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The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

What is Hardstyle EDM?

Before we discover the 10 best hardstyle sample packs of 2017, let’s dig a little bit deeper in this music genre that had gained quite popularity over the last years.

Hardstyle is an EDM Genre ( Electronic Dance Music) that finds its roots in Holland but fast gained popularity in the rest of Europe and the USA. Hardstyle is characterized by hard drum kicks, heavy, sometimes reversed basslines, distorted and detuned sounds and synths. It has a BPM count that lies between 130 to 150 beats per minute.

Hardstyle is an EDM Genre ( Electronic Dance Music) that finds its roots in Holland but fast gained popularity in the rest of Europe and the USA. Hardstyle is characterized by hard drum kicks, heavy, sometimes reversed basslines, distorted and detuned sounds and synths. It has a BPM count that lies between 130 to 150 beats per minute.

Hardstyle mixes influences from Hardcore, Hard Techno and Trance. It is characterized by hard drum kicks, heavy, sometimes reversed basslines, distorted and detuned sounds and synths. It has a BPM count that lies between 130 to 150 beats per minute.

If you want to learn more about Hardstyle and its subgenres make sure to read this awesome post from EDM Sauce Hardstyle for Dummies: Subgenres explained

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

 Mrotek – Rawstyle

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hardstyle

Additional Styles: Techno, Hardcore and Trance

BPM: 150

Loops, One-Shots, Synth Presents, Midi, Sample Patches

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Rawstyle is a creation of American Hardstyle Producer Mrotek and Industrial Strength Samples. Mrotek’s sound is already making waves in the international Hardstyle scene, having received support from the likes of MC Villain, Regain, Riiho, Caine, and many more.

Rawstyle features 3 amazing sound sets for Sylenth, Massive and Access Virus. The pack includes Banging Kick Drums, Tight Percussion Shots, Solid Synth Loops, Music Loops and Fx.

Hard Style VS Raw Style

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Hardcore and Techno

BPM: 150-158

Loops, One-Shots, Midi

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The hottest new styles from Holland are now bundled up in one studio power pack. Industrial Strength samples presents Hard Style Vs Raw Style.

Producer, sound designer, mixer and mastering engineer General Guyble combines these two hot Dutch styles in one huge mega construction kit bundle.

Tidy Trax Hard Dance And Trance

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Label series, sound archives

BPM: 140

Loops and Sampler Patches

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This exclusive sample pack is a creation from Loopmasters and Tidy Trax, that is considered the world’s number 1 Hard Dance brand.

Only the most qualified contributors of a collection of labels have crafted a unique selection of 850 MB of basses, beats, bleeps, single shots, vocals, FX and loops.

Hardstyle EDM: Production Toolkits

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: EDM and Progressive House

BPM: 128

Loops, 1 shots, MIDI

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Hardstyle EDM was produced by French sound designer Floxy on Industrial Strenght records.

This award winning Hardstyle Sample pack features five Hardstyle EDM Production Kits with Wav stems, NI Massive presets and  Sylenth 1 presets along with the Midi files so you can match the riff and patch with ease.

Organ Donors – Future Hard Dance

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Techno

BPM: 150-200

Loops, 1 shots, Sampler Patches

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This Sample Pack is the fourth release of Monster Sounds in conjunction with Organ Donors.

This brand new collection of sounds is a 1.1 GB includes 24bit samples, Loops at 140 Bpm, and 530 Single Sounds, ready to play Bass, Fx, Synth, Pad, Vox and Drum Kit Patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFZ and Kontakt soft samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live Pack versions are also available separately.

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The Machine – Hardstyle Essentials

The Machine-Hardstyle Essentials

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Hardcore and Techno

BPM: na

Synth presets

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Industrial Strength Samples is back with another Hard-style Synth pack that is produced by none other than The Machine, recognized as one of the early pioneers of Raw Hardstyle.

This pack includes a wide selection of Pads, Arps, Plucks, Drums, Fx, Bass and of course heavy Screech sounds to rip thru your next production or remix. The Machine even included 4 signature Bass Drums to get you inspired right away.

Skullstep – The Panacea & Limewax

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Drum&Bass

BPM: 161- 175

Loops, one shots, Sample Patches

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Probably the darkest and most terrorizing Sample Pack of the list!

Skullstep splits open a set of formidable effects, dark drones, distorted drums, ruff breaks, and edgy acid tones. Ominous textures and pounding assaults send sonic wrath straight to your DAW.

404 Studio Hard Dance Production Bundle

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Techno, Trance

BPM: na

Loops, one shots, Sample Patches, Synth Presets

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This huge production pack fusses the edges of Electronic Music into one sonic tool kit that can’t be passed up.

This pack can find its way into any production. such as EDM, Hard Style, Hard dance, Raw Style, Techno, Trance and of course Subground.

Rawstyle Synths

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: Hardcore, Synths and Techno

BPM: na

Synth Presets

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Rawstyle Synths features a heavy set of monster presets for Native instruments Massive, Spire and Sylenth 1.

This incredible set of sounds gives you the power to have that Rawstyle edge in your next track or remix.

D.Tox – Ultimate Frenchcore

The 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017

Genre: Hard Dance

Additional Styles: na

BPM: 180-210

Loops, One Shots, Sampler Patches

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This ear crushing Monster Pack has been produced by top notch producer D Tox, who released some of the hottest Frenchcore tracks on labels such as Audiogenic, R-909, Noistorm, Headfuck Records, Astrofonik.

If you are ready to pimp your track into high-powered Frenchcore monster then there is no need to look any further. This 24 Bit audio pack is loaded to the max with the best license free Frenchcore kicks and loops you can’t find anywhere.


I hope you enjoyed my selection of the 10 Best Hardstyle Sample Packs of 2017. I made to sure to leave some place for any subgenre from the rawest to the most euphoric!

Feel free to add some of your favorite Hardstyle Sample Packs to the list by leaving a comment in the comment box below! And don’t forget to share if you like this post.

Best Budget Laptop for Music Production 2017

Best Budget Laptop for Music Production

Best Budget Laptop for Music Production 2017

Before we dig into the best budget laptop for music production, it’s important to know that the performance of your laptop is the main priority to focus on when purchasing a laptop for music production and recording.

Generally, a laptop will offer less performance than a desktop in the same price range. Since it’s also tricky to upgrade a laptop’s hardware specs, you better make sure to see everything through before making the wrong choice.

This especially counts if you are on a budget. If your budget is less than $500 I’d still suggest you go for a desktop unless you unconditionally need a laptop because of its portability.

Pc or Mac?

When it comes to buying a laptop for music production and recording, there is no doubt that a Mac will be the best choice overall. For laptops, the MacBook Pro will provide the highest performance when it comes to music production but they are generally much more expensive than a PC laptop.

And since we are discussing the best budget laptops for music production under $500, it would be irrelevant to discuss the advantages of owning a Mac, unless you are considering buying a used one. (Be careful with that unless you know what you are doing).

Specs of a Music Production Laptop

Some of the specifications that you will utterly need are a high CPU performance, 8GB Ram as a comfortable minimum and 1+ TB Hard Disk Drive (HDD).

Operating System: Windows 8 or 10 is required if you want to use more than the dual-touch available with Windows 7, preferably a 64-bit system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system, a 64-bit system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time. This can make a difference if you are loading and using large sample libraries or RAM-intensive plugins.

CPU: CPU or Central Processing Unit is the primary factor to consider when buying a music production laptop. Make sure to go for i5 or i7 Intel processors and preferably aim for a +6000 CPU Benchmark. Two ideal CPU performance scores for music production are i7–4720HQ and  i7-4810MQ.

RAM: Typically 8 GB is the recommended minimum but you might want to go up to 16 GB if you have a huge sample library and/or if you use a lot of VST- plugins. If you are not sure how much RAM you will need, the best choice will be to buy a laptop that allows you to expand the RAM from 8Gb to 16GB. 32 GB is not necessary for music production purposes.

HDD: HDD or Hard Disk Drive. The biggest factor for music production HDD’s is hosting audio files and sound libraries. Most users will need a 1+ TB HDD. Any traditional 7200 RPM HDD should serve you well, given large SSD’s are still prohibitively expensive. SSD storage is much faster than its HDD equivalent but also more expensive.

