As of 2015, the Soundation Studio website allows users to create beats using their browsers for free. Soundation is easy for beginners to use, but it also includes advanced features suited for intermediate and advanced musicians. The music creation website Beatlab also allows users to create simple multi-track beats within their browsers with only a few mouse clicks. Beatlab is for quick and simple beat creation, and it doesn't feature any additional customization features.
One of the most popular beat creation programs is the open-source application LMMS. LMMS is similar to the popular paid program FL Studio, and it has many of the same features. Beat and melody creation is easy and intuitive, and it includes various sample projects as well as a large library of digital instruments. LMMS exports songs to the WAV and OGG audio formats.
Tracktion is a free lightweight music creation program. As of 2015, its latest version is Tracktion 6, but the outdated Tracktion 4 is available for unlimited free use and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. The interface layout is similar to Garageband's, and there are many features suited for both simple and advanced beat making. Tracktion 4 is available through the company's website at Tracktion.com.
There are many free beat creation tools available as both web-based apps and as software for all platforms. A lot of the free programs have some of the same features as paid programs as well as similar layouts, but most advanced musicians recommend using paid software. A few of the most popular paid music creation programs are Cubase Elements, FL Studio and Ableton.