Best of 2016: iOS Apps For Musicians

Your iPad or iPhone can be the basis for your productions. We feel these iOS apps excel in their respective fields for musicians and producers looking to push their music making to the next level.  

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


While you're choices are personal, it should be pointed out that you chose two apps that came out last year and were on a lot of top ten lists for 2015--Patterning and Fugue Machine. (NOISE came out as an iPhone app last December, but it went through some changes in 2016. )

I wish you had taken one of those two spots and considered AUM, in my mind the best music app of 2016. Not just a new synth, drum machine, or effect, it was a category altogether of its own. For me it was something that I didn't know I needed, but now use almost every day. It is beautiful to look at, simple to learn, extremely powerful, and rock solid from the day it was released. AUM, along with Blocs Wave and Model 15, moved iOS music forward the most in 2016.

Also, I would argue that the 2016 advances in Korg Gadget rivaled the excellent ones in Cubasis 2. It's a much more powerful app in 2015 than it was in 2015.

Sooo, we're not considering Auria an app then?

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