Ever since the iPad was launched in April two years ago, there’s been a lot of development within the music industry in response to the introduction of this immediately popular product. Along with the iPhone, new and innovative ways have been created to identify, discover and create music.
I’m going to show you some of the ways having an iPad has changed the way we find and create music. To find out exactly how far it’s changed the way we do music, it’s important to highlight the static things; the unchanged aspects of our musical lives, as it allows us to highlight the extent to which the iPad has changed things.
Let’s dive in.
Creativity is a wonderful thing. A part of what makes it fun is through finding daily inspiration in almost everything we do. Whether you’re making music, creating great new digital illustrations, or trying to think of new ideas for your next photo project, there will always come a time when you need that little extra push. Fortunately, the sky’s the limit when it comes to pushing your creative boundaries on the iPad, thanks to these unique apps.
Though today’s list may consist of a few content creation apps, it will also contain entertainment and reference apps that simply aim to light that spark from within. We hope you find something new! Read on for more.
The act of listening to music on the iPad has long felt like a case of function-over-form, like using an appliance that you don’t really notice, much less care how it looks. Since the iPad’s release, the default Music app has only undergone one major design change, from humble iTunes re-skin to its current wood-paneled state. Track 8 from Ender Labs has higher aims, “borrowing” a few UI elements to make your music look every bit as good as it sounds. Read on past the break for the review of this unique and beautiful music player.
GarageBand for iPad is an amazing app for anyone with a stake in music at all. If you’ve never tried any sort of composition tool, GarageBand is the way to go. With its set of ‘smart’ instruments, it’s unparalleled in terms of ease of use. It has a drum kit/pads, a piano, guitar and an option to amplify your guitar when plugged in with something like iRig.
In this tutorial, I’m going to run through all the steps you’ll need to start using GarageBand as an extra instrument for your musical piece or as a way to compose music solely by itself.
If you have listened to the buzz about the music industry lately, you have heard of Spotify. Spotify is an online music service with a huge library of millions of songs. Although the Spotify app on the computer is free, adds pop up from time to time, and you can’t go mobile. All of this changes with Spotify Premium. Ads are gone, and you can access your Spotify library on all of your mobile devices be it iPhone, Android, and now the iPad.
Previously, to listen to Spotify on the iPad, you had to download the iPhone app. This was useful, but highly unproductive. If you have ever used an iPhone app on the iPad, you know the feeling of only using half of your iPad’s potential and pixels. Now all of this has changed with a completely new redesign just for the iPad – and it sure is beautiful.
I enjoy music a lot and I’m on a constant quest to discovery new music. Lucky for me there are a ton of resources and applications today that allow for a music nerd like myself to explore to almost endlessly. One of the places I always turn to is NPR.
National Public Radio produces a lot of amazing content. They seem to pay extra special attention to music with some solid regular programs such as All Songs Considered and World Cafe. There are others as well and when all combined they produce a substantial amount of high quality music related content. I say "content" because this ranges from live audio or video concerts, full radio programs, interviews, album previews and even things as basic as articles. Wouldn’t it be great to herd all of this stuff into one place? Thankfully NPR agrees and has created a specific iPad application aptly named NPR Music.
FL Studio’s move to iOS was unexpected, but their mobile music production suite has really got a lot to offer for when you’re away from your beloved desktop and you have an idea that you just have to get down. FL Studio Mobile HD allows you not just to input ideas, but develop them into fully-fledged songs with a suprising level of complexity.
I’m what you could call an FL Studio power user, so I felt right at home using it’s younger brother to compose ideas that I could immediately touch up on the desktop version. Even if you don’t use Fl Studio as your main DAW, or if you’re new to the music production scene altogether, Image-Line’s nifty app has a relatively steep learning curve, meaning you’ll have to sit with it for a little while before you familiarise yourself with the interface. This tutorial will guide you through the steps of producing an idea or even a full song right there on your iPad.
If I could think of one thing that I never did much on my iPad, it would probably be using it as a music player. I had a phone that did the same thing, so why bother? It used to be the farthest thing from my mind as I was busy using the iPad for other things like games, productivity, and reading.
That is, of course, until I came upon a little app known as Planetary.
Listening to music on an iOS device usually meant having to scroll through endless lists of songs and the occasional grid of album art. Isn’t it about time we moved away from all that and tried something new?
As a student, I am always on the go jumping from class to class, or hopping the bus to get across campus. My schedule does not work in tandem with my compositional desires. I used to revert to my voice recorder to try to grab any kind of melody that would pop into my head, until I met Symphony Pro for the iPad.
Symphony Pro is a fully-fledged music notation app designed exclusively for the iPad. With the portability of Apple’s tablet device, and the ease of use of iOS, let’s see how anyone can sit down and notate professional-looking sheet music on the go.
It’s rare to see a breathtaking game on iOS devices. While many support cute graphics, and others are going for the high definition aspect of the displays on the iPad and iPhone, few have actually been true experiments in visual representation. Sword & Sworcery changes that, with a game that is not only fun to play, but also to see, hear and experience.
I have the pleasure of reviewing this game for you below. This may be giving too much away, but this is a genuine work of art and storytelling, something to be remembered.