5 beat making apps for iOS

Mobile apps are becoming an increasingly prominent presence in music production.

As tablets, phones, and iOS apps become more powerful by the day, endless possibilities are opening up to the producer-on-the-go or anyone who’s looking to take a detour from making music exclusively on a computer screen. In this article, we share five useful iOS apps for creators looking to delve deeper into the mobile music making world.

Let’s dive in!

1. The Splice mobile app

The new Splice mobile app empowers you to act on your inspiration when you’re not in front of your DAW. With it, you now have the power to browse the entire Splice Sounds catalog, organize your favorite sounds, discover hidden gems, and start countless new ideas with Create mode, right in your pocket.

2. Groovepad

Groovepad is an intuitive and beginner-friendly beat making app that allows anyone to get started with making music in minutes. You can explore an expansive and ever-growing library of loops, sounds, and effects, and once you have something going that you enjoy, you can easily share your creation with friends and collaborators using the built-in share feature.

3. BandLab

Also highlighted in our recent video on the best mobile production music apps and gear, BandLab features everything from an intuitive DAW to a social community of over 60 million users. If you want to experience a DAW-leaning workflow while you’re on-the-go, it’s certainly worth checking out.

4. GarageBand

Speaking of which, did you know that GarageBand also has a dedicated mobile experience? If you have an Apple device, it’s an incredibly powerful option to consider, boasting all of the workflow patterns and sonic signatures of its beloved desktop counterpart.

5. Korg Gadget

Last but not least, Korg Gadget might be among the most powerful music production apps available in the App Store. Not only does it work as a DAW for you to lay down your creations, but it also offers 40 small synthesizers (called “gadgets”) that allow you to craft any sound you can imagine.

And there you have it! We hope this article introduces you to an app that helps you stay in the creative flow, even when you’re not in front of your computer. Are there any gems that we missed? What other topics would you like to see us cover next? Start a conversation with us and an ever-growing community of music creators via the Splice Discord.

Use Create and find inspiration on the go with the new Splice mobile app:

April 9, 2024

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.