DAWs. Gobbler is collaboration made simple; send any file type, with no size limits. Learn more over at Gobbler.

Mobile Apps (iOS)


GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio. Enjoy a range of Smart Instruments that make you sound like a professional. And you can make music with your friends anywhere you go. Learn more over at iTunes.


Auria is a 48-track digital recording system designed from the ground up for the iPad. This hot musical app is made for professional mobile mixing, recording, and post production work. Learn more over at iTunes.

FL Studio Mobile HD

FL Studio Mobile HD allows you to create and save complete multi-track music projects on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Never lose that killer idea again. Get it down and happening wherever you are. Learn more over at iTunes.

ReBirth for iPad

ReBirth is back! Propellerhead Software's legendary Techno Micro Composer has been resurrected and customized for the iPad. ReBirth faithfully emulates dance music's three backbone devices: The Roland TB-303 Bass synth and the Roland TR-808 and 909 drum machines. Learn more over at iTunes.


TouchOSC is a modular OSC and MIDI control surface for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. It supports sending and receiving Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol and supports both CoreMIDI and the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer interfaces for sending and receiving MIDI messages. Learn more over at iTunes.


Got five minutes to lay down some audio? Figure is for capturing your instant music making inspiration. Create an addictive beat before your next meeting or while waiting for that download. Figure will have you making music within seconds yet is deep enough for endless play. Learn more over at iTunes.

iReal b

iReal b is both a book and a band packaged in a single app. Use it to create, edit, print, share and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference while practicing or performing. Also, practice with a realistic sounding piano (or guitar), bass and drum accompaniments for any downloaded or user-created chord chart. Learn more over at iTunes.

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