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Enjoy Making Music with These Awesome Apps

Enjoy Making Music with These Awesome Apps

Even if you're not a virtuoso musician, these apps will help you create sounds and songs right on your iPad or iPhone.

Music Recording and Composition for Everyone

Whether your a Novice or a Pro, GarageBand is an easy to use app that can provide the music recording and editing tools you need to express your creativity on iPad and iPhone.

GarageBand

Make some music or talk shows with GarageBand

GarageBand

Get instrumental

For anyone who wants to make some creative audio on-the-go

Apple's GarageBand is a great solution for anyone who is looking to make some music or even create their own podcast. GarageBand lets users record in audio from multiple sources, apply audio effects when necessary like loops, and much more. Even if you don't have any musical talent, GarageBand has tools that sound like the real thing and the app is smart enough to play them like a person when you need some filler. No matter who you are, it's easy to make some music with GarageBand.

Why we love it

GarageBand is easy to use and rather intuitive considering all of the tools that it offers. It is a great way to record audio on-the-go, so it's like having a portable recording studio.

Making Electronic Music

Make soundscapes with these fun, easy to use music creation apps.

Guitar Effects

If you're creating music on your iPhone or iPad, sometimes you just gotta make your guitar scream. These effects apps act just like the real deal.

AmpliTube

Find the perfect sound without spending a fortune

AmpliTube

If you want to create the perfect guitar sound, you'll need an array of stompboxes, an amp, a speaker cabinet, and a guitar. Why not skip everything but the guitar and get a whole bunch of the rest right from your iPhone or iPad? AmpliTube lets you build your own guitar or bass rig with up to 6 stompbox effects, an amp and speaker cabinet w/microphone options, and you can even drag and drop your stomps to sit before or after your amplifier, with 4 slots pre and 2 slots post. What more do you need?

AmpliTube Slash

Make your axe sound like GnR guitarist, Slash

AmpliTube Slash

AmpliTube Slash

When you need your guitar to sound like Guns n Roses' eccentric lead player, Slash, you could go buy the same pedals he's got, and the same amp and the same guitar. OR you can grab this great app from IK Multimedia, plug your axe into your iPad or iPhone, and just let it rip. You can build an entire rig with 6 stompbox effects, an amplifier head and cabinet modelers, and even a single-track recorder. What are you waiting for? Go shred!

Piano

Tickling the ivories is the concept here; these apps will have you playing the piano in a jiffy.

KORG Module Pro

High-Quality Piano

KORG Module Pro

For Studio and Live Performance

KORG Module comes with five sound modules - instrument categories : Electric Piano, Clav, Organ and Multi. Expansion sound libraries are available as in-app purchases. Great piano app for performing live or in the studio. You can connect your iOS compatible MIDI keyboard, adjust the Velocity Curve so that the pressure you apply on the keys captures the dynamics of your playing style and performance. Inter-App Audio compatibility allows to connect to other music production apps you own for further processing. You can take notes and view music scores and share your ideas on Soundcloud. If you own the music production app KORG Gadget you can choose from 5 separate instruments from KORG Module to work in a project. There's a free KORG Module Le app if you would like to try the app.

Why we love it

For the realistic piano sounds, great, easy to navigate App design, Full- range keyboard and the vast amount of Piano Instruments to choose from.

iLectric Piano for iPad

iLectric Piano for iPad

IK Multimedia

iLectric Piano for iPad

For musicians who want the funky sounds of electric piano along the way.

Launch iLectric Piano for iPad, choose a sampled electric piano sound, and you're off. Incredibly authentic electric piano sounds fill the air.

Synthesizers

When you need to create and/or play high-quality synthesizer sounds, these apps will get you exactly what you need.

