Musicians come in all shapes and sizes. You may be a woodwind player in an orchestra or a guitar player in a rock band. That makes the subject of musician apps a little difficult to approach. There are many types who have many needs. We have a decent list here that should help most people. However, we encourage musicians to leave a comment with apps that have helped them. Here are the best musician apps for Android.
BandLab is one of a few fairly decent DAWs on Android. The app lets you record your own music. Additionally, it has a 12-track mix editor, unlimited project sizes, various musical effects, a metronome, and track remixing. Most editing apps usually work best with electronic music. However, this one seems geared more toward physical musical instruments. Most people seem to like it despite its steeper than average learning curve. It has the occasional issue in our testing, but nothing major. This should work for most simple recording and editing tasks.
Caustic 3 is another mobile DAW app. This one is more for electronic and vocal-centric styles. It’s similar in scope to apps like Fruity Loops and Edjing (two more excellent musician apps). You pick a bunch of virtual machines that make virtual noises. You then combine them together to make songs. The app also lets you record your own vocals, cross-platform support with its PC app, and more. Apps like this usually go for vastly more than $0.99. That makes this one a steal and easier to recommend than the others, even if the others work just as well.
gStrings Tuner started out as a guitar tuner app. It now works for virtually everything. That includes woodwinds, stringed instruments, and even your own voice. It also supports a variety of frequencies. A simple UI rounds out the experience. This is a good app for practically any musician. You can tune virtually anything with it. You can get it for free as long as you don’t mind advertising. The paid version costs $3.99. It’s definitely one of the best musician apps.
Hi-Q is a competent voice recorder app. It does the basics like record your voice and that’s really all it needs to do. However, there are some extra features here as well. It includes 44kHz audio sampling, MP3 recordings, and support for WAV, OGG, M4A, and even FLAC formats. There are also gain controls. This should work great for musicians who want to record new ideas or songs that they are working on. Most voice recorder apps will do that. However, this one just adds that little extra and we liked that. It’s also relatively inexpensive at $3.49 for the pro version.
Metronome Beats is one of many metronome apps. This one happens to be free. It supports one to 300 beats per minute. It can also accent the first beat of a bar, show Italian tempo markings, and more. You can even tap the screen to define your own beat. The app supports background play. Thus, you can move over to other apps while the beat plays. This one may not work for everyone. Thankfully, there are tons of options to play with. This one seemed to work well, though.
MuseScore among the best musician apps for sheet music. It offers a ton of sheet music options from its online community. There is also a desktop version. The desktop version allows you to notate music. You can even upload your own as long as it’s in the right format. It takes a bit of work to properly get into. However, it’s a great little community. You can also play the sheet music at various tempos. It can display only portions that you want to practice as well. It works well. The pro version removes limitations and adds a few features.
Perfect Ear one of the better musician apps for aural skills. It teaches how to learn sounds by ear. The app can also do rhythms. Some of the other features include customizable exercises, customizable scales, music theory articles, and more. It may not get you to professional levels. However, ear training is valuable for most musicians. The app is free to download. You can purchase additional stuff as in-app purchases.
SoundCloud and ReverbNation are excellent musician apps. They offer cheap, quick spots to upload music. That’s helpful for things like sharing your music with other people or listening to it on multiple devices. SoundCloud allows you to upload a certain amount of music for free. You’ll have to pay for it after you hit your limit. ReverbNation also offers free services. You can get more features if you pay for their subscription. You can go with either one or both. It’s your call. YouTube is another excellent spot for independent music uploads by musicians. That one is free but you need to give it a video component to work.
Vivace teaches people how to read sheet music. The app includes all 15 key signatures, the five more popular clefs, step-by-step tutorials, and more. It also includes both English and Italian note names. You can view tutorials, use the trainer, and then practice what you’ve learned. That’s about it, really. Reading sheet music isn’t all that difficult. However, it is a valuable skill. You can pick up the app for free and get the pro version for $1.49.
Yousician is a fairly comprehensive learning tool for musicians. Obviously, this app is best for beginners, although there are lessons for more advanced players as well. It includes lessons for guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele. You basically play along with songs and the app teaches things like music theory and finger placement. The app contains over 1,500 things to do (with video) and weekly challenges for fun. The subscription for this is fairly expensive. However, hiring a trainer would probably actually cost more so it’s not a bad deal from that perspective.
There are a lot of places to buy music gear. Guitar Center, Sam Ash, regional stores, used stores, and even large retailers like Amazon. Musicians needs their music gear, obviously. They may also need headphones for mastering, amplification, picks, reeds, replacement parts, and other stuff. Google Maps is another excellent app for finding local shops that may not have their own apps. It’s worth knowing where the good stuff is in your town.
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