Music software

How to… produce music for free in lockdown

Make the most of your time spent inside with these free to use music production programmes.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 21 Apr 2020
  • min read

The UK is in its fifth week of lockdown and the novelty of baking banana bread and lasagnes on rotation is likely to have worn off. But that’s not to say there isn't still time to develop some, arguably more beneficial, skills.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, a wealth of music and tech companies have made their software free to use during this period, and what better time to get stuck in?

Whether you’re a determined future-producer or just fancy trying your hand at making a track, we’ve highlighted our five favourite, free to use, music making tools.

Ableton Live

Ableton recently extended their free trial period by 60 days meaning you now have around three months to try before you buy.

So, if learning to produce has been on your bucket list for a while, now’s the time to make your move.

The free trial will allow you to use the full version of the software, including saving and exporting your work. Plus, if you head over to YouTube, you'll find beginners tutorials in abundance. Check out this one by Collective Intelligence if you don't know where to start. 

Download Ableton Live.

Logic Pro X

For the first time in its history, Apple have made Logic Pro X free to trial for 90 days.

The full download, with all the content, is now available to try and it requires no special accounts, passwords or serial numbers.

If you’re feeling particularly productive, you could accompany your musical creations with some visuals using the free trial for Final Cut Pro X.

Download Logic Pro X.

Minimoog Model D Synthesizer

The Minimoog Model D app is a mobile transmutation of the world’s first portable synthesizer, the Minimoog Model D, and it’s free for a limited time.

In addition to emulating the original Minimoog’s sound, character and features, the app offers a bank of over 160 presets, a polyphonic playing mode, a powerful arpeggiator and a stereo delay effect.

This really is a steal when you consider that the hardware version will set you back a few thousand pounds.

Download the Minimoog for iOS.


Endless is a free-to-use music studio with built in drums, synths, fx and much more.

Easy to get started for the novice electronic musician with boundless opportunities for the seasoned creative.

Better yet, Endless lets users collaborate with each other from across the world so you can jam online with friends, or with strangers.

Download Endless for free.

Roland Zen Beats

Roland, creators of iconic synthesisers and guitar effects, have made Zen Beats free for a limited time.

Zenbeats is a music creation app designed to keep you in an effortless artistic flow.

The Zenbeats store is packed with sounds, loops, and creative tools to expand your musical palette.

Download Zen Beats for free.