Soundcard: The sound cards that come with even the most advanced computers rarely handle music production well. You will eventually have to upgrade your soundcard or use an audio interface anyways if you want a professional studio setup so it shouldn’t be a priority in your choice of a music production laptop. If you are not sure what an audio interface is, here’s an explanation What is an audio interface?

USB-ports: Most devices and professional audio hardware are USB connected so make sure to have enough USB Ports to connect them all.

Compatibility: Make sure that your laptop is compatible with your DAW Software. Most DAWs are compatible both with PC and Mac but FL Studio, which is one of the most used DAWs, has only a beta version on Mac. This is a custom Crossover wrapped version of FL Studio for Mac OS X and so is bit-identical to the Windows installer but it seriously lacks some of the features compared to the Windows version.

Luckily, there are some affordable laptops that DO possess all the specifications needed for music production.

After comparing tens of laptops that possess the Must Have specs that you need for music production and analyzing their price/value, I picked, what I think, is THE best value on the market for low budgets music producers ( less than $500).

So, without further ado, let me present to you the best budget laptop for music production of 2017 for less than $500

Best Budget Laptop for Music Production for less than $500

Dell Inspiron Flagship 15.6-Inch

Best Budget Laptop for Music production

This Touchscreen and friendly PC comes with an Intel Core i5-6200 processor which is above the +6000 CPU Benchmark recommended for music production.

It has a 1 TB Hard Drive Size and a 8 GB RAM- size that’s expandable up to 16GB. It works on Windows 10 (64 bit). The HDD hard drive is replaceable with SDD.

It has  a 2 2.0 USB; 1 3.0 USB, 1 SD card,1 hdmi, 1 CD/DVD, 1 headphone/audio output and 1 ethernet.

The Dell Inspiron has a15.6 inch display which the most popular display size range for laptops. This provides enough space to have a good view of your music software application.

This laptop comes equipped with a touchscreen, enabling users to more closely interact with the operating system.

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Since I was digging deep into the realm of Music Production Laptops, trying to find the best value for you, I thought I’d share 2 other great laptops that I found in the same price range. There are just a little bit more expensive but still under the $600 bar.

If you can afford to put a few more bucks into your laptop, make sure to have a look at similar laptops with equal specifications.

2 Extra Picks for less than $600

Lenovo 17.3-inch HD High-Performance Premium Laptop PC (2017)

Best Budget Laptop for Music Production 2017This laptop has a larger 17.3-inch screen and weighs 6.61 lbs so if you are a producer on the go, this is something to consider and you might want something more lightweight and portable.

It has 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7200U mobile processor, which a bit higher than the Dell Inspiron and 8GB DDR4 system memory for advanced multitasking (expandable to 16GB)

It operates on Windows 10 operating system and has a 1TB hard drive for ample file storage space.

Bluetooth 4.0 interface syncs with compatible devices and 1 USB 3.0 port maximizes the latest high-speed devices.

Also includes 1 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals, HDMI output that expands your viewing options and additional ports.

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ASUS F555LA-EH51 15.6 Inch

Best Budget laptop for Music Production

A little bit smaller and lightweight than the Lenovo, this laptop is certainly a good pick because it comes with the Asus Sonic Master technology, which makes it an excellent laptop for music producers on a budget.

The ASUS Sonic Master uses a codec to deliver a professional sound performance. It has also an optimized amplifier and larger speakers for a powerful audio output.

Like the Dell and the Lenovo, it has all the specifications that you need for music production, like an Intel Core i5-5200U  processor and a 1TB Hard-Drive size.

The operation system is Windows 10 (64bit) and it has an 8GB RAM-size that can’t be upgraded.

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So, there you have it. My best pick for the Best Budget Laptop for Music Production under $500 for 2017.

It wasn’t easy to find laptops that have all the specificities for music production at such a low price but luckily for small budget producers, good budget laptops exist.

That doesn’t mean that you should go for these laptops if your budget is higher than $500. You always get what you pay for and I’d recommend pushing the price a little bit higher if you want optimal performances for your music production.

If you have any questions or you’d like to comment, please feel free to use the comment box below.

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52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician

52 Creative Ways to Male Money as a Musician

In this age of digital revolution, there are multiple ways to make money as a musician!

The internet is massively growing, with new daily opportunities for music producers, songwriters, audio engineers and everyone who wants to make a living with their music.

In this post, I will teach you how I am generating a full-time income online from my passion for music and I will share with you all the best resources I found over the years to make money as a musician!

Table of Content- Categories

  • Create a Music Website, Blog or eCommerce Store (3)
  • Monetize your Website (4)
  • Write about Music (4)
  • Video Tutorials and Courses (3)
  • Create and Sell a Product (2)
  • Sell Digital Products (8)
  • Sell Physical Products (4)
  • Sell your Music Online (3)
  • Music related Freelance Jobs (8)
  • In the Real World! (12)

Use Your Music Skills to Pay The Bills!

Music download -and streaming websites sure have had a bad influence on record sales over the last years but these sites are a great deal when it comes to gaining exposure and even to make money as a musician.

Though it gets tougher to sell an album or track (you can now download almost everything for free), you can still take the advantages of digitalization and use it for your own benefits.

Because even if it’s getting easier to get exposure, it’s also getting more difficult to get noticed between the millions of musicians you have to compete with on the net.

If you are a music producer, your ambition is to make it as a musician!

Sign a contract with a record label, sell your songs, perform and why not get famous and travel the world!

I feel you … This is what we are all tending to and this should always stay your priority!

But … if you are reading this post, chances are big that it’s not the case (yet!)

Maybe you are still working a 9 to 5 job using your savings to build up your home studio?

Maybe you are still studying and it’s even harder to find the money to buy the latest gear or software?

Or maybe you start getting some exposure already but you are just not making enough right now to pay the bills?

A couple of years ago, I was just like you!

I had a crappy call center job and I made music in my free time but I always dreamt of being my own boss, work from home and make a living from my passion.

And you know what?!

”I succeeded in living the life I always wanted!”

No, I am not a famous music producer but that’s ok since kinda forgot about the idea when growing older.

Time has offered me different opportunities to make it without being in the spotlight and for me, this is such as great! Who wants to become famous anyway … sigh… but…

  • I am my own boss! 
  • I work from the comfort of my own home
  • And I am able to make a living from my passion!

Whatever your ambitions are, earning money from your passion is still better than not making money at all!

So let’s dig into the world of opportunities for music producers!

I will tell you the methods I used to make money as a musician and I will share with you everything I have learned so that YOU TOO can make an extra with your passion for music or even leave your 9 to 5 job and make a living out of it!

Use your creative spirit and find the perfect way to make money as a musician!


52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician


Create a Music Website, Blog or eCommerce Store

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician

1. Create a Music Website

Not the shortest way to make money but most definitely one of the most efficient ways in the list to make a passive income from your music in the long run AND get exposure.

Why create a music website?

The reason why I am starting my post with ‘creating a music website’ is because of the endless opportunities that open up to you when you have your own website.

I will share a lot of different methods with you but as you will continue reading you will see that a lot of these methods can be easily applicable on your website.

There a many ways you can monetize a website, such as:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • List Building
  • Make money with ads ( ex. Google adds, Bing adds,..)
  • Sell Digital or physical products ( Through affiliate marketing or by creating an e-commerce store)
  • And much more!

I will go more into details about all the different methods to make money with a website as you continue reading.

Even if it’s not the shortest way and it takes quite some work, the possibilities of earning a passive income over time are real!

Creating a website has never been easier! No more coding and design skills needed!

You can easily create a website from scratch by using a Site Building Platform like WordPress, Drupall or Joomla, in a few easy steps.

Choose your platform:

For beginners, I’d recommend WordPress.

  • It’s FREE
  • Many designed, beautiful themes and templates
  • Beginner friendly
  • Responsive
  • Great support team

Choose your domain name and hosting platform:

Bluehost is one of the better hosting platforms.

  • Cheap hosting ( Starting from 2,75$ a month)
  • 1 Free domain name
  • Free site builder
  • 1 click WordPress Install
  • 24/7 Support


2. Create a Music Blog

The main difference between a website and a blog is content management and interactivity.

