Here’s to another year coming to an end! Congratulations are in order—to you.

Over the past 12 months you’ve learned more than ever and improved your music in incredible ways. Hopefully, the LANDR Blog has been part of it.

But this post isn’t about us, it’s about the best things you learned about music in 2021.

Today we’re breaking down the top LANDR Blog articles of the year according to you.

So in case you missed it, here’s our year in the rearview—and everything you did to grow as a creator in 2021.

You got the best free tools

Free plugins are eternal. The thrill of downloading a fun new plugin at no charge will always be compelling.

This year, there were plenty of exciting free releases for your plugin folder. 

From wild synths based on math to some of the best analog emulations ever made available for free, there was something on offer for every producer in 2021.

Take a look back through our monthly roundups or head on over to our 2021 list for the year’s top picks.

My top choice for the best free plugins of the year? The wonderful library from Analog Obsession.

Technically these plugins are available via subscription on Patreon, but payment is optional. Try them for free and you might be convinced to open your wallet!

You released incredible music

This year we wanted to highlight our incredible artist community more than ever.

With so many releases deployed to more than 150 streaming platforms in 2021, we’re proud to be part of the next generation of developing artists.

What’s more, we listen to every single release we receive. With so much great material coming out, our staff finds plenty of gems that deserve a shoutout.

That’s why we take a moment every month to highlight five special releases from the LANDR Distribution catalogue.

Check out our monthly series or head over to our 2021 best picks—you might find your next favorite up-and-comer.

You built your audience and learned the industry

Growing your music isn’t just about creating tracks and getting better at production.

Music promotion is essential for connecting to your audience and getting your work into the world.

In fact, many creators find it the toughest part of the process. But you didn’t let that get in your way this year.

From music industry roles to striking out on your own, here are your favorite music promotion resources from 2021.

You upgraded your home studio

Getting the right equipment is essential to creating your unique sound.

Like most producers, you were on a mission to build your perfect home studio this year. 

Our classic gear guides saw plenty of interest in 2021, but the newest entries were just as popular.

From computers to studio accessories to mixers of all kinds, here’s the gear you couldn’t live without in 2021.

You got serious about software

While free VSTs showed no sign of slowing down, there were plenty of pro plugins on your list in 2021.

Somewhere in between, free presets for Xfer’s smash-hit Serum synth were in high demand.

But for critical sounds like vocals, guitar and orchestra, you consulted our ranked lists for the essential picks.

Here’s our top software and plugin roundups from 2021.

You brushed up on music theory

Every time you learn a new concept in music theory, you add another tool to your songwriter’s toolkit.

This year you conquered plenty of fresh topics. 

From chords and scales and progressions to unique rhythms, here’s a look at the top picks from 2021.

You learned new production techniques

No producer is ever done learning—especially when it comes to fundamental production techniques.

This year you made big strides with your DAW skills and tackled some tough concepts in audio.

Here’s a look at the top production tips from 2021:

Make this year your best ever

Your progress as a creator is measured in personal bests.

That’s why you should make moving forward your goal for the new year—no matter where you’re at the end of 2021.

Whether you’re a veteran producer or just getting started, come visit the LANDR Blog any time you need advice, inspiration or help levelling up—we’ll be here next year too!

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