/r/ipadmusic

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This subreddit is for submitting and discussing music made on a mobile platform (like IOS with iPhone and iPad)

This subreddit is for submitting and discussing music made with iOS. (Or Android, if anyone does.)


Submission Rules

  • If you think it belongs here, then it probably belongs here. If you think it sounds good, then it probably sounds good. Follow your heart, Simba.

  • Prefix your tune submissions with [Listen] in the title, and mention what apps you used in the submission title or in the comments.

  • Failure to tag listen/watch submissions properly will result in removal of your post as Spam. Yes, we know you want to promote your music, SoundCloud, YouTube channel and Discord. Do it within these simple guidelines.

  • Please do not downvote [Listen] submissions. If you must downvote, say why in the comments. We're here to learn, experiment, and give feedback.

  • Contact the mod team if you have any questions, concerns, thoughts, suggestions, etc. The spam filter can be catch-happy, so don't be afraid of messaging us if you have a problem.

Pro-tips

  • Soundcloud is great, and free, for posting tunes. Some apps (like MultiTrack DAW) have built in support.

  • There are many IOS content producers who are prolific, some of them offering free app codes and always great advice on using the apps. Please don't drive them away by reporting them as spam or downvoting their submissions, we all benefit from their involvement on this sub.


Want to collaborate with others?
Enable Downloads on your Soundcloud submissions and mention in your submission that you don't mind if others manipulate or "remix" your works. (You should label your uploads with a CC "non-commercial/share-alike" license.)

Alternately, feel free to zip up your GarageBand/NanoStudio/etc project (not a "mixdown"), upload it somewhere, and post it here if you'd like to collaborate with people by trading a project back and forth.

Put [Collaborate] somewhere in your post title if you desire collaboration. Maybe [Listen/Collaborate] if you're combining the two.


Interested in Live Chat?

Join the AudioBus Discord server at https://discord.gg/NCksebU


New to iPad Music?
Obviously do a search for topics of interest, there have been quite a few posts over the years and it is likely someone has had the issue. Also consider visiting the Audiobus Wiki for some expert advice on app setup and techniques.

Unfortunately our prior guru at discchord for daily apps news and videos is done. Was nice to check this out each day!

Trying to find a new app?
The Music App Guide is a helpful resource for finding apps recommended by the community.


(The Discchord website links above have gone down, they were maintained by the original creator of the sub. If somebody is interested in filling that app review niche let the mods know.)

App Creators:
Self-promotion is not frowned upon, if you're a music app developer. Feel free to link to it, talk about it, throw a contest, give out a few promo codes to people, etc.

/r/ipadmusic

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Launchpad x Ipad questions

Wassgood everybody. I am thinking of buying a launchpad x but have a few questions first. Can I play the launch pad as a piano? Like the launchpad piano covers. What apps work best for piano? Lastly, can I set up light shows from my ipad or do I need to plug into a pc?

1 Comment
2024/06/19
23:00 UTC

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AUv3 that does what this pedal does?

I have an EHX Attack Decay that I never use anymore because I’m all in on auv3s now. I’m trying to find an auv3 that does what this pedal does: https://youtu.be/fUmS4FLXMMQ?si=DrIEWYz6yD92DFMQ

I see “reverse delay” effects on the App Store, but that’s not quite the same…I’m trying to get crazy with some on-the-fly Castles Made of Sand backwards solo vibes

Does such a thing even exist?

(If there are app developers on here - I would pay good money for this lol)

5 Comments
2024/06/19
17:18 UTC

3

Any way to record Camelot Pro internally?

Want to record playing my sounds and presets, but cant seem to find any way to do it in the ipad..

5 Comments
2024/06/19
16:44 UTC

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Audio engineering + Monitoring iPad Question

So, I recently purchased a Usb C to 1/4 inch cable to plug my ipad/ monitor it from my audio interface, and integrate it into my desktop setup. I was just trying to monitor Quanta, but a few problems arose. The first is that even after cranking my gain all the way up on my motu and ipad, I was only getting like (-48) db. So, I added a utility in ableton to crank the gain and lo and behold we have radio! I've encountered this issue with amps before. I know it's not the iPads fault. Is it the cables fault? would getting a better cable help is my first question. In addition the cable got REALLY hot. So, i'm wondering if it's natural that the iPad's signal is that weak always, and also i'm wondering how other people monitor their iPads if they do that at all.

0 Comments
2024/06/19
15:24 UTC

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Should I switch to iPhone to Pair with my iPad?

Hello,

I recently switched from making music on a Maschine MK3 to an iPad Air 5, and am loving the iPad music making.

My cellphone is a Pixel 6, and I've been on Android from my phone for a long time now.