A website has static content and is more professional/business related while a blog’s content is regularly updated and has more of an informative and educational purpose.

But these differences might be more subtle and it’s sometimes hard to even notice the difference.

It is possible to make money both with a website and a blog as you will read in the examples below.


3. Create an E-commerce Website

Creating an online store seems too difficult?

Yes, It will need some work in the beginning, especially if you have no experience with it what so ever.

But imagine the money you can make in the long run with selling physical or digital products online!

Maybe you have some products you can start to sell, like T-shirts or a software you created?

If not you can run an online store from the comfort of your home by working with a retailer, that owns, sells and sends the product, so the only thing left for you to do, is promoting the products through your online store.

Most of the E-commerce platforms like Shopify teach you how to easily build and run your online store,

These websites also make it possible for you to create a shop on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, so if this is something that interests you make sure to have a look.

Shopify is helping people who don’t necessarily have the web development skills to connect directly to consumers. I see that as a real shift in the opportunities available.

Patrick Buckley Co Founder of Dodo Case


Monetize your Website

Monetize Your Website


There are many ways you can monetize a website or blog!

I would take a whole website just to explain a few of them so I will try to give you a short overview of the most common methods used by online marketers and bloggers to make money with a website.


4. Affiliate Marketing ( Music Affiliation)

# My Number 1 recommendation!

One of the best ways to monetize your website or blog is affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is the process of earning commissions by promoting products online.

If Amazon is one of the best-known affiliate platforms, there are several other affiliate programs that are music related.

If you are visiting music websites yourself, chances are that you came across some affiliate programs without even knowing it.

Some examples of  Music related affiliate programs are:

  • Jamorama: Jamorama teaches guitar through online video lessons. Affiliates receive 75 percent commission on new subscriptions, with each subscription giving a further 25 percent commission from recurring fees.
  • PianoForAll: PianoForAll is another learn-to-play-the-piano course. The lessons are a combination of eBooks and audio and video lessons. The affiliate commissions are slightly lower, at 60 percent for each sale.
  • BTV Solo: BTVSolo offers software that turns your computer into a music studio. BTVSolo offers affiliates 60 percent to 70 percent commission.
  • Dr. Drum: Dr.Drum is another beat-making software, similar to BTVSolo, but offering a higher commission at 75 percent per sale. Dr.Drum has a lot of resources for affiliates and even offers a course for affiliates free of charge.
  • ITuneStore: The Apple iTunes store is the biggest music vendor across the globe. It started out as a music download site where you could purchase and download songs. It now offers films, apps, and television programs along with music downloads.
  • Loopmasters and PluginBoutique : The commission rate for is 20% and for 15%. You will also earn a further 5% from a targetted bonus which starts when you achieve £250 of sales in either campaign.
  • Musician’s Friend: Musician’s Friend has an extensive store of musical instruments and accessories. Affiliates earn 6 percent commission for each sale.

Some of these affiliate programs are linked to bigger Affiliate Networks.


5. Adds

Internet advertising and Google Adsense is the main source of income for many bloggers!

There are many ways to generate an income with ads ( Pay per Click advertising, selling ads on your blog, popups,…)

Now, before you will start to make an income, you have to be aware that this method of monetizing a website has some shortcomings as well.

  • You will need a lot of traffic in order to get a decent income from adds.
  • Most people hate ads and will leave your website if there are too many.
  • A lot of people use adblockers
  • You AdSense account might be disproved
  • You can easily get banned or your account deactivated from Adsense for reasons unbeknown to you.


6. Create an email list

It’s often said, that the money is the list!

Get subscribers, by installing an opt-in form on your website or blog and promote products by regularly sending out newsletters with your latest blog posts, product reviews, and affiliate offers.

I won’t go further into detail about creating an email list as there would be too much to say and it really belongs to the realm of online marketing, though feel free to ask me more information about how to create an email list and I’d be happy to help you out!


7. Social Media

Did you know that your favorite social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram can make your earn cash?

Instead of wasting time on your favorite social platform, why don’t you use it to make money!

If you have a website or blog, you can create a FB-or Twitter page related to your website or blog.

This way you’ll get more exposure and followers.

But these platforms are also a great way to get subscribers to your list and make money with adds.

You don’t need to have a website or blog to make money because you can promote affiliate programs directly through adds, though I recommend having at least small website or landing page because people are not keen on buying from someone they never heard of or has nothing to show.

You can even create online stores through your favorite social media. ( See create an E-commerce store)


Small Conclusion about Creating and Monetizing a Website

I haven’t been too much in detail about creating and monetizing a music website because there is way too much to cover!

The purpose of this post is to give you an overview of all the options available to musicians to make money.

Now, since you are reading this post you are aware that this IS a music website and like I told you before I am able to make a living from my online endeavors.

Do you want to learn everything about how to turn your passion into a thriving business?

And how I did it? 

Join Me Inside!


If you are really interested in creating a website and you’d like to learn everything about how to monetize your website, get access the most complete training on affiliate marketing and connect with thousands of like-minded striving online marketers, then meet me inside!

I’d be more than happy to help you out!

It’s Completely free to start with and you can have a running, hosted music website by the end of the day!

I’ll meet you there if you have any questions!


Write about Music

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician


8. Write Product reviews

What if you used your experience by making product reviews about your favorite DAW, Midi controller, Synth, mic or audio interphase?

If you already have a website, there must be thousands of products related to your niche that you can write a review about.

Product review + Affiliate Program= $$

On Dooyoo for example, you can get paid by reviewing product or services after testing them.Some websites even pay you to write product reviews on their website.

Other websites like Review Me or review stream pay you to review software, electronics, hotels, restaurants, books, and clothes among other categories.

Another great website is sponsored reviews. It connects bloggers SEO’s, marketers and advertisers looking to build links, traffic, and buzz.

Their system allows you to write articles or post advertiser provided content to your blog in exchange for cash.

They have thousands of advertisers looking to have articles posted for many different industries!


9. Create Viral Blog posts

Now you think, ok, this all sounds great but if nobody finds my website, how the hell will be able to sell anything?

Now there are different ways to get your website exposed.

SEO techniques and Keyword research can teach you how to get ranked in the search engines and social media ( as you will see below) can help your website getting noticed.

But creating great content is still the best way to get ranked, create a brand and gain followers!

In fact, you need your blog posts to go viral!

If you already have a passion for music, I am sure you can up with a topic that you know well.

Talking about something you know and you’re passionate about will be much easier.

” It’s much easier to gain loyal followers when you speak from your heart!”

”Anyone can start a blog but the real test is getting readers”

Jon Morrow CEO of Smartblogger


10. Guest blogging

An awesome way to get exposure is to write for other websites or blogs.

A lot of quality websites are looking for talented people to write blog posts for them.

You’ll gain notoriety and some websites even pay to get guest posts!

If you type music + guest blogging in the search engines, you will be able to find some websites that accept guest bloggers.

It’s not easy to get accepted if you have nothing to show, though.

Having your own website or blog already will definitely help you get a gig.

There are other platforms where you can apply as a freelance copywriter and get hired and paid to write for websites but more on this later….


11. Write an Ebook

Musicians are creative people! Usually, we tend to be creative in other forms as well, such as writing.

You can use your experience to write an Ebook and sell it online or if you have some money aside, you can invest into hiring someone to write it for you.

It doesn’t have to be a bestselling novel of course, but if you can teach beginners how to make music, give some production techniques and tips or why not write your BIO.

Here is an article with a list of websites where you can sell your EbookHongkiat.

If you don’t feel like you should get paid for your writings, you can still use your e-book as a freebie to get people to subscribe to your email list.


Video Tutorials and Courses



If you are an expert in music production, an audio engineer, a singer or if you can play an instrument, you can use your experience to teach others!

12. Create an online course

Teach others online and monetize your expertise!

The way we educate people has changed a lot of the years and the internet has opened many ways for experts to share their knowledge.

Of course, you will need to be comfortable in front of a camera but if you are not you can still create an audio podcast.

I am of number 1 recommendation to sell your online music courses is Udemy.

Udemy is the largest marketplace for online courses.

