Best of 2014: iOS Apps for Musicians & DJs

Do you use your iPhone or iPad as a music creation device? Making it a part of your music making or controlling workflow is easier than ever with the right apps. Here's 11 of our favorites from 2014.  
It was so hard to choose a top 11 iOS music making apps for musicians, producers and DJs, but we eventually did and have listed them in alphabetical order below.

Akai Pro iMPC Pro

Are you looking for a well-designed, easy-to-use MPC app for iPad? Akai Pro's new iMPC Pro app provides serious sampling and audio editing options, a great sequencer, cool FX and more!

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Price: $12.99 / £8.99

Pros: Very well designed. Easy to learn and use. Excellent sampling and audio editing options. Great sequencer and cool FX. A huge amount of functionality for the money. Crazy good value. 

Cons: Like most serious apps, you'll have a smoother ride on newer hardware.

Web: iOS App Store /

Algoriddim djay 2.5

Algoriddim's djay 2.5 has received an interesting update for any Spotify subscribers out there. And there's more that just full integration of this music streaming service as Tadhg Leonard discovers.

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Price: $4.99 (excluding in-app purchases) / Upgrade: Free

Pros: 20 million tracks available to mix one of the best DJ apps around. Match feature.

Cons: Can't record your mix for copyright reasons. Can't offline Spotify playlists, meaning you will need to depend on Wi-Fi during gigs.


Cakewalk ScratchPad HD (iPad)

Want to mashup your iPad? Well, not literally... but, create mashups on your iPad? Cakewalk (famous for their flagship DAW, Sonar) have an app for that. Hollin Jones checks it out.

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Price: $4.99 / £2.99

Pros: Fun and accessible app, well priced, will appeal to musicians of all levels. 

Cons: Some effects would be nice. Not possible to freeze effects like stutter. A way to automate envelopes would be nice.


Futucraft Cotracks

There's iPad apps aplenty floating around for musicians, so what makes Cotracks stand out from the crowd? As its name suggests, Cotracks enables more than one person to collaborate on a single iPad.

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Price: Â£10.49 / $14.99

Pros: Innovative interface, ability to support 4 users at once, good editing functions.

Cons: Where's the mixer? No overdub function.

Web: and on the App Store

IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange (iPad)

Orange Amplifiers have been a long-time favorite among guitarists and the new IK Multimedia AmpliTube Orange App allows you to take the legendary Orange rig and effects with you on the go.

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Price: AmpliTube Orange for iPhone/iPod touch and AmpliTube Orange for iPad for $14.99/€13.99 each. 

  • The 4-Track recorder and 8-Track recorder with master effects section on iPhone and iPad cost $9.99/€8.99 and $14.99/€13.99 respectively as an in-app purchase.
  • AmpliTube Orange is also available as a bundle for existing AmpliTube users for $14.99/€13.99 as an in-app purchase. Individual gear models are also available for in-app purchase, with prices ranging from $2.99/€2.69 to $6.99/€5.99.

Pros: Great sounding simulations of Orange amps & cabinets, Stompbox effects, Song Mode allows you to jam along to your fav recordings.

Cons: Recorder Included is only one channel, upgrade to eight track recorder is an additional purchase.


Korg Gadget (iPad)

Despite the fact we had already reviewing Korg Gadget when it was first released, Toby Pitman took such a nine to it, he insisted upon doing another review! Check it out!

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Price: $29.99 USD

Pros: It's a whole lot of fun for the money!! Great sounds and easy to use sequencing. 

Cons: Not cheap. Keyboard is a bit fiddly so an external controller keyboard is nice but not essential.


Positive Grid Final Touch (iPad)

The days of moving from your iPad back to a desktop to master your tracks may be over'¦ Hollin Jones adds the extra shine to his mixes in .

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Price: Â£13.99 / $19.99

Pros: Affordable. Powerful but has a gentle learning curve. Sounds great. Fills a gap in your iPad production toolbox. 

Cons: A web server option for data import and export would be nice. 


Propellerhead Take

Propellerhead Take app

If you're looking for an innovative and intuitive audio recording app for the iOS platform, then Propellerhead's Take fits the bill. Ideal for recording vocals or any acoustic instruments, the focus is on capturing ideas and making it fun. But there's a serious side too. You can use this in conjunction with the Figure app and version 1.3 now supports the Propellerhead music collaboration and sharing service.

Although we didn't officially review it in 2014, we feel Take deserves to be on this list!

Price: FREE

Pros: Makes recording ideas anywhere easy and fun, decent selection of effects, works with Figure and sharing services, it's free!

Cons: Not officially compatible for iPhone 4 or lower models.


TKFX (iPad)

Native Instruments' Traktor is possibly the most popular DJ platform around. So it's no surprise that there's now an iOS based controller for Traktor Pro available. Hollin Jones puts it to the test.

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Price: Free, in-app purchases $0.99

Pros: Excellent hands-on control of Traktor effects. Inexpensive. Store presets. Hold button for maintaining effects on. 

Cons: Could arguably benefit from a little colour variation to aid visual navigation between sections.


If you're looking for a loop and sample-based sequencer for your favorite iOS device, then you need to check out triqtraq. G. W. Childs gives it a complete testing in this review.

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Price: $2.99

Pros: Like a mixture of nanoloop, Figure and Ableton Live Lite, incredible price, deep sequencing ability. 

Cons: None at this price.


zerodebug touchAble 3

If you thought controlling Ableton Live using your iPad had to be serious and limited, think again. touchAble 3 redefines how useful an iPad can be... and how fun it can be as an Ableton controller.

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Price: $28.99 USD (limited-offer); $21.99 USD for the Live Device Template Pack.

Pros: Easy to configure. Highly intuitive. Innovative feature set. Loads of fun.

Cons: Limited audio clip editing. Occasional lack of clip parameter synchronization with host.

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