Best music making apps for mobiles on MusicRadar

2nd Aug 2000 | 15:20

Best music making apps for mobiles on MusicRadar
iPhone, iPad and Android
Updated every week!

Welcome to our new home for the best music making apps for mobile devices. Click through and you'll find news, reviews and tutorials.

Every week, we'll update this by adding our round-up of the latest music making app releases for the iPhone, iPad and Android.

You'll also find our expert buyers' guides to the best music making apps, updated each and every month to make sure you get the very best software for iPhone, iPad and Android.

With news and reviews, iPad wallpapers, video and audio demos and more, this hub is the only place on the web that gives musicians regularly updated info on the best music making apps for mobiles in the world today.

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The best iPhone music making apps in the world today
Updated every week, our top 10 list of recommendations

The iPhone and iPod touch have changed the rules as far as hi-tech music making’s concerned. The best iPhone music making apps enable you to create tunes, play instruments, remix tracks or have a full guitar amp/FX rig just about anywhere, but with so many of them now available, which should you look at first?

This top ten chart is updated regularly and features what are, in MusicRadar’s view, the best iPhone music making apps in the world today. Browse the thumbnails to find out what’s made the cut, then click through to the App Store to buy.

Go: The best iPhone music making apps in the world today

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The best iPad music making apps in the world today
Updated every week, our top 10 list of recommendations

While some people are still struggling to find a reason to invest in Apple’s iPad, musicians already have plenty. Its range of synths, DAWs, grooveboxes, controllers and DJing apps is hugely impressive; in fact, our list of the best iPad music making apps contains some of the best iPad apps full stop.

Our Top 10 chart is updated every month and features what are, in MusicRadar’s view, the best iPad music making apps in the world today. Browse the thumbnails to find out what’s made the cut, then click through to the App Store to buy.

Go: The best iPad music making apps in the world today

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The best Android music making apps in the world today
Updated every week, our top 10 list of recommendations

Mention mobile music making apps and it’s inevitable that thoughts will first turn to Apple’s iOS, but it’s not the only game in town. Google’s Android, for example, is currently enjoying a surge in popularity, and although it isn’t yet blessed with anything like the number of music making apps that are available for the iPhone, they’re out there if you look for them.

We’ve picked out 10 of the very best Android music making apps. Whether you want a synth, drum machine, audio recorder or virtual guitar, you can have it on your Google-powered mobile.

Go: The best Android music making apps in the world today

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8 iPhone/iPad music making hardware add-ons
Audio/MIDI interfaces, keyboards and mics

The beauty of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is that, with the right apps installed, they become totally self-contained and portable music making platforms. However, a growing number of companies are now producing hardware add-ons that, should you decide you need it, give you a little extra functionality.

Specifically, there are now interfaces that enable you to get audio and MIDI in and out of your Apple handset; mics that facilitate higher quality recording; and even a keyboard on which you can play your apps ‘for real’.

We’re rounded-up the most notable iOS music making hardware add-ons here - if you think we’ve missed something important, let us know.

GO: 8 iPhone/iPad music making hardware add-ons

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 48
Another varied selection of tune-crafting software

iOS users should put 12 October in their diary, as this is the day on which they’ll be able to download the version 5 update to their operating system. Until then, there are plenty of new music making apps to consider: NI has just released iMaschine, and we’ve got four others here.

Week 48: SlideControl FS, GuitarTone, Refract and Loopy HD

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 47
Synths, a sampler and a Djing app

Lest your thirst for iOS music making knowledge hasn’t been quenched by our round-up of 8 iPhone/iPad DJing apps, here are four more for you. In fact, one if these is another mobile mixing tool; it’s joined by a couple of synths and a child-friendly sampler.

Week 47: djay - David Guetta Edition, Alchemy Synth Mobile, Slynthy and iGrowUP

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 46
Audio visual

An interesting gear shift this week, as we bring you a couple of apps that enable you to use video clips to make music. On more conventional ground, there’s a monosynth and an app that lets you play music by tapping coloured blocks.

Week 46: MadPad HD, MovBeats, Fermion and RGBsoundPro

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 45
ReBirth gets WISTful, plus three other apps

In a week when Native Instruments entered the iOS market with the announcement of iMaschine we have news of an update from another venerable music software developer. There’s a sampler, a synth and an audio recorder, too.

