MEGA Cloud Storage Review: Get Free Storage And More

With over 180 million user accounts, 15GB to 50GB free cloud storage, and end-to-end encryption why isn’t MEGA a household name yet? Why aren’t they mentioned in the same breath as Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud, or Google Drive

We’re going to review MEGA Cloud Storage, what MEGA offers, and why it may be for you.

What Is MEGA Cloud Storage?

If you’re not sure what the cloud is, read our article, “What is The Cloud and How To Get The Most Out Of It?” and then come back. 

MEGA is a company located in New Zealand that provides free, freemium, and paid cloud storage services. Just like Microsoft’s OneDrive or Google Drive, MEGA provides space on their servers to store copies of your files. 

How Does MEGA Cloud Storage Work?

It’s as easy to sign up for a MEGA account as it is to sign up for any other online service. Once you’ve confirmed your account, you download and install a client app on your computer and tell it what folders to sync.

They have an app for every platform you can think of; iOS, Android, Windows, and even Linux. The app will make sure that your files have an exact copy in the cloud.

As you make changes to files locally on your computer, those changes will synchronize to the files in your MEGA cloud storage.

What’s The Difference Between MEGA And Others?

The first difference you’ll notice is that MEGA offers up to 50GB of free cloud storage. But there is a big asterisk next to that. The base amount you’ll get is still a generous 15GB whereas most other cloud services only offer 5GB for free. Perhaps the biggest difference is MEGA’s emphasis on data security

How Secure Is MEGA?

All security requires some trust in those providing it. MEGA has a shaky history due to its founder Kim Dotcom and his exploits. The original MEGA, known as MEGAUpload, was taken down by the US government in a controversial manner on charges of copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering, and wire fraud. Kim was involved in the resurrection of MEGA, but was divested of all involvement shortly thereafter.

That history still casts a shadow of doubt over the security of MEGA cloud storage. Although some of the people involved in the old MEGAUpload are still running MEGA, they are doing so with greater cooperation and oversight by the New Zealand government. MEGA operates in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) globally, not just in EU countries.

That goes a long way in separating the new MEGA from its shadier ancestor, MEGAUpload. But what about actual data security?

MEGA uses 128-bit AES encryption on all data transfers. The MEGASync application encrypts and decrypts your data as it leaves or enters your computer. All data stored on their physically secure facilities in New Zealand and servers are encrypted in the same way and cannot be viewed by MEGA as it is encrypted at the user’s device before it is uploaded. The encryption key to your MEGA data is only held by you.

Files on OneDrive and Google Drive are only encrypted if you encrypt them before uploading. Their sync apps just sync data. Apple has end-to-end encryption on data between its devices and iCloud, but Apple does hold the keys for anything on their iCloud. Meaning, Apple can decrypt your files.

MEGA also gives you the ability to use 2-factor authentication (2FA). Using an authenticator app like Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Duo Mobile, or Authy you’ll get a rotating 6 digit code. Every time you sign in to MEGA you enter your password and whatever the 6-digit code is at that time. 

MEGA goes a little bit further still. Metadata is a real security risk. Using metadata a person can find out a lot about you and your activities even though it doesn’t continue personal information. MEGA gives you the option to delete all local metadata when you log out. At this point, that’s about as secure as anything gets.

What Does MEGA’s Free Account Really Include?

To get the full 50GB of MEGA cloud storage you must complete a series of achievements. These are simple things, like downloading and installing the sync client, install the MEGA mobile app, and have friends sign up for MEGA.

The bonus space and transfer limits are also time-limited. Right now, you’ll get a 35GB storage bonus for signing up, but it expires in 30 days. The bonuses for installing the MEGASync app and mobile app expire after 180 days. Bonuses earned by friends signing up expire after 365 days.

The other thing to keep an eye on is that the data transfers are limited as well. How much you upload and download with MEGA is limited per month. With the achievements to earn storage, you also earn a higher transfer limit.

