How to Make Music and Sound with an iPhone? A blog around recording and creating music with your iOS device.
This blog is intended to be a place where people can share their knowledge, experience, tips and tricks around making music with iOS devices. It also intends to be a place for people who are interested in the topic of creating sound and music on an iPhone or iPad to learn more about what’s possible and what it takes to make a song on an iOS device.
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Making music and sound with an iPhone is a new and constantly growing area. There are already several apps available to help you make music on your iOS device. Most of them have been reviewed here on the blog, but what if you’re just starting out? What if you don’t know where to begin?
I’ve seen many comments from people asking which app to buy first or where to start learning about making electronic music with an iPhone or an iPad. Well, I’m going to try and answer that question with this post.
This is a very basic guide for beginners who want to learn more about producing electronic music on their iOS device. It assumes that you don’t know a lot about producing music but you want to learn how to make it and sound design with your iPhone or iPad.
Electronic music and sound design are a huge part of my life. I have been doing it for over 5 years now and I love it! I am constantly asked questions on how I make my music so here is a blog all about the process.
Sound Designing with an iPhone
I have been designing sounds for about two years now and it continues to be one of my favorite activities. Sound design involves making your own unique sounds which will then be used in any way you want (usually in some kind of musical project). It is a great skill to learn because sound design can be applied to just about anything. Making sound effects for movies, games, or even everyday life can be made easier with this skill set.
How do you start? Well there are many ways but I will show you the ones that I use everyday. First we will explore what tools are needed then move on to how they can be used together effectively in order to create awesome sounding projects!
I would like to mention that not everything listed below are required if you want to make great sounding projects with your iPhone but they sure help!
The iOS platform has already seen a lot of collaboration between musicians. There were the few projects where entire albums have been recorded on an iPad, or iPhone. For example, see the band The Big Payback and their album “Thick Skin” https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thick-skin-ep/id554735393. There’s also the duo “Djangoo”, who have a couple of singles available on iTunes, all recorded using an iPad and some GarageBand apps: http://djangoo.com/.
And there are many more examples of songs that have been recorded using an iOS device and then mixed and mastered with a desktop audio workstation (DAW) such as Propellerhead Reason or Apple Logic Pro X.
For example, I did this with my song “Avalanche” which was written in GarageBand for my iPhone, mixed in Logic Pro X and then mastered at Abbey Road Studios: http://youtu.be/7z_TJh9sO8M.
I believe we will see more music being written and recorded entirely on the iOS platform over the next few years, as more and more professional music apps are released that can create high quality sound.
There are many different ways to do so, but here are some simple guidelines to get you started…
1. Start with a song or a sound you like:
– If you want to make music, load your favorite song into a sampler. If you want to create sounds, load a sound you like into a granular synthesizer.
2. Add effects and tweak parameters:
– Experiment with adding other effects (such as filters) and tweaking the parameters of each effect (such as the cutoff and resonance of the filter). The more you experiment, the more likely you are to stumble upon something that sounds cool!
– Once you have something that sounds cool, try creating variations on that theme by repeating the first two steps until you have an interesting collection of sounds or songs.
The new iPad Pro 12.9 is an amazing device. Its size, power and flexibility make it a fantastic tool for music production. However the lack of a USB port makes it very difficult to get audio in and out of the device.
The solution to this problem is to use an iPad audio interface and with this in mind I thought I would share my top 5 choices.
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