However with having the iPad now, I'm wondering how much of a benefit is have with pairing an iPhone with the iPad for music making.

Can anyone speak to what ways an iPhone enhances iPad music making? Is that worth switching from Android?

20 Comments
2024/06/19
14:56 UTC

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Tonebridge vs NeuralDSP

I have been using Tonebridge for sometime and it has been working really good for me. But, there is a hype on the internet over the NeuralDSP. I don't understand what the hype is about. Any thoughts on this?

2 Comments
2024/06/19
10:45 UTC

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Superiority of iDevices

Every so often I am beguiled by the lure of hardware synths, particularly battery powered portable ones. I finally broke down and purchased the Aira drum and Tweak synths and the Behringer JT-4000 and Pro Vs Mini.

Well, I'm sending all that stuff back. In the end they are just too limiting. I see that sometimes I yearn for simplicity. Synth apps can get so freakily complex- so many potential paramaters, so many options! But when compared to trying to fiddle with teeny hardware knobs and menu diving, the iPad is so far superior- particularly if you can pair with a good controller.

There really is no limit to the range of the iDevices potential. Each synth is deep and complex. Each takes its own time to master, which was part of my overwhelm. But it is silly to so drastically reduce my options with hardware simply to minimize my discomfort.

So I'm reapplying myself to learning one app at a time. I just turned my attention to Drambo, and oh my lord, it is as deep and versatile as I've been hearing.

Nothing can compare to a beautiful, purpose built, dedicated hardware synth. The iPad can never reproduce that. But the iPad blows away anything else (away from the computer) with its sheer potential.

On another note, a frustration I was finding with the external gear was the need to wire everything up together, bogging down my desire for a fast and flexible portable set up. The external gear did not have speakers, thus requiring cables a mixer for that. And cables for midi syncing. But with my several old iPads and iPhone, wireless syncing and control is a snap and each can output its own sound (for the minimalist set up)

Okay, back to your fingering your knob! (to paraphrase Jakob Haq!)

16 Comments
2024/06/18
23:55 UTC

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Made a breakthrough with multiple iDevices

I've been able to connect an iPhone and 3 iPads, one of which has an external midi controller, using AUM, routing the controller and sending sequences to any device from the master iPad. It's so awesome!

For the most basic set up, just make sure each AUM has its Ableton Link enabled. That ensures that all the devices stay in sync. That might be all you need to jam out.

I need something more involved- I wish to use one device to send sequences and midi control to the others so that each other device can run a single instrument at a time which I can manipulate. So each instrument gets its own screen.

For something like this you need to go into AUM settings of the devices, into the wireless midi sub panel, and into the "bluetooth peripheral" menu and turn on "Advertise Midi Service". Then in the master device go to the wireless midi panel and into the "Bluetooth Central" menu and select the devices you wish to control from that device. It seems that in theory each device can send control signals to each other, but I have found it to be buggy. Anyway, that's too complicated for a reasonable set up- better to keep it as one master and the rest slaves.

Now just make sure that in the midi routing matrix on the master device that the master is routed to the slave devices, and on the slave devices make sure the master device is routed to the instrument you wish the master to control.

You can do the same for the external midi controller. Make sure in the matrix of the master that the controller is routed to the slave device, and in the slave device that the controller is routed to the instrument to be controlled. There is a bit of a delay in the midi controller, but it is sufficient for non-live scenarios.

If you want instant switching between which device and instrument is controlled by the external midi controller, load drambo into the master AUM and set different channels to route to each device/instrument as explained in this video. Now you can instantly switch control of the various instruments by changing the channel in the master device. So great!!

0 Comments
2024/06/18
23:38 UTC

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MIDI Learn for Changing Presets & Apps with Presets

Hi! Making music with iPad is awesome. I've spent a ton of time setting up Loopy Pro and AUM templates with the Model D app, Nerdsynth, Rhodes, and a few other apps with all of my favorite sounds.

You know what's really annoying? I don't think any of them have MIDI learn to change preset.

I don't always want to load up my complicated templates. Sometimes I just want to jam and change presets quickly with the knobs and buttons on my midi controller.

I want a preset machine for screwing around and I want to be able to change presets quickly. Give me pianos, epianos, leads, pads, and more. They don't need to be perfect. I can deal with minimal tweaking, I just want it to be quicker to find different sounds. Workstations can do it - and I know there are workstation apps, but they don't change presets with MIDI.

Do you know of any apps that can do this? Alternatively, if I load up a ton of AUV3s in AUM, is there a way to use a knob or buttons to "scroll" through the AUV3s and solo the one I want?

Why don't app designers let me change preset with MIDI? So annoying.

EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION - Some AUV3s can take MIDI for changing to a specific preset. I want to scroll through presets (ie next preset, not "preset #5")

4 Comments
2024/06/18
14:40 UTC

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Worth getting the iPad 2022 10th Gen (A14) to work with my DAWless setup (AUM) or get the newer one?

Hello,

My old iPad Pro (2017) is no longer, I used it with my current hardware for effects (Eventide reverb and more), AUM, a little Drambo and also used it with Pure Acid when I plugged it directly into my Hapax Sequencer via USB. Plus I used it for day to day stuff too, basic games, YT, Great.

I have one of those CCK lightning adapters.

I see the iPad 10th gen with the A14 chip is £349 atm, I think it's because the Air 2024 is our, but that is £599, which is a jump and makes me think I could get a powerful effects pedal for that. Would this be good enough for a while or worth saving up for the new one?

The old iPad had an audio jack so I could use Pure Acid and the audio jack when into my mixer, no idea how you can do that now on the new ones as there is no jack port.

6 Comments
2024/06/18
12:36 UTC

3

Sampler apps?

Hello, I am searching for a nice sampler app to destroy samples and obtain sounds similar to the ones you can hear in Arca’s Mutant album. Any recommendations appreciated

9 Comments
2024/06/18
10:19 UTC

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What the difference AUv3 vs AU for Logic Pro Mac?

I’m interested in getting Baby Audio BA-1. On the website it’s 49 in the App Store it’s 30 ? Are these the same?

I use Logic Pro on my M2 Mac (not iOS) to make music.

Advice welcomed.

5 Comments
2024/06/18
05:58 UTC

5

Second song!! What do you think?

Figuring out garageband. Screen recorded straight from my iPad so excuse the audio quality and the low battery notification 😅

2 Comments
2024/06/17
18:46 UTC

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IPad Pro recent Audio interface problem

0 Comments
2024/06/16
19:45 UTC

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Touch OSC?

Originally posted on r/synthesizers...

I'm looking for a solution as a controller for VSTs within my DAW.

I can't seem to find any hardware that does it will, that I can afford, that's laid out like I want. I'm thinking used renewed iPad, and whatever cables are necessary, and an App that lets me design the control elements I want (knobs/sliders/buttons) and just have them spit out CC messages.


Looks like you can create an "panel" using pre-designed elements, and then assign a CC value to them.

I just want to place a control on screen, and then move it to send a CC message into Logic.

I'd want to get a larger iPad - 12.9 inch display.

I've never had an iPad nor do I really have any need for one - I'd dedicate it primarily to this, and maybe using Logic Remote (which I tried before on a really old iPad years ago and it was OK, but didn't really float my boat), and maybe reading sheet music PDFs.

Ideally I'd lay out panels for various VSTs, but a "generic" one would be good enough.

My big question is, could I get controls for 2 or 3 oscillators, Filter, 2 envelopes, and a couple of LFOs on a screen - assuming again a 12.9" iPad?

And more importantly, is the touch control fine enough to really control things - I don't want to have to fiddle with it going from +1 to -1 when I'm trying to tune an oscillator in semitones back to 0!!!

4 Comments
2024/06/16
18:39 UTC

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Successor to Rhythm Calculator app

Long ago, I had an iOS app called Rhythm Calculator, which I loved but ultimately disappeared from the store. It was fairly basic, but let the user drag note symbols (eg: quarter, eighth, sixteenth) onto a bar and the app would play the resulting rhythm. It's the same thing you can do with other apps that let you build a score by dropping the actual symbols on a staff, but it was very fast and easy to use. I've seen it now on what looks like a back-alley software store https://rhythm-calculator-advanced-rhythm-trainer-and-metronome-ios.soft112.com and everything about it looks old and sketchy.

So, my question: Can anyone suggest a free or low-cost app that will let me take a rhythm and hear what it sounds like? TIA

1 Comment
2024/06/16
17:52 UTC

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USB-C sound adapter with PD and line output

Hi: I'm trying to find a sound card or sound adapter with PD and line output, not headphones output. I have already a behringer thing that works with the help of a hub. I just want something less messy. A USB C to RCA by Ugreen seems not to give line level, oddly. Regards

7 Comments
2024/06/16
14:56 UTC

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Favorite lofi auv3’s

I’m mostly looking for good piano and synth sounds for lofi beat making, but figured why not just open it up to everything?

I’m building up my library and trying to discover some new useful sounds - drop your faves!

13 Comments
2024/06/16
12:32 UTC

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Anyone know how to access the separate outputs of the Koala Sampler to add an AU effect to only selected samples?

