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It’s an ever-growing list of the best online tools for independent musicians. I’ll be adding new tools as I discover them and you’re invited to contribute as well.
If you’re currently using any tools that aren’t on the list, let us know in the comments.
Here are the online tools I currently use as an independent musician:
Auddly was founded by singer-songwriter/music producer Max Martin.
You probably haven’t heard of Max, but that’s understandable. He’s worked with some of the most notable artists in the music industry such as Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift just to name a few.
You might already know that music producers usually don’t get much recognition…
Well, maybe the creation of Auddly will change that for Max!
The “song data hub” referred to as Auddly is becoming one of the most important online tools for independent musicians. Why’s that?
In essence, this platform allows you to upload unlimited audio files in the form of…
Once you create a “song” through Auddly, it creates a page where you can upload multiple versions of that same song.
It’s also possible to tag your songs with different statuses:
- In Creation
That makes it SUPER easy to keep track of your music catalog’s growth.
It would technically be possible to achieve something similar with your computer’s file system, but it wouldn’t be as simple and besides…
Auddly essentially provides unlimited storage to backup your audio files.
It’s also really nice to have everything in one place.
However, the online platform provides MUCH more functionality than your computer.
For example, the main attraction of Auddly is the ability to collaborate with other songwriters/music producers and to facilitate exchanges with publishers/labels.
In other words, Auddly becomes the central hub for all of your collaborations.
You can invite others to work on your project and another MAJOR feature is the ability to register song splits BEFORE release. That’ll potentially save you LOTS of headache.
Auddly is becoming more and more “official” by the day, so it’s also a great place to create records for your intellectual property.
It’s much better than simply keeping everything on your hard drive, that’s for sure!
It also serves as a great “buffer” between the creative process and the marketplace.
Oh, did I forget to mention that Auddly is 100% free for artists? Check it out!
So, you hired a graphic designer on Fiverr to design your album artwork.
That didn’t work out as you expected, now did it?
If you were to hire a professional graphic designer, it wouldn’t be cheap. That’s especially true if you release music often (maybe in the form of singles).
I’m not saying you need to learn how to design, but there’s a better way!
Canva is an online graphic design tool that makes it SUPER easy for the complete beginner to design something that doesn’t look too bad.
There’s the possibility of subscribing to have access to more features, but everything you need is included with the FREE plan.
I personally used Canva when I first got started, but I eventually upgraded.
I now used Affinity Designer by Serif, but that’s because I actually enjoy designing.
If you just want to create something simple and do it quickly, Canva is still your best bet. It’s also connected to multiple FREE royalty-free stock image websites, so you’ll have some ammo.
Just in case you can’t find what you’re looking for, here’s where you can find assets:
These websites are FREE and can be used commercially.
So, that’s why I nominated Canva as one of the best online tools for independent musicians. Doing everything yourself is part of the job, so get used to it!
When you get rich and famous, you can think about hiring a professional!
TuneSat is another VERY important online tool for independent musicians.
It’s especially if you’re licensing your music for TV and film.
In essence, TuneSat scans the “airwaves” and monitors hundreds of TV channels. By uploading your audio files, TuneSat creates digital fingerprints for reference.
It’s almost identical to YouTube Content ID, but for TV.
The only downside is that TuneSat won’t actually make any claims for you. The platform will generate reports for you so you can cross-reference with your actual royalty statement, but you’ll need to contact your PRO yourself if you catch any anomalies.
It’s just a tool to assist independent musicians in tracking their placements.
Mistakes DO happen, so it’s essential to have these insights.
Most PROs don’t provide detailed analytics of your earnings and you’ll only have access to them on a quarterly basis (when your royalties are paid out).
That’s why TuneSat can also be a useful tool to monitor your progress.
The reports are updated pretty frequently, so you’ll have lots of control.
TuneSat is freemium, but only up to 50 uploads. You’ll also be limited to 50 detections per month which is more than enough if you’re just starting to get placements.
Once you start paying your bills with sync licensing though, maybe it’ll be time to add TuneSat’s premium plan to your tab.
I’ll let you decide when and if it’s worth it!
Summary: Online Tools for Independent Musicians
I hope you discovered something NEW today.
I’ve done my research and not many people are talking about these platforms, so I knew it was my duty to spread the word.
I know how excited I was when I found out about these online tools.
If you feel the same, please share your thoughts in the comment section! Which of these online tools for independent musicians do you prefer?
Also, don’t forget to make some recommendations of your own.
Thanks for reading, until next time!