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BUYER’S GUIDE

We couldn’t list every app out there for music production, so we’ll list our favourites by type – starting logically with 14 apps that you can use to produce complete tunes…

BUDGET

AMPIFY GROOVEBOX

Price Free, iOS 10.3, plus IAPs, iPhone/iPad

Supports IAA, AB, Ableton Link Groovebox is a great-looking app that allows you to layer beats, basses and leads and edit with relative ease. It’s very much the new kid on the block and set to be a great iOS DAW.

WE SAY “Groovebox looks set to be a big contender for Ampify, and with one or two tweaks, will give Gadget a run for its money.”

APPLE GARAGEBAND

Price Free, iOS 10.3, iPhone/iPad

Supports IAA, AB, AU

It’s probably got more people making music than any other app, thanks to its price (now free!) The new version of what is essentially a stripped down Logic, includes Alchemy, plus Beat Sequencer for more dance appeal.

WE SAY “Apple rules the roost from one end of music production to the other. For the cash, it’s incredible.”

BLOCS WAVE

Price Free plus IAPs

Supports AB and Ableton Link

Not a traditional DAW in any respect, Blocs Wave is more about experimenting with loops, adding real-time effects and then changing the results by tweaking waveforms.

WE SAY “Wave editing is Blocs Wave’s real strength, and utilises all that iOS touch power for ease. Open a sample, shorten it, increase and decrease volume – it all just fits.”

TF7

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About MusicTech

In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…
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