Useful online services for composers and musicians

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  • Soundcloud – Loads of people use Soundcloud nowadays to host their music and also to send people their music. Its turning into an industry standard (just like MySpace was years ago), and you can see why. The player is nothing short but beautiful compared to all other offerings, the community is welcoming and full of great people, and the pricing is very nice too. The free account gives you 120 upload minutes, and for €29 a month, you can get 240 minutes with a couple of cool extra features.
  • Music Library Report -Most composers are interested in selling their music online, if not at least to make a small income as a side hobby. MLR provides a directory of pretty much every single music library that’s currently out there, with each site being rated and commented on by actual composers selling on those sites. Also has some great discussions and interviews with library owners.
  • Dropbox – 2GB of free online storage, with up to 18GB that you can get on the free account (500MB per person you refer). Worth signing up for the free account at least, if to save a couple of DAW files!
  • Google Drive – A competitor to Dropbox, with a pretty sweet price plan. 10GB of free storage, and 25GB per month for $2.50 p/m.  Only downside is the upload speeds aren’t great.
  • Gobbler – From the website: “Gobbler is the backup, transfer, and organizational tool for managing audio project files and assets. Gobbler solves some of the most frustrating problems that musicians and producers face on a daily basis, without getting in your way or changing the way you work.” Its like Google Drive or Dropbox, but its geared towards composers/musicians and integrates directly with your DAW. Pretty sweet!
  • Tunesat – A fairly handy service for tracking your music on TV – they take audio fingerprints (screenshot of the waveform basically) of your music, then their system detects usages on hundreds of channels worldwide. If you have a couple of tracks that you know are being licensed for tv, its well worth it – I’ve made my money back on it already through usages that have gone unreported to my PRO.
  • RescuetimePretty useful online service for helping you focus during the day. It logs your productivity and provides you with a report at the end of the day/week. Pretty scary the first week when you look at your productivity, but it definitely gets better by using this! The Pro Account is totally worth it!
  • Bluehost Great web hosting for composers – unlimited space, domains, traffic/bandwidth. Nothing more to say here really – best hosting I’ve found.
  • ThemeforestIn this day and age, nearly everyone is trying their hand at some sort of web design, even composers. I know plenty of musicians who have made their own website, or at least made the basics from a template and then handed it off to a professional designer to finish it off. Themeforest has thousands of templates for HTML, WordPress, Joomla etc., all for around the $20 mark. Very handy!
  • CodeCanyonFor the more daring/advanced user, Codecanyon has loads of cool scripts, widgets and plugins for a whole host of online applications – for example social networking widgets and newsletter plugins.
  • We Transfer Handy for sending files to people that are 2GB or less.

What other services have you found online that are really handy that we should know about? Please let us know!…seriously – start typing in the box below…now! 😛

Written by: Emmett Cooke

Emmett Cooke is an Irish composer for film, tv and video games. His music has been used around the world by high profile companies including Sony Playstation, Ralph Lauren, ABC, CBS, NBC, Lockheed Martin and many more.

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