Week 45: ReBirth 1.2, SunrizerXS, Realbeat and Rectools

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 44
More mobile marvels

Steve Jobs may have stepped down as Apple’s chief executive, but there are strong rumours that we’ll be seeing a new iPhone (and perhaps a more affordable model, too) very soon. In the meantime, iOS continues to be a haven for new music making tools, as you’re about to discover.

Week 44: Donut, MidiBridge, Drum Toy, D-Pad

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 43
Beat making, sequencing and more

This week, we're focussing on a couple of apps that enable you to make complete songs, one that gives you the ability to sequence external gear, an emulation of a music technology pioneer's most famous creation and yet another TR-inspired drum machine. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.

Week 43: BeatMaker 2, Rhythm Studio, Oramics, EGDR808 and Genome MIDI Sequencer

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 42
Audio editing, recording and a synth get the treatment

Has iOS finally got the audio editor it so desperately needs? Maybe so, but you’ll have to pay for the good stuff. We’ve also seen a number of updates, including a brush up on one of our favourite synths.

Week 42: Hokusai Audio Editor, Argon Synth,StudioMini XL Recording Studio and SunVox

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 41
All change again

It’s been a big week for iOS music making, with new MIDI interfaces from IK Multimedia and Line 6 and the announcement of Retronym’s Tabletop, a potentially open-ended modular iPad studio. But that’s not all we’ve got to tell you about: here are four other new apps.

Week 41: FiRe Studio, GrainBender, Addictive Synth, Touch DJ Evolution

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 40
A trio of tools

A relatively short, sharp, shot of new apps this week, but there’s still plenty to enjoy. Synth builders and tweakers can focus on a new modular environment and an instrument that you can control with three touch points, while there’s an update for SoundPrism, too.

Week 40:midiPhon, SoundPrism Pro 2.0 and Monnix

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 39
Something for everyone

The broad range of available iOS music making apps is demonstrated once again this week, as we bring you news of a drum machine, a mash-up tool, a multitrack recorder, a monophonic synth, a self contained studio and an experimental sequencer. How's that for variety?

Week 39:SynthStation 2, DM1, MiniMash, Core Synth HD, Studio.m and cascadr

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 38
Sorted for SampleWiz

Jordan Rudess has been a busy man: not content with releasing a new single with his band Dream Theater, he's also found time to put out SampleWiz for iOS. This week's round-up also features a 909 emulation, a free matrix synth, and a forthcoming drum groove app from Zildjian.

Week 38: SampleWiz, nineOnine, Arix-303 Matrix Synth Sequencer, Grooveplayer

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 37
The new releases ramp up

It’s been a big week in the iOS world, as you’re about to find out. Two self-contained studio apps, a powerful synth and controller apps from one of the biggest names in music technology are just some of the new treats on display.

Week 37: FL Studio Mobile, iSyn Poly, Horizon synth, Loopy 2, RGBsound and Yamaha controller apps

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 36
Two controllers and a musical drawing app

Dream Theater keyboard player and iOS music making fan Jordan Rudess has been showing off not just his Rush T-shirt but also a new app by the name of SampleWiz. However, this is unlikely to be available until next month: for three new apps you can buy right now, read on.

Week 36: Instrumental, Artikulator and U-Mix Remote

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 35
Turn your iPad into a vocoder, Live controller or audio editor

In case you missed it, we should tell you that Apple has now updated GarageBand for iPad so that it supports audio import and audio copy/paste, which is kind of a big deal. Elsewhere, Fingerlab has been previewing its DM1 drum machine, but for new releases that you can buy right now, read on.

Week 35: Voix Vocoder, LiveRemote and ReForge 2

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 34
New and improved

The updates are coming fast and furious this week, with some very cool apps getting even better. Mixtikl reaches its third gen, Sample Lab clocks in with MIDI and reverb features and, yeah, CoreMIDI gets added to yet another app. Plus another looper and a free synth!

Week 34: Mixtikl 3.0, iVoxel 1.4.0, Sample Lab 1.4, SAS-4As lite and Grimm Sound 8

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 33
Two new apps and one significant update

This week, another desktop music making package comes to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, while there’s a new DAW controller app and an update to a popular MIDI step sequencer, too.

