iOS music links – information, developer and other resources

finger press app buttonGiven the growing popularity of iOS as a music making platform, there is a corresponding growth in cool places online where you can find out more about mobile music technology, the best music apps, associated hardware or pick the brains of other iOS music producers.

This page collects some of the best links currently available and I’ll add more stuff as I find it. I’m bound to have missed plenty of sites/people/things (sorry!) so, if you know of a link that you think ought to be added here and want to share it with others in the mobile music making community, then please do let me know.

Mobile music making websites

Websites that focus on the wonderful world of iOS/mobile music technology. Some of these are more active than others but there is some interesting material on all these sites.

Apptronica – A netlabel and digital magazine dedicated to iOS made music
iOS Musician
IDesignSound (now, unfortunately, closed for business)
Apps For Music Production
iOS Music & You (including an excellent Podcast)
iOS Music Org
SmiteMater Music
thesoundtestroom – YouTube channel with lots of iOS-related content
thesoundtestroom – …. and now also a website from Doug :-)
iOS Recording
Tarekith – blog covering all sorts of music tech issues including iOS
Touch Producer
iPad Music Apps
Pro Music Apps
Create Digital Music
Touch Music Podcast
iOS Beats
Music Apps (in Portuguese but translates OK in Google Chrome)
MusicAppNews – very useful headline compilation website from the best iOS music blogs.
iOS MARS – sadly, looking like it is now closed :-(
SynthPatcher – a site to connect musicans/share iOS synth patches
The iOS Musician Facebook page – a facebook group where like-minded iOS musicians can get social
iOS Musicians Forum – run by Jeff Pester and Conor Teahan, this new forum is designed to discuss all things iOS music.
Mobile Music Production – or momupro for short; an excellent mobile music making website.
Unstringed – iOS music app blog aimed at guitar players
oh… and the Music App Blog :-)

Music app developers and hardware manufacturers

A list of some of the key music app developers and hardware manufacturers that make products aimed at the mobile musician.

