The 17 top iPad apps for music production of 2017


hi everyone
this is Nu-Trix the Synth Guy and today it’s the day after Christmas. It is one
of the best week of the year to look back and appreciate all the tools that
we have today to make music. So I’m gonna take a little moment now and I’m gonna
show you my top app for music production on the iPad today. Here we go, the best
apps for making music in 2017. It doesn’t mean they were released in 2017.
It means that today, in this year, these are the app I’ve used and that I enjoyed
making music with. And I split it into different categories : the first one would
be DAWs so Digital Audio Worksations where you can do the whole thing:
recording, creating, mixing, editing. You do the whole production. So I’m gonna talk
about those. Then I’m gonna talk about what I call Beat Makers, where there
more than drum machines, there are more than a synthesizer but they can’t
usually record. So they’re kind of a limited inbox creation tool. Sometime I
can see them as sketch pad for ideas or getting inspired rapidly. And then when
it’s done you have to move it into a DAW, so you can really finish the
songs. But most time this is kind of limited in the finishing aspects of
things but it’s more than enough for first ideas creation. And sometimes
good enough for a lot of creation for music. The other category
would be synthesizers. Then you would have drum machine and finally tools,
utilities and other stuff that are not so sexy to have but you need them to be
able to make good music. So let’s start right away.
My favorite DAW for the iPad is Gadget so I go into Gadget. Gadget is one of the
best DAW you can find today on the market for iPad. I gonna load a new song.
You can all have all these different modules and then there
some of them I don’t have but you know you’ve got a bunch of them and what’s
cool about it this – 1- they sound good and – 2 – they’re powerful enough that you
can actually create your own sounds. Like if you look at those that comes with it
you know you’ve got stuff like this one and you can actually go in and modify
the sound. So there’s enough function, synthesis
wise to create your own sounds and there’s enough choices of different type
of modules that you can really create what you want. It goes from really, let’s
say, electronic to very Spacey, to old-school arcade sounds, to very analog. Some of them are really imitation of the original. Like
this one: the one they call the MONTPELLIER it’s an iMono/Poly from Korg and a
really cool sounding synth. So and there’s another video I talked about
that and some of my other videos so if you want to know more about Korg Gadget.
It is for me one of the best DAW to create to compose to do your own sounds.
And now you can even record it in it. So it becomes a full-fledged DAW.
I still don’t like to record and mix into that one. I do record in it
but I don’t mix using this one. I mix with using my second best choice for DAW
it is the AURIA Pro. AURIA Pro is a replacement of Pro Tools for
mixing your songs. It’s a whole mixer. You can actually go in and edit
the different effects you have. You can edit, you know I bought FABFILTER plugins
right into this and they cost a fraction of the cost you buy them for your
computer and they’re the same. You’ve got SATURN if you know FABFILTER
these are crazy crazy plugins that really sound good.
You also have PSP. Let’s just go here and show you all the list of the effects
you can have. And of course you can also load in and send to the different
apps that I have in my I pad. And I can use the other apps as a
insert effect, insert or a received or send for sound. So it’s a really powerful
DAW. I don’t use it for creation, for a music production. I use it for mixing and
just finishing touch and actually do also the mastering. So for
that part it’s super powerful for me in the way I work. So and then, between
going from Korg GADGET to Auria Pro, I use Dropbox. So right away, one of my tools that I use, utility software is Dropbox because it’s the
best way to go between these two apps without any problem. So that’s my
second one : Auria Pro, turn that one off. Then you’ve got Cubasis which is a
really cool sequencer also and a DAW. And then in the last year, they came up
with new effects that you can have and you can actually now have WAVES plugins. And just for that it’s a cool little… I didn’t use
too much CUBASIS in the last year because I was using GADGET. But because
of the WAVES plug-in now that you have in it, I might go back. Just
actually go and do my mastering using the limiter and stuff like that. So I’m
gonna rethink how I put it in my workflow now. Another really cool
especially cool if you have Cubase. In my case I don’t go back to the computer but
if you have Cubase in the computer that’s a really cool way to actually
save this and go into the computer. Now we were talking about earlier… Sorry I’m
gonna go back to … When we were talking about Gadget, one cool thing about Gadget
is if you have a song that you like and you want to finish it. You can actually
save it. There’s an export section. You can export in Ableton Live project and
then when you export it, you finish your song into Live. So if you are an Ableton Live user that’s one of the best way to start your song. Have all
these ideas, when it’s done you bounce them. They go into live and then you use
it. Then the top apps that are not DAWs because they
don’t give you the full aspect of creating a song but they’re what I call
sketch pads or beat boxes where there’s a there’s a drum machine. There’s at
least a synth or two and you can create section of a song really rapidly. One of
the cool release this year was GrooveBOX from Novation. And Groovebox is a
nice little tool where you can go and say “okay I’m gonna create a new song”.