Week 33:EnergyXT, DAW Remote and Little MIDI Machine 2.0

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 32
Something for everyone

This week’s round-up illustrates the versatility of iOS devices for music makers. There’s one app that enables you to produce complete tracks, another that simply lets you mess around with one loop, and a final one that turns your iPad into a custom controller.

Week 32: NanoStudio 1.2, Amen Break and Manipulant

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 31
Another juicy selection

This week has seen the release of a teaser video for Image-Line's FL Studio Mobile, whetting our appetites for the iOS version of the popular desktop DAW. But there have also been several app launches, too – keep reading to find out what's new to buy right now.

Week 31: Meteor Multitrack Recorder, Binary Bleeps Sampler, iXimix TrakProDJ and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 30
Two synth/sequencers and an OSC controller

Gorillaz teamed up with Korg to release a special edition of the iElectribe earlier this week, and our latest round-up of iOS software features an app that’s had input from an ex-member of Kraftwerk. There are new MIDI sequencer and controller apps, too.

Week 30: Mini-Compower, Brainwave Sequencer and WireGUI

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 29
Vintage hardware goes mobile

There’s something of a nostalgic feel to the round-up this week, as music technology legends Fairlight and Kraftwerk introduce apps and there’s an update for another that emulates Roland’s TR-808/909 drum machines and TB-303 synth. There’s also another DJing release and a couple of MIDI controllers.

Week 29: Fairlight, Kraftwerk Kling Klang Machine, Future DJ, Koushion and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 28
The iPhone strikes back

After a few weeks when it seemed like the entire iOS music making scene was shifting exclusively to the iPad, it's good to see the iPhone and iPod touch getting more of a look in. Make no mistake: Apple's smallest mobile devices can still help you to get your tune-crafting kicks.

Week 28: Steinberg LoopMash, n-Track Studio, Hohner Squeezeboxes and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 27
Way Out Ware SynthX, Sound Trends Grüvtron and more

This is a big week for Apple’s mobile devices: iOS version 4.3 has just been released and GarageBand for iPad will be out tomorrow. What’s more, several other very promising music-making apps have also launched, and we’ve got some significant updates to tell you about, too.

Week 27: SynthX, Grüvtron, Filtatron 1.1.1 and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 26
A synth and a controller

GarageBand for iPad has, understandably, been grabbing the iOS music making headlines in the last 24 hours, but there have been two other notable iPad releases this week. Read on to find out what they are.

Week 26: Leisuresonic SynthTronica and Somascape HexaChrom

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 25
A synth, a DJ app and a musical sketchpad

The announcement that FL Studio mobile is in development may already have got you salivating today, but what about some new apps that you can buy right now? We’ve got a synth, a DJing tool and a loop-based music maker for you to consider.

Week 25: YUMI:synth, DJ World Studio and O-Generator Acoustic Music Maker

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 24
Three more iPad exclusives

We’re celebrating the release of AmpliTube Fender for iPhone elsewhere on MusicRadar, but it’s not the only new iOS music making app to have caught our attention recently. Here are three more.

Week 24: Drumtrack HD, MidiPads and Noteplex

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 23
Makin' beats

iOS apps may still primarily be used for casual music making or as scratchpads, but with the launch of Intua’s BeatMaker 2 (see below), it looks like we’ve now got another viable platform for end-to-end production.

What’s more, with speculation mounting that a powered-up iPad 2 is already in production, even more capable apps will surely be on the way soon. Good times.

Week 23: Intua BeatMaker 2 and Konkreet Labs Konkreet Performer

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Two more for the iPad

A smaller-than-usual round-up this week, but expect a deluge of NAMM-announced iOS releases to arrive soon. Elsewhere in mobile OS news, Google has just launched Android 3.0 (Honeycomb): we'll leave it to our sister site Techradar to tell you what's new.

Week 22: Dingsaller and iMinimoogV

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 21
Controllers, a DJ app, a guitar amp and an audio/visual arranger

This week, more evidence that iOS is becoming a serious player in the controller world, with three new apps that let you get hands-on with software that’s running on your computer. The iPad might not kill the hardware controller as we know it, but it’s certainly presenting it with a serious challenge.

Week 21: Guitar Amp, Pad MIDI, gbTouch, Control, Tap DJ and Synse

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 20
Apple's mobile devices hit the NAMM show

The iPad and iPhone/iPod touch were conspicuous by their presence at NAMM 2011: the number of music making apps in development for them is almost frightening. We’ve got four new and upcoming ones below; look out for many more soon.

