We report on the latest developments in phone and tablet music making
The iPad version of IK Multimedia’s
Syntronik offers sounds from 37 instruments, including tones from Moog, ARP, Roland, Yamaha and Oberheim synths. There are also effects and the option to create four-part multis.
The standard Syntronik app is actually free, and comes with 25 sounds, but if you want a fuller experience you can either buy all the app’s content for £38.99, or choose individual modules for £9.99 each. You can do some pretty serious and complex music making on an iPad, but there are times when you’d rather keep things fun and simple. Samplebot, a new app from A Tasty Pixel (creators of Audiobus) that enables you to record or import samples to the grid of pads, them play them back and create sequences.
You couldn’t call it deep, but for £4.99, you get an app that’s enjoyable and encourages you to think creatively. It might not be as sophisticated as their recording studios, but Abbey Road’s
Topline app could be useful if you want a simple tool for capturing your ideas and song sketches on the go. This is a three-track music creation app that enables you to import or record an initial track, then put another couple over the top of it. There’s not much more to it than that, but sometimes, that’s all you need, and the good news is that Topline is free.