ipad music apps



Impaktor is an amazing new app for iOS.  The video shows the app being used on an iPhone, but it’s also available for the iPad and iPod Touch.  Impaktor allows you to turn any flat surface into a percussion instrument. What’s surprising is how well it actually works.


It comes with over 90 presets and latency is a non-issue.  It has a 6 track recorder and some nice modulation parameters.  The Auto-Quantize feature makes you sound a lot better than you probably are.  It also supports audio copy/paste and allows you to export WAV files.


At $5, this app is an absolute steal.  Be sure to check out Impaktor when you can!



TC-11 Synthesizer for iPad


The TC-11 is a multi-touch synthesizer for the iPad.  It takes an unconventional approach to sound creation and delivers some interesting results.  Sound is expressed by touch relationships (distance, angle, timing). Simply touch, slide, and drag your fingers across the screen.  It also makes use of the gyroscope and accelerometer built into your iPad.  Things like tilting or shaking your iPad can have a unique effect on your sound as well. Continue reading

Arpeggionome for iPad


Arpeggionome is an app specifically designed for music production on the iPad (no iPhone or iPod Touch versions).  As its name implies, it focuses purely on the nature of arpeggios and creating complex note progressions.

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Propellerhead drops Figure for iOS

Figure is a beat-making app for the iPad.  It’s specifically designed for mobile users and is simple enough for someone with little (if any) musical ability to use.  You get 3 tracks to work with choosing from bass, drums, and lead synth. Continue reading

SynthTronica for iPad


SynthTronica is a unique, spectral synthesizer for the iPad.  It comes with 90+ presets (including vocal/vocoder effects) and the ability to create your own.  It’s formant synthesis allows the filters to use time-varying  formants that can be edited and viewed in spectral form.

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Sunrizer for iPad


Sunrizer is a virtual analogue synthesizer for the iPad.  Its beautiful GUI and excellent sound quality make this app one of the best iOS synthesizers available.  With 2 oscillators per voice, 2 independent filters per voice, and selectable waveforms  (PWM, SuperSaw, Saw, FM, Triangle), it is easy to create some very interesting sounds.

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AniMoog for iPad


AniMoog is a polyphonic synthesizer dedicated entirely to the iPad.  The synthesis engine is driven by ASE, which is a new Moog technology that “allows the user to move dynamically through an X/Y space of unique timbres to create an expressive and constantly evolving sound-scape.”

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MadPad for iPad


MadPad is a unique remixing tool for your iPad.  It gives you the ability to record short audio/video snippets and generate thumbnails for each of them.  The thumbnail’s then act as trigger pads for triggering the different snippets you’ve recorded.  You can then shuffle and replay this collection of recorded segments in any order you want.

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Polychord 2 for iPad


There’s not a lot to say about this app, but sometimes less is more. Polychord’s simplicity and ease of use make it an extremely efficient working machine that allows you to create, record, and share music.  It doesn’t come jam packed with a million features that you will probably never use.  It’s just a straight forward music making app that delivers quality results for any aspiring musician.

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Seline Ultimate for iPad


Seline Ultimate is a music app for your iPad.  It is the successor of Seline HD, which was already a solid app.  It comes with 30 factory instruments, 8 drum loops, 6 drones, and the ability to expand this library via app store.


A drone is a pad that automatically creates a backing track for your melody.  Record your creations to .WAV/MIDI/.M4A file formats.  Onboard effects include: Stereo Reverb, Dub Delay , Lush Chorus, Grit Crusher, and MeloDist, which is a singing distortion processor. Continue reading