As has been discussed in part one of this series, there are many resources available to musicians that have a smartphone or a tablet. There are so many apps available to help musicians, regardless of their skill level, instrument, or style of play. If you’re looking for help learning, practicing, recording, or preparing for a musical performance, here are a few apps that we think can help you.
Lyrics apps can be helpful since even the best musicians forget lyrics sometimes. Lyrically provides access to lyrics for more than a million songs, so if you’re learning by playing cover songs or just enjoy playing covers for fun, this is an excellent app for you. One great feature that sets Lyrically apart is that it can recognize the music you’re playing and display the lyrics for you without you having to manually search. Lyrically is available for both Android and iOS devices.
High quality sound recording is important for many musicians. While, obviously, mobile recording is never going to be up to studio quality standards, some apps like RecForge Pro do a surprisingly good job. Considered by musicians to be a serious audio recorder, it records in various formats including mp3, ogg, or wav. RecForge Pro allows you to edit your recordings, convert them between formats, and store them in the cloud. Additionally, RecForge Pro provides a variety of tools and settings so you can get your recording just right. RecForge Pro is available on Android from the Google Play Store and it’s recommended that you purchase a microphone to use with your handset.
DJ Studio 5
If you’re looking for a free DJ app for Android, look no further than DJ Studio 5. DJ Studio 5 is a virtual turntable that allows you to mix, remix, scratch, loop, or pitch your music right from your phone. While this app isn’t necessarily professional DJ quality, it can provide a good place to mess around and try out mixing music. Conveniently, this app doesn’t feature ads or hidden charges. DJ Studio 5 is highly-rated by users and is available for Android on the Google Play Store.
Android users that are unable to enjoy Apple’s acclaimed GarageBand app should try Caustic 3. Caustic 3 is a great app for creating music from your Android phone. Inspired by rack-mount synthesizers, Caustic 3 allows you to add up to 14 machines with a wide range of choices to pick from. There are also 16 effect types, 2 of which can be added to each machine. Caustic 3 supports automation on most controls and has powerful editors to modify your recordings with. The app is free to use, but a paid version enables you to import and export files. Caustic 3 is available for Android on the Google Play Store.
If you’re new to music and you have an iPhone, you should check out Magic Piano. Magic Piano lets you play around with a virtual piano to play music. The app enables you to play along with plenty of the latest hits. This app is somewhere between a rhythm game and an exercise that’ll show you whether or not you’d enjoy playing the piano. And, if you’re already a piano player, this app is a fun way to play around with music that you can take on-the-go. Pick up Magic Piano from Apple’s App Store.
Are you interested in creating beats using only your phone? If so, you should give iMaschine a shot. The app gives you 16 pads and a keyboard so you can make a beat and add a melody. Sample right from your iTunes library or record samples using your phone’s microphone. iMaschine is a simple but fun way to play around and create beats. iMaschine is available on Apple’s App Store.
Songsterr Tabs & Chords
Do you practice playing guitar, bass, or drums using tabs and chords? If so, you should check out Songsterr Tabs & Chords. This free app, which does offer a subscription based service, will give you access to over 500,000 high quality tabs for the guitar, bass, or drums. These tabs are available for people of various skill levels and you have the ability to slow the tabs down to half speed to help you learn. Enjoy playing new songs using the high quality tabs available on Songsterr Tabs & Chords, available on the Apple App Store.
Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD
For musicians specifically looking for an app that gives you access to guitar tabs, Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD is the perfect choice. Choose from a selection of over 800,000 tabs and chords. Considered to be an excellent learning aid, this app will teach you to play the guitar using special interactive tabs. As an added bonus, Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD also provides a guitar tuner that uses your device’s mic and a metronome as well. Aiming to provide you with everything you need to practice and play new songs on the guitar, Ultimate Guitar Tabs HD is an essential. It’s available for the iPhone and iPad on Apple’s App Store.
Vocal Warm Up
If you’re a singer or vocalist, Vocal Warm Up is a great app to have. Vocal Warm Up provides daily warm up exercises which will help you improve your tone, breath control, and stamina. Whether you’re a pop singer, rock vocalist, or karaoke performer, you know how important it is to regularly exercise your voice. With Vocal Warm Up, as your skill level increases, you can also update your exercises. If you’re looking to stay up-to-date with all the latest singing techniques and trends, get Vocal Warm Up from Apple’s App Store today.
Want even more apps? Check out 9 Apps for Musicians.