The MEGA service also comes with MEGAchat. MEGAchat is a text, voice, and video messaging app that utilizes the same end-to-end encryption as their data encryption. It functions in a manner similar to the Signal secure messaging app.

Is MEGA Worth Using?

Yes. The service is as easy to use as any other but more secure. For secure cloud back up of sensitive data, for free, MEGA is pretty much it. 

The paid versions are reasonably priced and expand your allotments to between 400GB and 16TB of secure storage. If having your files encrypted in the cloud is important to you, you need to check out MEGA cloud storage. Just be aware of the transfer quotas.

How to Track the Original Location of an Email via its IP Address

You’ve received an email and you want to figure out where it came from. At first glance, it seems impossible. There’s just an email address and that could have come from anywhere in the world. There’s no stamp, postage mark, or return street address like letter mail.

Email does have similar features to letter mail that most of us never see. One of them is an IP address that’s sort of like a street address. The challenge is to track an IP address from an email. 

Let’s look at how to view and read an email header first. This is also a good way to tell if an email is fake, spoofed, or spam.

How To Read An Email Header

With every email, there is an email header. Think of this as a sort of envelope that travels with the mail. It has the sender and recipient information, as well as information picked up along the way. It’s not obvious that the header is there and it can be difficult to read.

How To View An Email Header In Gmail

  1. At the top-right corner of the email, click on the three vertical dots. In the menu that opens, click on Show Original.
  1. On the page that opens, you’ll see the plain text version of the email at the bottom. All the odd text up to where the email content begins is the header.

How To View An Email Header In Yahoo Mail

  1. Near the top and middle of the email, click on the three horizontal dots. In the menu that opens, click View raw message.
  1. The window that opens will have the plain text version of the email. Everything right up to the body of the message is the header.

How To View An Email Header In Outlook.com

  1. At the top-right corner of the email, click on the three horizontal dots. Then click on View and then View message details.
  1. The Message details window will open, showing only the header of the email.

How To View An Email Header In Outlook

  1. First, open the message in its own window. Then click on File in the top-left corner.
  1. In the window that opens, click on the Properties button.
  1. Look at the bottom part of the Properties window when it opens, for the Internet headers section. The text in the box is the header.

How To Read An Email Header

The easiest way to read an email header is to use an online header analyzer. Some choices include Google’s GSuite Toolbox Messageheader or MX Toolbox’s header analyzer. We’ll use Google’s.

  1. Paste the header into the Messageheader tool (a) and click on Analyze the Header Above (b).
  1. The results will be displayed in order of hops through the internet, starting at 0 for the point of origin. In the example below, the IP address has been blurred out for privacy. To track an IP address from an email, this is the IP you would use to try to find the geographical origin of the email. It might also be there as a domain name.

How To Track An IP Address Location From An Email

There are several sites on which you can perform a whois search to track down an IP address location. A whois search is a search to find out who the owner of the domain name is or the IP address. Search for one that you like, but we’ll use Whois.com today.

  1. Enter the IP address or domain name from the header analysis results, and click on the WHOIS button.
  1. The results will come back with a lot of information. The Registrant Contact section will likely list the Name, Street, City, State/Province, Postal Code, and Country of the person or company that registered the domain name or owns the IP address.

What If The Domain Is Google, Yahoo Or Outlook?

When an email is sent from a free email service like Google, Yahoo, or Outlook, it won’t carry the IP address of the sender. It’ll just show the IP or domain name of Google, Yahoo, or Outlook. Of course, that could be thousands of miles from the sender’s actual location.

Check The Email Domain Name

The part after the @ symbol is the domain name of the sender. If it’s not @gmail.com, or @yahoo.com, or @outlook.com, it’s probably unique to that sender or their organization. The easiest thing to do is to put the domain name into a web browser and see if it shows you a website. If it does, check to see if that site has a mailing address on it.

Turn A Domain Name Into An IP Address

What if you have a domain name but no website to check? And the whois search hides their actual location? Try turning the domain name into an IP address and doing a whois search on that.