Poison-202 Vintage Synthesizer
Poison-202 Vintage Synthesizer

Poison-202 Vintage Synthesizer

Dmitrij Pavlov

What reviewers and users say:

"This is a very solid virtual synth that, sonically, punches well above its asking price" - musicappblog

"Man this sounds good, full of rich goodness from the days of analog yore" - thesoundtestroom

"I've not beed this 'exited' about a synth app in a very, very long time" - Samuel Lindeman, experienced iOS musician

"Amazing, from vintage to most modern. This synth sounds great. It is going to be top of the list for apps I use at live shows" - App Store review

"This is the best $10 I've spent in a long time. I'm actually excited over what I will be able to do with Poison 202!" - App Store review

"This is the best synth. Better than any soft synth or even hardware" - App Store review

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Poison-202 is a professional Vintage Midi Synthesizer. Made by musicians for musicians, it is inspired by famous classic hardware synthesizers of 80's and 90's and has all the main sound creation blocks you can imagine: oscillators, cutoff Filters, ADSR-envelopes, ring, cross modulation, LFOs, sync, super-saw oscillator and more! Unlike many other software synthesizers at the market, which can reproduce only limited family of sounds, Poison-202 is designed to be able to reproduce almost any classic synthesizer timbre! Check out the Presets Demo video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egQN1MRTjKs

The library of 592 built-in factory presets includes famous patches that can be heard in the compositions of such electronic and rave scene music performers as The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Azzido Da Bass, Darude, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and many others!

You can play it with your fingers on iPhone / iPad, or you can plug-in your favorite USB MIDI keyboard into your device using Apple's Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and turn Poison-202 into a real synthesizer module!

Features:

• Audio Unit Extension (AUv3) support
• Audiobus support
• Inter-App Audio support
• Virtual Midi support
• can work either as standalone synth app, or as plug-in inside Cubasis, Garage Band, AUM, ModStep and other hosts
• 2 oscillators, 5 waveforms: Saw, Pulse (with adjustable Pulse Width), Sine, Triangle and Super-Saw
• one Super Saw oscillator generates 7 individual saw oscillators at the same time, with adjustable Mix and Detune parameters, reproducing famous classic analog strings and hoover sounds
• additional sub oscillator + noise generator
• 2 TVF (time variant filter) modules with Cutoff, Resonance, Keyboard tracking and ADSR envelope, 12 dB/octave
• 2 TVA (time variant amplifier) modules with ADSR envelope
• It is possible to pair two 12 dB filters to get one 24 dB/oct filter
• Pitch envelope (Attack/Decay) for each oscillator
• Ring, Sync, PW, XFM oscillator modulation
• 2 LFO modulation sources with Frequency and Fade-In parameters
• LFO's and Delay tempo sync
• LFO cross-modulation
• 6 waveforms of LFO: Triangle, Sine, Saw, Square, Trapezoid and Random (S&H)
• 4 LFO modulation destinations: Pitch, Filter, Amplifier and PWM
• 3-band EQ for each patch
• Digital realtime effects: Distortion, Bit-Crusher, Chorus, Flanger, Delay, Panning Delay and Reverb with adjustable parameters
• Master brickwall Limiter (can be switched on/off)
• Two signal flow connection structures: Parallel and Series
• Portamento, Solo playing mode with Legato switch
• Pitch Wheel with adjustable pitch bend range
• Modulation Wheel with assignable controls
• Arpeggiator with 6 modes and 12 rhythm patterns with tempo and swing feel control
• Scale play mode when playing onscreen keyboard with over 40 different scales to select from
• Voice polyphony up to 24 (device dependent)
• Up to 300 user presets to store
• Import/Export user preset banks via iTunes File Sharing
• Scalable and movable onscreen keyboard with key velocity control and Hold button
• Show Oscillogram feature
• Midi Learn feature
• Arabic quarter-tone microtuning option

Poison-202 support page:
https://www.jimaudio.pro

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Cyclop for iPad
Cyclop for iPad

Cyclop for iPad

Sugar Bytes GmbH

Cyclop now available on the iPad – ready to unleash monstrous bass sounds to the mobile world.

Cyclop is a monophonic synthesizer. It does one thing very well: delivering cutting-edge digital madness at the low end of the frequency spectrum.

