Dipping your toes in music production? Or are you a pro who wants an easy-to-use music-making app to record a demo when inspiration strikes? Fortunately, there are tonnes of music-making apps available on both iOS and Android that allow you to record demos and even full songs in no time!
Music-Making Apps: Our Top Picks
GarageBand is undoubtedly one of the most popular music-making apps. The app is well-stocked and includes a full library with a beat sequence; a live loop DJ feature; a 32-track performance; 100 EDM- and Hip-Hop–inspired synth sounds; guitar and bass amps and effects; and 28 beat‑making drummers and 3 percussionists, to name but a few. Best of all, it is free to download. The downside? It is only available on iOS.
SoundTrap is a digital audio workstation owned by Spotify. It is easy to use and great for beginners. The music-making app includes inputs for guitar, bass and keys; a collaboration feature; the ability to input and export MIDI files and external instruments; a beat maker; a loop library and so much more. Available on browser, iOS and Android, SoundTrap is quickly becoming GarageBand’s main competitor.
Walk Band is the unofficial GarageBand for Android. Although it is definitely not as comprehensive as SoundTrap, it is a nifty tool for beginners or people who just want to play with sounds. It brings almost all GarageBand features to Android, including virtual instruments, a drum machine, a multi-track synthesizer and high-quality output.
Cubasis 3 is another iOS-only app. Thanks to its limitless features, it offers a near-desktop-level music production experience. Steinberg’s music-making app includes almost everything you would get with a desktop DAW. Features include rearrangeable insert and send effects, group tracks, effect presets and a cutting-edge mixer. If you are a professional producer on the go, it’s definitely worth the money!
BandLab is a freemium music-making app available on both iOS and Android. One of the best things about BandLab is that it allows real-time collaboration. Therefore, you can easily work with someone in real-time, even if you are in different parts of the world. You can also share your music with the BandLab community, and receive feedback via social features such as video sharing and messaging.