  1. Open the Windows Command Prompt.
  1. Enter the command <pre>ping domain.com</pre> where domain.com is the domain name taken from the header analysis. Press the Enter key. The first thing the command will do is convert the domain name into an IP address. Make note of that IP address and do a whois search on that.

What If I Still Can’t Find The Location?

Trying to track an IP address from an email is detective work. Work being the important part of that phrase. How much work you put into it depends on how much you want to know where the email came from. 

Keep trying different combinations of what we’ve gone through. Try different email header sites and whois search sites. Try just searching the entire email address and see if it’s associated with someone’s profile on a website. That might have their location. Maybe you’ll find a post from it in a forum. Sometimes forums will show what country a person is from. Get creative, you’re the detective!

14 Best Sites For Free Computer Programming Classes

Programming used to be about learning to make a program, but now it’s in everything. Data science, machine learning, web development, operations, systems administration…you name it.

We’ll take a look at the best computer programming classes and courses you can find online for free. These computer programming course sites are in no particular order. They’re all great.

Deciding which one is best isn’t for us to do. You need to decide what’s best for your career or hobbyist goals. All of them have at least one of the best programming languages to learn today. We’ll start with the ones you’re less likely to have heard of and add the more popular ones at the end.

Kaggle

If you’re headed in the direction of data science, Kaggle has a series of micro-courses that you’ll enjoy all leading to making you a data scientist. There’s a series of 14 classes, each about 5 to 10 lessons long. The best part, besides being free, is that you don’t need to install any software. 

All of your programming and testing is done right inside of a Kaggle Notebook. What better way to learn Python, SQL, Machine Learning and other data science skills?

Pros Cons Languages/Technology
In-browser coding exercises Only 15 courses Python
Condensed courses Limited to data science SQL
Progress meters TensorFlow
No ads Keras

Stanford University

Going to Stanford University isn’t free but their Stanford Engineering Everywhere (SEE) courses are. Published under a Creative Commons license, the SEE material is free and open for reuse. Check the CC license for details. 

Computer programming classes are done university-style and are quite in-depth. If you’re considering getting a degree in Computer Science but aren’t sure if it’s for you, doing these courses will sort that out.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
University quality Requires separate IDE Java
Creative Commons license Too formal for some Machine Learning
Videos and transcripts
Downloadable

Dash by General Assembly

General Assembly is an online learning service with mostly paid courses. But one course is predominantly featured and completely free. Dash is an entire course to get you started in web development

The learning path is done project-style using slideshows and Q&A forums. As you progress, you unlock skills as a reward, a lot like video games use. There are 5 projects and 1 side project that will help you unlock 82 different web development skills. 

While this won’t get you a higher-income job as a web developer, it will get you started as a hobbyist so you can develop those income-earning skills through more formal training.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Project-based Limited content HTML
In-browser coding Hobby level CSS
Q&A Forums JavaScript
JQuery

StudyTonight

If your learning style works well with lots of reading, StudyTonight is a good option. No matter what language you want to learn, there’s probably a course here for it. The courses and tutorials are text-heavy and thorough. A bit academic even. 

Computer programming classes will often go into the history of a language or technology to the point of laying out versions of it with notes. Although, StudyTonight does have a separate YouTube channel. You can learn to program with StudyTonight, but it might work best for people who are looking for resources in addition to their formal studies. It is ad-supported and that can be distracting. 

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
In-browser coding Ads can be distracting Java
College-level info Text-based C and C++
Android app CSS
YouTube Channel SQL
JavaScript
Python

JavaTPoint

JavaTPoint is in a similar vein to StudyTonight. There is a mountain of courses available in dozens of technologies and languages. There’s programming, DevOps, drafting, AI, blockchain, data mining, soft skills for technologists, and more. 

The courses are well organized, but this is also an ad-supported site. The ads are definitely distracting as a lot of them are animated. There are browser-based IDEs and even browser-based compilers. But if you can’t find a free course on something, you’ll probably find it here. 

