Music has been one constant in an ever changing, ever expanding universe. It is a means of universal communication and conveys emotions, feelings, and messages in a way no speech can. From stone instruments, we have now evolved to digital systems where producing an entire album can be done right within your bedroom on your mobile phone. That’s right! Laptops and PCs aren’t overrated but smartphones are becoming more and more powerful every day. If you would like to play with music right on your smartphone, here are a few apps that will come in handy.
Today voice recorders are an essential tool and easily available on any smartphone. They are built in as a system app and you don’t need to be an IT expert to figure out their usage. If you would like something more advanced, however, you can search for a recorder on your app store. However, your default recorder should do the trick.
The real deal kicks in when you need a Digital Audio Workstation. Or a DAW. It allows you to simulate different musical instruments, sound effects etc.
The DAW of choice on iOS is Garageband. It was made in 2010 and has gained popularity over the years. It’s completely free and an essential app for any music producer, beginner or advanced. It allows you to record, mix, crop, add filters, or manipulate in other ways. Once you get the hang of it, it really is very cool.
FL STUDIO MOBILE
If you are looking for something a bit more advanced, you can go for FL Studio’s mobile version. The app is available on iOS, Android, as well as Windows, though it sets you back about $16. But it comes with much advanced features, filters, instruments and synthesizers. They also have a full featured desktop app for your PC but that is not the point of this post. In any case, FL Studio or “Fruity Loops” as it is affectionately called, is an amazing app for advanced music producers and composers.
FOR BEATS AND DRUMS
Then comes the bass part of beats and bams and kicks. The best app to consider for your beat needs is Beatwave on iOS. It allows you to draw patterns on the grid and convert it into a beat. It’s almost like musical finger painting. Available for free are 20 different instruments and some 200 can be downloaded from their store for varying prices.
For Android, you can consider Korg Kaossilator. It cists about 13$ but puts a $300 synthesizer in the palms of your hand. You can simulate beats by stroking the app’s XY axis and then convert those into a loop. It also features beautiful visual effects moving with the music in real time.
FOR ALL YOUR CHORDS NEEDS
Finally, an app available for 5$ on iOS and free on Android, Chord! is your chords encyclopaedia. It allows you to search for any chord in any scale and inversion. You can even try it out with the in-app virtual player. Chords are available for both piano, as well as guitar.