Being a musician is great! You are doing what you love and sharing that with an audience that loves what you do. Sounds idyllic, right? To us, your fans, you are living your dream. We aren’t aware of the crazy travel schedules from city to city, being away from your family for weeks on end, surviving on soul-stealing take-out food and trying to write songs in a crowded truck stop. You need something to help you with your craft, something to help ease the road burnout and keep you creating.
Well the answer is technology. Everyone can mostly agree that Apple has some amazing products and that goes for the apps that have been developed for them as well. Hopefully the apps below can help you in your creative music career, while on the road and off.
By Griffin Technology (Free)
The iTalk Recorder is a full-featured recording app with a sleek and an easy to use user interface. You can also add to pre existing recordings, choose from three levels of recording and manage your recordings, all with just click of a button in one place. The iTalk Recorder can also email recordings straight from iTalk and also supports direct file sharing through iTunes.
By BestBefore Media Ltd (Free)
Audioboo is an app for recording and sharing your voice with the world. This free version allows you to create audio up to 3 minutes in length and post that to your own account on the web. You can add titles, tags, geolocation info and a photo to the recording before you upload it and it will save all that with your file. Your audio can then be shared on your social media channels by managing your account at Audioboo.
By Apple ($4.99)
GarageBand turns your Apple Products be they an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and into a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play various instruments such as pianos, organs, guitars, etc… They sound and play like the real thing. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Gather your band members to play and record with Jam Session. It also has a built-in microphone or guitar to record or capture any of your performances. You can also mix up to eight tracks to create a song you can share in email or send directly to Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud.
By Alexander Gross ($14.99)
Music Studio offers a complete music production. It is compatible with the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch and has features and a sound quality previously only known to desktop applications and expensive audio hardware.
It combines a piano keyboard, 66 studio-quality instruments with sustain, a fully fledged 127-track sequencer, extensive note editing, reverb, real-time effects and much more on a user-friendly interface. Bring on the creativity!
Hokusai Audio Editor
By Wooji Juice Ltd (Free)
Hokusai is a multitrack audio editor for iPhone or iPad. Record or import a track, and make it sound the way you want it to: not just trimming the ends, but full cut, copy, paste and delete, and a suite of filters and special effects available.
Edit many tracks side-by-side, mix them together, and export to wave or mp4 format — then transfer them to your computer via USB or Dropbox, or send them to another app on your device.
By Sonosaurus LLC ($8.99)
For the performing musician, this app is awesome for soloing on an instrument you didn't bring along. Play in any key, any style -- go from a string ensemble to a wailing guitar. ThumbJam was developed and tested by musicians to feel and sounds like a real instrument. You can see some example videos and audio at thumbjam.com.
By NOTION Music, Inc. ($14.99)
Notion, is a notation editor and playback tool for your iPad, giving you the convenience of an easy-to-use music creation tool right at your fingertips. You can capture your musical ideas anytime, and with the mobility of the iPad, you can take this helpful application anywhere. Notion is perfect for the musician who is traveling to various gigs and what not.
What would you suggest for other apps?