I notice when Koala is loaded as an AU into AUM, it has additional outputs - however, I can't figure out how to capitalise on this ability so I can add AU effects to some of its outputs and mix everything back to stereo.

Any ideas?

2 Comments
2024/06/15
15:35 UTC

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Does anyone know what's going on in Koala and AUM?

Basically it just randomly once in a while bumps up master level out of proportion (red) every nth bar?

There is no automation applied but it seems to be doing that on the 909 snare

It's bizarre as it's not happening on Koala when same beat is played alone on it

Anyone knows?

5 Comments
2024/06/15
13:03 UTC

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Mac Mini M1 with of 16GB Ram vs iPad Air M2?

So I have a Mac mini M1 with the ram upgraded to 16 gb. It has served me well and I have no intentions of getting rid of it. It runs Adobe Illustrator and Logic Pro really well, which I use a lot. But Im looking to expand and planned on getting a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. This way I have a power house (MacBook Pro), a regular computer (My Mac mini), and a portable computer (iPad Pro).

But as I look at the affordability of the new iPad airs with M2's, I'm starting to wonder whether the iPad Air would be more powerful than my current Mac mini M1. And if so then I dont really need to buy the iPad Pro since it is just a device for traveling, and since it might be able to perform the same or better than my desktop Mac mini. That savings would allow me to get a better MacBook Pro.

So for the sake of knowledge let's keep what I should buy instead out of the equation. I just want to know if anyone knows if the M2 iPad is stronger or comparable to the M1 Mac mini 16 gb. There are a lot of other factors that people may want to add in, like the release of the M4 and the upcoming updates to future models. All of this would obviously affect my decision, but Im just curious about how these two stack up next to each other.

Thanks I appreciate everyones time.

4 Comments
2024/06/14
19:31 UTC

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N-Track Studio Bug?

I just recently downloaded ntrack studio specifically for the reason that it has a guitar amp.

so far it was great, but i have watched some vids about this app, specifically about the guitar amp, ive seen that there is an option that lets you pick specific PRESETS for the amp? Presets like, British Lead, Metal Something idk but you get the gist... but i dont have the presets button. Help.

P.s sorry if this is not the right place to post about.

https://preview.redd.it/gtwbtu1v3l6d1.jpg?width=2274&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4e8d112e1127b0c1ad749b20275d30c55135ad30

0 Comments
2024/06/14
18:57 UTC

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Ipad 10 (a14) for music in 2024?

Im still using my ipad from 2017 (Ipad 6 i think? - it has an A10 chip) for making music with Koala, Sampler and a few others. I dont use a DAW, but tbh this ipad doesn'T really seem to be under much of a strain doing these things. The device is starting to slightly feel it's age - the screen is a bit date and it isnt very snappy, but when i think about how powerful the A14 chip is by comparison, im kind thinking that an upgrade to an Air using the M2 might not be worth the extra cash. Any esle happy with the regular Ipad 4 (A14 chip) for music stuff?

9 Comments
2024/06/14
15:12 UTC

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Can't open salamander in bs-16i?

im trying to get the salamander sfz to work in bs-16i, but no luck- the wavetable import dialog shows the sfz files as gray unselectable files.. what am i doing wrong?

0 Comments
2024/06/14
12:23 UTC

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Midi keyboard recommendations

I am an ipad only music maker currently. I have no hardware synths. I use an oxi one sequencer and I have an xkey air 25 keyboard. I really want to be able to play keys, and 25 keys dont do it, plus a lot of ipad synths are MPE so id like to play with some of the new expressive options.

I essentially narrowed it down to two keyboards. One is the Komplete kontrol S 61 M3, and the other is the Osmose, which is, of course also a synthesizer. I was always a bass player and could play a little keys but due to a wrist injury I cant fret anymore, so I want to up my keyboard game.

Does anyone have any thoughts on either of these devices? Obviously, I can get the native instruments for a little cheaper but actually Osmos can be had used for Does anyone have any thoughts on either of these devices? Obviously, I can get the native instruments for a little cheaper, but actually Osmos can be had used for $1500. The Kontrol new is $1000 or so. I could probably get it used for $650 or something.

Anyone have experience wirh these devices on an iPad?

Thank you in advance

24 Comments
2024/06/14
01:26 UTC

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Anyone use a macropad as a DIY MIDI controller?

Can't help but notice all the fun looking macropads on Amazon. Does anyone have experience using these as a MIDI controller for an iPad? I have a zeptocore and am enjoying the super-minimal interface. I'm curious if/how I might set up something a little more flexible via an iPad.

This one is programmable via Via, so could tap into MIDI functionality in QMK? This one has bluetooth too.

2 Comments
2024/06/13
18:57 UTC

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