Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fun Music Making Apps

I can't even clap in time but that doesn't mean I wouldn't love the ability to make music. A couple of these apps - Soundrop and Beatwave were two of my earliest apps and I often return to them to 'play'. Children, even very small children also have the ability to create really interesting music with these apps. I love the fact that they often get lost in these apps for long periods of time just sorting out something that sounds right to them.

Sound Prism: FREE
SoundPrism enables you to create beautiful music immediately without any previous knowledge. With its unique visualization of pitches and intuitive controls composing sophisticated melodies, tone and chord patterns becomes child's play. Record and email your compositions right from your device.

Soundrop: FREE
This must have been one of the first apps I downloaded. Draw lines and watch as Soundrop uses them to create music! Tap and Drag to draw a line and then drag the handles to edit or double tap to delete. Lots of fun to reposition and range lines to create multiple sound from the one drop.

Visual Instrument: FREE
The power of randomness combined with your touch creates an endless melody for your enjoyment. Jazz guitar virtuoso Paul Musso combined his musical knowledge with the programming and artwork of Bryan Leister to create this music-making application.

PatternMusic: FREE
Create compelling, original music on your iPad with PatternMusic. Designed to inspire creativity, learning and experimentation in music enthusiasts and experts alike. Create songs intuitively using layered instrument patterns. Play an interactive polyphonic musical instrument with over 50 different voices.

Beatwave: FREE
Beatwave offers a comprehensive range of instrument samples, and endless ways to mix n match them, all wrapped in a stunning visual interface that gives the most tone deaf would-be Dj the ability to create perfectly in sync hit tunes.

Beatforge: $0.99 AU
BeatForge making music is as easy as pushing a button. You just light them up to trigger the different drums, synths, and all kinds of other sounds. Everything is kept in perfect time for you. No matter when you tap, the sequencer will set the sound at the perfect moment.

eDrops Nature: $0.99 AU
Create your own awesome relaxing ambiences playing with the sound. Five minutes using this app will reduce your stress level about 50%. In the Top Ten Apps in 8 different countries. Create amazing sound textures and loops with thousands of combinations.

Figure: $0.99 AU
Figure is the fun music-making app for instant inspiration. Create an addictive beat before the next bus stop or lay down a beefy bass line while waiting in line at the bank. Figure will have you making music within seconds yet is deep enough for endless play on a transatlantic flight.

Music Bubbles HD: $0.99
Tap and create a few bubbles! Let it play and you will soon discover the best chill-out music application out there. 30 bubbles on the canvas and set the tempo to get your rhythm. Just pause the tune and organize your canvas by moving or deleting bubbles. Once you're done, sit back and enjoy!

Orphion: $3.99 AU
Orphion is a musical instrument with a unique sound between string instrument and percussion. Everyone can play expressive, wonderful sounds and easy or virtuosic melodies on it just by moving fingers on virtual pads. Create soundscapes and melodies without prior musical knowledge.


  1. Have you tried NodeBeat or Reactable?

  2. I look forward to having a deeper look at this site. Apps are slowly but surely being used more in teaching at my school.


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