There are more than 12M hungry students eager to learn and more than 20K passionate instructors who are making money every day by selling online courses.

They give you all the tools you need to create your own online course, create a brand and inspire and teach students all over the world!


52 Creative ways to make money as a musician


13. Youtube

Create a Youtube channel and monetize your videos!

There are several ways to monetize your videos on Youtube, by using the Youtube Partner Program, with ads or whenever your music is used in a video ( licensing).

A lot of famous websites such as Loopmasters, Future Music Magazine, and Point Blank Music School have created Youtube channels to promote their online courses.

Another way to monetize your tutorials is to create a few free tutorials to teach the basics and redirect your ‘students’ to your website where they will pay to get the full course.


14. Fiverr

How I just love Fiverr!!!

There are so many possibilities to make money with Fiverr that it’s almost impossible NOT to make money once you get involved.

I will talk a lot about Fiverr in the next paragraphs and give you some ideas about how to make money with Fiverr.With a little bit of creativity, you might even be able to get a full-time income just by selling gigs!

Basically,  you can create a gig and sell your gig for a tiny basic price starting from 5$. 

Actually, you can earn a lot more by offer premium service or more related gigs. It also depends on the time it took you to perform your gig and the type of service you are offering.

With a little bit of creativity, you might even be able to get a full-time income just by selling gigs!

Some of the weirdest gigs I came across are:

”I will dance in a music video on any music style”

”I will be crazy in love with you in a prank video”

”I will sing depressing happy birthday as a mouse”

”I will be your girlfriend on social media”

But more seriously, try to find out what other musicians are offering and get ideas of what service you could offer regarding your experience.

52 Creative ways to make money as a musician


Create and sell a Product

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician

15. Create an app

You are probably using music applications yourself to listen to music or even to create music.

All the main music websites like Youtube, Soundcloud, Spotify have smartphone applications.

There are tons of applications related to music like beat making apps, Piano apps, music production apps, and even karaoke apps.

When I think about my favorite music apps, the one comes in mind in Shazam!

The guys who invented Shazam were pure geniuses! They came with up with a simple idea which was something that everybody wished they had: An application that helps you figure out a song you hear, wherever you hear it!

Dig some ideas and be creative. I am sure you can come up with some innovative app that will make the day of thousands of music aficionados just like you!

You can use the Google Cloud Platform or check out for appmakr or getapp.


16. Create a Software

Maybe a bit more complicated but creating an Audio Production Software can be a great idea but you need the skills or connections to do so.

The same DAW ( Digital Audio Workstation) you use has been created once by someone just like who!

It will be difficult to compete with the big names like Ableton, Logic Pro or FL Studio but you don’t have to make it as complex either.

Many producers are on the look for some cheaper and less complex alternatives!


Sell Digital Products


52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician

There are plenty of websites where you sell your creations and make money as a musician!

The advantage you have as a musician is that you are in number 1 position of selling a digital product you have created yourself!

Another huge benefit is that digital products don’t need an investment, space or shipping, you can sell them in just 1 click!

You only need to create it once and you will be able to sell the same product over and over again!

17. Create and Sell Sample packs

If you have been making music for some time, you probably have created a lot of Melodies, Drum Loops, Leads, One-shots, FX and/or Vocals.

Some of them you used in your productions and some you didn’t.

What if I told you that you can sell them online! 

As an audio engineer, you can create Sample packs and why not create an online store to sell them.

Or, you can sell them through other existing websites without having to bother creating a website yourself.

Make sure to check Rightsify and Sampleism if you already have a sample library!


18. Sell DAW or Software Presets

Same goes for DAW, Synth or other presets you have created.

There is a huge demand for custom sounds!

You can try to sell directly to software companies such as NI Massive or NI Kontakt or find resellers that will buy and sell your packs for you.


19. Sell Beats and Drumkits

Beats and Drum Loops are still the best selling products in Sample Stores.

Some people manage to get a steady income just by selling their beats online!

Check out these websites if you want to sell your drum kits and beats: Gum road and Sellfy


20. Create Sound effects

Sound effects can be used for a variety of purposes such as gaming, commercials, cartoons, …

Nature sounds, industrial sounds, human sounds and Urban sounds sell very well and there are a lot of specialized websites offering free or paid sounds.

If you check this post, you will get a list of the 8 best websites for free sounds. Uploading your sounds and give them away for free is a great way to get exposure, but some of these websites are also selling them.

Uploading your sounds and give them away for free is a great way to get exposure, but some of these websites are also selling them.


21. Create background music

Creating background music is also a great way for musicians to make an income!

background music can be licensed for movies, cartoons,  games,…

My number 1 recommendation to sell sound effects, background music, and even sample packs is AudioJungle.

I have heard of people that are able to make a living just by Audio Jungle

52 creative ways to make money as a musician


22. Sell Vocals

If you are a singer or vocalist you can sell your vocals or a Capella’s to specialized websites. ( see sell lyrics).

You can upload your vocals indaba music which is an online community for musicians and a great place to find opportunities.

You can also connect with other artists. is a very cool website that helps musicians, vocalists, and DJ/ Producers connect.

Musicians upload original samples + vocalists upload a Capella’s = Producer or DJ creates remix


23. Sell lyrics

If you wrote some music lyrics or even poems, you can sell them online.

Songbay is a cool website that allows you to buy and sell lyrics of every style.

They are the world leader in original music and lyric sale and they massively promote the work of sellers and buyers.

Songbay is also an awesome marketplace to connect musicians together to collaborate on songwriting projects.


24. Create DJ Drops

Do you have a hot voice?!

Why don’t use that voice to create DJDrops for radio stations, DJ intros or commercials?

If you already own the rich software, it will be a piece of cake to put together a short message, catchy sound or brand signature for any kind of podcast.

Make a demo and contact the best selling DJ Drops stores online, like Dj Drop Central  or The Beat Boss.

You can also create a gig on Fiverr and sell your drops from there!


Sell Physical Products

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician


25. Sell or Rent your Gear

If you have been a musician for a long time you have probably a lot of music gear or software you are not using anymore.

Some retro synths and instruments have increased in value and you will always be able to find collectors or passionate people to pay for it.

If you don’t feel like selling your gear ( I completely feel you), you can rent it out and make some money that way!


26. Buy and Resell Merchandise

You can also buy gear and material and try to resell it for a higher price.

I know a guy who is specialized in Roland Synths. He is buying damaged synths, repairs them and resells them for a good price.


27. Vinyl Sales

The vinyl is back and what a great news that is!

I have always liked vinyl and I think it’s been a great loss when people started to mix digitally.

If you have been a DJ in the ‘early’ stages or if you still have a collection, you can sell them for a good price.

Collectors can go for hot prices these days and there is a huge demand for this kind of items.

DJ turntables, like the famous Technics SL, can be sold for prices up to 300$!

If you don’t have any vinyls, you can still dig into your parents or grandparent’s attic and find some hidden gems!


28. Rent out your Studio

If you have a professional studio you can rent it out to other musicians and make a nice income and return on investment of your studio.


Sell Your Music Online



What better way to make money as a musician that to sell your own music!

You can start by getting exposure on streaming websites like Youtube or Soundcloud but if you want to make money from your music you will need to bring it out there!


29. Sell Your Music on Spotify

You don’t need to be signed or have a record deal to get your music on Spotify.

If you have a label or aggregator they can easily get the job done for you.

If you don’t you can use one the aggregation companies ( Like TuneCore) that Spotify works with to deliver the music for you, handle the licensing and collect royalties.

For more information visit Spotify.


30. Sell Your Music on Amazon Music

And again for Amazon Music.

My recommendation would be to use Tune Core , like I already mentioned above.

Tunecore is an independent artist community that helps you sell your music on several music platforms such as Spotify, Itunes, Amazon Music and so on.


31. Sell your music on Itunes

Same goes for Itunes and other music streaming websites!


Music Related Freelance Jobs

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician


Getting a Freelance job is a great idea to make money as a musician because it allows you to make a steady income by offering your music skills on may levels.


32. Sync licencing 

”A music synchronization license, or “sync” for short, is a music license granted by the holder of the copyright of a particular composition, allowing the licensee to synchronize music with some kind of visual media output (film, television shows, advertisements, video games, accompanying website music, movie …” Wikipedia

Start making money by licensing your songs for videos, TV, movies, video games and much more and get paid every time your song is used as part of a project.

