Apple iOS Home Recording App Options - dummies

By Jeff Strong

You can use your iPhone or iPad to record your own music. Because Apple was the first company to offer apps to mobile users, there are several options available for software that will help you with your recording needs.

There are a growing number of audio recording apps for iOS devices. Each hardware manufacturer has their own apps, but here are a few that are hardware agnostic (you can find them in the iTunes App Store):

  • Auria: This is a favorite audio recording app. At $25, Auria is more expensive than the cheapest apps, but less expensive than the spendy ones.

  • Cubasis: This app is based on the Cubasis computer recording program and is very powerful. It costs a bit more ($50), but for people used to professional recording software, it’s a nice program.

  • GarageBand: This is a free app made by Apple, and it’s pretty much the same as the Mac GarageBand program. It’s easy to use but somewhat limited in its capabilities. Still, it’s stable and free, so it’s worth giving it a shot.

  • MultiTrack DAW: This app isn’t as feature rich as some others, but for $10 it does a lot. And it’s stable.

  • Music Studio: This app isn’t free ($14.99), but it’s nice. It is easy to use and fairly powerful.

This list could go on, so you should definitely do some searches for audio recording and music app in the App Store. Also, tons of instrument apps (for drums, piano, guitar, synths — you name it) are available for the iPad, or iPod to allow you to make music in a variety of ways.

If you want to use more than one music app at a time and have them sync, such as audio-recording with a synth, try using Audiobus. This app opens worlds that you can only imagine until you try it. It only works with compatible apps, but at this point, there are over 400 of them, so it’s not like you’re limited.