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Well-organized content Distracting ads Too many to list
Huge range of courses Python
Browser-based IDE java
Browser-based Compilers PHP
Text and videos JavaScript
C++
C#
SQL

Mozilla

Mozilla is the organization that brings us Firefox and other web technologies. They’ve put together developer.mozilla.org to help people become web developers or hone their skills further. Or as Mozilla puts it, “Resources for developers, by developers.” 

It’s a well-organized, easy-to-read site that will take you from your very first HTML tag to front-end and back-end web development. Because it’s Mozilla, you’ll get their unique insight into why things should be done a certain way, too.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Major authority Limited to web development HTML
Browser-based IDE Mostly text-based CSS
Well laid-out Mozilla-centric JavaScript
Beginner to advanced Python / Django
Extensive resources node.js
Developer community

W3schools

Maybe the grandparent of all online web development courses, w3schools also claims to be the world’s largest web developer site. You’d be hard-pressed to find a web developer that didn’t learn something here. 

It’s also not limited to just web development. You can learn server-side technologies, classic programming languages like C++, and even how to develop with Raspberry Pi. The site is clean, there are lots of browser-based resources and anyone of any level can benefit. It is ad supported, but the ads aren’t as intrusive as some other sites.

Pros Cons Technologies
Well-respected None Too many to list
Browser-based IDE C++
HTML and CSS
Raspberry Pi

Google

No, we’re not saying just go search out stuff on Google. Google, like Mozilla, has a vested interest in training new developers and enhancing the skills of existing programmers. Unlike Mozilla, Google’s interests range far and wide from web development to AI and everything in between. 

There are a number of areas within the Google ecosystem where we can learn just about anything. There’s Google Digital Garage, Google for Education, Google Developers, Android Developers, and probably several others we missed. Get into Google and look around. If you want to learn something, they probably have a computer programming class on it.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Major authority Can be hard to find what you want Too many to list
Beginner to post-grad level Google-centric Kotlin
In-browser coding Python
Some free certifications AI
Flutter
HTML

Microsoft

If we’re going to list Google, we’re going to list Microsoft. Like Google, there’s a lot of different places in the Microsoft universe to find their free training. The best place to start is Microsoft Learning

The Microsoft Learn platform addresses everything from programming to systems administration to Office apps. So it can be a bit challenging to find what you’re looking for, but it is probably there. Learning is gamified by awarding XP (experience points) and virtual badges and trophies.

These are displayed on your Microsoft profile and can be shared through social media as a testament to the skills you’ve learned. Also, check out Microsoft’s Channel 9.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Microsoft authority Microsoft centric C#
Self-paced Requires separate IDE .NET
Can lead to certification Mostly text-based Python
Lots of code samples Sandbox on desktop only SQL
Free Azure sandbox Azure
Earn XP, Badges, Trophies GitHub

edX

Now we’re onto the big names in massive open online courses (MOOCs). Known for enabling people to get certificates and even degrees for more reasonable prices, MOOCs like edX also have a lot of free options.

Of course, the free options don’t get you a certificate or degree, but you might not need one. If you’re concerned about whether you could do well enough to earn the certificate, maybe do it as the free computer programming class first, then pay to convert it to a certificate.

The courses are led by world-class scholars from world-class schools. The style is a lot like lecture hall learning, but with more comfortable chairs.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
University-level courses Courses may require prior knowledge All of them
Degrees and certificates possible for a fee Degrees have prerequisites and an application process Python
Text and video mixed Java
Downloadable resources AI
Course forums Machine Learning
Android and iOS apps

Coursera

Very much like edX, but Coursera does have its own flavor. I’ve completed a few courses in both and did find there was some difference in the presentation style, even though both feature professors from some of the finest schools possible. 

My personal experience was that Coursera was a bit more informal than edX but your experience may vary. Again, you can complete certificates or entire degrees for a fee. Otherwise, the courses are free to take.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
University-level courses Courses may require prior knowledge All of them
Degrees and certificates possible for a fee Degrees have prerequisites and an application process Data Science
Text and video mixed AI
Some videos have subtitles in other languages Python
Downloadable resources C++
Course forums Ruby on Rails
Android and iOS apps

freeCodeCamp

As their site says, “Since 2014, more than 40,000 freeCodeCamp graduates have gotten jobs at tech companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, (and) Spotify.” Can you get a better endorsement than that? 

