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Top 10 New iPad Music Apps for Musicians

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With the advent of iLife ’11 and in this case, especially GarageBand ’11 many people have been wondering whether GarageBand will ever appear on the iPad. Well, we don’t know the answer for sure, but we do know that it’s not available right now. Instead though, many great independent developers have created some incredible musical apps for the iPad. Their creativity knows no bounds. Take a look at this selection of ten of some of the most brilliant music apps available.

StompBox

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StompBox is an application that turns your iPad into a fully fledged digital effects unit, complete with chromatic guitar tuner, metronome and loop recording tools. StompBox allows you to build a rack of effects in any order and then save your settings as patches that can be recalled at the press of a button.

With StompBox you get the best of both worlds, a rack of professional sounding stereo effects (with far more control than simple foot pedals) and a foot controller to access a tuner and all your patches.

Simply listen through a pair of headphones, or attach to an external amplifier or hi-fi to truly experience the program in all its glory! StompBox uses stereo routing between effects, which results in a very professional sounding experience.

Price: $19.99/Download

NLogSynth PRO

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Professional Virtual Analogue Synthesizer. Supports external MIDI input via Line6′ Midi Mobilizer interface. Full MIDI implementation for note on/off including velocity control, pitch bend, sustain pedal, modulation wheel and assignable midi controller.

The N E X T L E V E L of IOS musical instruments:

– A PROFESSIONAL GRADE synthesizer in your pocket with extreme value

– 192 IMPRESSIVE FACTORY SOUNDS

– including fresh new soundset by the trance producer 7 Skies (www.7skies-music.com)

Price; $14.99/Download

SAS-1

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The SAS-1 is a nostalgic Virtual Analog Music synthesizer for iPad.
SAS-1 panel is an image with Oberheim OB-Xa.
If you know OB-X operations, SAS-1 is easy to operate.
But the sound is separate from the output.
However, the output tone is different from the OBX.
SAS-1 are monophonic (single note) is. Nostalgic, has become a key priority of the bass.

Free/Download

studio.HD

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studio.HD is the multitrack music creation app for songwriters, producers and musicians. It offers eight multilayered audio tracks (24 total tracks of playback!) with recording, editing, loops and effects. All under the command of an elegant iPad touch interface. Get your ideas down fast and start working with them anywhere.

From a rapper recording a rhyme on a beat – to a songwriter trying to catch the spark of a song before it goes, with voice, guitar and drum loop – to the dance producer trying out remix ideas at the airport – regardless of genre, studio.HD ignites your creativity. It’s also great for musicians to work out solo ideas, creating iMovie and Podcast soundtracks, or for just making cool party mixes for iTunes.

Price: $6.99/Download

JamPad

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JamPad is a digital multitouch jamming machine. Play up to 4 instruments at once: piano/keyboard, rhythm guitar/ukulele, electric guitar, and drum loop. Play rhythm guitar has never been so easy. Select a pattern and a chord and JamPad will strum automatically for you in synch with the tempo. Switch to any chords as you like in realtime. All the common chord progressions are available at your fingertips or you can define your own. Strumming and fingering patterns can be customizable to fit your own style. Slidable keyboard with 7 octave range. Included a lock switch if you don’t want to slide the keyboard around while playing. Electric guitar with virtual realistic vibrating strings. Drum loop can be customized using the onboard easy tracker.

Free/Download

KORG iELECTRIBE

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Korg’s ELECTRIBE·R has been coveted by dance musicians for ten years running. Today, this indispensable instrument has been reborn as a dedicated iPad app – the KORG iELECTRIBE virtual analog beatbox!

With the iELECTRIBE, sound creation is easy, fun and intuitive – just as on a vintage analog synthesizer. Simply choose a part (or sound) and touch the 16-step sequencer to quickly build a groove. This easy-to-use interface combines forces with the iPad’s 9.7” multi touch display to offer an intuitive "hardware" feel, sure to inspire and captivate the imagination of any user.

The iELECTRIBE faithfully recreates the historic ELECTRIBE·R’s entire sound engine and sequencer capabilities. In addition, it provides advanced Motion Sequencing, eight supercharged effect types, plus 64 new preset patterns that instantly allow the user to create music in a wide variety of dance and electronic music styles.

Price: $19.99/Download

Echo Piano™ Pro

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Echo Piano is a recordable virtual piano app. The control of the keyboard is the most special feature of this piano app. To reach all the keys during your performance you have to just slide the screen.

You can reach directly to any octave by taping any position of the keyboard-thumbnail which is above the keyboard to change the pitch.

You can concentrate and enjoy music with flexible and easy keyboard while your performance.

Price: $7.99/Download

Guitar Sight Reading & Fretboard Trainer

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Sight reading skills will give you access to written music. Sight reading is not difficult and with enough practice and proper tools everybody can develop it.

This app helps you to instantly find the notes on every part of the fretboard.

With improved sight reading skills you will find it easier to concentrate on other aspects of a music piece such as harmony, style, rhythm etc.

Price: $2.99/Download

AmpliTube for iPad

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Turn your iPad into the ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effect processor! Use the AmpliTube iRig interface adapter (www.amplitube.com/irig) to connect your guitar to your iPad and you are ready to rock!

Jam anytime, anywhere with world class guitar and bass tones right in the palm of your hand. AmpliTube for iPad gives you incredible ultra-realistic tones and modeling accuracy in a convenient and mobile app, from the leader in gear modeling software for professional recording studios.

Price: $19.99/Download

StudioTrack

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StudioTrack is a songwriting tool for musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPad. StudioTrack works with the iPad built-in microphone and headphones. WiFi sync allows StudioTrack recordings to be downloaded to any desktop computer with a browser. Tracks can then be loaded into any recording software (DAW) to continue working on songs. StudioTrack is developed by Sonoma Wire Works, makers of the FourTrack iPhone app and RiffWorks guitar recording software, and by Retronyms, makers of the top selling Recorder iPhone app.

Price: $39.99/Download

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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For hardcore music composers, I suggest that they should try the Ghostwriter Notes app. I bought the same app at http://www.majorspot.com and I can’t believe the functionality it has to offer. You can write notes on the music sheet and convert them to PDF’s. So cool!

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