CDBaby is a website that manages sync licensing for you! It’s the web’s biggest independent music store but it has so much more to offer!

Their Licensing program is a free add-on so you can start making money by licensing your songs too, from YouTube ad revenue and micro-sync licensing.

“CD Baby is a great source for music. On several occasions, the only place I could find an obscure artist’s recording was on CD Baby. CD Baby is a place that values the smaller bands and by doing so, performs a very important role in keeping independent music alive.”

Henry Rollins singer-songwriter, spoken-word artist


33. Movie scores

Imaging composing the music for your favorite movie or tv series?

Sounds too good to be true?

Though you need a strong musical background and skills such as music notation, sight-reading, active listening, critical thinking and an awareness of both music history and current trends, you don’t have to be the next Hans Zimmer to make a living out of it.

You can make music for websites, independent film studios, local theatrical performances, art expositions and more.

It’s useful to have connections with broadcast networks or advertising agencies but you can still put your creations on specialized websites in order to have professionals to buy from you.

There are other careers in movie scoring than just composing.

Use your skills to become a music editor, copyist or sound designer.

Check out specialized Freelance websites like Freelancer or Upwork.


34. Make Music for Videogames

Video game composers write music scores by watching the game and create evocative music to bring emotions to the characters and happenings of the game.

Although it’s not required to be a professional music composer to be hired as a video composer, you must have a solid understanding of music theory and music scoring techniques.

You must have to ability to write any kind of genre and experience with video games is required.

Wake up, sync up computers with [the] latest game builds, eat breakfast, create music and sound until lunch, eat lunch, feel drowsy and haphazardly work, read and respond to email, make sure my team is doing what they are supposed to, repeat.

Chris Rockwood Video Game Composer


35. Jingle writing

Advertising agencies often employ musicians to compose melodies and songs for commercials for radio, television, podcasts or local advertising.

You can apply to jingle houses or jingle smart that look for talented people just like you or you can try to work as a freelancer on Fiverr, Upwork or Freelancer.


36. Voice over

”Voice-over is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative —is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theater, or other presentations. Wikipedia”.

You can apply for voice over jobs through specialized websites such as voices.comvoice bunny and Edge Studio

Or you can use freelancer websites such as Fiverr, Upwork or Freelancer to get hired for a voice over job. ( More on that later)


37. Become a Ghost Producer

Ghost Producers create a music production for a certain DJ without being credited for this creation. The track will be released under the DJ’s name.

Now, as you may know, I am not a huge defender of ghost producers as you may have read in my post.

But, some people don’t like to be in the spotlight and have a real passion for the creating music without wanting to become a Super Star Dj/ Producer.

If that’s your case and you can live with the idea of never being credited for your productions, ghost producing is definitely something to consider, especially if you are into EDM.

Make sure to check out these websites EDM Ghost production, DCC Studios and House of Tracks 


38. Audio Mastering and Mixing

Audio engineers can make a living by offering mastering and mixing services to clients.

There are plenty of ways for engineers to generate an income online and most engineers are able to live from their skills.

You can create songs, offer feedback on songs, make arrangements, do some basic mixing or offer full packages to your clients.

Creating tutorials, videos and writing a book to teach others can be a great way to get exposure and earn money.


39. Open an online Record Label

Opening a record label won’t be an easy task unless you have a degree in music business or if you don’t have serious connections in the music industry or with artists.

If do have some connections and you want to promote your own music, it’s a good way to get exposure but it might take some time to make money from it.

You need to establish your sound and presence, find artists and have a solid business plan.

If creating your own record label is something that you consider, you can have a look at this post, which gives an easy to follow overview of the steps to take to get started.


In the Real World! 

52 Creative Ways To Make Money As A Musician


If the online world isn’t really your thing, you can still make money as a musician the ‘old fashioned ‘ way.

New careers and opportunities open every day as the music industry is in constant progress.

New technologies appear almost every day and some non-traditional methods have emerged from the healing sector.


40. Become a Music Therapist

Music therapists use music to help people that are dealing with emotional, physical or social problems.

You can work in the private sector or as a freelance music therapist.

A Music therapist is an established health profession and you will need personal qualifications that include a genuine interest in people and a desire to help others empower themselves and a strong knowledge of music.


41. Become a music teacher in a school or association

You like to teach others but you are not too much into creating a video tutorial?

Becoming a music teacher can be the perfect job for you and it might be more rewarding for you to be face to face with your students.


42. Sponsorships

Music sponsorships include all musical types from classical to jazz to experimental.

Music sponsors provide a means by funding by which musicians may provide their audience with live performances while showcasing the best aspects of their talent with possibly millions of people who love the individual or group.

Music sponsors provide a means by funding by which musicians may provide their audience with live performances while showcasing the best aspects of their talent with possibly millions of people who love the individual or group.


43. Cruise ship entertainer

If you like traveling, you can use your experience as a musician or singer to find a job on a cruise ship.

There are a lot of jobs available for DJ’s, singers, and entertainers!


44. Become a Radio DJ

A couple of years ago I worked for a local dance radio station.

It was a lot of fun and even though I hardly got paid for it, it opened doors for me!

I met a lot of interesting people and I got hired to be the lead voice in a house music track.

Gaine some experience and exposure by starting to work for a local radio station and who know, you might just find your path into the world of radio animation on a bigger scale!


45. Become a DJ

If you are an electronic producer, the easiest way to get your music noticed is by being becoming a DJ/ Producer.

You will gain money as a DJ but even better, you will be able to play your own creations and get your music get noticed.


46. Participate at a Music Contest

While you might not always make money by winning a music contest, you can make a chance to win a price such as Music Production software to build your home studio and make a name in the industry.

It’s also a great way to share your productions and get more skilled as you produce music for a contest.


47. Go out and make connections 

Hang out at local music stores, go to events, parties and try to meet the right people.

By getting out there you might just meet the right people to maybe connect or collaborate with later.


48. Perform for parties, at small clubs

Get your music out there and spread it to the world!


50.Listen to music

Some websites pay you to listen to music.

You won’t get paid a lot but if you are working at home or if you can have access to streaming websites, you can put the music on and just get paid to listen to your favorite genre.

Try Musicray or radio loyalty !


51. Perform a Street Act

Now I see you think … but a good street act can make you make more money than your think.

I live in Barcelona, where street acts are everywhere. Some are even paid by the city to perform in metro stations or on the streets.

And… good street acts are often filmed and put on Youtube!


52. Crowdfunding campaigns

Crowdfunding campaigns can be a great way to raise money for their projects.



First I’d like to thank you thank you for reading my post.

Since I started making money with music online, I had this blog post idea in mind, so that I could use my experience and research into helping others achieve the same.

We, musicians, are not made for boring 9 to 5 jobs, let’s admit it ( and who is anyways)!

When I first started to look for opportunities for musicians and music producers, I never thought that I would manage to quit my job and be able to earn a living from home.

I used some of the methods above but not all of them of course.

It’s up to you to find out which of these ways to make money as a musician suits you the best!

I like to write, I like to learn and I can spend hours doing online research so was looking for a way to share my creativity and experience to help others.

Since I wanted to use my skills to help others, creating a website was the most obvious direction to take for me and affiliate marketing the best way I found to monetize this website.

Discovering Wealthy Affiliate has definitely changed my life! 

And it could change yours too!

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52 creative ways to make music as a musician


I am using several methods to make money from music but creating a website and share my knowledge is the way that fulfills me the most!

I would say that the fastest way to make money, would be through Freelance websites such as Fiverr, Udemy, and Upwork.

I am doing some freelance jobs on Upwork ( which are not directly music related but bring a steady income from home) and I have some gigs on Fiverr.

So, whatever it is you decide to go for, don’t think it’s not possible not make money from your music skills but it IS possible!

The 6 best Studio Monitors on a Budget

The 6 Best Studio Monitors on a Budget
The 6 Best Studio Monitors on a Budget

While Studio Monitors are an essential part of your home studio set up, they don't have to kill your budget.

The best studio monitors must be able to deliver that neutral sound that you need for mixing your tracks.

