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Best Music making apps for iOS and Android

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Mobile apps have changed the way we experience music on the move, offering up new ways to discover sounds and explore new music, but for some, simply listening to music isn't enough.


Here we're showing you some of the best music making apps for iOS and Android, that budding musicians can use to download, experiment with and hopefully create something really exciting. 




Have you tried any of these apps?  Which do you like?  Got any funky musical creations of your own produced on these music making apps?


1. SunVox


(Android, Meego, iOS)



SunVox is a lightweight sequencer app that offers a vast array of tools to create some truly impressive synth-based music. With a drag and drop based UI allowing you to shift sections of tone, effects and filters around the timeline, it's one of the easiest applications to edit your compositions, although the learning curve is a little sharp to begin with. However, within time you'll be able to compose some really iconic synth tunes.


2. Pocketband Lite


(Android) Free


Soundbits has designed a cloud-based music creation tool with a focus on sharing. The interface is slick and there's an excellent tutorial to get you started, as you mix user-created samples with synthesisers, effects units and more. All the high quality audio rendering takes place in the cloud and you can export  your creations as mp3 files and remix songs made by other users from the community website.


3. Solo


(Android) £2.49


Solo steps away from the multilayered synthetic side of music, focusing on the more traditional sounds of the good old fashioned guitar. Solo offers up an array of acoustic and electric guitars to choose from and you can strum from a assortment of customisable chords, play the frets and browse the apps vast chord library complete with finger positions. A handy tool for any budding guitar player - and the app even found its way into the hands of Eric Clapton.


4. Pianist Pro


(iOS) £2.99


Pianist Pro takes the humble piano app and turns it into a full-on digital music simulator, with 16 instruments and built-in effects such as drum kits and arpeggiator.

The 9.7-inch screen is the perfect size to play comfortably and there are even dual keyboards for left and right hands.

The ability to record and export compositions makes Pianist Pro a great on-the-road tool for bands or aspiring musicians and even if you’re not at pro level experimenting with Pianist Pro is hugely enjoyable.


5. Garage Band


(iOS) £2.99


Garage Band offers users one of the most comprehensive mobile music creation experiences out there. With sequencers and synthesisers galore, guitar amp effect units, a vast instrument loop library and even the ability to 'jam' with other iOS users, as you record songs comprised of the instruments on your various idevices. The musicians out there won't be disappointed with this gem.

big cheese
I've got garage band on the MacBook the kids did a course at the apple store using it but I found it rather hard to use as I'm not musical at all

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Hi stephenmiller,


I think it's very funny, that in two lines, you have made a more entertaining review of an app than the whole of this blog.


Well done... Smiley Happy


P.S. bradleym, if you are serious, follow this link to wikipedia:

NanoStudio. Free on pc and mac. £10 on iPhone. SoundPrism. Hokusai. Melodica

Pianist pro looks really good, I saw Ludovico Einaudi on BBC news talking about it and how he uses it as a sketchpad when he's out and about, it lacks the pressure response of a proper piano (as all piano apps do) but as a sketchpad or a synthesiser it looks pretty good.


I'm reminded of the DS10 for the DS and Nanoloop for the original Gameboy which it seems has an IOS version. 8-bit madness here I come!!



some good apps
pocketband looks good
i like the imaschine vid lol its propaaaa cooool Smiley Happy