Updated: Apr 4, 2020
Companies are offering free accounts and free software to use throughout the shutdown. We'll be adding offers here as we find them.
Latest huge deal! Red Giant Complete free to students. You want this, believe me. Look at everything here: https://www.redgiant.com Then sign up and get it and you will be amazed at all the cool things you can do from photoshop plugins to particle effects, to compositing tools Red Giant will take your projects to another level. Go here to sign up: Red Giant Academic Pricing.
Apple’s creative professional apps — video editing software Final Cut Pro Xand music production suite Logic Pro X— are both getting free 90-day trials for a limited time. The 90-day trial is available now for Final Cut Pro X and will arrive “in the coming days” for Logic Pro X.
DaVinci Resolve. Edit video, color correct, composite/effects, edit audio all in one program. For Mac and PC. This is free, not a trial. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
All Adobe software! Photoshop, After Effects, Animate, everything is available to students using "sign in with google" with their SLUSD email username and password. Go here to sign in.
Frame.io This is our server on steroids. This allows for video collaboration, comments on videos, checks on rough drafts, and a lot of things that take a lot of in-class time. Join the Frame.io SLAM Project here: https://f.io/wMNfahCq
Free Photography and Film classes, training, and webinars. Link here.
APPS AND SOFTWARE
Fender is also offering three months of free guitar lessons for the next 100,000 people who subscribe to its Fender Play app on iOS and Android.
Online music marketplace Reverb is giving away a bunch of sample packs for free, including “The Complete Reverb Drum Machines Collection,” which has over 1GB of samples from classic instruments, along with many synth packs like “The Synth Sounds of Blade Runner.”
Producer Sharooz Raoofi is giving away over 1GB of samples created from his massive personal synth and drumbox collection via WeTransfer (so the links will likely expire soon).
Aubit Sound has made its Chainsmokers-style preset and sample pack “Chain-Pop Vol. 1” free.
Artist 7 Skies has partnered with Standalone-Music to offer a 1.2GB sample and preset pack for free called “Stay At Home.”
Music Radar has an impressive (and often updated) list of free sample packs.
AudioKit’s Synth One app for iOS
Social music creation platform BandLab is free and has lots of cleared loops and samples that can be used without worry.
GarageBand, of course.
Korg’s music production software and plug-in collection for iOS, Korg Gadget 2 Le
Music making and remixing iOS app Launchpad
Drum machine app Patterning is free on iOS (with in-app purchases to unlock extra features).
There are loads of royalty-free sounds at Free Sample Packs.