With an increasingly precise set of functionality existing in musician apps today, musicians have slowly and steadily begun to gravitate towards them, relying far less on contemporary music-making techniques with real instruments.
The presence and easy availability of these apps today means that everybody has the tools to start making good music, instead of a select few that had the expertise and the access to proper instruments previously.
Make the best music ever at home with these top Music Apps!
Even though a lot of professionals still prefer the old school way of making music, technology is making progress in this industry by leaps and bounds, and a lot of the former naysayers are jumping ship now. So whether you happen to be an amateur or a professional, you will find an app in sync with your musical intuition:
1. FL Studio Mobile
With FL Studio Mobile, a user can create and save complete multi-track music projects on their Android phones. With high-quality synthesizers, sampler, drum kits & sliced-loop beats, step sequencer for fast percussion programming, configurable virtual piano-keyboard & drum-pads and class compliant MIDI controller the app can record, sequence, edit, mix and render complete songs.
Download: FL Studio Mobile
2. Edjing Mix
Winner of the Google Editor’s Choice Award for 4 years in a row (2013-2014-2015-2016), Edjing Mix is the world’s most downloaded DJ app. With access to millions of tracks from Deezer, SoundCloud, and the phone’s local folders, Edjing Mix comes with more than 20 DJ fx and features.
Features include automatic BPM (Beats per minute) detection for songs, continuous syncing between two tracks, a little audio spectrum to navigate in the music, a wide audio spectrum for optimized beats detection, and many more.
Download: Edjing Mix
3. DJ Studio 5
Voted as app of the week by IKMultimedia, DJ Studio 5 is a free, robust and powerful party-proof virtual turntable that enables DJs to mix, remix, scratch, loop or pitch their music in the palm of their hands.on a user-friendly, social and responsive platform. Features such as 2 virtual turntables with crossfader, unique scratch engine and disc physics, 8 sound effects and 10 customizable sample pads help users mix songs in a precise fashion.
Download: DJ Studio 5
MixPad is a straight-shooting sound recording and mixing studio for Android, giving its users easy tools to mix audio and music files. MixPad Music Mixer supports the most popular audio formats and supports sample rates from 6 kHz to 96kHz. This mixing studio also features audio and recording effects such as EQ, compression, reverb, and more. With MixPad, the user can also make a podcast. Lastly, this app is perfect as an on-the-go recording studio.
5. Caustic 3
Caustic 3 is a music creation tool that has been inspired by rack-mount synthesizers/samplers rigs.
With it, you can create your rack by adding up to 14 machines from a choice of: Subsynth, PCMSynth, BassLine, BeatBox, PadSynth, 8BitSynth, Modular, Organ, Vocoder, FMSynth, KSSynth, and SawSynth. The app also includes effects rack supporting 2 effects per machine, a mixer desk with global delay/reverb effects, a master section with parametric EQ and limiter and a song sequencer.
Download: Caustic 3
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6. Music Maker JAM
With millions of users, Music Maker JAM helps create, remix and share beats and tracks across a wide variety of genres like EDM, trap, hip-hop, house, pop, rock, and more. In this app a user can access thousands of studio-quality loops from beats and vocals to synth leads and bass lines, adjust tempo and harmonies, edit song parts and play with spectacular real-time effects, remix tracks, record his own vocals and share the finished product directly on Youtube, SoundCloud, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social networks.
Download: Music Maker JAM
7. Audio Evolution Mobile Studio
Audio Evolution happens to be the most powerful multitrack audio/MIDI recording studio on Android in the market today, with support for over 250 USB audio/MIDI interfaces. Armed with this app the user can layer tracks to build up an entire song, play virtual instruments, add drum patterns, edit audio and MIDI with unlimited undo/redo, mix, add real-time effects, automate and much more.
Download: Audio Evolution Mobile Studio
8. Cross DJ
Cross DJ was the very first professional DJ app on the Android market. With 15 years of experience, it can nimbly mix tracks in perfect sync on a powerful audio engine. Cross DJ has been engineered by Mixvibes, a pioneer of digital DJing and a leading publisher providing intuitive music and video performance apps on Mac, PC, iOS and Android.
Cross Dj comes loaded with a plethora of features that give it the ability to mix in perfect sync, dish out an outstanding audio performance on an intuitive surface that requires minimal configuration.
Download: Cross DJ
9. G-Stomper Studio
G-Stomper Studio is a music production tool that is highly optimized for doing electronic live performances in studio quality. It has a feature-packed step-sequencer based drum machine/groovebox, a sampler, a virtual analog performance synthesizer (VA-Beast), a polyphonic + a monophonic step sequencer (for melodies), a track grid sequencer (for beats), a piano keyboard, 24 drum pads, an effect rack, a master section, a line mixer and a live pattern/song arranger.
Download: G-Stomper Studio
Nanoloop is a complete sequencer/synthesizer/sampler package, optimized for Android mobile use. It runs smoothly on a wide range of phones and tablets, including older and low-end devices.
The interface fits any screen resolution and can be customized with adjustable font/icon size and white/black color schemes. With a host of features (sequencer, polyphonic FM-, PWM- and noise synth, song editor with loop function etc.) Nanoloop offers other apps a run for their money.
Remixlive happens to be the winner of Google Play’s “Most Innovative Apps” award which gives an apt indication of its capacity to perform. With Remixlive, the user can mix loops, drum on pads & make tracks in minutes, shape the sound with FXs, sample editing, record music & share it.
Key features include: launching loops in perfect sync, finger drumming in real time, shaping the sound with 6 live-controllable FX + 6 beat repeat pads, playing in sync with any link-compatible app or Ableton Live.
The aforementioned apps dominate the market for music mixing in the Android OS. Musicians are advised to try them and find one that particularly fulfills their needs.
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