Week 20: Rock Prodigy, Omni TR, AmpliTube Fender and GrooveMaker Cool & Dre

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 19
2011's app-fest begins

It’s telling that the number of established music technology developers releasing apps into the App Store is growing rapidly now: by the end of 2011, we’d expect most of the big players to have a presence there. TC-Helicon and n-Track Software both make their iOS debuts in this week’s round-up, and there are six other new apps, too.

Week 19: TC-Helicon VoiceJam, AmpliTube 2 for iPad, Liine Griid Pro and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 18

We’ll have a round-up of the year in iOS music making next week, but for now, here’s 2010’s final briefing on the latest new and updated apps to have made it into Apple’s store. What will 2011 bring? Who knows, but MusicRadar will be here to find out.

Week 18: Crystal, deej, HandSynth, i505 and midi-to

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 17
Algoriddim's djay hits the iPad

Tascam’s Portastudio for iPad may be grabbing the headlines at the moment – and the addition of a recording button to SoundCloud’s app has got people talking too - but these aren’t the week’s only iOS releases. Here are three more.

Week 17: djay, eyoControl, and Sir Sampleton

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 16
David Guetta vs the Magic Fiddle

Another diverse set of apps. There’s a celebrity-endorsed beat-making tool, a free version of a popular loop-based app, a new synth and an instrument that, if you have an iPad, everyone’s going to be fighting over when you take it home for Christmas. Want to find out more? Be our guest....

Week 16: ElectroBeats by David Guetta, Looptastic Free, SynthMate and Magic Fiddle

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 15
iOS 4.2 exploited

Looking at this month’s round-up as a whole, two things become apparent. Firstly, if you want access to all the best new music-making apps, you’re going to need an iPad; and secondly, you’d better make sure that this is updated to iOS version 4.2, which brings native MIDI support. Keep reading for all the details.

Week 15: Molten Drum Machine, MIDI Touch, AC-7 Core, Amos and Sample Lab

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 14
The rise of the iPad

As the iPad makes its way into the hands of more users, we’re starting to see an increasing number of tablet exclusive iOS music making apps. In fact, five of those we’re covering here are iPad only, though the iPhone and iPod touch still get a look-in in a couple of cases.

Week 14: Guitar World Lick Of The Day, Twisted Wave Audio Editor, Numark iDJ and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 13
Big releases from Korg and Propellerhead

This week the world of iOS has seen big news in the form of iPad app releases from two major players: Korg and Propellerhead.

Week 13: Korg iMS-20, ReBirth for iPad, Buddha Machine

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 12
Moving to MIDI

More good news regarding musical iOS standards this week. The rumour that native MIDI support is coming to iOS 4.2 appears to have been confirmed in a video by MooCowMusic, while Sonoma Wire Works has released version 1.2 of its AudioCopy/AudioPaste SDK.

And, of course, some new apps have been released and previewed: read on to find out more.

Week 12: Wiresq, mR-606 and Konkreet Performer

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 11
The guitar's the star

There’s a bit of a guitar theme this week: an amp modelling favourite has been updated; Taylor Guitars is involved in a new app; and there’s a learning tool for anyone who wants to work out how to play their favourite songs. Click on to find out more....

Week 11: AmpliTube 2, Taylor EQ, SuperMegaUltraCapo and Kyma Control

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 10
Music making on the move

The announcement of Moog’s Filtatron might be the big iOS story of the week, but it’s not the only new app in town. Keep reading to discover five others.

Week 10: Ear Trainer, S1MidiTrigger, StepPolyArp, AirDJ Pro and Handsynth

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 9
5 more apps to consider

Perhaps the best thing about iOS as a platform is that it’s encouraging us to make music in different ways - and enabling those who’ve never previously considered themselves capable of making music to start doing so. New apps this week prove both points.

Week 9: Reactable Mobile, Aura Flux, miniDrum Pro, iSequence, Little MIDI Machine

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 8
What's new in the App Store?

With the announcements of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and Blackberry’s PlayBook, it’s clear that Apple isn’t going to have things all its own way in the tablet market. However, other platforms will have to go some to match the iPad when it comes to music making apps.

