Music Keyboards for iPad

Overview

Music apps are some of the most popular apps for the iPad. There are a bunch of great keyboard apps for the iPad and this is a great thing, which one to buy can be a problem ...

Essential Apps

  • $1.99

    Pianist Pro

    by MooCowMusic Ltd.

    Out of the huge number of piano apps available Pianist Pro has the essential features that make a piano app on the iPad simply amazing. One of the coolest features is the wireless MIDI support this enables a musician to use an iPad as an input device in professional notation software such as Finale or Sibelius as well as other audio software on desktop OS machines. Pianist Pro has practice and performing tools that make playing by yourself not a bad thing. The interface is dead simple, the feature set rich making this the essential piano app for the iPad. (Reviewed at version 1.2)

Notable Apps

  • $0.99

    Pro Keys

    by BeepStreet

    For a great playing experience grab Pro Keys. This app offers around twenty different instruments including a favorite called "Blade Runner," this instrument emulates the sound you heard in Ridley Scott's film, "Blade Runner," and it is simply great to be able to create your own Blade Runner soundtrack with Pro Keys. Pro Keys fails to be the essential app because although it offers a great playing experience it lacks the great number of features Pianist Pro offers. (Reviewed at version 1.6)

  • Free

    Synth

    by Retronyms

    In direct competition with Pro Keys is Synth. It features around twenty instruments as well and arranges those instruments by lead, bass, fx, pad, drum, or sampler instruments. The interface is very good. The reason I prefer Pro Keys to Synth is the ability to play two keyboards at once with Pro Keys. A very notable and well made app but it simply does not compete with Pianist Pro in the feature set and offers good competition for Pro Keys. (Reviewed at version 2.0)

Decent Apps

  • $1.99

    Fun Piano

    by Gravity

    If playing duets is all that you want in an app this app may be for you. Upon launch you have two keyboards and the ability to flip one of them over. The result is two people can play at the same time. Two features remain in this app; octave changing and note highlighting. The first is common in many apps, the second is a cool feature that allows during duets to let your partner know which note you just played by highlighting it on their piano. The app is very simple and has many features making it a decent app but not great. (Reviewed at version 1.0.1)

Fun Music Makers

  • $1.99

    Magic Piano HD

    by Smule

    For a different type of user Magic Piano becomes a great app. Upon launch the user is presented with a black screen and when touched this screen highlights your fingerprint and makes a note sound. In our testing even a one year old understood this very simple interface, within a minute she was playing and performing on the Magic Piano as if she was a professional pianist. Magic Piano also offers spiral, circular, and horizontal keyboards making it very easy to switch the style of music on the fly. For those that want to play traditional songs this app includes a songbook with tunes such as: moonlight sonata, final fantasy prelude, minute waltz, flight of the bumblebee and many more. This app is killer because of its user interface, and true innovation. (Reviewed at version 1.1)

  • Free

    JamPad

    by H2indie LLC

    For those wanting to jam out on their iPad comes JamPad. A very simple and focused app with the sole purpose of providing background chords to jam out over with an electric guitar, drum pad or piano. Those looking purely for an app to provide background chords to play overtop of this app may be for you. (Reviewed at version 1.0)

  • $2.99

    VoiceKeyboard HD

    by Terry Demco

    For those wanting a totally unique experience pick up VoiceKeyboard HD. The concept behind this app is you create your own piano sounds. To get started hit the record button and make a sound this sound is then sampled out to the one and a half octave piano. The concept is very cool and innovative. It gives you the ability to turn your own pets into CatPiano or DogPiano. It is a very notable app that deserves a look. (Reviewed at version 3.2.1)

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