Choose from over 5,000 tutorials and everything computer science, programming, and IT. freeCodeCamp is at the top of almost everyone’s list of sites for learning to program for free.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Well regarded None Too many to list
Certification Web design
Side-by-side lesson and IDE APIs
In-lesson testing Microservices
Alumni network Npm
MongoDB
JavaScript

The Odin Project

Despite the intimidating name, The Odin Project is an easy to digest full-stack curriculum. The entire website and its courses are open source and available on Github. It’s maintained by a community of developers, most of whom learned to program there. 

Like freeCodeCamp, many developers got their first job after completing courses on the site. They even provide a course called Getting Hired. 

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Well regarded None HTML + CSS
Portfolio-based learning JavaScript
In-browser IDE GIT
Large community Databases
Ruby
node.js

SkillShare

A slightly different kind of MOOC, SkillShare is a collection of short and long courses created by people who just want to share their skills. It’s almost a Coursera or edX by people who aren’t necessarily professors. Because of this, the quality of the computer programming classes can range from decent to great. You could even make your own online course and post it there. 

There are a lot of free courses, and SkillShare does have a premium paid option that allows you to access more courses. The free courses appear to be centered on web development. It might not get you ready for a career as a programmer but it can help fill in the knowledge gaps.

Pros Cons Languages/Technologies
Wide variety Quality varies Too many to list
Video-based No transcripts UML
Downloadable resources HTML and CSS
Can add courses to your calendar JavaScript
PHP

Get Learning!

So many free opportunities, go at your own pace, don’t pay a dime, and even get human support! There is absolutely nothing preventing you from becoming a programmer or taking your coding game to the next level. 

Check out whatever site strikes your fancy and if you find a few that we didn’t we’d love to hear about it. Let us know if you have completed courses from any of these sites and what you thought about them.

How To Make a One Page Landscape In Word

Have you ever been putting together an essay or report and wanted to include a large image? Maybe a nice graph or chart? The answer is to put it on a page in landscape, or horizontal, layout. So you try that, but then all the pages go to landscape. 

Here’s the fastest, easiest way to make one page landscape in Word.

The Point & Click Way To Make One Page Landscape In Word

  • Select the image or text that we want to be on a landscape-oriented page.
  • Click on the Layout tab.
  • Click on the down arrow under the Margins button.
  • Click on Custom Margins…
  • In the middle of the Page Setup window, click on the Landscape button.
  • At the bottom of the Page Setup window, in the Apply to: select box, change it to Selected Text. Click OK.

The selected image or text will now be on its own landscape-oriented page. Resize the chart for the best fit and we have a beautiful report. 

As simple as that is, it can be done more quickly using keyboard shortcuts. Let’s go through how to use keyboard shortcuts to make the one-page landscape in Word.

The Fastest Way To Make One Page Landscape In Word

How much faster is this method? I timed myself using the point-and-click method and the shortcut keys-only method. Once I had practiced the shortcut keys a few times, it took less than 30 seconds, whereas the point-and-click method took closer to a minute.

Using shortcut keys to do your most frequent tasks not only saves time, but it can also save your health. Much peoples wrist pain from work is caused by using the mouse. The other added bonus is you’ll look like a superstar at work. You’ll be doing things in seconds when others take minutes.

Even though it may look like there’s more work, it’s just broken down to be very precise. A lot of people have never used shortcut keys in this way and we don’t want them getting frustrated and giving up because we missed anything.

  • Select the image or text that we want to be on a landscape-oriented page.
  • Press the Alt key then press P to take us from the Home tab to the Layout tab.
  • Press the M key to open the Margins button dropdown.
  • Press the A key to choose the Custom Margins… and open the Page Setup window.
  • Press Alt + S to choose Landscape orientation.
  • Press Alt + Y to choose the Apply to: field, then tap the down arrow key once to choose Selected Text. Tap the Enter key once to set Selected Text as the choice, then tap Enter again to apply the setting.