2beat – developer of the Oscilab app
4 Pockets Audio – developers of Aurora, Stompbox and Meteor apps
AffinityBlue – developers of the NodeBeat music creation app
Agile Partners – AmpKit, Guitar Toolkit and others
Akai – developer of the SynthStation app amongst others and iOS compatible keyboards
Alesis – – manufacturer of iOS compatible music hardware including the IO Dock.
Alexandernaut – developer of Arpeggionome
Alex Matheu – developer behind the Sliver and Glitchbreaks apps
Alex Nadzharov – developer of the Phawuo mono synth for iPad
Alexander Zolotov – developer behind the SunVox modular synth and other iOS music apps
Alexei Baboulevitch – developer behind the interesting Composer’s Sketchpad app
Algoriddim – developers of djay and vjay apps plus associated DJ hardware
Amazing Noises – developers behind the interesting Gliderverb, Limiter and Reverb audio effects apps.
Amidio – developer of the Futulele app and others
Amplify – home of Jonah Fox, the creator of Junglator.
Anaphobia – home of Lars Rosenquist, the developer behind Anaphobia Mini and Anaphobia Destro
Auxy – Developer of Auxy, the streamlined pattern-based MIDI sequencer for iPad
Anystone Technologies – developer of Anytune Pro HQ
apeSoft – developer of the iVCS3 and other iOS music apps
Apple – ah! Garageband ☺
Ars Nova Software – developer behind the Musica Touch music educational app
Arturia – developer of the iMini and iSEM synth apps and the BeatStep MIDI controller
Asrodot – developer of the Drums app
Audanika – developer of the SoundPrism Pro advanced MIDI controller
Audeonic Apps – developers of the excellent MIDI Bridge and other apps
Audiobus – the developers of the essential Audiobus app and Loopy HD
AudioFile Engineering – FiRe 2 and Quiztones apps
Audionomy – home to Pascal Douillard and the DM2 drum machine app
Avatron Software – developers behind the Air Display app
Bartlomiej Niemtur – developer of the EVI trumpet practice app for iPhone
Beep Street – developer of the Impaktor, Sunrizer and other apps
Billaboop Studio – developers behind the intriguing vidibox video/music mashup app
BirdSound – developer of the TempoTeacher and birdStepper music apps
Bismark – developer of the BS-16i app
Bit Shape Software – developer of TC-11 synth
Blue Mangoo – developer of the iFretless Bass, iFretless Guitar and iFretless Sax apps
Blip Interactive – NanoStudio :-) and there is an excellent forum here that discussions iOS music in general
Borderlands Granular – developer Chris Carlson’s website for the Borderlands Granular iPad instrument
Boulanger Labs – developer behind csGrain and csSpectral iOS music apps
Cakewalk – the developers of the Sonar DAW come to iOS with ScratchPad HD
Camel Audio – developer of Alchemy app
Chordbot – developers of the Chordbot songwriting tool app
CKEK software – developer of the very left-field Deregulator audio effect app
CME – manufacturer of MIDI controller keyboards including the compact CME Xkey
Coding Cod Ltd – developers behind the LoopTree app
Collect3 – developers behind the generative music/pattern sequencer app Beatwave
Confusionists – developers behind the excellent MIDI Designer Pro app
Crudebyte – developers of Jack, iSymphonic Orchestra and other iOS music apps
Datakalsong – developer behind the super-cool SidTracker64 iPad app
db audioware – desktop music software developers who also make the Flying Haggis Guitar Amp for iPad
Dream Engine Interactive – developer of Praxis Beats
Elephantcandy – developers of iOS effects apps such as level.42, UltraPhaser and LiveFX
Elionze Group – home of developer Sergio Barbosa and the Fingerbeat app
Elliott Garage – developers of the EGDR808 and EGDR909 drum machine apps and EGSY01 analog synth app
Erol Studios – developers of Erol Singer’s Studio app
Fiddlewax – developer behind the rather weird and wonderful blue and yellow apps
Fiedler Audio – developer behind the AD 480 Reverb app
Fingerlab – developers of the brilliant DM1 drum machine app
Finger-Pro – developer of MoDrum and BassLine apps
Focusrite – manufacturer of iOS compatible music hardware
forScore – developer of the forScore and forScore mini score cataloguing and viewer app
Franke Music – developers of the Stroke Machine app
Frozen Ape – developers of the Tempo metronome app amongst others
Future Moments – developer of the interesting MicSwap Pro app
Futucraft – developers of the very interesting Cotracks music collaboration tool.
Gestrument – website for the Gestrument iOS music app from Jesper Nordin with help from Jonatan Liljedahl and Emelie Bergbohm. Jesper is also the developer behind ScaleGen
Ghostdust – developers behind the SongSheet song writing and cataloguing app
Glitchbreaks – developer Alex Matheu, the brains behind the Glitchbreaks and Sliver apps
Go Independent Records – developer of the Drum Loops HD and Percussion Loops HD audio drum loop apps
Griffin Technology – developer of hardware add ons aimed at the iOS musician
Groove App – surprisingly, the developers of the Groove! metronome app
Gumdrops – home of the interesting Gumdrops drum/groove/beats app