They should be able to deliver a balanced and natural spectrum response, low distortion and superior stereo imaging.

And of course, you'd like to add some clear midranges, a tight bass and crisp highs...

Now, you might think that finding cheap studio monitors that offer all those features is impossible ?

So, you keep on mixing with your headphones .... 

But, even the best studio headphones, can not reproduce frequencies at the exact response rate as studio monitors and you can't exclusively rely on them.

You will also lose stereo balance when mixing down your tracks with headphones and you will eventually have to make corrections with your monitors.

​Now, I have some good news for you!

Some Studio Monitors do offer all those features and they will not ruin your budget!

Find your best match from The 6 best Studio Monitors under $100 to max $200!

Mackie CR Series CR3

Great quality for an affordable price!

Compact and lightweight, these versatile monitors deliver clear, crisp and natural sound.

Lacking some low-end​

M-Audio AV32

M-Audio AV32

Great value for multi-media purposes

Detailed sound, clear crisp highs and tight accurate bass.

​Less adapted for music production.

Behringer ms16 studio monitors

Behringer MS16

Do price and size matter?

Cheap and compact self-powered monitors.

Not ideal for mixing purposes

Presonus Eris e4.5 Review

Presonus Eris e4.5

The Top of low budget monitors!

Great value high definition studio monitors for a clear, neutral sound and punchy bass!

Lacking some low-end​

JBL LSR305 studio monitor


The right sound@The right price

Most accurate sound for price range!

Impressive sound quality and excellent stereo imaging.

  KRK Rokit 5

Music Producer's favorite! And mine..

Optimized, rich and defined stereo imaging.

Clear mid-ranges, high, crisp highs​ and tight bass.

Any questions? Or maybe you want to add YOUR FAVORITE to the list?

Please, feel free to leave a comment below!

And don't hesitate to spread the word!

118 Free Big Room Samples that will blow your speakers!

Free Big Room Samples

Looking for Free Big Room Samples? I got just what you are looking for! 118 FREE Big Room Samples that will BLOW your SPEAKERS… and annoy your neighbors!

I created this Sample Pack because, when I started out, I was looking all over the web to find some Free Sounds, acapella’s, Samples and Sample Packs.

Although I discovered some great websites where to get Sample packs, most of them were not free and finding awesome, Royalty Samples could quickly become an expensive matter!

For this reason and also because I know that starting out is quite difficult, I decided to give away 1 of the sample packs I have created just for you and FREE TO DOWNLOAD!

Download here


Free Big Room Samples Video Preview

Listen here! All the samples are included in the Sample Pack! ( Youtube video preview below)

Or watch the video:

10 Kicks

8 Claps/ Snares

10 Hats

9 Dry Basslines

9 Wet Basslines

5 Sub Bas

22 Leads

2 Guitars

14 Percs

9 FX

2 Backings

9 Loops

6 Additives

3 Vocal Glitches

How to get them?

There are 2 simple ways to get instant access to your Free Big Room Samples!

  1. Watch my Youtube Video Preview and click on the download link in the description!
  2. Click on this link ! Just enter your email and a download link will be sent directly to you ( no spam! )
  3. Download your 118 Free Big Room samples
  4. ENJOY!

Or Click on the button!

Download here


Yes, it’s THAT easy!

I hope you will enjoy your free big room samples and I am looking forward to hearing the results.

Post your creations in the comment section below and you might be receiving a bonus price!

Feel free to like and share my post AND Youtube video so others can enjoy my gift!

The 8 best websites for free sound effects

The 8 best websites for free sound effects


Are you looking for free sound effects to use for video editing, game design, movie score or to spice up your music productions? You are at the right place! Discover

Discover The 8 best websites for free sound effects.

Freesound. org

I spoke about this website in my previous article The best acapella websites .

Free Sound is a collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for musicians and sound lovers.

You can browse, upload and share free sounds like percussions, FX, Loops, nature and outdoor sounds and about every possible sound you can imagine completely for free!

They recently launched a new FreeSound-side called Freesound Labs.

Freesound Labs is a directory of  apps, projects, hacks, and other initiatives that use content from Freesound or use the Freesound API.

Sound Bible offers free sound clips and Royalty Free sound in wav. and MP3 format for video editors, movie scores, game designers and musicians.

A few popular sounds are fight sounds, car sounds, animal sounds, gun sounds, wind sounds,… You can find absolutely anything!

With more than 140.000 sound effects, Audio Jungle is probably one of the 8 best websites for free sound effects and has the biggest choice of sounds effects.

Not all of them are free though and most of them are uploaded by users to resell and prices can vary from 1 to 5 $.

They do have a large choice of Sound packs in about any genre and for any purpose. From classical to ambient and from Funk to Rock!

Recently they added music kits to their library and they also offer logos and idents and sound effects like nature sounds domestic sounds, …

Why do I add it to my list if it’s not free? 

Well first of all because of the huge amount and tiny price of their sounds but also because you can sell your own sounds on Audio Jungle.

If you have some experience in creating sounds or if you are a music producer you can make some money by uploading your sounds and your profile will be  viewed by thousands of other people!

The 8 best websites for free sound effects

The 8 best websites for free sound effectsThe 8 best websites for free sound effects

Audio Micro is a stock music and sound effects library that offers 174,739 royalty-free stock music tracks from Grammy-winning artists, sound effects and loops packs.

Some are free and some are not but you will definitely find what you are looking for and for any purpose. You can subscribe from prices starting at 14,95 $ a month up to 199,95 $ a month but their free library is big enough for anybody that is looking for some free sounds.

You can subscribe from prices starting at 14,95 $ a month up to 199,95 $ a month.

They have clients such as Microsoft and Discovery Channel which is a god indicator about the quality that you can expect from Audio Micro.

One of the most up-to-date libraries of professional high definition sound effects available today, Free SFX offers almost every imaginable sound effect from its extensive collection.

They offer individual sound effects, downloadable packs, and HD drives packed full of cutting edge sounds.

They work together with free sound effect contributors such as


Audio Micro ( see above)

Blastwave FX

! I didn’t add those websites to The 8 best websites for free sound effects ( except for Audio Micro ) because they are not free but make sure to check them out anyways as they do have a huge choice of sounds that you might not find elsewhere.

Flashkit offers  an ever growing list of shareware and freeware Sound FX for downloads such as free sounds and sound loops.

They have other products as well such as banners, cartoons, screensavers, e-cards,mp3 and flash track versions of all effects as well!

Powerful searching, excellent organisation and easy real-time previews make this the most advanced Sound FX download site on the net! mp3 and flash track versions of all effects as well!

Partners in Rhyme has a large collection of Royalty free music and sound effects in different categories and genres that can be used in audio or visual applications such as music tracks, games, movies and video edition.

Acoustica doesn’t have a huge library of free sounds but the sounds are free and you will be able to find some interesting free sound effects to use for any purpose.


More Resources!

Need more Sounds, acapella’s, loops, samples and sample packs?

Make sure to check out my posts:

And discover the 10 best websites for Loops, samples and sample packs!

The 7 best websites for free acapella’s.

Spice up your productions and add a little extra touch to your tracks for free!


I hope you liked The 8 best websites for free sound effects?

I am sure you will enjoy those resources for sounds, acapella’s, loops and samples and I wish you all the best with whatever purpose you need them for!

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Sonar 2016 lineup – Europe’s best electronic music festival

Sonar 2016 lineup

Days are getting longer and summer will be back in no time!

It’s time to prepare yourself for 1 of the best electronic music festivals in the world… I am talking about Barcelona’s favorite, Sonar festival!

Again, you won’t be disappointed by Sonar 2016 lineup! Artists like Santigold, Richie Hawtin, Jean-Michel Jarre, Laurent Garnier, Flume and David August have been confirmed and we just can’t wait to dance our asses off!

A little history for those not familiar with Sonar. Sonar festival was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by  It’s an advanced and progressive music festival that has grown as one of electronic music aficionado’s favorite festivals and became an absolute reference for international festivals.

It’s divided in 2 locations, Sonar by Day, located in Fira Montjuic and Sonar by Night, at the Fira Gran Via de l’Hospitalet and this year’s date are the 16th, 17th and 18th of June.


