Rox: Best music industry appsWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are anything like me, you find comfort in knowing “there’s an app for that.”
When I got a smart phone I made the decision to use it for more than games and other mundane apps. It can be hard to avoid the lure of game requests on social media and it did not take long to figure out how much time I was wasting. I started searching to learn more about what apps could offer as far as music education and discovered a few fun (some were free) apps for artists.
These music applications are not a secret, but I don’t hear much about artists taking full advantage of their mobile devices. We need to move past all the music player options and radio stations to discover hidden gems that make that mobile device worth having.
Below you will find descriptions of some of the apps I find to be helpful for the artist on the go. I found that there are similar Android apps available for every iPhone/iPad app mentioned. Venture beyond your regular pastime and get familiar with what your mobile device can offer you musically.
On The Music Path (iPad, Free)
This is for the musicians and aspiring musicians who can use the wealth of information offered in this app. Lessons in a variety of instruments adds versatility and unlimited options make this app invaluable. Of course there is a fee involved for lessons but it is considerably less (and more convenient) than actual lessons.
DM1 The Drum Machine (iPhone, iPad – $1.99-$4.99)
Beat-makers will thoroughly enjoy this advanced vintage drum machine app, for an affordable price. The interface resembles a beat machine and has sound effects over each simulated drum pad. Take the studio with you and enjoy features such as 64 electronic drum kits, sequencer mixer and more.
iMPC by Akai (iPad – $6.99)
Every hip-hop producer should know this industry standard. Akai offers only a taste of its pricey standalone unit used to create most of the famous hip-hop beats in the ’90s and ’00s. It was a standard during the golden era of hip-hop, influencing the sound of production giants like Detroit’s J Dilla and Waajeed. This app is intriguing, functional and capable of creating a new way for you to enjoy your mobile device. You cannot sequence or edit samples; if you could, the standalone unit would be null and void. But there are still hours of fun and exploration as you play around with a MPC interface and sample.
DUBSTEP/Loops/Keyboard/Drums (iPhone/iPad – 99 cents)
Who could resist America’s newest genre of music to invade pop culture? One of 2013′s top 15 apps DUBSTEP is worth the purchase for those looking to expand their musical palette and try something new, this is the perfect app. Take your production to new heights with electronic music and apply it to freshen up your sound.
B-Rhymes Dictionary (Android, iPhone, iPad – Free)
Rappers can write lyrics on the go and get a little assistance in the process. A simple easy to use app that finds words that rhyme, B-Rhymes can take the place of a game for any lyricist that finds time to write and it’s free!
MOGUL Songwriting & Recording Studio (iPhone, iPad – Free)
The app that says it was made with the Hip-Hop artist in mind. Write lyrics, make beats or import vocals to create a track. This app offers synonyms, antonyms and rhymes for the songwriter and a small multi-track studio for producers.
Lyric Writer (Android – Free)
This songwriter app came with great reviews and the free download has a $1.99 Pro Upgrade. Writers can organize their lyrics as well as save and import via SD card. The pro upgrade offers playlist management a back-up system and media player.
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