Good music doesn’t come out of fancy studios or with expensive gears. It comes out of unexpected places and that is where a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like software on the phone comes in handy. Now, while there is no shortage of DAWs in iOS, like the native app Garage Band, Android users, however, mostly scrape the leftover.
Why is it so?
The inconsistency in the hardware which has been an on-going issue with Google. Apple has come out on top in terms of hardware and software updation of even its old devices. Here is the video explaining it in detail.
Either way, if you don’t have a studio setup or you’re always on the go, here are some music production apps you can consider to not let an idea pass away. Let’s begin.
Best Music Production Apps on Android
1. Pre-installed recorder
Every phone comes with a voice recorder pre-installed or you can download one of these third-party voice recorders for Android. Though it’s a basic single-track recorder, it can also provide fair quality audio in most cases. These really are go-to apps when it comes to just tap and record. It is useful for almost anything. Recording alone or with a group of friends.
A major drawback would be not being able to export it in the desired format, for example, FLAC/WAV, etc. It also won’t let multiple track recording, so for someone looking at making a melody with various tracks, there isn’t really an option.
If you are looking for a simple which lets you record multiple tracks try this. N-Track has the most basic interface out of all which makes it easiest to use. It lets you create a base track and lets you add more tracks for complex melody recordings. It also lets you add up to 5 audio tracks without any purchase.
The app features effects like Reverb, Echo, Pitch Shift and compression which are pervasive and almost present in most music production apps In addition to this, it has exclusive features like VocalTune which is a pitch correction plug-in, Amp stimulation which is paying an instrument with various amplifiers for a unique sound.
The only caveat is, there is no support of exporting in the free version but paid gives the option to export in both mp3 and WAV formats.
Bandlab has all the basic features that a musician would require, audio recorder, sampler, tons of instruments and also a social media feed to keep the artist’s life updated. But what seprate Bandlab from the rest is the collaboration feature.
Bandlab is basically a social media platform in addition to being a recorder. Collaboration can be done by inviting artists or even forming bands within the app itself. It takes the social media quotient a step further by adding the use of photos, videos, and even emojis.
In terms of music capability, it has a 12 track recorder with the option to import audio, effect unit with over 100 guitars and vocal presets and an unlimited storage capability. It is also seamless when it comes to accessing the project on multiple devices. It has a built-in tuner for guitarists and a metronome.
This app may be of particular interest to people who love analog synths. Its interface is such which will give you a feel of entering into a room laden with a rack full of synths and wires.
It has tons of integration with synths like an 8-bit synth, FM synth, SAW Synth various others. In addition to such a wide variety of synths what sets it apart is the ease of customization of every knob and sound.
It also gives the capability to put up to 14 synths at a time, making it a versatile choice. A robust Wave editor lets the user to pitch-shift and time stretch. Detecting the BPM of a song is fairly easy. There is a dedicated master section with parametric EQ and Limiter to make the sound richer.
A major downside is its inability to export in its demo version.
5. FL Studio
An app by the developers of the world’s most downloadable DAW. Yes, it means business.
Fruity Loops’s mobile version gives ample features to any user trying to create. It lets you record, sequence and mix the tracks which are more than a bare offering for any singer-songwriter.
For someone with an interest in electronic, it boasts of drum kits, synthesizers and of course loops ( Fruity- Loops). It also brings the piano roll from the desktop version to the phone which a lot of desktop FL users might find appealing,
There is also a MIDI interface integration and flawless use of automation control making it one of the best and feature-rich options. It’s a paid app but if you want to produce intricate beats and play with loops and samples, FL Studio has nobody to compete with.
Which is the Best Music Production App on Android?
The app store is loaded with plenty of options. These were a few which got my attention because of being simple to use and which actually provide features that come in handy on the phone. While we can’t replace studios and use of a dedicated DAW to record and make music these apps are the closest to not let another idea vanish into obscurity. Fl studio, N-Track are the best in terms of being feature-rich. Bandlab is more of a social space for someone looking for a balance. Caustic, easily put, is for someone who wants to play with synths and effects. Pre-installed recorder is for singer-songwriters looking to simply record without any fuss of loaded effects and multi-tracks.