2. Free Audio Effects

Audio effects are the next stop on the list of essential music software.

Once you’ve recorded music into your DAW you’ll need to blend your tracks together so they all can be heard at once.

This process is called mixing and it’s one of the most exciting parts of recording music.

Mixing is done by adjusting the level and pan position of each track, but audio effects are also essential.

Audio effects manipulate the basic sound of your tracks. There are too many different types to get into here, but check out our guide for a basic overview.

Your DAW probably comes with some perfectly usable effects, but many musicians prefer to develop their own personalized collection to help define their sound.

Luckily, free plugin effects are everywhere online. In fact, there’s so many that choosing the top picks can be time consuming.

That’s why we’ve created the perfect collections of VST plugins for every possible mix situation.

Whether you’re looking to create soaring studio quality vocals or dancefloor-ready beats, this free recording software will help get you started.