The iPad is a platform in which many software developers are investing in, as they see it as a viable platform to launch music apps which entertain & teach a variety of different customers. Apps can range from teaching beginners how to play the guitar through instructional videos to forging your own synth and mastering sounds for the more advanced musicians out there. Developers see the iPad as a great way to engage with a wide audience not only because it is popular, but because the iPad is a great interactive tool which brings the user closer to the music. Here is the top eight iPad Music Apps.
MadPad HD is in short, a lot of fun. At your disposal is twelve individual tracks which you can record different sounds on; and can be recorded doing so at the same time. The twelve tracks are looped, and you can listen to each sound as you record a new one. This app is very easy to use, and you can even edit the sounds successfully; changing the tone, volume and pitch of the recordings. Have a look at these YouTube clips for some great examples.
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or if you have been producing for years, iMaschine doesn’t judge. Create some banging beats using a virtual MPC pad, live record sound in with the ability to layer harmonies and different musical textures. iMaschine is a producers dream; on the go. Native Instruments who are the bad boys of the electronic music industry, present this. Check this video out of Jamie Lidell demonstrating how it is done using the iMaschine.
No money for guitar lessons, or even the bus fare to a mate’s house who can teach you the guitar? Not to spare, Guitar Lab is here. As long as you have a 3G or WiFi connection, you can take full advantage of this clever app; allowing you to practice the complexities of the guitar in the comfort of your own home (or wherever you want!). This is a free app, but you can buy extra lessons for advanced ground. A must have for any soul who wants to take up one of the coolest instruments in the world.
Guitar World Lick of the Day
Following on from the theme of guitars, this ingenious little iPad app will keep you amused for days on the guitar. Every single day of the week a brand new lick is added for your learning, it just never stops! Pick from your favourite guitar licks and mould them into your own, with tutorials from Joe Satriani and even Zakk Wylde. The best thing about this app is that you can choose either from tablature or stave, accommodating all reading styles. For perhaps the more advanced guitar players, this app is an essential for the collection.
Music isn’t just about creating and playing; it’s also about listening. Welcome to Soundcloud – the home of everyone’s music. Pretty much every person (professional or bedroom artist) who wants to get their music heard puts their tunes onto Soundcloud – and can potentially be listened to millions of people (if it’s really good). If you love hunting down all kinds of music, be it classical or modern, pop, grunge or garage you need to get on Soundcloud and indulge your ears with some cracking finds.
Stick your whole iTunes music library on a couple of virtual decks and become the next David Guetta (it doesn’t take much skill). Priced at 6.99 it is indeed a handy App to have, and at any party you throw you can create an Elton John drum and bass mashup – why the hell not. However, it would be the intelligent thing to purchase a ‘split output’ so you can mix each deck through headphones (making life a lot easier).
You can get plenty of analogue synths all over the app store for iPad; but keep in mind, this one is completely top drawer. At the end of the day, if it looks fun with plenty of nobs and twizzly things to play around with – you’re in for a winner. Utilize two oscillators, different shape waveforms, filters, modulation options with effects, parameters and arpeggiators plus more. Looks lush, sounds fantastic – ideal for producers or people who just want to make a bit of noise.
This is an advanced piece of kit, not to everyone’s taste and not for beginners, but if you can get your head around it; you can make some beautiful sounds. Check out this pretty amazing video here:
In conclusion, there is a plenty of music apps out there for all kinds of people wanting to learn & create music or even listen to it. Get stuck in with any of these, you’ll lose yourself for hours on end in a musical daze.
Thank you to the DV247 Fender team, for composing this list of iPad apps together; With new technology apps being released each day there is always a way to learn a new skill!