With the development of new technology, new media musicians are able to perfect their craft in ways that were not possible before. Smartphone apps have made it easier for these individuals to create music on the go, and upload it to the Internet, so that tracks can instantly be listened to by millions of music lovers around the world. Let’s take a look and find out which apps are the most useful to aspiring new media musicians.
BeatMaker 2 by INTUA
According to Intua.net, BeatMaker 2 is a music production app for the iPhone that allows you to build your own music studio. With this app, you have access to the following:
- Drum Machine
- Keyboard Sampler
- Multi-Track Sequencer
- Wave Editor
- Mixer Console
BeatMaker 2 also comes with a large sound bank and allows you to transfer your files from your phone to your computer.
You can purchase the app from the iTunes Store for $19.99.
PocketBand Uloops Pro by SoundBits
PocketBand is an app for the Android phone. It’s described by market.android.com as having “a whole music studio in your pocket!” With this app, you get the following:
- Collaboration feature, which enables you to work on music with friends.
- Export MP3’s or ringtones.
Currently, there are two versions of PocketBand available for download, there is PocketBand Lite which is free, however, it lacks some of the added features that the paid version, PocketBand Pro, has.
According to pocketband.net, Users who download PocketBand Lite will notice some features will have a lock next to them, indicating that you need PocketBand Pro to use them.
PocketBand Pro can be purchased for $9.99 at the Android Market.
GigBaby by iometics
According to ioMetics.info, the GigBaby app is “a practice, rehearsal and performance tool for musicians that play solo or in groups.”
- Four track recorder
- Drum machine
- Set list manager
- Share songs with others
Like PocketBand, GigBaby comes with a free version and a paid version. There are not many differences between the paid version and the free version of GigBaby. Paying the extra $0.99 simply allows you to have more setlists than the free version.
You can download GigBaby at the iTunes Store.
Musical Pro by Christopher Souvey
Musical is a nifty app for anyone in the music industry. With Musical, it’s like you are carrying around an entire music studio in your phone.
- Pitch pipe
- Instruments: Piano, Keyboard and Drums
- Experiment feature: Learn how to play songs on the Piano!
Musical Pro is available for $3.99 at the Android Market. You can download a version with ads for free.
VoiceJam by TC-Helicon
VoiceJam is an iPhone application that allows the user to record a song with their voice alone. With VoiceJam, no instruments or sheet music are needed to create something truly unique.
- Includes iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad HD support
- In-App Purchase of HardTune Vocal FX
- In-App Purchase of Reverb
- Undo, reverse, 2x, loop mixing, and instant re-triggering.
- Performance Recorder
- Share creations online with SoundCloud
- Helpful audio tutorial
- Audio Copy/Paste
VoiceJam is $6.99 and can be downloaded from the iTunes store.