We’ve got five more here, three of which will also run on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Week 8: Finger Stomp, studio.HD, nLog MIDI Synth, LoopXtreme and SoundGrid

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 7
The latest releases to hit the App Store

This week, evidence that Line 6's offer to make its MIDI Mobilizer SDK available to other developers is starting to results in more MIDI-capable iOS apps.

There's also an app for anyone who wants to beatbox ideas into their iPhone, plus a couple of new synth

Week 7: Pianist Pro 1.5, Vocal Beater, SynthPad and Retro Sound Studio

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 6
After the new iPod touch, the new apps

Apple has been dominating the tech news agenda with its latest product launch event, which - as predicted - saw the announcement of the eagerly anticipated fourth generation iPod touch.

Offering most of the functionality of the iPhone 4, this looks like the perfect app-lovers device, and if it's new music making apps you're looking for, you've come to the right place.

Week 6: touchAble, Seline HD and Guitar Kit

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 5
Thumbs at the ready...

When it comes to music software, there's currently no more vibrant or fast-moving platform than Apple's iOS. New tune-making, DAW-controlling and other producer-friendly apps are appearing on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad every week, and they're getting better all the time.

In these weekly round-ups, of which this is the fifth, we bring you the news on the latest music making app releases and announcements from the past seven days.

Week 5: Mugician, Peavey AmpKit, Bounce Mobile Fireplayer and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 4
Get appy

With rumours persisting that we’ll see a redesigned iPod touch in September and possibly even a 7-inch iPad by the end of the year, there seems little doubt that the number of people using Apple’s iOS will continue to rise.

Right now, though, we’re focusing on software rather than hardware, detailing the new iOS app releases and announcements in the fourth of our regular round-ups.

Week 4: Chromatone Lite, GrooveMaker for iPad, Billaboop BoomClap and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 3
More software for your mobile

When it comes to music software, there's currently no more vibrant or fast-moving platform than Apple's iOS. New tune-making, DAW-controlling and other producer-friendly apps are appearing on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad every week, and they're getting better all the time.

MusicRadar, then, is ramping up its iOS coverage. As well as bringing you reviews of the most relevant apps, from now on we'll be wrapping up the new releases and software announcements in regular round-ups, of which this is the third.

Week 3: Liine Griid, iceGear Xenon and Wooji Juice Sylo Synthesiser

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 2
More tune-orientated software for your Apple mobile device

When it comes to music software, there's currently no more vibrant or fast-moving platform than Apple's iOS. New tune-making, DAW-controlling and other producer-friendly apps are appearing on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad every week, and they're getting better all the time.

About time, then, that MusicRadar ramped up its iOS coverage. As well as bringing you reviews of the most relevant apps, from now on we'll be wrapping up the new releases and software announcements in regular round-ups, of which this is the second.

Week 2: Casual Underground Loopseque, Pulse Code Polywave, Mixed In Key DJ Tempo and more

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iPhone/iPad iOS music making app round-up: Week 1
New! Find out what's just been released for your Apple mobile device

When it comes to music software, there's currently no more vibrant or fast-moving platform than Apple's iOS. New tune-making, DAW-controlling and other producer-friendly apps are appearing on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad every week, and they're getting better all the time.

About time, then, that MusicRadar ramped up its iOS coverage. As well as bringing you reviews of the most relevant apps, from now on we'll be wrapping up the new releases and software announcements in regular weekly round-ups, of which this is the first.

Week 1: NextSound Band Simulator, MuseAmo ImproVox, Blip Interactive NanoStudio and more

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How to make a beat in Korg iElectribe for iPad
Master this killer music making app's features

Step 1: Korg’s iElectribe is a must-have for any iPad musician (in fact, MusicRadar currently rates it as the best iPad music making app in the world today), so if you haven’t yet bought it from the App Store, we recommend you do so.

Once you've done that, check out our step-by-step guide to using it.

Go: How to make a beat in Korg iElectribe for iPad

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Apple iPad: A musician's guide
Apps, wallpapers, dev QA, future plans… It's all here!

The Apple iPad is finally here! For some, it's a sweet slice of techno beauty, a glimpse of a mainstream computing revolution and the saviour of publishing. For others, it's just a big iPhone and will end up being a Facebook machine for the sofa. Whatever it is, it looks undeniably beautiful, genuinely feels like 'something important' and - let's face it - is also a new gadget for Apple nuts like us to nerd on until the Next Big Thing arrives. iPhone 5, you say?

