App watch

We re­port on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in phone and tablet mu­sic mak­ing

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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.

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