Just new song. I’m gonna have a drum. Right away fast super interesting. There are ideas that
jumps right at you using this. It’s free! The only thing you want
or you can buy is more patterns and more banks of sounds, you can start with.
What’s the cool thing about this dough is if you say: “oh I like this”. You go into
the grid and get the MIDI notes. So you could actually… even if you don’t use the
final result here, you can actually just borrow the notes. You go, okay I like the
feel that I have, I like the notes that were played and you can
actually do this and really enter them into your favorite DAW. If you want to
export this, we actually can say in here “Project Ableton Live” here again so
you can actually export an Ableton Live project so that’s again a cool way
to export and send it to something else or you can just bounce some of these
sections and sounds. And export them to any other apps you want. Pretty cool! It’s
a fast and fun way to start a song. Another one that does a little bit of
the same thing which is new this year is the Skram. Skram it’s just a fun thing to
play with and again it creates, really rapidly, a song. You’ve got four units
playing at the same time. You can mute them each separately and you start, lets said with the drum. You go play, at the top. You want to edit, you switch this little
thing here and you can… Okay rapidly, we can,
you can play with the rhythm just like switching patterns of where these are
supposed to play. Okay go to the other one. This one here There’s an eject. You can eject an actually
load back in new sounds and you can buy more of these sounds if you want. So
there’s a bunch that comes with it and the other one they’re just stuff you can
buy for a couple of dollars for this. so it’s a fun easy really fast way to
create music. Exporting wise you initially export it to another app so
you copy. And then I could go right into Cubase. Copy here ready right into Auria Pro
and continue it. Or you can actually paste it to AudioCopy. And then from
there work my way into using somewhere else. What else? The other one I go back
often, because I love the feel and the way it plays. Presh start classic Korg arpeggiator. I have no release on that and
that’s why and that’s one synth and one drum.
Because you can have six different drums sounds and each of the drum sounds are a
full iMS-20 to create that sound. Okay. The noise was basically because
the sound I made has no release. It’s always on. Another one like that is the
Korg iPollySix which is pretty cool. You have again a beat box, a drum. The drum is
made of six different sounds. All of them are made off a full… if you click that
one, actually drop it down. You go mixer, sequencer. You can actually edit
each of them separately or go “Synth” and you have the synth of… that’s the kick. so
you can create with the whole poly six you use… You create a kick, a snare. So the
six of them are a full PolySix synth and then you’ve got two PolySix synths for
the two baseline and lead for example. So again it sounds well, it sounds
good, it’s something No latch off. Here we go. So another great
round two Synths, six drums. You can’t record any sound
into this it’s just a synthesizer dream. You create your own sound but then again
you can export. In this case you can export to… You just render the sound loop
and then use it somewhere else or you copy. You just copy paste somewhere else
like I usually do. What I’d like to do with these things that… because of
limite to ever like… a certain amount of sound for the drum and certain amount of sound
for the lead and the bass. It forces me to think about making a song right away
with these limits. And then, when it’s structured and feel like it’s a song.