Cyclop is the master of subs, beautifully controlling even the lowest notes, always sounding stomach-rumblingly thick. It uses mid/side processing to introduce stereo imaging between 250Hz and 4kHz. This ensures wide, interesting sounds that retain their punch and bass. There are no phasing issues, which means Cyclop cuts through the mix very nicely.

Enjoy an incredible depth of sound design possibilities, great real-time control with the Wobble Knob and FX knob. Integrated effects sequencer, vast modulation system and the preset browser will take your inspiration to new levels.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE:
• Audio Unit v3 & Standalone
• Monophonic Bass Synthesizer
• 6x2 Synthesiser Engines, 10x2 Filter Engines
• Analog Sync, FM, Sample Transformer, Spectromat, Saw Regiment, Phase Stressor
• Vowel Filter Mode
• Free Signal Flow for 2 Oscillators, Filters and Distortions.
• Incredibly versatile modulation system
• Multi FX Knob/Sequencer
• Powerful Preset Browser with tagging and rating
• Preset iCloud Sync
• Full MIDI Support (Virtual, Network, External)
• Transformer import: Audiocopy, Audioshare, Music Library
• Ableton Link

DJ Mag: “It is decidedly digital-sounding, but not in a bad way, and as the growing list of fans proves, it can be turned to good use in just about any electronic genre, past, present and (probably) future.”
Rating: 9.5/10

Producer Spot: “Very good for his complexity, very versatile and easy to use if you need sub bass sound for your productions. Sugar Bytes offers High quality and good prices with all their products.”
Rating: 9.5/10

Computer Music: “Anyone will find it powerful and unique-sounding, adding spice to existing tracks and inspiring new ones.”
Rating: 4.5/5.0

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iPulsaret
iPulsaret

iPulsaret

apeSoft

iPulsaret is rated as a Killer App by Apps4iDevices.
iPulsaret is a new real-time software capable of all time-domain varieties of granular synthesis. A genuine granular playground able to generate a wide range of usual and not so usual effects: Grainlet, Trainlet, FM, time/pitch shifting, time/pitch jittering, intricate textures, grain fountain/pulverizer, Live Input manipulation and many more.

Control and shape grains, anytime, anywhere with iPulsaret for iPad.

- Full AUv3 support
- 32 Polyphony Voices
- Granulation Sources: Wave, Trainlet, Sample, Live and Harmonic
- Grain Envelope Deformation
- Grain Glisson Sweep
- Grainlet Linkage
- ADSR Note Envelope
- Snapshots Presets Morphing Pad
- Sharing common audio files via iTunes, Dropbox AudioCopy etc...
- Post FX chain: Echo, Ring Modulation, Lowpass Ladder and High Shelf filters, Reverb FDN and Dynamic Compressor/Expander
- Capture Master Audio Output
- Keyboard Musical Scales, up to 35 + User Defined Scale
- etc...

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Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
Thor Polysonic Synthesizer

Thor Polysonic Synthesizer

Propellerhead Software AB

Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips.

“A truly must-have synth for iPad users of all skill levels” – Keyboard Magazine
"A Synth-Geek’s Dream Synth” - Synthtopia
“A game changing synthesizer for the iPad” - Dubspot
"Thor sounds just as good as its bigger sibling, and its ability to share patches makes it a fantastic tool for portable sound design.” - MusicRadar

Reason's legendary flagship synth delivers a thunderous sound, god-like sound sculpting capabilities and an innovative, lighting-fast keyboard designed for iPad. Thor is a synthesis playground, a flexible sonic workhorse, but above all, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad.

Thor highlights
• Play Reason's Thor Polysonic Synthesizer on the iPad.
• Load any of the 1000+ expertly crafted synth patches, or create your own from scratch.
• Create your sounds using a palette of multiple oscillator and filter types.
• Play Thor using an expressive touch interface keyboard with aftertouch and strumming.
• Collapse the keyboard to a key and scale of your choice, just like in Figure.
• Move your favourite patches from the iPad to your computer and use them with Thor in Reason

Thor sounds like no synthesizer you've ever heard before - and every single one of them. Where other synths use one specific form of synthesis and one single filter, the Thor polysonic synthesizer features six different oscillator types and four unique filters. What does this give you? Simply the most powerful synth ever created; an unstoppable monster of a sound generator that utilizes synthesizer technology from the last 40 years.

