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5 Awesome Music Apps for iPad

If you love music, then the iPad has tons of great apps for you. From listening to music to making music, there is an app for everything, regardless of knowledge or skill – all that is needed is an imagination and the will to create!

Carry on reading for 5 awesome music iPad apps that will encourage you to think about using your iPad to create music, no experience necessary…

RjDj (Price: Free)

RjDj is a great example of the innovation typical to the iOS as a music platform. Arriving with 10 “Scenes”, RjDj works by taking ambient noises captured with the microphone which is part of the iPhone-style earbuds, and adds effects like reverb, delay and pitch-shifting.

Though admittedly some sounds work better than others, the principles behind RjDj are so novel and fun that any negatives are far outweighed by the interesting results which can be obtained. RjDj encourages us to find a different perspective on the daily humdrum sounds of life – it’s an interesting soundtrack indeed to even the most dull daily commute.

Bloom HD (Price: $3.9)

Bloom HD has been developed by legendary ambient music pioneer Brian Eno and sound artist/developer Peter Chilvers. The app is a mixture of sound design and interactive computer synthesis, able to create simple patterns with the tap of a finger, which are then translated into lush, beautiful tones.

When left idle, Bloom will produce its own generative synthesis and complementary visual effects. There are a few limitations to what can be achieved with Bloom HD, but this is owing to its simple design and ease of use rather than any inherent flaws.

Though Bloom HD is geared toward casual use by anybody, regardless of skill-set, there are a few settings to get stuck into and users can choose between “Classic”, “Infinite” and “Freestyle” modes for a deep and compelling user experience.

Seline HD (Price: $2.99)

Seline HD is the freshest take we’ve seen on a music app. It’s like a keyboard that’s been completely remapped into grids to create new improvisation possibilities on a touchscreen. The synthesizer includes 23 instruments, such as violins, flute, harpsichord and clarinet, and you can easily record your songs as WAV files that can be transferred to iTunes.

Overdubbing (layering tracks) is possible and encouraged, since it is an excellent way to create complex orchestrations. Two available onboard FX – grand stereo reverb and dub delay – are the finishing touch in the creation of the magical, delicate sonic heaven.This app is brilliant.

Magic Piano HD (Price: $2.99)

Sonic Mule are the developers behind many popular music-themed apps for iOS, such as Ocarina, Leaf Trombone, and I Am T-Pain. With Magic Piano HD, the team bring their own unique perspective to playing the piano on a touch screen device.

Magic Piano HD innovates further than any other piano-based app I’ve come across by giving the user much more to work with than just typical keys on a screen. With four keyboard options available, the UI is far more intuitive and will be particularly useful to the complete beginner, offering a traditional keyboard, a circular keyboard, a spiral keyboard, and one which illuminates beams of light.

Though a freestyle option is available, it is when playing Magic Piano HD’s “Songbook” that the app comes into its own. With 35 free songs available, it works almost like Guitar Hero, guiding the correct keys and timing. This is a really beautiful app that makes full use of the iPad’s increased screen space, surely one of the finest piano apps currently available.

Guitarist (Price:$3.99)

Guitarist is something of a hybrid music app, in that it will appeal to both the experienced musician and complete novice. Moo Cow Music have done a great job here visually and, though it’s very playable on the iPod Touch and iPhone, Guitarist truly shines on the extra screen space available with the iPad.

Guitarist comes with four separate interfaces, offering varying levels of flexibility and ease of use. “Hammer-On” removes the need to pluck or strum strings, so that a tap of the fretboard suffices to produce sound. “Tab Guitar” does the opposite and presents the user with a choice of strings to strum, while “Scale Guitar” shows many different guitar scales available for play. However, it is “Manual Fret” which most closely resembles real guitar playing and, with the range of effects available, can produce very impressive results.

Conclusion

Hopefully the 5 music apps above will encourage you to think of your iPad as a creative device. Most of the above apps are so simple that even a child can use them, and a few are perfect for making the morning commute that much more interesting. Have you got any other favourite novice-friendly music apps? If so, please let us know about them in the comments.

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