The best mobile music production apps and gear (2024)

The times where a fully-equipped studio was a necessity for producing great music are long behind us.

Above, veteran producer Nick Chen showcases the top mobile apps and portable electronic instruments that will help you bring your best ideas to life in 2024—regardless of where you are. Watch along to hear the apps and gear in action, and find links to download and purchase them below.

Mobile samplers and sound libraries:

  1. Splice mobile app
  2. Koala Sampler
  3. BandLab
  4. Flip
  5. Life Field Recorder

Mobile DAWs:

Instrument apps:

  1. ButterSynth
  2. Korg Kaossilator
  3. BA-1 Baby Audio
  4. Quanta Granular Synth
  5. Mela 5
  6. Twin 3
  7. Cyclop
  8. NAMBU

Effects apps:

  1. PaulXStretch
  2. Pro-Q 3
  3. Saturn 2
  4. Magic Dice
  5. Things – Texture
  6. Haaze 2
  7. Fugue Machine
  8. Suggester 2

Utility apps:

  1. AUM
  2. Audiobus

Mobile controllers:

  1. LUMI Keys Studio
  2. J Play
  3. Launchpad X
  4. Launchkey Mini (MK3)
  5. AKAI MPK Mini MK3

Portable speakers:

  1. AIAIAI UNIT-4 Wireless+

Portable samplers / music workstations:

  1. EP-133 K.O. II
  2. Circuit Rhythm
  3. SP-404MKII
  4. Push
  5. MPC Live II

We hope we were able to help you find a valuable addition to your music production toolkit. Which app or piece of hardware did you find the most interesting? What topics would you like to see us cover next? Let us know in the comments section of the video, and subscribe to the Splice YouTube channel for more tips, tutorials, and insights.

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March 30, 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.