Calliope Musicals, Austin Music Foundation presents The NEXT. Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III

6 Free Apps for Creating in Quarantine

Photo by Ismael Quintanilla III. ADP Artist Calliope Musicals at The NEXT 2020.


As we continue to adapt to the recent restrictions placed on Austin’s bar, restaurant and live music industries, we wanted to offer a list of our favorite free apps to keep you creating captivating content while in quarantine. 



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TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video! A fast-growing app used for sharing and discovering music all over the world. Artists can upload their original music to be searched and shared by other users. Follow these tips for best practices. We highly recommend creating a dance challenge for your newest single.



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Easily record new song ideas and keep your lyrics in one place with RMusic. If you aren’t working solo, no problem – Easily collaborate with as many friends as you want by sending them invites through the platform. In the free version, you can work on up to 10 projects at a time, and there’s even a built-in rhyme dictionary for the occasional writer’s block. When you’re done, simply export to Dropbox or download directly to your device. 


Minimoog Model D Synthesizer

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The Minimoog Model D App is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D®. Anyone can jump in and play with over 160 included presets or lay fingers to the controls and begin exploring vast magical realms of creative potential. New functions include the ability to play chords with up to four-note polyphony, an easy-to-use arpeggiator for rhythmic pattern creation, a real time looping recorder with unlimited overdubbing capacity, a tempo-synchronizable stereo ping pong delay module, and the Bender — a wide-range stereo time modulation effect module. #synthesize love


Korg iKaossilator

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For a limited time, Korg has made its palm-sized KAOSSILATOR synthesizer available for FREE to iOS and Android users. Take music-making into your own hands! With 150 diverse built-in sounds, scale & key settings to allow anyone to perform with musical precision, you can create tracks with up to 5 parts and control loops in real-time for DJ-style live performances.   (Available for free on Android through March 20, and on iPhone through March 31. Normal cost: $20)


Adobe Spark

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Take your content to the next level with this easy-to-use mobile design app. Add lightweight motion to static images, apply design filters and use text animation to help your posts stand out. Check out their inspiration gallery to get ideas! Also available for web page design and video.


Quik from GoPro

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Create engaging promo videos with just a few taps. Choose from your existing photos and videos (or record new ones!) and let Quik work its magic. The program finds key moments, add transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of your music. Easily customize your story and share it with friends! Perfect for single announcements, album releases, and (livestream) concert promotions. 


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