Looking for websites that’ll let you collaborate with other musicians? Here’s my list with a quick-hit synopsis of each option:

Looking for the details on each option? Keep reading.

I guess it’s trite to say at this point, but it’s still true: The internet’s a crazy thing.

It used to be that if you wanted to make music, you had to work within the confines of your own network. Want guitar on your record? You better know a guitar player. Want a good mix? You better get good at mixing. Want a cool sax line? Hopefully you know somebody from school with a saxophone and enough talent to come up with something that doesn’t sound like elevator music.

Don’t get me wrong; there’s a goodness to working in proximity with people. There’s undeniable chemistry that flows from in-person relationships, which is why the best bands in the world often start as mates from the same school.

But it’s also undeniably cool that today, if you want to branch out of your local box – well, you can.

You can work with musicians from anywhere. You can find people with very specific skillsets who fit perfectly with your unique vibe. The world is wide, and with music collaboration platforms, you can search every corner of it to create something cool.

That’s what the following music collaboration apps and websites help with.

Now, there are plenty of different ways to collaborate, which is why there’s a wide range of platforms on this list. I’ve tried to compile the best options across a spectrum of different needs – from file sharing to talent finding, my hope is that you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Relatedly, while I’ve done my best to summarize what each platform does (so that you can get onto the process of actually making music), it’s worth noting that many of these platforms do a ton of different things. So I’d recommend clicking through and reading in-depth about each option you’re interested in.

Okay – with all of that said, let’s get into it. Here are the best music collaboration platforms available in 2024.

1. SoundBetter

Quick synopsis: SoundBetter is like Fiverr or Upwork for people in the music industry. You post a project, get proposals from professionals, and pick your favorite one. If you’re looking to supplement your music with skills you don’t have, this platform is the industry standard.

Pricing: It really depends on who you choose to work with. SoundBetter takes a 5% commission from projects on the platform.

My thoughts: This platform is awesome. It’s maybe most notable for its expansive range of producers and mixing engineers, but SoundBetter also has profiles for session musicians of every stripe, too. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Shoot, I’d love to get a blues drum part tracked on this, but I don’t know who could do it,” this is the place to go.

Relatedly, if you’re a freelance music professional, you absolutely should create a profile on this site. I have friends who make a decent bit of income servicing projects on the platform. As one of their testimonials says, “This is how engineers are found now.”

You can check out SoundBetter here.

2. Soundtrap

Quick synopsis: Soundtrap is basically an online DAW that’s designed specifically for remote collaboration. Think of it as Pro Tools Lite meets Slack, with everything hosted online. Also worth noting: It’s owned by Spotify.

Pricing: Starts at 9.99 per month.

My thoughts: I think collaborative DAW platforms like Soundtrap are going to increasingly become the standard of music production, but as of 2024, I don’t think they’re quite there yet. This is a great platform to get a song idea going with friends who don’t live near you – it’s much smoother to use Songtrap than to export STEMs a million times. But still, to make something that’s totally radio-ready, you’ll probably want to swing back to your local DAW to put on finishing touches.

It’s clearly built with modern music workflows in mind; the app works on any device and boasts features like a “Patterns Beatmaker” to make creation as intuitive as possible. All told, it’s moving in a cool direction, and it definitely makes collaboration easier.

You can check out Soundtrap here.

3. Boombox

Quick synopsis: As of 2024, this is basically Dropbox designed specifically for musicians; big audio files are easy to share and you can comment on moments or sections of a track.

Pricing: Starts with a free plan (4GB of storage).

My thoughts: I actually hadn’t heard of this platform before writing this article, but they were doing a bunch of promotion and kept turning up in my research. The more I dug into the platform, the more excited I was about it.

