With their expansive screens, the iPhone and iPad are perfect for touch-based musical instrumentation, especially when paired with the extensive array of musical instrument apps you can find in themore
With their expansive screens, the iPhone and iPad are perfect for touch-based musical instrumentation, especially when paired with the extensive array of musical instrument apps you can find in the App Store. GarageBand, BeatMaker 3, and Moog Model 15, for example, can put almost any instrument in the palm of your hand.
We recommend the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, because it has the largest screen in the entire iOS ecosystem, so you have room to explore your creativity to its fullest.
The Apple website offers help, support, and tips for GarageBand. BeatMaker 3's developer, Intua, offers documentation, support, and tutorials on its site, and Moog's website provides a manual for Model 15.
The familiar Moog keyboard, 1150 ribbon controller, 8-step sequencing arpeggiator, and Animoog keyboard (featuring 22 built-in scales and polyphonic modulation capabilities) are expanded by extras, such as total MIDI integration and the ability to use the app as a MIDI controller. ($29.99, plus in-app purchases)
Between its intuitive, easy-to-use UI, 128 pads (each one a multidimensional, full-fledged instrument), and large sound store, BeatMaker 3 has everything you need to create electronic-based music. ($39.99, plus in-app purchases)
GarageBand includes more than enough touch instruments -- mics, keyboards (featuring 150 synth patches), guitars, and acoustic and electronic drums -- to complete any musical project. iOS's Audio Unit Extensions bring third-party instruments and effects into the mix. Most unique and exciting are the virtual session drummers -- nine acoustic and electronic ones to choose from -- that can perform one-million-plus realistic grooves and fills. (Free)