Then I go in the DAW and then I open up to all the other options
that I can get. Then we go into the synthesizers. One of my best part. This
year we had the Odyssey from ARP, actually from Korg with the ARP Odyssei.
This is a great recreation of the original with the arpeggiator in it. It’s a
really cool synth. It sounds cool, either really clear. It can be very nasty also
and very… So another great little synth and it
works in Gadget if you want. There’s also iMono/Poly which just does the same… For
me this year was a Korg year. For the I apps there’s so many cool I apps for
music production from korg. This is the one I just showed you
earlier with the inside Gadget that we called the MONTPELIER and now you have it here. So it’s a full fledge iMono/Poly in an iPad mode. So this is my two new
ones for this year. And the two next one I really appreciate are the one that
from MOOG you’ve got ANIMOOG our ANIMOGUE. If you prefer. That’s an old one. This one
was released probably five years ago but it’s still… It sounds rich and you
can easily you can create really lush sounds with
them. So I’m gonna go see leads. It sounds good you know? And it’s made by MOOG, Mogue,
M009, whatever you wanna call it. Another one from them is one of my
favourite modular synth on the iPad it’s probably the only one that really does
the job correctly it’s called the model 15. And model 15 is a recreation of
an analogue rackmount or actually an analog modular synth from MOOG and then
you’ve got the filter, you’ve got all these cables you can actually connect
them where you want. And so it’s one of the great way, it’s a start you know
getting interested in modular synth even if you don’t have the cash for full
modular synth. This is under $50 and it sounds good. I mean even if you
don’t play any modular thing it just it just sounds good. So, just the sound themselves they sound
great and of course you can go in and modify them and you can zoom in and see
exactly where you are value-wise and zoom out. And there’s a
cool little… inside it there’s a what they called a tutorial here somewhere.
Manual, the manual itself. You can start the quicktime guide and open in tutorial
presets and it goes around how to use it and this is also a cool processing unit
you can send your sound from let’s say Auria Pro into this, process them by
all the features that you have in it and then send it back into Auria Pro as
an external processing unit. So pretty cool, pretty fun, it sounds good. So that’s
for my synthesizers and one of the classic I go back to. It’s I just
powerful, it’s Cassini from ice gear instrument. Cassini is a… I would
say, a powerful old-school synthesizer. Where there’s all these features.
Oscillator one, two and three and all of them have a lot of features. I kind of
see it like an hybrid synthesizer. Where some of the features seems to be
mimicking analog stuff and most of it is just like futuristic or modern they’ll
say most of the other features are modern version of a synthesizers. Every
aspect of Oscillator one, two and three, all of them they have a separate LFO. So you’ve
got a lot of manipulation you can have here. All of them have a
separate envelope and when you go to filter there’s another envelope : filter
one. And there’s another LFO just for filter one. Same thing for filter two, so
it’s really powerful. And delay and there’s an arpeggiator it is again
massively powerful. It kind of looks a little bit, I mean the graphic they tried,
I think to inspired by EleKtron. I never used it
Elektron myself so I don’t know how much it reacts the same way but I think that
at least for the design, the visual aspect they kind of got some of the
inspires from it. And it’s sounds good you know it’s just… So you can actually use this. There’s
global at the end and there’s different ways to use it how many notes you want
to use and the channel and all that. So pretty powerful everyday synth
the Cassini. So that’s my synth part. Then I go for beat and drum machines. The two I
used the most this year were SEEKBEATS and DM2 there’s also MV08 that was fun
to play but I can basically do the same with the other ones. I like ElasticDrums.
It’s still one that is cool to play with. But SEEKBEATS is the one I go
back to. It’s a very minimal ,kind of the interface, but what’s cool about is this:
I love the sound of it … All the sounds, let’s go to one. You’ve got
everything to control it and create the sound you want, you know. You want to
change the enveloppe? you’ve got enveloppes. The second one, then you get my snare. okay What’s cool about
this also is that you can actually go into random. I can randomize the sound. All the sounds. Or just some of them. I can save this.