Hand in Hand – UK distributor for products such as the CME Xkey and YouRock MIDI guitar
Harmonic Dog – developers of the Multitrack DAW app
HearEQ – home to developer Alexander Andrews of Ten Kettles, the developer behind the hearEQ app
Holderness Media – developers of the Echo Pad and Swoopster iOS effects apps
Hot Paw – developer of the Sing inTuna app
iceGear – developer behind the Cassini Synth, Laplace Resonator Synth and Xenon Groove Synthesizer
Igor Vasiliev – developer of the excellent Audio Mastering and MaserRecord apps
IK Multimedia – Amplitube, iGrand, SampleTank and others plus the full iRig range
Image Line – developers of FL Studio Mobile HD app
Incidental – developer of the Feed app
Intermorphic – developers of Mixtikl, Noatkl, Tikibox Relax and Wotja generative iOS music apps.
Insideout Ltd – developer behind the Alina String Ensemble and other iOS music apps
Intua – developers of BeatMaker 2
iOS MIDI – developers of MIDI Touch app
Itim Systems – website of Azfar Jafri, developer of the SoundFont Pro app
iZotope – no, not because they make iOS apps, but because they make excellent desktop software and provide free guides on mastering and mixing
Jam Origin – developer of the MIDI Guitar audio-to-MIDI conversion app.
JazzMan Ltd – developer of the Zed Synth app
Klevgränd Produktion – developer of the SquashIt three-band distortion effect app and the Vandelay multiband echo.
Korg – iMS-20, iPolySix and other apps
KV331 Audio – developer behind the excellent SynthMaster Player app for iPad
Kymatica – devloper of the AUFX:Space app and others
Laurent Colson – developer of the excellent ChordPolyPad MIDI performance app
Leafcutter Studios – developer behind Guitar Gym, Gypsy Jazz and other guitar tutorial apps
Liine – developers of Lemur app
Line 6 – various hardware including Mobile keys range, MIDI Mobiliser and Sonic Port
LiquidSonics – developer behind the Mobile Convolution reverb app for iOS
Living Memory Software – developer behind the Ostinator loper/sampler app.
Loopr – website for the Loopr app by developer Tristan Zand
Lumbeat – developers behind Rock Drum Machine and other iOS apps.
Magix Audio – developer of the MusicMakerJam loop-based music production app
Marcus Whitfield – developer behind the SetToGO setlist app
Marinus Molengraft – developer behind the DrumPerfect virtual drummer app.
Mark Jeschke – developer of the DrumKick app
Matthais Frick – developer behind the MIDI LE app for iOS-desktop MIDI connectivity
MelodyMiner – home to the MelodyMiner songwriting app
MIDI Designer – developers of the MIDI Designer Pro app
Midiflow – home to Johannes Door, developer of the Midiflow MIDI router/processor app
MiQ Ltd – developer of the Jamn app
MooCowMusic – developers behind the excellent Looptical loop-based recording app
Moog Music – developers of Animoog and Filtatron
MoMinstruments – developer behind apps such as WretchUp and Elastic Drums
MultitrackStudio – home of Giel Bremmers and the MultitrackStudio for iPad app (plus desktop versions)
MuseAmi – developers of the ImproVox vocal harmony/processing app
Musiclock – developers behind the Musiclock scales and jamming tool
Native Instruments – developers of iMaschine and Traktor DJ
Navichord – home of developer Denis Kutuzov and the Navichord chord and harmony app
Neo-Soul Keys – developer of the Neo-Soul Keys electric piano app
Neyrinck – developer of V-Control Pro app
Nikolozi Pty – developer behind the NS1 virtual analog synth app that runs in an AUi format
Ninebuzz Software – developers behind a number of guitar training apps including Guitar Lick Master
Noiise – development team behind the brilliant Flux: FX multi-effects app
Novation – developers of Launchpad and Launchkey apps and associated hardware
n-Track Software – developers of the n-Track multitrack recorder app
Numark – manufacturers of iOS compatible DJ hardware
Olympia Noise Co. – developer of the Chordion app
Omenie – developer behind the Mellotronics M3000 and Sopranotron apps
One Red Dog – developers of Arctic Keys
One Zero One Audio – developer of the ShowOne backing track/click track utility app
Ovelin – developers of the GuitarTuna app
Overloud – developers of the THM plugin for Auria
Pan Stage – developers behind the PanStage Music app – an app for collaborative music making
Panoramic Software – developer of the Guitar Suite utility app
Phantom Devices – developer Nicola Pisanti’s home for the Hexaglyphics Noise Generator app
Plastaq Software – of of the Scythe iPad synth app
Positive Grid – developers of the excellent JamUp Pro guitar amp sim app
Primal Audio – developer behind the rather cool FM4 iOS synth app
Primitive Digital Software – developers of the Jam Synth and Beat Machine apps
Propell AS – developer behind the rather nifty Disco Fingers app
Propellerhead – the home of Reason as well as Thor, Figure and ReBirth apps
Psicada – developers behind the rather intriguing Earhoof app
Pulse Code Inc – developers behind the Boom 808! and Boom 909! virtual drum machines plus other apps.
Qneo – developer of the excellent Voice Synth vocoder app.
