Since 2007, musicians worldwide have been using RiffWorks' RiffLink online music collaboration to record songs together (at the same time or different times) and chat while their at it! Join thousands of RiffWorks users, and start jamming and creating songs online with them today! No matter how far apart they live, what time zone they are in, or whether they are using MacOS or Windows, an unlimited number of musicians can collaborate on a song using RiffWorks recording software. (What you Should Know before using RiffLink) Listen to Recent RiffLink Collaborations on RiffWorld!

As a Riff layer is recorded, it instantly streams to other players. As the Riff loops, players can add layers to the Riff without latency or distance issues. Contributions are saved on the RiffLink server, and can be opened later in RiffWorks to continue recording.

RiffLink is an add-on service for RiffWorks recording software and requires RiffWorks T4 v2.6.6 (free) or RiffWorks Standard v2.6.6 ($129), a RiffLink membership, a reliable broadband internet connection (DSL or Cable), a modern computer with at least 4GB RAM, and an understanding of these RiffLink usage tips. Get 60 days of RiffLink free with RiffWorks Standard, then it's $10 for 30 days, or $60 for a year.

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"RiffWorks allows people to work together on multitrack recording projects in "what feels like real-time" using a loop-based system, with "no worries about latency or distance," using an add-on called RiffLink that enables online collaboration."


  • Many users can collaborate on one song at separate times.
  • Many users can collaborate on separate songs at the same time and at separate times.
  • Recording with up to 4 people at the same time on the same song may be possible under the right circumstances (What you Should Know before using RiffLink).
  • Public and Invite-Only collaboration options available.
  • Layers (tracks) show up as soon as they are finished streaming, and are always perfectly in sync.
  • Each layer is instantly streamed to other current users, and automatically saved on the server for those who wish to contribute later.
  • No issues with latency or with distance between users because, as a Riff layer is recorded, it instantly streams to other players. Then, as the Riff loops, players can add layers to the Riff.
  • Chat with others in RiffWorks' RIFFLINK screen.
  • Mac and Windows users can collaborate together seamlessly (Win XP SP 2, SP 3, Vista, Win 7, Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and 10.6).
  • Variable bit-rate compression (approx. 6:1)
  • Allows 6-12 simultaneously streaming layers in and out on median performance CPU
  • Add-on InstantDrummer sessions can be used, and will be heard by you and other collaborators as they stream from the server as needed.
  • Install RiffWorks with your username on up to 3 computers (Mac and/or Windows) to access your collaborations from your home, work and studio.
  • Both RiffWorks T4 and RiffWorks Standard allow you to MIX your RiffWorks song to a single WAV or OGG file, as well as RiffCast your song to for MP3 and OGG download links, embeddable song players, community comments and more.
  • RiffLink requires RiffWorks T4 v2.6.6 (free recording software) or RiffWorks Standard v2.6.6 ($129), a RiffLink membership, a reliable broadband internet connection (DSL or Cable), a modern computer with at least 4GB RAM, and an understanding of these RiffLink usage tips.
  • RiffWorks System Requirements


Alternatively, you can collaborate by sending song files back and forth over the internet to work on the file one person at a time, but that isn't as interactive as RiffLink. Or you could use other "real-time" jamming software that may have one or more problems like these: latency issues, no one to play with "live" for long stretches of time, doesn't save your song on a server for collaborators to work on later, requires you to live near collaborators, doesn't include an invite-only option, or is expensive. RiffLink solves those problems, and makes collaborating simple, productive, social, convenient, affordable and fun!

All versions of RiffWorks include the built-in InstantDrummer that plays tempo-synced drum loops from Drums On Demand, Discrete Drums, Submersible Music, Sonic Reality, and Drummerheads. Play along with InstantDrummer sessions by famous drummers like Alan White, Jason McGerr, John Tempesta, Lonnie Wilson, Matt Sorum, Sly Dunbar, Terry Bozzio, Tony Braunagel. If a user does not own the InstantDrummer sessions that another user has included in the song, the drums are streamed to all the users automatically.

There are RiffRumble song contests several times a year sponsored by companies like Line 6, IK Multimedia, Taylor Guitars, Schecter Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley and others. Often you can submit your choice of either a song you've recorded on your own or a collaboration. About RiffRumble Song Contests


Listen to Recent RiffLink Song Collaborations on RiffWorld
Guide to RiffLink Online Music Collaboration
What You Should Know Before You Use RiffLink 0 Useage Tips
Is Online Jamming in Realtime Possible?


"I tell my friends I have a pro-studio that's open 24-7. I can sit in on any session, at any time the creative urge strikes, with musicians whose skills take a back seat to no one. I can ask any one of them to throw down a track or two. If I have the start of an idea, they help complete it in ways I would have never imagined." ThrobbyRobby

"I have so much passion for RiffWorks and the doors it has opened for me. After hours of not getting to bed on time, lost in jamming online, I am filled with gratitude. When I log on to RiffLink, chat, and make music with these brilliant musicians, it feels like we all snuck into a studio with our gear and got away with it! Anytime, day or night, I can jump on RiffWorks and be in a virtual pro studio. We have each become better musicians (and maybe better people) for it. Everyone here supports each other with encouragement, and each person's unique talent pushes ALL of us to improve." blue4u

RiffWorks User Testimonials & Performing Artist Endorsements

"New Free RiffWorks Music Making Software Does Quick Songwriting, Online Collaboration" by Peter Kirn, "[RiffWorks] is a number of steps ahead of most other [online music collaboration] tools - the real draw is the software editing and effects, as combined with community features...The difference is, you need real client software to be able to do near-real-time collaboration, which is what [RiffWorks] is...I don't think the others have full-blown client software with multi-tracking / recording / arrangement / guitar effects quite in the way that this does."

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"Free Guitar Recording Software Lets you Collaborate Online" by Ben Rogerson of "Sonoma Wire Works has released RiffWorks T4, a free version of its RiffWorks guitar recording software. This enables you not only to record songs on your own, but also to collaborate with other musicians from around the world."

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"RiffWorks T4 - Music Collaboration for Everyone!" by Jon of "This is a pretty amazing piece of software ... you could be jamming with other musicians in a matter of minutes! Make sure you check out to hear some of the online collaboration possibilities already happening."

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Music Goes 2.0 by Lawrence Chen on Wikinomics: "With RiffWorks T4, musicians can record ideas, use drums and guitars, and add effects to quickly create songs. Most importantly, users can easily collaborate with peers around the world!"

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RiffWorks Guitar Recording Software Updated by Jim Dalrymple of "RiffWorks allows users to record ideas and create songs using included drum beats. You can also expand the song by collaborating with others online. The update adds several new features including improved performance for opening and loading online collaborations."

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"RiffWorks: Real-Time Loop-Based Online Music Collaboration" by Eliot Van Buskirk of "RiffWorks allows up to 4 people to work together on multitrack recording projects online in "what feels like real-time" using a loop-based system, with "no worries about latency or distance," using online collaboration within RiffWorks."

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