The Page Setup window will close and the text or image will now be on a landscape layout page.

If you like how much faster the shortcut keys were, take a look at our other articles showing the magic of shortcut keys. You’ll wonder how you survived without these top 10 keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10. If you wish there was a shortcut for something, you also might be able to create custom keyboard shortcut for it in Windows 10.

Got some great shortcuts to share? Or questions about other ways to do tough things in Office or Windows? Pop it in the comments below. We’re all here to learn.

Cut, Edit or Remix Music and Songs Online for Free

Want to make a ringtone out of your favorite song? Cut your song online. Want to edit in some effects? You can edit music online. Want to mix songs for a custom mashup or lay a different beat on it? You can do that all online and for free. 

We’re going to look at some sites to help us do that.

We’ll break the sites into two categories:

  • Light-weight sound editing – allows us to do basic edits like cuts, light mixing, fade in, fade out.
  • Fuller-featured sound editing – are capable of complex edits like multi-track, adding effects or instruments, accepting MIDI input, recording. Everything you’d expect from a sound editing app like Audacity. If you haven’t tried the free full-featured sound editing app Audacity, you need to check it out.

Light-Weight Sound Editors Online

BearAudio

BearAudio is a free online MP3 cutter but offers a couple of editing tools. The interface is easy to use and figure out. It’s a fast loading site and processes files reasonably quickly in our testing. 

Across the top of the ad-supported site, there are links to some other bearAudio tools like their voice recorder and audio converter.

Features:

  • Record.
  • Sound library – a small library of sound effects.
  • Stereo capable.
  • Cut.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Alter the volume of a section.
  • Convert WAV to MP3.

AudioTrimmer

It does what it says it does. It trims audio. Use AudioTrimmer for those really quick snips and cuts we might need on the go. If you can click and drag, you can edit with this. 

It’s an ad-supported site and the maximum file size that can be uploaded is 100MB. Like BearAudio, there are links across the top of the site to their other single-purpose tools like MP3 converter, tempo changer, volume booster, audio reverser, and a small royalty-free, free-to-download music section.

Features

  • Very easy to use.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Output in MP3 or M4R for iPhone.
  • Select by dragging handles or entering time marks.

MP3Cut

Single function audio editing must be popular. MP3Cut is another online tool for simply cutting and trimming audio. It does support just about any audio format you can think of though – MP3 3G2, AIFF, AVI… around 300 formats in all. That includes obscure formats like those used by Bethesda games or even the Commodore 64. 

Once again, across the top of the site are links to their other single-use tools like an audio joiner, converter, voice recorder, and even a couple of video tools.

Features

  • Supports over 300 file formats.
  • Drag and drop loading.
  • Choose a file from your local computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Create iPhone ringtones.

Apowersoft Free Online Audio Editor

Apowersoft has the same features of the tools we’ve talked about but works just a bit differently when you want to edit music online. There is a launcher that needs to be installed the first time you use it.

It’s good because then the audio editor opens in its own window without the clutter of the browsers’ toolbars and tabs. You could also download the desktop version.

Features

  • Segment selection to the millisecond.
  • Append audio.
  • Mix sound files.
  • Cut and trim.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Export to MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, WAV, or FLAC.
  • Export in High, Standard, or Low quality to control file size.

Clideo

Clideo is another solid choice for a free online audio cutter that’s easy to use. Where it differs from the others is that once we’ve uploaded the audio to work with, it opens to a full-window editing studio. Click and drag the tabs to select the audio. If you know the exact time points for start and finish, type those in for preciseness. 

Choose one of the 15 most popular audio file formats and download your ringtone or clip. If you need to do anything else, choose one of the other Clideo tools at the top of the site.

Features

  • Clean and simple user interface.
  • Save files to one of the 15 most popular audio file formats.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Precise time entry to the millisecond for start and end of the cut.