I like this, you’re gonna take snapshot okay take snapshop all of it. When you
go back to recall snapshots. Oh this is my snapshot. In performance you can
record these snapshots and call them back okay there’s even panning from left to
right so it’s really powerful. And you can actually save the session and export
audio and then the sound. The export audio again is probably one of the
easiest way to take these and send it to another one. If you want to play the
sound in real time and just play. DM2. DM2 is again pretty powerful, keep in
mind I’d like to make my own sound so all the sound I have here are stuff
that I can actually create my own sounds pretty like electronic old sounding. It
makes me think of some of the stuff you can do with Reaktor. Actually this
use Pure Data as the engine behind it to create the synthesis. If you want
to click on here, you just mute the sounds, solo it and if you wanted
to go into drums you get all of these sounds separately. So you can easily go Sorry. So it’s easy to create a
rhythm with this. Well, let’s go to elastic drums also this one is pretty
cool. You can actually… when you play it. At the top you’ve got the graphic here and
when you play your placing the sound you have here. You can load it in
memory. You’ve got different sounds here. When you play different sounds,
when you play different sounds, you have the information for each of them. So you
can create the sound you want here. And when you want to arrange you can
put different patterns one after the other. You play in a new pattern. Then
to this one that’s gonna be my cue You can randomize
sequence instrument and everything. Just like: “okay randomized
everything” You know this is another way to just get : “like I never thought of
me that type of rhythm” but then you get this. Okay this is cool use this. I can
copy this, put into Gadget and make it into you know, use it as a building blocks
for my song. So I use this a little bit more like a sketch pad. And then
there’s tools. The basic tools I have to go back is always AduioShare
and AudioBus. AudioShare is the one I use the most because actually you can
record stuff. If I select this here I see the wave I can actually go in and
edit. I can normalize, if I want it to be normalized. I can trim, if I want
to trim. I can listen. I can normalize and then take that and put it into let’s say
Gadget to do a clip with that. So it’s the one I go back the most AudioShare because there’s this little editing suite in it so it’s just fine
for what I do. And the other one that that I actually got lately is TouchOSC. TouchOSC gives me
the opportunity to create a surface of control that can control anything. And now you
can actually go in. I’ve got two windows for this one. This one is to control the
circuit. This is to control the circuit. I can actually plug it in using MIDI and I
can use this as an interface to control the internal values of the
synthesizers. You’ve got the macros, you got patch, the pitch and all that. So now
that doesn’t work, that’s not connected. And this you can actually create
your own you can actually go in and say okay done
create my own it’s not on the iPad you created on your computer. So you can assign
the different knobs you want the size and what they’re sending and you can send
MIDI. So my favorite top apps for music production on the iPad this year are
GADGET number one, Auria pro number two Cubasis number three so these are my
favorite one. Music inspiration sketch pads I would
say: GrooveBox, really fast to create stuff that are really interesting from
Novation. Then I have my old stuff I go back to: the IMS 20 and the iPolySix
from Korg, really fun really rapid to play but more complete in a way. You’ve
got Skram, that is really interesting that came out this year, free. Then you
can buy more banks of sounds in it. And beatbox or drum machine wise : SEEKBEATS, DM2, ElasticDrums, the 3 that I really preferred the most this year. And to
finish: the tools that I use the most TouchOSC that’s really useful this year.
And AudioShare, because you need to be able to transfer files between the
different apps and AudioShare is really the one that I prefer because you can,
while copying, you can also save it in banks so you can use it somewhere else.
And you can also do some editing on it, trim it, than normalizing
it. So these are my best apps for this year. Now I’m really interested
to see what next year will bring us. I guess it’s gonna be cool. And that’s it
for me guys. If you like what I’m doing thumb up! If you’ve got question, write
them down. You’ve got other apps that you use that I haven’t talked about, I don’t
know all of them, write them in the comments below I’ll try to test them and
see what they do. There’s probably other ways to make music than my own. Which is
normal. So there are other apps are there that really are fun to play with. And
some of them I might not even know so feel free to write about it in the
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