At a basic level, the idea of cloud storage for musicians makes sense. It’s been done by a few other companies, but I think Boombox nails a few features that are really helpful – namely, commenting on a section of a track, so you can make notes on a bridge or a chorus or a drop or whatever. They also offer version control (so you don’t lose notes on old mixes) and a nifty little tool that lets you create simple songwriting splits, which is helpful if you’re working with multiple creators.

What bumps this tool up to the third spot on my list, though, is the company’s plans for the future. They’re planning to roll out distribution and create a network of creators (similar to what SoundBetter offers, from what I can tell). Time will tell if it all works out, but for now, this is definitely a platform to keep an eye on.

You can check out Boombox here.

4. BandLab

Quick synopsis: BandLab is one of those platforms that kind of defies a one-sentence summary, but here’s my best shot: The platform offers an expansive suite of tools to make collaborative music creation easy, with the centerpiece of the suite being a free online DAW.

Pricing: Free to get started.

My thoughts: Probably the most notable part of BandLab is its free online DAW; available on all devices, it makes recording basic parts easy no matter where you are, and since it backs everything up automatically to the cloud, it makes collaboration easy. Like Soundtrap, it doesn’t offer the finer features of most top-of-the-line DAWs, but it gives enough to get you going.

But again, that’s only one part of BandLab. Click through their “Products” list, and you’ll see that the platform also offers access to a library of sound effects, a mastering service, distribution, song feedback from industry pros, and even customized promotional campaigns. Services aren’t all included – you’ve got to pay for a promo campaign, for example – and you probably won’t use everything on the platform, but shoot, there’s a lot here.

Truth be told, it’s worth combing through this one yourself.

There’s a distinction to be made between BandLab Studio and Cakewalk, both of which are DAWs provided by BandLab. The former is an online editor which is ideal for collaborations and making music on the go, whereas the latter is a fully-featured DAW inspired by the iconic Cakewalk Sonar. At the time of writing, BandLab is about to release two new editions of Cakewalk: Next and Sonar.

You can check out BandLab here.

5. Landr

Quick synopsis: Landr, like BandLab, is tough to summarize; the platform offers a wide range of products and services. But it’s most notable feature is probably its online mastering service, which uses AI to to create “release-ready” masters.

Pricing: Depends on what services you use (some are free), but their all-inclusive plan is $12.50 per month.

My thoughts: I first came across Landr when I was digging into online mastering services; they were one of the major early players in that space, which, I’m pretty sure, is how they got their start.

Today, though, in addition to AI-based mastering, they offer pretty much everything: samples, plug-ins, and online beatmaker, HD audio video chat, distribution, social networking, and more. All of that is available from a Landr Studio subscription.

I’ve used it a little bit myself and it’s impressive, although as with BandLab, none of the individual tools is necessarily best-in-class; don’t give up on Pro Tools anytime soon. (Relatedly, the links to this one are affiliate links, which means if you use them to purchase, I’ll get a commission and you’ll get $50 off their yearly plan.)

But this is another one that’s definitely worth scrolling through yourself to get the full scope of what the platform offers.

You can check out Landr here.

6. Pibox

Quick synopsis: Have you ever received a mix, spent twenty minutes typing out thoughts on it, and then pressed send on the text – only to have your engineer respond with “What?” Same. Pibox makes feedback on media production clearer and easier by allowing comments directly on waveforms.

Pricing: Starts free, but that only allows for two projects. You’ll probably want the $10 per month pro plan if you want to make it a regular part of your workflow.

My thoughts: One of the hardest things about collaborating on music production is communicating clearly; spoken words and music are two different languages. Pibox doesn’t fix all of that (I’m not sure anything could), but it does make it much easier to pin down specific notes so that words more directly apply to sounds.

If you’re a producer, mix engineer, etc., who’s just fed up with vague feedback from clients, I think this platform would be especially useful. Also worth noting: It’s used by some of the biggest media production teams in the world, including Sony and Universal.

You can give Pibox a try here.

7. Sessionwire

Quick synopsis: This is basically Zoom for music production. You get HD video and audio direct from your DAW, plus cloud-based storage, so you can live track with session musicians or your producer from anywhere in the world.