On the iPad, Thor comes with a specially designed interface that's optimized for touch control and the iPad screen. Cleverly designed panels expand and fold at the touch of a button to hide or reveal oscillators, filters, envelopes and more.

The app is divided into three main screens: Keyboard, Knobs and Routing.

Keyboard mode features:
• Piano keyboard with transpose and range control
• Modulation and pitch bend controls
• Assist function lets you select key and scale to highlight chord notes or to collapse the keyboard to only show the chord notes of the selected scale.
• Strum function lets you play arpeggios by holding a chord while strumming across the strum control.
• Two assignable knobs and buttons acts like performance controls
• Settings for polyphony and portamento

Knobs mode features:
• Access to all of Thor's synthesis features
• Three oscillator slots for Thor's six oscillator types: Analog, Wavetable, FM Pair, PhaseMod, Multi Osc and Noise
• Three filter slots for for Thor's four filter types: Low Pass Ladder, State Variable, Comb and Formant
• Three envelopes
• Dual LFOs
• Delay and Chorus
• The Knobs screen is divided into panels that expand and collapse at the touch of a button
• Miniature keyboard to audition your sounds as you are working on them

Routing features
• Comprehensive but easy to use routing matrix lets you create complex modulation and signal flow setups
• Step sequencer with 16-steps and six channels: Note, Velocity, Gate length, Step duration, Curve 1, Curve 2

General App features:
• Patch compatible with Thor in Reason on your computer
• Move patches to and from your iPad using iTunes
• Sound bank with more than 1000 Thor patches from leading artists & sound designers (Kill the Noise, Richard Devine, Chris Petti and many more)
• Gorgeous retina display interface
• MIDI in - play Thor from an external MIDI source or from another app on the same iPad
• Audiobus compatible - stream audio from Thor to another audio app on the same iPad
• Audio in background option lets Thor keep playing in the background when working with other apps.

Note: We recommend using Thor for iPad with iPad 4 or later.

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Laplace - AUv3 Plugin Synth
Laplace - AUv3 Plugin Synth

Laplace - AUv3 Plugin Synth

iceWorks, Inc.

Laplace is a physical-modeling synthesizer based on resonator synthesis that makes it easy to create bowed string, plucked string, blown pipe and metallic sounds. But it is designed not to reproduce real acoustic instruments but to create new synthesizer sounds in different new ways.

Laplace works not only on the iPad but also on the iPhone. It also supports Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3), so you can plug in to AUv3 compatible host. For each screen size, different layouts are designed to be easy to use and intuitive.

# Synthesizer Engine
* Exciter
- Click - Stiffness, Color, Decay, Damper Noise
- Noise - LPF, HPF, ENV
* Resonator
- Flavor, LPF, ENV, Pitch ENV
- Sine - Pitch, FM, ENV
- HPF
* LFO
* Effectors
- Chorus
- Delay
- Reverb

#Universal App
It is compatible with iPad and iPhone and has multiple screen layouts optimized for different screen sizes.

#Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3)
You can use this AUv3 Plug-In in a host application that supports Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3).

#Audiobus
You can stream live audio directly to an Audiobus compatible application. See https://audiob.us for more information.

#Ableton Link
Link is a technology that keeps devices in time over a local network. See https://www.ableton.com/link/ for more information.

# MIDI input
--Core MIDI, Virtual MIDI, Inter-App Audio MIDI Input
--MIDI clock synchronization
--MIDI controller mapping

For more information: https://icegear.net

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Drum machines

Why hire a drummer when you can just plug in your iPad? These apps will get you tapping your toes and shaking your groove thing in no time.