Top 10 Music-Making Apps for Android

By Simon Hill

 

These apps won’t turn you into Lady Gaga or Eric Clapton, but they can help you become a better, more creative musician than you already are.

 

MicDroid

Price: Free; intervigil

Rating: 4 out of 5

If you love to sing but you have trouble staying in tune, then this app is for you. MicDroid offers automatic pitch correction and on-the-fly pitch correction. Simply hit “record,” sing into your phone and the app will correct the pitch. You can access and play back your recordings to hear the new-and-improved versions. You also have the option to set a recording as your ringtone or share it via email.

 

Mobile Metronome

Price: Free; Gabriel Simoes

Rating: 5 out of 5

This is an excellent free metronome for musicians of all levels. It offers a fine list of features to help you keep time. You can select the exact tempo you require. You can also save and load settings. The interface is straightforward and it does the job efficiently. There are various tempos to select from or you can tap the tempo in directly. You can also select beat subdivisions and choose from various sound packs.

 

Chordbot Pro

Price: $4.78; Lars Careliusson

Rating: 4 out of 5

This clever app helps songwriters create and try out chord progressions. You can create advanced chord progressions and play them back to hear exactly how they sound. To create a progression, simply select a chord, comping style, and tempo and then hit the “play” button. The app offers a choice of 57 chord types and 30 comping styles, as well as transposition options. You can even export your creations as MIDI or WAV files. There is also a Lite version available for free so you can try out some limited functionality.

 

Robotic Guitarist

Price: $1.36; Pedro J. Estebanez

Rating: 4 out of 5

This guitar app is packed with features and well worth the modest fee. You can strum to play, with vibration feedback to give it a more realistic feel. Learn various chords, use the metronome feature, use it as a tuner, or even select alternative instruments – this app supports the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar and the piano.

 

Party Mixer

Price: Free; Pun Software

Rating: 3 out of 5

Be the life of the party when you hook up your Android phone to a sound system and play your party mix. Select the tracks you want and simply drag and drop them to the decks on the left and right. You can mix them in manually or, if you prefee, use the Auto DJ feature to do the mix for you. This is an easy app to use.

 

 

DaTuner Chromatic Tuner

Price: Free; Applaud Apps

Rating 4 out of 5

Whatever instrument you play, having a tuner tool on your Android phone can be very useful. The DaTuner Chromatic Tuner could not be easier to use. Simply fire up the app and play notes. The app will display the nearest note in a large, easy-to-read font. Use it for various instruments and adjust the reference frequency, sensitivity, speed and precision to suit your style.

 

xPiano

Price: Free; cyandroid

Rating: 3 out of 5

This basic, free piano app gives you a basic, 4-octave piano keyboard on your touchscreen Android phone. Select from a variety of 12 instruments — from Acoustic Grand Piano to Harpsichord. There are also a few just-for-fun options, such as Telephone Bell, Bird Tweet and Gunshot. Once you have selected the tone you want, hit record and play your tune. If you like the app you might consider xPiano +, which offers a 5-octave piano and 128 instruments.

 

My Piano Assistant

Price: Free; Alexander++

Rating: 3 out of 5

This is a reference app for people learning their piano chords or scales. For each of the chords and scales, you get the formula and notes and you can select to play them out loud. The app shows positions on the piano keyboard. Its ability to play the chord or scale out loud allows you to confirm that you have it correct.

 

Uloops Studio Lite

Price: Free; Uloops labs

Rating: 5 out of 5

Uloops is an excellent portable music sequencer app for Android. You must sign up for an account to use it and there is a $7.49 Pro version that offers more options. The Lite version will get started: it allows you to build music tracks from a series of loops. You can mix synths, drums, modulators and recordings to create layered tracks. You then have the option to share them or export them as MP3 files or ringtones. This is an attractive app with an impressive level of depth.

 MusicGrid

Price: Free; Andrew Brampton

Rating: 3 out of 5

This simple step sequencer allows you to create your own beats. It offers two grid sizes and you can select the tempo you want. To start, simply tap a note and it will turn white. You can tap it again to deselect or begin to layer up more notes. The app will begin to play automatically. For such a simple app, you’ll be surprised at how addictive it can be. The big drawback is that it currently lacks a save option.

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About Erin Lang Masercola

As Business Unit Editorial Director at Beckett Media, I lead creative teams in technology, gaming, collecting, autos, home decor, outdoor sports, and more.

Posted on August 19, 2011, in Accessories for Your Phone, Android Apps, Android Phone and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Erin,

    I just googled my app (DaTuner) and found this page. Awesome that I made your top list! Thanks!

    I am always looking for ways to improve DaTuner and wonder what I could improve to make you give it 5 stars? Was there anything that sticks out that you didn’t like?

    Thanks in advance!

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