Bellow you will find a list with some of the best and most popular music making applications special developed for iOS mobile devices like iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. If you love to make music and need more mobility this apps will be a great choice for you.
FL Studio Mobile by Image Line – $19.99
FL Studio Mobile HD allows you to create and save complete multi-track music projects on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. You can even load the FL Studio Mobile projects into the ‘FL Studio Desktop PC’ version* and take them to the next level. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
iSEM by Arturia – $9.99
iSEM is compatible with iPad 2 and later, iPad with Retina Display and iPad mini. Apple’s Inter-App Audio connectivity (requires iOS7), AudioBus, Korg’s WIST and Apple’s CoreMIDI are all supported. The iSEM is a powerful instrument capable of producing a wide range of warm analog sounds. Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
n-Track Studio by n-Track – $7.99
n-Track Studio is an audio and MIDI multitrack recorder that turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a full-fledged recording studio. You can record and playback a virtually unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks, mix them during playback and add effects. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
GarageBand by Apple – Free
GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
DM1 by Fingerlab – $4.99
DM1 is an advanced vintage Drum Machine. It turns your iPad into a fun and creative beat making machine.
Easy and fast to use, loaded with 86 superb electronic drum kits and beautiful hyper-realistic graphics, DM1 has been designed for a lot of instant fun.
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Samplr by Marcos Alonso – $9.99
Samplr allows you to make music and play with sound in a new and intuitive way by touching the waveform on the screen with your fingers. Explore the sounds melody and texture using the different play modes and create your music compositions with the gesture recorder. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Thor by Propellerhead – $14.99
Thor for iPad puts the mighty Thor synthesizer at your fingertips. Reason’s legendary flagship synth delivers a thunderous sound, god-like sound sculpting capabilities and an innovative, lighting-fast keyboard designed for iPad. Thor is a synthesis playground, a flexible sonic workhorse, but above all, an expressive musical instrument for the iPad.
Nave by Waldorf – $19.99
Nave is Waldorf’s first synthesizer App development – created by chief engineer and director Stefan Stenzel, NLog mastermind Rolf Wöhrmann and Design Guru Axel Hartmann. The Nave sound engine includes two novel Wavetable oscillators, leaving every previous attempt in wavetable synthesis far behind. The spectrum of a sound can be transposed independently of its pitch. The waves are being rendered periodically to noisy. Especially sounds with an accent on formants can be reproduced easily, which made us integrate a speech synthesizer for the easy creation of wavetables. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Traktor Dj by Native Instruments – $19.99
The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPad. Revolutionary DJ app by Native Instruments – makers of the leading pro DJ software. Incredibly well designed and packed with great features that brings read DJ tools to the masses. Minimum requirements are iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation) or higher, and iOS 6.0 or higher. iPad 4 recommended.
Magellan by Yonac Software Inc – $14.99
Magellan is the bold new professional analog modeling synthesizer for the iPad & iPad Mini. Not content with just one synth, we gave Magellan TWO independent polyphonic synth engines. Individually or together, they deliver a new powerful warmth to the sound of iOS music. Complete with a full FX rack, a total of six oscillators, dual filters per engine, multiple unison stages, extensive modulation matrix, dedicated arps, powerful MIDI capabilities, and a polyphonic step-sequencer – the aural possibilities with Magellan are infinite! Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Also see: Best Drum Apps