WubMachine

Now for something completely different! The WubMachine gives you one-click power to “turn any music into dubstep, drum and bass, and more”. Upload or drag and drop a song. You can even search SoundCloud and bring the song in from there. 

Choose one of the five styles, two sounds, two speeds, or even the Jingle Bell tool for some festive joy. WubMachine automatically applies it to the song. Once it’s done, download the MP3 or share it directly to SoundCloud. Or click the Again button to go back and layer in another style, sound, or speed to the song. WubMachine seems like a more fun tool than a serious online music editor.

Features

  • SoundCloud integration.
  • 5 styles – trap, dubstep, swing, electro house, drum & bass.
  • 2 sounds – kick drum and cowbell.
  • 2 speeds – double time and half time.

Fuller-Featured Sound Editing 

Maybe you’re creating your first podcast or working on some music with friends. These fuller-featured sound editors will give you the tools to make something polished. Who knew you could edit music online with your friends?

If you’re putting together a demo tape for your band or going pro podcaster, look at these free professional music production tools.

Soundation

The free version of Soundation eclipses any of the tools mentioned above. Yet, it’s surprisingly easy to use. The layout is clean and almost self-explanatory. There are extensive help resources and even starter kits to get you up to speed. 

If you like it and want to upgrade to the full studio, it’s as low as $1.99/month to $6.99/month for the full premium.

Features

  • Multi-channel.
  • Sound library.
  • Starter kits with pre-built sounds and rhythms.
  • Templates.
  • MIDI support.
  • .sng file support.
  • Virtual keyboard.

Soundtrap

For the collaborating music makers, Soundtrap may be a great choice. With it, you can edit music online, in real-time, with your musician friends around the world. 

There are paid versions of it starting at $9.99/month right up to the Soundtrap Complete plan for $17/month. The free version is very well appointed and could be enough for a lot of people’s needs. There’s also a mobile app.

Features

  • Unlimited projects.
  • 900 loops.
  • 210 instruments and sounds.
  • Over 150,000 sound effects from freesounds.org.
  • Multitrack recording and editing.
  • Virtual synthesizer.
  • Full video tutorials.
  • Soundtrap community to learn and interact with other artists like yourself.

Audiotool

Another collaborative music production studio, Audiotool really plays to the Electronica or EDM artist. It has a unique and visually appealing method. Using virtual electronica devices like drum machines, synthesizers, and effects boxes, you connect them together as though you were wiring them together in real life. Let your inner Brian Eno out to play.

Features

  • Drum machines.
  • Synthesizers.
  • Mixing tools.
  • Mastering tools.
  • Effects boxes.
  • Tens of samples.
  • Tens of presets.
  • MIDI integration.
  • In-studio text, audio and video chat for instant collaboration.
  • Publish to the Audiotool community with different licenses.

TwistedWave

Still a tool to edit music online , TwistedWave functions as a Chrome plugin. There’s a Chrome plugin for everything. The TwistedWave interface is clean and easy to learn. The free version is limited to mono, but that may be good enough for a small project or a ringtone. It’s on the lower side of the fuller-functioned tools, but still more powerful than the lightweights. 

If you like it, you can upgrade for anywhere from $5/month for the basic package to $20/month for the Pro package with unlimited channels, work with 240 minute long files, and store 40 hours worth of audio.

Features

  • Built-in effects.
  • Amplify and Normalize.
  • Fade in and fade out.
  • Reverse.
  • Change pitch and speed.
  • Convert sampling rate.
  • Recording.
  • Send to SoundCloud or Google Drive.

Play That Funky Music!

The world of music is at your fingertips. And it’s free. Use one of these tools to express yourself. If it doesn’t meet all your needs, fine. Import it into another tool to finish it off. Whether you’re a virtuoso or can’t even play music on an iPhone, you can learn to edit music online with any of the tools above.

Know of any other great online music editing tools? Creating your own music with these tools? What do you think of them? Got any tips or shortcuts? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.