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iOS Buying Guides
How to find the right iOS-compatible audio equipment to help make you a better playing and sounding guitarist
By Ryan Piercy
As part of iOS Month at Musician’s Friend, we’ve compiled a list of the top music apps to help you do more with your phone and tablet than you ever thought possible. Making music with a mobile device is no longer a novelty, as these apps can transform your iPhone or iPad into a musical instrument, a recording workstation, digital turntables, and more! All are available for download at the Apple App Store.
Apple’s iOS has rapidly become a serious platform for musicians who use its numerous apps to work efficiently, especially on the go. Whether creating pro-quality recordings, performing, sharing music with your band, or getting in more practice, players at all levels are using their iPads and iPhones as a hub for their musical exploits.
In the not-too-distant past, making a decent audio recording took lots of expensive, complicated gear, as well as assistance from trained professionals who knew how to operate that gear. Then, as recording technology eventually became more compact and affordable, do-it-yourself musicians were able to build small studios capable of producing demo-quality recordings from the comfort of their own homes.
With all the gear, apps, and software now available for musicians on the go, the cliché “you can’t take it with you” has never been less true. Using your smartphone or tablet, there’s a new world of portable music recording, performance, and creation possibilities at your fingertips.
The enormous popularity of the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch and their Android counterparts has spawned an inspiring array of gear with which you can create anything from your own guitar effects lab to sophisticated, great-sounding recordings. If you’re a DJ or play live, iOS and Android apps in conjunction with compatible interfaces and controllers can help you put on amazing, seamless shows.