Trying to connect with creatives for an epic collab on your next project? Read this guide for a full breakdown of collaborating on music remotely.
Written by amuse
Whether you're on the road or just looking to work with creatives in a different city, there are many helpful tools designed to make collaboration easier.
To help you get started, we’ve combined seven of our favorite tools for remote collaboration — from sharing tracks and files to brainstorming melodies and broadcasting live performances across the world.
JamKazam is a service that lets musicians play music with other artists from their own homes. You can pre-record your performance by tracking or broadcasting the whole performance live. You can also use the platform as a collaborative rehearsal tool between bandmates because audio registers way faster between computers than other programs like Google Hangouts or Zoom, so you can play together in almost real-time.
SoundStorming is a social music app that lets artists upload song ideas, melodies or lyrics in their app (instead of Voice Memos on your phone) and share them with a global community of musicians. Artists can weigh in, give feedback, or even collaborate on your idea.
Pibox Music is an all-in-one collaboration app built with remote music collaboration in mind, with features like live chat, waveform commenting, file sharing, mix versioning, and a file system with statuses. The service also lets you upload remixed audio files easily for waveform review instead of sending emails back and forth between artists.
It is free to use and easy to start. Drag-n-drop your music file, invite collaborators by a link and collaborate smoothly.
Pibox is used daily by musicians, bands, mixing engineers, and music production teams daily to be productive and creative.
Soundtrap is the collaboration platform for making music online owned by our friends at Spotify. The DAW (digital audio workstation) can be accessed in any web browser or on mobile and includes pre-recorded loops, multitrack recording, software instruments, voice recording, and the ability to connect MIDI devices. The essence of Soundtrap is to give easy-to-use, collaborative, music-making capabilities to anyone, anywhere.
For those that are already Pro Tools users, you can hook up to Avid’s collaborative tool that enables multiple artists to contribute to the same Pro Tools project remotely. All you need is Pro Tools and an internet connection. Avid Cloud Collaboration is perfect for engineers who are locked out of their studio but need to work on a single project.
When you start a collab in Avid Cloud Collaboration, Pro Tools will automatically save your work and reopen it as a project in the cloud. The program also has a built-in chat feature that allows you to give feedback in real-time.
In a band with your family members or roommates? Ableton Link is an epic tool for any bandmates who want to play together remotely. You don’t need MIDI or USB cables or connections, and you don’t even need to have Ableton Live to be able to join in on the jam session. Check this one out if you’re planning a multi-instrument online performance, too.
If you're using Amuse to distribute your music, our Pro subscription offers several features that simplify the admin side of collaborating. Amuse Pro has features such as automatic royalty splits, team accounts, multi-artist profiles, quicker releases, and VIP (24-hour) support. Amuse Pro users can also distribute their music to social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
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