Best Apps, Hardware & Resources for Musicians

There is no doubt that the explosive success of the iPhone and iPad, combined with the maturation of iOS, has provided a whole new level of convenience, potential, and utility for musicians and audio engineers.

Whether it’s recording on a whimmusical calculations, or training your ears — it’s hard not to get swept up by the mobile music revolution.

Here is a list of some great iOS apps, hardware, and resources:


  • RODE Rec: Professional audio field recorder
  • Quiztones: Frequency ear training for audio engineers, producers, and musicians
  • Figure: A fun music-making app for instant inspiration
  • NodeBeat: An intuitive and fun visual music app for all ages
  • Tabletop: A modular audio environment for iPad
  • Backline Calc: A full-featured musical calculator
  • Tone Target: An intervactive music game
  • Shazaam: Quickly identify and tag any song you hear
  • Songkick: Track concerts and get instant tour dates from your music library
  • AudioBus: Live, app-to-app audio streaming for iOS (coming soon)



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What are your favorite iOS apps and hardware?

Dan Comerchero

Dan Comerchero

I'm Dan, a drummer and a digital dreamer. I'm founder of The Pro Audio Files and Quiztones ear training apps. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
  • Rob Lemieux

    Tabletop looks pretty sick. I might have to give that a download this evening. From the screenshots in iTunes it looks like there is a recorder connected to a track on the mixing board. Do you know if the recorder is limited to a single track? It would be great if there were some multi-track capabilities for audio in addition to the MIDI multi-tracking. Sometimes when I’m on the go and I get a theme in mind, I’ll hum it into my phone recorder and then compose it later on my Mac. Being able to create multi-track scratch tracks and demos on-the-fly anywhere, even just by beat-boxing and making silly mock-instrument sounds with my voice, would be awesome. I guess the GarageBand mobile app has multi-track audio, but I’m not a huge fan of the desktop version and Tabletop looks way cooler.

  • DAH Trump

    Do you know any great music apps for mac? Good info here, though.