Sonar 2016 lineup

Sonar by Day

Thursday 16th of June

jamie woon
bob moses
kenny dope
king midas sound & fennesz
lady leshurr
the black madonna
david august (live band)
james rhodes
tuff city kids
nicola cruz
field by martin messier
acid arab
gazelle twin: kingdom come
and more…

Friday 17th of June

roots manuva
john grant
section boyz
matias aguayo
magic mountain high
kode9 x lawrence lek present the nøtel
ata kak
danny l harle
soft revolvers by myriam bleau
dawn of midi
and more…

Saturday 18th of June

oneothtrix point never
yung lean
congo natty feat congo dubz + tenor fly + nãnci & phoebe
ed banger house party: busy p + para one + boston bun
ivy lab
club cheval
raster noton 20 presents: 
alva noto,cyclo (carsten nicolai + ryoji ikeda),byetone
and more…


Sonar by Night

Friday 17th of June

jean-michel jarre

james blake
richie hawtin
anohni: hopelessness
four tet (7h set)
the martinez brothers
ben ufo b2b helena hauff
john talabot
dvs1 & rødhåd
kerri chandler
mano le tough
angel molina
hot shotz (powell + lorenzo senni)
mind against
red axes
intergalactic gary
soichi terada
and more…

Saturday 18th of June

new order

fatboy slim
boys noize
laurent garnier (7h set)
dj ez
paco osuna
ben klock
melé & monki’s nrg flash
mura masa
krysko & greg lord
and more…


Sonar 2016 lineup

Get tickets!  Don’t wait to get your tickets at a special price!

Sales end 13th of June!

Check out the Sonar Official website for more info like concerts and dj’s, news, how to get there and much more!



See you there!

Ghost producers list – the shocking truth about your favorite producers

Ghost producers list

The EDM scene and it’s ‘puppets’… Not only are they producing crappy music that brings the electronic music industry into shame, but their most famous and best-selling producers are just as full of s***t as the EDM industry itself. And I have a ghost producers list to prove it!

It’s been years now that we have to endure the rise of pseudo-music producers with their redundant big room sounds and other ear damaging bass drops.

In addition to damaging our ears and brains, they even got the guts to lie to their fans! Enough is enough!

The EDM industry is lying to us and people deserve to know the truth!

When I see people like Like Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on the number 1 position of DJ Mag’s top 100 of 2015 and that the top 10 exists essentially of pseudo producers that have never written a track of their lives, it just makes me want to throw up…

These people that are considered the best DJ’s in the world  don’t even produce their own crap! ‘You gotta be kidding me!’

I think it’s clear that I am using EDM in the pejorative sense since they forced us to accept this term to design the most awful music that has ever been generated by mankind.

Long gone is the time when EDM stood for Electronic Dance Music … now it’s just a term to design Electronic Music’s most unrespected and hated genre in the electronic music scene. 

I am not trying to be a Major Music Snob here but people that listen to EDM clearly have never listened to quality electronic music before.

Maybe they don’t care about the music or they are too wasted to even make a difference… anyways, the reasons why someone would listen to EDM go way beyond my understanding.

The fact is that the industry has pushed it so hard to make you believe that it’s crap is good that some people even started to believe it…

Anyways, before my emotions and hatred towards EDM take over, let’s get back to the real subject here…

You have been sold lies by puppets in the hands of the EDM industry for too long now…’

It’s time to unravel EDM’s dirty secrets once and for all!  


What the music industry doesn’t want you to know

Ghost producers listBefore we dig deeper into the world of ghost producing, let me explain to you what ghost producing is.

It’s pretty simple.  ‘Artists’ use known or unknown producers to make their tracks and they get all the credit for it while the real artists only get a financial compensation for their work ( sometimes less than 100 $!) but are never mentioned in any way to have even participated in the making of that track.

An unethical  marketing strategy that worked quite well before a Ghost producers list has been tweeted by Mat Zo (and almost cost him his career!).

The list revealed some of the biggest names in the music industry such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki.

The revelation of Ghost producing created a snowball effect the electronic music scene and more names have been revealed since. Most of them being the best paid Star Dj’s in the world.

Now, what really hits me is that the ones using ghost producers are just the ones selling the most ‘easy’ music to make…

How can you claim to be 1 of the world’s best-paid DJ’s if you are not even capable of creating a beat or a melody in a DAW?

Ok, DJ-ing and producing are two separate things but where is the passion for music if you are not even responsible for the s****t you are selling us?!

So without further ado, let me present you the list of EDM puppets that have been lying to us for too long. (I am sure this is only a fraction of what’s really happening there but it’s a start)


The Ghost Producers list

David Guetta: Joachim Garraud

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DVBBS, Danny Avila, Quintino: Maarten Vorwerk

Tiesto: Dennis Waakop Reijers and team

Diplo, Major Lazer: Derrek Allen

Armin Van Buuren: Benno De Goeij

Steve Aoki: Justin bates

Benny Benassi: Alessandro Benassi

Nervo: Zrog

Quintino: Laidback Luke

R3HAB: Fabian Lenssen

Quintino, Sander Kleinenberg, Marc Benjamin: Thomas Helsloot

Borgeous, DVBBS, Carnage: Niles Hollowell-Dhar ( KSHMR)


And the list will probably grow…

When DJ Mag asked producers to give their opinion about ghost production, 67% of the winners said they had no problem with it.

Funny thing is that most of them are the same ones that use ghost producers, so no wonder they don’t have a problem with it … but none of them confessed, though.

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike #1:

“There seems to be a lot of confusion around the topic. Sometimes artists get help in mixing, songwriting or additional production; it’s not exclusive to electronic music or any other genre for that matter. Ultimately, if that extra pair of hands makes the final sound of the record better, then it’s in everybody’s best interest to go down that avenue. But what’s important is clarity around how that collaboration works, and everybody involved properly credited and paid for their efforts.”

David Guetta #6:

“There’s a big difference between having ‘ghost producers’ or working as a team. It’s totally cool to work as a team and everyone should be credited. And paid. Bit like being in a band.” 

Steve Aoki #10:

“I don’t really have a problem with it so much…”

The truth revealed

This revelation hasn’t been bad for everyone because some Ghost producers could finally express themselves openly about it.

Ghost producing platforms like and  even gained in popularity.

Ghost producers list

Recently, Maarten Vorwerk, the ghost producer behind Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike’s hit tracks has written a book about music production tips. Small revenge I’d like to say….

Did you ever hear of the guy? Probably not! He is the mastermind behind some of the bestselling Beatport singles since 2011 and has never left the charts since.


Others are starting to give interviews and it became clear that Ghost Producing has been around for a LONG time and that most people don’t even seem to care.

An argument that some list in the debate around Ghost producing is that Ghost Producing exists outside EDM.

Artists like Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have never written a song of their lives. Ok, I get it but we don’t ask them to do so…

Isn’t that a false debate?

Those people are ‘entertainers of the pop industry’. Everybody knows how it works there and only a few pop artists are capable of writing, signing and producing at the same time.

You will never ask them to master a song would you? Why would we even ask them to even do so?

If you read some interviews you will learn that most of the Ghost producers never produced Dubstep, Techno, Minimal or Electronica because that would be much too complex to do and they just never are asked to… What a surprise!

Let me make things clear. I have nothing against the people that are actually doing the Ghost producing.

I mean, I could easily be a Ghost producer for someone if they asked.

Some people don’t like to be in the spotlight and have a real passion for the creating music without wanting to become a Super Star Dj/ Producer.

Another thing is that some people are great at composing but suck at mixing and mastering. In that case, it is ok to call for someone to master the song for you as long as it is only a phase of the process, that’s just fine.

What makes me so angry are the lies that they are selling us! Where is the time when the Electronic Music scene still meant something?!

Not only do I hate the commercializing of EDM and the bad name EDM has given to the Electronic Music Scene but it also destroyed our underground nucleus of sincerity and the real passion for music that our little scene had before they destroyed it with their ‘Big Money making machines and other crap’


‘Their Big Money making machines destroyed what the Electonic Music Scene is all about ‘


What’s your opinion?

I can already see some of you frown their eyebrows. Do You disagree with what I said? that’s OK!

