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11 Music-Making Apps You Should Try

11 Music Making Apps You Should Try
11 music creation apps you should try
Creating music on your iOS or Android device has come a long way, there are plenty of apps available whether you want an easy way of getting ideas down quickly, a hardware controller or a fun way to kill time on the bus. We take a look at 11 apps you may want to try...

1 - Apple Garageband

Garageband is where the love of using apps for music started for many. Writing, recording or just experimenting, Touch and Smart instruments are both included making Garageband a great place to start even if you've never played an instrument before. Use an interface to connect your guitar and use different amp styles, mix and share from wherever you are.

2 - Novation Launchpad and Launchkey

These apps from Novation are based on the Launch range of hardware and contain a specially-assembled sample pack from Loopmasters. Only compatible with iPad, these two apps work alongside each other perfectly, as well as becoming more powerful when connected to the hardware. Launchkey contains 60 brand new synth sounds and core MIDI Network input. The hands-on graphics of the Launchpad app are a fast, fun way to add synth lines to your music.

3 - Propellerhead Figure

Figure for iOS is Propellerhead 's fun-loving app, designed to pass the time but packed full of great-sounding synths and drum machines. Performance pads make it easy to sculpt sounds by tapping or sliding. There's the ability to share files with other Figure users and other apps, and it's powered by Reason, Propellerhead's flagship desktop software. It's a great-looking interface, too.

4 - djay 2 by Algoriddim

The second incarnation of djay includes HD coloured waveforms and an all-new music library interface. Boost your creativity with the built-in sampler, sample your own tracks from the iTunes library,  or make the most of the pre-bundled content ranging from 'Sound FX' to 'Dubstep'. Compatible with dDJ controllers such as Numark's iDJ Pro and Pioneer DDJ-WeGO, djay 2 is made to perform.

5 - IK Multimedia AmpliTube

Available for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, AmpliTube comes with a wide range of realistic amp tones and effects from the likes of Fender and Ampeg. You can record directly from AmpliTube's DAW-style professional studio timeline with rich editing features and great sounding drum tracks, plus a 3-band EQ for each track. Connect your guitar, bass, vocals or other instrument to your device with any of the variety of IK Multimedia iRig interfaces. Audiobus compatible, you can use the effects, input and output from AmpliTube with other apps.

6 - Native Instruments iMaschine

Create grooves on the go with the iMaschine app, then export to Native Instruments Maschine or Maschine Mikro to finalise your track. The 16 pads allow you to play and record drums, as well as trigger samples. There are other features such as a built-in audio recorder for vocals, and a keyboard to play out your melody ideas. Additional expansion packs are available, delivering signature sounds from leading artists, as well as exclusive iMaschine-only content.

7 - Ableton TouchAble 2

TouchAble gives you full featured wireless control of Ableton Live from your iPad. Compatible with Live 8 and Live 9, the newest version is free for existing users and includes a new graphic interface and a faster engine, the app has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. With the touch of a finger you can navigate your live set, control Lives mixer, instruments, and effects with addition to full automation control over unlimited tracks and parameters.

8 - Yamaha TNR-i

Forget the Tenori-on imitators, Yamaha's version of the Tenori-on for iOS is the real deal. Create song patterns on the 16x16 grid and there are 16 layers you can use simultaneously. Six different performance modes include Basic score, Random, Draw, Bounce, Push and Solo. The app allows you to create songs with up to four people over a network, and it's Audiobus compatible, too.

9 - Serato Remote

Serato's first official app for iPad, Remote enhances your Serato DJ performance and lets you see and perform your favourite functions by connecting wirelessly and not having to touch your laptop. The app is designed to integrate with all supported Scratch Live and Serato DJ hardware. Easy-to-hit pads of different colours provide a smooth flow, and you can see Serato's famous Virtual Decks and Track Overview.

10 - Moog Animoog

The award-winning Amimoog app is the first professional polyphonic synth for the iPad. It's powered by Moog's Anisotropic Synth Engine and includes a huge library derived from classic Moog oscillators. Accelerometer integration allows you to tilt your iPad in any direction to modulate sounds and the latest version includes expanded MIDI mapping.

11 - Korg iMS-20

The Korg MS-20 is a legendary piece of kit, and now you can have it with you on your iPad. The iMS-20 is an analog synth studio based on the MS-20, featuring an analog sequencer, drum machine and Kaoss Pad technology. Another app with the ability to share your creations, the iMS-20 can export your music to SoundCloud. Don't be put off by the extensive patch bay, you'll have hours of fun experimenting with this app.

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Posted on 30 Sep 2013 14:34 to category : Tips and advice

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