Pricing: Starts free, but you’ll probably want to level-up to the $9 per month plan if you want to use it seriously.

My thoughts: If you want to create a project but your band partners live across the country, Sessionwire is the solution for making it happen. The concept is pretty simple: “Ditch Zoom, get a room” is how they put it in their on-site marketing. That’s the gist; it’s the remote version of sitting in the room with your producer and a session musician.

Unlike some of the other collaboration platforms on this list, Sessionwire lets you use your own DAW, so you’ll get all the bells and whistles you know and love. Also worth noting: The cloud-based storage is super useful.

You can check out Sessionwire here.

8. WeTransfer

Quick synopsis: This one’s simple: It’s Dropbox for creatives. It gives you the ability to share really large files.

Pricing: Free plan gives you up to 2GB of storage.

My thoughts: WeTransfer, unlike the other options on this list, isn’t designed specifically for musicians – it’s just a tool for creatives. In fact, the use-cases they show in their marketing materials tend to be examples of high-definition photography. It’s also not trying to be some broad suite of tools; it’s basically only file sharing.

But this has long been a go-to platform for musicians collaborating online, mostly because it just works really well. If you’ve got a bunch of STEMs that are taking up space in your free Google Drive account, it’s a logical solution to turn to something like this. The upload and download speeds are top-notch.

You can check out WeTransfer here.

9. Soundstorming

Quick synopsis: This platform is in beta, so it remains to be seen if it takes off or totally flops, but the gist is this – you can share your in-progress ideas with your fans and open avenues for direct collaboration with your community.

Pricing: Currently in free beta. We’ll see what happens.

My thoughts: I included Soundstorming on this list not because it’s an industry standard (it’s obviously not), but because it’s based on a cool idea: Engagement with your own community.

The concept is that you record snippets of ideas, then share them with your fans to suss out which ones resonate and are worth pursuing. Think of it as music Twitter; as they put it on their site, you can “use your ideas like a tweet to engage with your audience.” And then your audience can engage back – the app lets anybody record melodies, vocals, instrumentals, or whatever on top of other people’s ideas.

Again, this is currently in beta, so there’s certainly a chance that it doesn’t gain traction. But I’m intrigued by the idea of making music with participation from your fans.

You can check out Soundstorming here.

10. Avid Cloud Collaboration

Quick synopsis: Avid’s remote, cloud-based tool Avid Cloud Collaboration allows multiple Pro Tools users to share audio files and edit within the same Pro Tools session via the cloud.

Pricing: Starts at $4.99 per month.

If you’re a Pro Tools user, Cloud Collaboration can be a game changer. It’ll allow you to seamlessly connect with other musicians, audio engineers, and friends, giving you the opportunity to collaborate with people wherever they are.

Pro Tools subscriptions already come with a private cloud space you can use for remote projects, and the monthly fee for the service is reasonable. However, the software is far from perfect: it can be painfully slow to upload new content, and has a history of freezing and crashing when updating. Its performance has improved considerably over the years, so my hope is that they’ll continue to invest in it.

If you’re using a DAW other than Pro Tools, I wouldn’t consider getting it. Learning a new workflow from scratch to get a collaborative tool that doesn’t always work doesn’t feel like a risk worth taking.

You can check out Avid Cloud Collaboration here.

Final thoughts on music collaboration platforms

Music is meant to be made in community. It used to be that community was limited to your proximity, but today, we live in a crazy time; there are so many avenues out there toward making music with people on the other side of the globe. Take advantage of it.

Whether you’re looking for someone with a certain skillset or just want to share your STEMs with your buddy across the country, there’s a tool that can make it happen. Hopefully, the websites, apps, and platforms on this list offer you a start toward finding and connecting with your people – and in doing that, offer you the means to make more beautiful music.

It’s worth it. Good luck!