I’d like to hear your opinion on Ghost producing!

If you have something to add ( maybe a name or 2 to add to my Ghost producers list )

Or you are Ghost Producer yourself and you think I am telling crap,…

Or you like David Guetta and you feel like you should support him…?!

Feel free to open a discussion or debate in the comment section or in my forum 

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The best acapella websites – Spice up your productions!

The best acapella websites

You want to spice up your productions with some uplifting vocals or a capellas but you don’t know how to sing? No problem, most of your favorite artists are auto-tuned anyways … No, seriously, there are some great ways to make even the worst singer have the voice of an angel but if you have no time to lose with using some expensive software to make you sing like the latest winner of ‘The Voice’, there are plenty of options left! let’s have a look at The best acapella websites and let’s find you some Royalty free, uplifting and professional vocals and a capellas to give your productions the little extra touch that they are missing! And… most of them are free!

If you are not sure what an a capella is, I invite you to read my post: ‘What is an a capella‘.


The best acapella websites


The best acapella websites

My personal favorite! Probably one of the easiest to use and 1 of the best acapella websites in the list.

Why? Because the samples, sounds and a capellas have been uploaded by users themselves and are completely free and no adds!


  • You can discover some great unknown talent in about any possible genre. Besides acapellas, you can find loops and samples, software and VST’s, complete tracks, beats and mixes.
  • The only thing to do is register and download in 1 simple click!
  • The easy to use search engine allows you to choose by member, by keyword, tempo, genre, male or female, vocal style and even auto-tune.
  • You can put your own samples to get feedback on your music


  • Quality depends because the samples are uploaded by users, some bad surprises sometimes…

The best acapella websites
 offers high quality and free a capellas in mp 3 format. They have a huge library of the most popular artists and songs of the moment and some classics in about any genre. From madonna to Sia, from Muse to AC/DC and from 50 cent to Pitbull, they really have plenty!


  • Their library is huge! You will be able to find about any a capella you want from top artists and famous songs
  • About any genre is represented. Alternative, Electronic, Hip-Hop, Metal, Pop, R’nB, blues, disco, jazz
  • Top notch quality in MP 3 format


  • You can’t listen to them right away and it’s a long road of annoying adds before you finally get to have a listen to it.
  • The adds! They warn you to be tolerant on adds and I guess that is the price to pay to get free a capellas. When you click on the download button, you first get 4 sec of adds before you can continue, when you press ‘skip this add’ you get another 4 seconds and then again 5 seconds before you finally listen and download your a capella. That makes at least 3 adds for each a capella …  even your ad blocker won’t work, so you better be tolerant and patient.
  • Royalty free? 1 question I ask myself is if the a capellas are really Royalty free. It’s not mentioned anywhere and I can’t imagine how you can possibly use a capellas from famous artists just like that. I did some research but didn’t find anything and  tried to click on ‘rules’ but nothing will open.



The best acapella websites




Acapallas 4 u has been on for a while now and is supported by famous DJ’s, producers and remixers. Acapellas4u offers  a wide range of free acapellas, vocals,  loops, samples and DJ tools.


  • They have a very large library with more than 30.000 acapellas, dj tools and vocals
  • You can upload your own stuff!
  • You can support artists by buying their tracks on Amazon (or whatever place they are selling or promoting it)


  • The layout is absolutely horrible and navigation even worse. It’s really difficult to find your way and it doesn’t look professional at all.
  • You are allowed (only) 30 downloads in 30 days. Not sure if this is really a ‘con’ because 30 is already enough I guess, but I don’t like restrictions
  • You need to view an add before downloading ( not as intrusive and again, it’s the price to pay)
  • Audio previews, a capellas per artists and BPM data are only available if you are in the ‘forum supporters’ group or you need to upgrade and give a donation.

The best acapella websites
 is rather new but they are one the most fast-growing websites for a capellas. They have already built up a solid library of free a capellas and it’s growing strong!


  • Although the site is quite new, they have a library of more than 2000 a capellas and this is growing every day
  • A capellas are available for free download


  • You need to get pro to preview.
  • The filter menu is quite basic ( only bpm and key filters). You can find a capellas per artist through the search menu but not per genre, gender,…
  • On the second download page, I couldn’t find the download button right away. It is a greyish button that doesn’t really catches your attention. (but ok, this is small issue, I admit)


Free Vocals

the best acapella websites




Free Vocals is a bit different than the previous websites in the way that they work together with professional vocalists and even though some are free, the majority is not.

The a capalles are licenced but not sold as a matter. That means that you will need to sign a licence and agree to some terms and conditions. You pay, not for the ‘product’ itself, but to get the copyright of the track and publishing writer percentages go to the artist or vocalist.


  • The a capellas are professional and of outstanding quality performed by vocalists
  • You can upload your productions ( for non-profit promotion)
  • Great if you are looking for unique, quality samples


  • The whole paperwork behind the licence agreement and copyright.
  • You must obtain permission from the website to feature the vocalist’s name in the title.
  • Limited choice of free, Royalty free vocals.
  • Although the name of the website is ‘Free Vocals’, it’s not completely free
  • Samples are not Royalty free 8 see terms and conditions)


Acapella heaven

the best acapella websites





The idea behind Acapella heaven is to bring creative people together. Artists and vocalists are submitting their tracks to the website and are exchanging services. As a producer, you need to submit your material and it has be approved by the songwriter and their agent.


  • New formula, a great way for songwriters to get heard.
  • The opportunity to work together with professional vocalists and get exclusive material


  • Not free! You need a full membership to use their service. Gold, bronze and silver membership are quite expensive
  • A lot of restrictions when you are not Gold

The best acapella websites
 is a music platform where musicians, vocalists and DJ’s , producers or remixers work together. they also have free a capellas and samples. You can get instant access to music for film, video games, video projects, podcasts,…


  • A great way to connect with other musicians. You can ‘work’ together with more than 45ooo artists from all around the world. Create samples for remixes, remix tracks and  use samples and a capellas into your own creations.
  • You can promote your creations on the website and get votes.
  • They have great events such as remix events and the big summer music fest.
  • You can licence Royalty free music for commercial projects


  • None, it’s a really cool website


Bonus! A cool website with some free sounds just for You!

Free Sound

The best acapella websites




Free Sound is a collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for musicians and sound lovers.

Not really specific to a capellas for they offer some great sounds to use in your productions and you can upload your own samples, sounds, FX and vocals.


More sounds, samples and sample packs?

Royalty Free loops and samplesIf you are looking for more free sounds, samples and sample packs, make sure to check ‘Royalty free loops and samples ‘ with the 10 best websites for loops, samples and Sample packs. 

Check out here



Voila… that’s it!

I know I had trouble finding quality acapellas and vocals when I started out so I hope you can use this and it will be a time saver to find the best acapella websites.

Make sure to always check out for Licence agreements and copyrights so that you don’t get yourself in trouble when you finished and released the track! It happened to more producers than you think, so be careful and always check out for Royalty Free material!

Also, make sure to use them the right way. Read more


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The best Vengeance sample packs

The best Vengeance sample packs

If you are a music producer, you must have heard of the award-winning Vengeance Sample Packs and plugins. Vengeance provides the most downloaded sample packs and are used by producers all over the world! Producers like Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Sebastian Ingrosso, Jean Michel Jarre or David Guetta can’t be wrong when it comes to quality. So let’s check out what are the best Vengeance sample packs and take your productions to the next level with some professional Vengeance sounds!


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Armin Van Buuren

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(*) Taken from Vengeance testimonials 


The best Vengeance sample packs


Vengeance essential house ( vol 4)

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Essential House 4  is the most acclaimed of the Essential House series! The pack contains more than 3000 electro, funky house and disco funky sounds.

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Vengeance essential Deep House offers  2450 sounds that will take your DeepHouse, Minimal and future house production to the next level!

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Vengeance Electro essentials ( vol 3)

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The third edition of Vengeance Electro essentials is a collection 1,2 GB or more than 2400 fresh electro sounds.

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Vengeance essential Dubstep ( vol 2 )

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Vengeance essential dubstep vol 2 offers 2700 brute samples that will make the day of any Dubstep producer!

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Vengeance total Dance Sounds ( vol 3) 

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