Quicco Sound – developers of the interesting mi.1 wireless Bluetooth MIDI interface
Radicle LLC – developer behind the Multirhythms Rhythm Trainer app
Retronyms – developer of the Tabletop app
Rhism – developer of the rather wonderful Guitarism app
Rugoso – home of developer Rodrigo Yanez and the SeekBeats Drum Machine Synthesizer app
Roland – Music technology giant that also makes the Sound Canvas for iOS music app
Rollerchimp – developer of the rather interesting DrumStudio MIDI drum app
Sample Magic – sample library company but also publisher of The producer’s Manual app by Paul White
Samplr – the rather ‘out there’ Samplr app from developer Marcos Alonso
Samson – manufacturer of iOS compatible music hardware
Scratch Disc – developer behind the DJ-style loop and scratching app called Scratch Disc
Secret Base Design – VoxKit, MIDImorphosis, Apollo and other apps
Session Band – developers of the Session band app
Sequence Mediaworks – home of developer Amy Lee and the sBASSdrum app
Singaling Inc – not surprisingly, the developers behind the Singaling vocal processing app
Single Cell Software – developers of the Caustic music production app
Shiverware – developers of the Musix Pro MIDI controller app
Sonoma Wire Works – makers of GuitarJack2, RiffWorks and various iOS apps
Sonosaurus – developers behind the excellent ThumbJam and DrumJam apps
Sonus – developer of G2M app
SoundHound – developer of the SoundHound music search app
Sperensis Applications – developers behind the Trap Studio and EDM Studio apps
Steinberg – developers of the brilliant Cubasis and Loopmash HD apps (and Steinberg have an active Forum for their apps)
Subatomic Software – developers of Audulus app
Sugar Bytes – developers of Turnado and Thesys apps plus desktop music software
Sunsine Audio – developers of sound presets for various iOS synths
Synthetic Bits – developers of Funkbox drum machine app
Taika Systems – developer behind the intreguing Photophore Synth app
TC-Helicon – mainstream music technology manufacturer who also produces iOS app such as Voice Jam Studio
Techné Media – developer behind the Different Drummer app for iPad
Tempo Rubato – developers of NLogSynth app and the Ruckers 1628 harpsichord app
Tenacious Frog – developer behind the TF7 Synth app
The Incidental – developer of the interesting sampler, looper and remixer app Feed
Timothy Barraclough – developer behind Pholox Phaser, Cactus Chorus and other iOS music apps
Tin Pan – developers behind the interesting Tin Pan Rhythm app
Tonally Awesome – developers of the Teuna tuner app
TonApp As – developer for the GuitarCapo app
Tone Me – home of developer Cedric Sadowski and his Tone Me music theory app
Triqtraq – developers of the Triqtraq app
TTrGames – developer behind the MiMix Audiobus mixer app
Twisted Electrons – developer behind the Professor synth app, SIDPAD and Studio !!!!
UK Music App Ltd – developers behind the series of SessionBand iOS music apps
UVI – desktop music software/sample giant behind the BeatHawk iOS music app
Vatanator – home of Georgi Georgiev and the Vatanater drum amchine app
Vibrant Digital Engineering – developer behind the excellent Diode-108 Drum Machine app
VirSyn – developers of Addictive Synth, iVoxel, Harmony Voice and others
Vocalize U – developer of the VocalizeU app for singers
Waldorf Music – developer of the excellent Nave synth app
WaveMachineLabs – creators of the awesome Auria (and the site includes an active Forum)
White Noise Audio – developers of the Genome MIDI Sequencer app
Wizdom Music – developers of Tachyon, Sample Wiz and other apps
Wooji Juice – developer behind the Grain Science, Solo Synth and Mitosynth apps
Wolfgang Palm – developers of MiniMapper and WaveMapper apps
xewton – home of Alexander Gross and his Music Studio iOS DAW/sequencer app
Xynthesizr – home to developer Yuri Turov and the rather excellent Xynthesizr sequencer/synthesizer app
Yamaha – everything including apps such a Mobile Music Sequencer and Synth Arp & Drum Pad
Yonac Inc – developers of Magellan synth, Galileo Organ app and the ToneStack guitar amp sim
Zivik – developers behind the Jamstik MIDI guitar system
zMors – home to Sven Braun and the zMors synth app for iPad

Other useful resources

Other, more general, music technology websites that also contain useful content for the mobile musician.

Sound On Sound – a great music technology resource, printed and online
Harmony Central – good music technology coverage
App Advice – all sorts of apps but includes music apps
Music Radar – online music resource that covers music apps also
MatrixSynth – all things synths
Synthtopia – all sorts of music technology related stuff
Sonic State – all sorts of music technology stuff including an excellent podcast
AudioNewsRoom – online music technology magazine including coverage of mobile/iOS
TheRecordingRevolution – Graham Cochrane’s excellent home recording blog and YouTube channel.
GarageBand and Beyond – Lewin Barringer’s home recording blog and YouTube channel.

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