Essential Music Apps

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    Just curious to find out what apps everyone uses for their day to day music making on ipad - This is my iOS studio - any others I really need to be using ?

    Apple Addict ! iPad 3 , Mini iPad & iPod Touch 5 owner :)

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    I use only Music Studio, but I use BarrelTones if I want to work out a beat for a new song idea. :)
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    My personnal list of Essential music apps:
    - Lemur / TouchOSC
    - Loopseque
    - Harmonizer
    - DM1
    - iKaossilator
    - iDrum
    - NodeBeat HD
    - Bloom HD
    - iGuzheng
    - EasyBeats 2

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    My Essentials:

    Auria
    Cubasis
    Animoog
    iGrand
    Sampletank
    Sunrizer synth
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    Hello, few of my favourite apps for music

    The obvious of course:
    Garageband
    Music Studio

    and also
    Rebirth
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    I've been wondering, how is music studio? I have the free version but I'm not really given enough to form a opinion on it. My alesis q25 midi keyboard won't work with it, but I think it said only the full version supports midi keyboards?

    I also been wondering, how are the virtual instruments on there? I'm not too impressed with the guitar and bass given on the free version, but that's a minimal concern considering I can play those instruments. I think I read that the full version comes with a lot of different instruments, which is what I'm looking for, to add layers to my music. Could someone give me a run-down on some of the instruments and the sound quality of them? It would be appreciated.
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    Although its about 3 times the price , I prefer the new Cubasis app to The full Music Studio app . Cubasis just seems far more intuitive to use , nothing seems more than one click away - and the Cubasis virtual instruments also sound better in my opinion . Another reason to take the Cubasis route over Music Studio of course is its seamless Audiobus integration - you can record almost any iPad synth straight into the thing - Amazing . Cubasis also seems to have borrowed one of the things I really did find useful in Music Studio - The chord pads :) I did purchase some of the extra Music Studio sound packs ( synth and world) - They were ok , although not outstanding in quality . I'd say the World sounds were better ..... The Synths were just too generic / a little cheesy sounding .
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    I'm not really looking for synths. I bought the sunrizer app, which is a pretty good synth app but it's not really what I'm looking for. I'm mainly looking for an app with a lot of virtual instruments that I can control with my midi keyboard.
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    Auria
    Garageband
    Chord finder
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    I'm using ipad 4 and samson carbon49 midi controller. on a performance, i feel awkward using midi sequencers. i just need piano and strings (a sound generator app). any app suggestion i can use without the fancy interface of a midi sequencer?
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    I think GarageBand, Music Studio and SampleTank are must haves.
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    tnx
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    I have GarageBand (obvious).

    Just a quick warning NOT to buy shapesynth, the expensive app that claims to be a powerful music making app, which is really 100% crap. Awful UI, no indication on how the app works, just a bunch of weird unlabeled buttons and levers. The website is no help. And even worse, it costs $2. Ugh, this app needs to be taken of the App Store ASAP, and the developer should be banned. His other app is (according to reviews) crap as well.

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    Figure from Propellerhead.
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    Music Studio is a good one.
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    rebirth is pretty awesome...
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    If you’re looking for good sounding instruments to plug into your midi tracks then Sample Tank is the way to go. Kind of pricey, but very good sounds. I’m using Cubasis for making the midi tracks. Not a good as Roland’s Sonar X2 on a PC, but the best I could find so far for my Ipad. You will also need Audiobus to link them together.
    Good Luck and play loud!
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    I do a combination of live performance and studio stuff. Here's a list of my audio apps....

    - Auria (Excellent recording app)
    - Audiobus (Essential for interconnecting audio apps)
    - JamUp Pro XT (THE guitar effects app)
    - Bias (Works with JamUp to create a custom-designed tube amp....very cool)
    - BlueBoard app (works with the BlueBoard footswitch to control effects in JamUp)
    - Galileo (Outstanding B3 app)
    - iGrand (Acoustic pianos)
    - iLectric (Electric pianos)
    - Sampletank (All sorts of sampled instruments)
    - OnSong (Sheet music display app)
    - GuitarToolkit (Lots of goodies for guitar players)
    - Drum Loops HD (Great sampled drum loops and fills to use in Auria)
    - Amplitube (Quit using this app when I got JamUp)
    - GarageBand (Quit using this app when I got Auria)

    For an interface, I use iRig Pro. This provides one interface for both audio and Midi. On-stage and in the studio, I use iKlip and Ultimate Support Hyperpad's to hold the iPads.

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