Here's a useful selection of Apple iPad articles on MusicRadar for those lucky early adopters who've made the splurge and ordered what is the most talked about gadget in the world. Have fun, download yourself a sexy MusicRadar wallpaper or two and tell us what you think in the Comments below.

Go: Apple iPad: A musician's guide

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Apple iPad: free music wallpapers

So, you've just got your iPad - what's the first thing you're going to do with it? Pimp it! Get some tunes on there, download some music apps, change all the fonts (and then change them back again…) and, of course, get shot of that corporate horizon backdrop and set some cool wallpaper.

Hold on - help is at hand. We couldn't bare to see our loyal musician audience forced to install badly Photoshopped stock photos of waterfalls or watch their iPhoto collection be cropped and stretched out of all recognition to fit the 'won't it go funny when I hold it the other way round' demands of the accelerometer-driven iPad.

Nope, we designed some supercool, GAS-friendly, 1024x1024 gear wallpapers that when downloaded onto your iPad (email yourself the images and save them or just save them off from the web page we link to), will stay perfectly formatted no matter what way up you hold your new gadget.

Now get browsing and grab the lot!

Go: Apple iPad: free music wallpapers

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Apple iPad: music software developer Q&A
Mac, PC and iPhone software companies speak out

Fact: in the world of music making, it's not the hardware but third-party software that will make or break the iPad. You can be sure that pretty much every developer out there is considering their iPad strategy, and MusicRadar wanted to find out how some of the key players are thinking.

So, we put the questions to Harry Gohs, the main man at PC/Mac plug-in developer VirSyn Software; Mike Janney, who's developed plug-ins and iPhone apps as Audiorealism; White Noise Audio's David Wallin, another cross-platform music software developer; and Propellerhead Software CEO Ernst Nathorst-Böös, who's overseen the development of ReBirth, ReCycle, Reason and Record.

This is what they had to say.

Go: Apple iPad: music software developer Q&A

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Apple iPad: will it work as a music software controller?
Multitouch king Jazzmutant shares its thoughts

While many musicians have been focusing their thoughts on whether Apple's iPad will be a platform on which they can create tunes, there's also the question of the new tablet's potential as a multitouch controller to consider.

On the face of it, the iPad looks almost as if it could have been designed for music software control: it's a good size; it supports various wireless protocols; and we already know that the iPhone/iPod touch (which uses a very similar operating system) can perform this role.

But is the iPad really going to change the way we interact with our software? The company that's led the way in the world of multitouch control is Jazzmutant, with its Lemur and Dexter controllers, so we spoke to them to find out.

Go: Apple iPad: will it work as a music software controller?

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AmpliTube for iPhone and iPad
The number one app in detail

IK Multimedia's guitar amp/FX modelling app has taken the music making world by storm - great reviews and a number one slot in the iTunes chart.

For those still not sure whether to upgrade from the free version to the full $19.99/£11.99 version, check out the articles below.

Go: AmpliTube iRig comes to iPhone/iPad announcement

Go: AmpliTube iRig for iPhone: audio demo and hands-on walkthrough

Go: AmpliTube iRig for iPad: exclusive hands-on video demo

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Computer Music releases free iPhone app
Make Music Now – anywhere you like

For over ten years, our sister magazine Computer Music has been giving you music making software that you can use in your studio. Now it's entered the mobile marketplace and is offering you a free tune-crafting app for your iPhone or iPod touch.

Computer Music: Make Music Now, Volume 1 (Dub) is available now from Apple's App Store. This gives you a collection of sampled loops to manipulate and remix via an intuitive touch-controlled six-track audio sequencer.

Themed apps Volume 2 (Hip Hop) and Volume 3 (Trance) are also available, featuring the same intuitive interface but different built-in samples.

Operation of the app is easy: simply drag your chosen sounds onto the arrange page, then resize, copy, layer and mix them to create your own track. If you want to edit the loops themselves, you can use the innovative Clip Masher to slice and rearrange them as you see fit.

Download: Computer Music: Make Music Now, Volume 1 (Dub)

Download: Computer Music: Make Music Now, Volume 2 (Hip Hop)

Download: Computer Music: Make Music Now, Volume 3 (Trance)

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