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2016's Best Free Sound Design Tools

From samplers and synths to audio mastering, a wealth of sound design tools is at your fingertips.

So who needs money—here’s an excellent list of 2016’s best sound design tools, courtesy of field recording geniuses Cities and Memory. Compiled via suggestions from their artists, they’re offering links (and, where possible, examples) of an array of drums, effects, mastering software, synths and more for the low-to-no-budget producer. It’s an excellent resource for anyone who’d like to start making music without spending a mint. So no excuses—get creating!

Read more: Cities and Memory’s audio map explores sounds from around the world.