If you love listening to music, and dream of making your own, but have never committed to learning an instrument, consider mixing up your own songs with one of these mobile apps.
We’ve come a long way from the days when making music required an extensive technical background. There are no gatekeepers anymore. No one who can stop you from making music if you really want to.
To make the process that much easier, we’re breaking down a list of the best music making mobile apps you can download today. Because why wait any longer to write that song you can’t get out of your head?
This is not a ranked list, but we will include our recommendation at the end.
How could we not include Garageband on this list? After years of hanging around, it’s still one of the best apps when it comes to making music. It’s been a staple for Mac users as long as it’s been around. With more mobile apps popping up than ever, Apple brought it to mobile. Garageband offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and more. If you’re on iOS, Garageband is an essential tool to have at your disposal.
You can download Garageband in the app store.
Ampify’s Groovebox is a sweet and simple recording app perfect for those interested in making beats and electronic music. It’s intuitive interface, synth, and drum machines makes creating beats and melodies a breeze. While the app is free, to unlock the true potential of the Groovebox, you may need to purchase some add-ons. So keep that in mind before you make your decision.
Other features of the Groovebox include an 8-track mixer, touchable instruments, and extra compatibility with iOS, as well as Ableton Live.
If you’re looking for a social community to instantly share your new creations, BandLab may be just the app for you. Available for both Android and iOS, BandLab makes collaboration easy, with seamless compatibility among collaborators, and an entire network of other musicians to interact with.
All revisions and versions of songs are stored, so you won’t need to worry about losing anything to a low battery. With unlimited storage, more than one hundred free MIDI-compatible instruments, and thousands of royalty-free loops, this is one app that every musician on a budget should consider.
This is another app that’s exclusive to iOS. Propellerhead’s Figure noticed a gap in the market for a music making app that focused on speed and simplicity, and promptly filled it. Figure gives you big sounding bass, drums, and lead synths for a variety of styles.
The easy-to-use touch interface helps even the most inexperienced musicians craft songs in minutes. Making music is as simple as sliding your finger along the screen. And if you want to get a little fancy, you can adjust the key, tempo, and tonality to your liking. One downside, however, is that Figure offers little when it comes to actually recording. You’re limited to two eight-beat bars that you can loop. Best for recording ideas on the fly.
5. Music Memos
Apple’s Music Memos app is another option for recording snippets of ideas, as well as trying out different arrangements on the fly. You can start recording with a simple tap, and the built-in iPhone mic will record high quality, uncompressed audio.
The best thing about this app may just be the backing band feature, that intelligently follows your recording. It not only analyzes the basic arrangement, but also suggests chords you played for each track. You don’t even have to worry about staying on time, because the arrangement slows up or speeds down for you. You can also organize your ideas with star ratings, so you never lose another speck of gold.
To be honest, you really can’t go wrong by choosing any of these. We can’t really tell you that one of these apps is all-around better than the others, because it really depends on what you’re using it for. If you want to record song ideas on the go with instrument or your voice, Music Memos is probably the right choice. If you want to create and share within a community, BandLab might be more your speed. And if you’re a complete beginner, Figure might be what you’re looking for.
Whatever you choose, I wish you luck on your music making journey. Now go forth, and create!