iOS Music App Roundup: Ten Tools for the Studio or Stage

This iOS music app roundup spotlights ten excellent tools for music production, DJing, and sound design.

KORG iDS-10 | Analog Synthesizer

The KORG iDS-10 combines a cutting-edge analog synthesizer, voice synthesizer, and analog drum machine inspired by the original KORG DS-10 series which was an enormous hit for the Nintendo DS. This beautifly designed app gives you a hand-held system to easily create electronic music and visually learn sound design. The analog synthesizer provides a wide range of music production possibilities, carefully selected parameters, and a unique patching function that lets you create astonishing sounds in even deeper ways. The voice synthesizer is one of the more popular features of the KORG iDS-10. Based on a vocoder, its engine makes it easy to generate engaging voices. It also supports a microphone input which can be used as a conventional vocoder. iDS-10 also provides an analog drum machine with total control over six drum sounds for creating some awesome tracks with high impact. Read more at KORG

Hook | DJ, Mashup, and Remix Workstation

Hook is a fun music performance, mashup, and DJ workstation. It provides an easy way to arrange and trigger loops on a grid. Hook features a Flux Fader, which is a multitouch “smart crossfader” that allows you to expressively make transitions between any combination of tracks or cells on the fly. The Flux Fader includes a two-axis control with nine riser synths, glitch and gate effects, tempo-synced filter sweeps, an EQ, beat drop, tape stop, and a filter drop. Hook also includes a full editor complete with auto transient slicing and waveform editing, an integrated sampler with recording capabilities from mic/line, other apps via inter-app audio, or from iTunes and Spotify. In addition, Hook is a stellar mashup tool that sports a full mixer, tons of tracks, integrated FX bus, per-cell fx, transpose, time stretching, tuning, timing and trigger settings, and more. Imagine the clip launching capabilities of Ableton Live in a futuristic multitouch environment. Read more at Retronyms

Ruismaker | Drum Synthesizer


Ruismaker is a drum synthesizer that captures the spirit of many iconic drum machines from the last century. It started its existence as a hardware drum machine but is now available as an Audio Unit Instrument for mobile DAWs and sequencers. Ruismaker does not use sampled sounds; every single sound is fully synthesized using models that emulate classic analog circuitry to introduce natural fluctuations and subtle differences in every hit. This slick beat maker features virtual analog and FM models. Each drum sound also has its own independently modeled virtual circuit. Unlike traditional synths, Ruismaker provides dozens of unique synth models that each offer a signature character and musically meaningful flexibility. Read more at Ruismaker

Moog Model 15 | Modular Synthesizer

The Moog Model 15 is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The character, harmonic complexity, and mystique of the Moog Model 15s modules, from the legendary Moog 921–series oscillators and 904A Low Pass Filter, to the coveted 907 Fixed Filter Bank have been preserved. This impressive sounding synth features both monophonic and 4-voice polyphonic operation controlled by four seamlessly integrated controllers. Simple swipes and taps provide instant access to a traditional Moog keyboard, 1150 ribbon controller, 8-step sequencing arpeggiator, the award-winning Animoog keyboard with 22 built-in scales and polyphonic modulation capabilities, and much more. Read more at Moog Music Inc.

Blocs Wave | Music Creation Studio

Blocs Wave is a nicely designed iPad and iPhone app for making and recording new music quickly, building up new ideas, and real-time loop recording. This app works great for starting fresh ideas and discovering new sound combinations. Using touchable waveforms easily set looping points or slice and rearrange sounds that have been recorded, imported, or selected from its huge library of quality samples. Blocs Wave is also great for live looping, thanks to its real-time stretch and pitch engine, which also helps you stay in key. Extend sound creation possibilities by syncing to other apps, devices or Ableton Live via Ableton Link. Read more at Blocs

Klimper | Assistive Compositing Tool

Klimper is an assistive compositing tool excellent for discovering and improvising a variety of chords and scales. Klimper shows chords that are available in a given scale sorted by complexity. When playing melodies, Klimper highlights suitable chords based on the interval that sounded last, so you can instantly discover various possible harmonizations and progressions. When playing chords or intervals, Klimper highlights related chords as well. While improvising, just drag and drop chords you like to a designated area and create compelling chord progressions. You can even change a chords position by swiping through its inversions. Read more at Klimper

Lurssen | Mastering Console

The Lurssen Mastering Console is a professional audio mastering tool for either iPhone, iPad, or Mac/PC created in collaboration with Mastering Engineers Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen of the Multi-Grammy Award winning facility Lurssen Mastering, Inc. in Los Angeles. This quality sounding app sports a top of the line mastering processor chain that has been created and tweaked by Gavin and his team to reflect the settings they use in the studio while mastering. It provides a complete emulation of the entire mastering processing chain that includes tube equalizers, solid state equalizers, limiters, de-essers, and solid state compressors. Read more at IK Multimedia

VoxSyn | Voice Controlled Synthesizer

VoxSyn is a clever voice-controlled synthesizer that turns your voice into a flexible vocal sound generator. Talk or sing into the microphone to trigger various synthesizer sounds that follow your voice pitch or notes that can be touched on the hexagonal keyboard or external MIDI Keyboard. The basic sounds are selected from a vast pool of predefined sounds heard on the famous TERA synthesis engine. The harmonic table note layout visualizes your voices pitch in real-time and lets you play notes for more traditional vocoder effects. VoxSyn features voice control of pitch and timbre, a 22-channel Vocoder, integrated preset synthesizer engine, hundreds of presets, built-in effects, and more. Read more at VirSyn

Moebius Lab | Multimorphic Sound Processor

Moebius Lab is a multimorphic sound processor equipped with a synth, a vari-speed stereo sample player, nine-time domain effects, six spectral effects, seven slots for external audio application, and nearly 200 LFOs that can modulate each parameter. It is an interesting tool for creating far out and unique sounds. Experimental sound designers will enjoy using this app to discover endless sound combinations. The internal synth contains two band limited oscillators, a complex oscillator, a ladder filter, an envelope generator, and a sub-bass oscillator. Process your sounds further with 16 different effects. There are more than 200 ready-mades presets to get started as well. Read more at Amazing Noises

Infinite Looper | Audio Looper

Infinite Looper is a simplified tool designed to let you record and loop MIDI phrases quickly. Put the app into record mode, tap on a loop, and then any MIDI you play will be recorded, and played back repeatedly. Loopers are great tools for live performances and on-the-fly songwriting. By supporting MIDI, Infinite Looper brings the full array of possible instruments into the mix including synthesizers, drums, sampled instruments, and more. Use this app to hear how different elements sound together. For example, you could capture chords and chord progressions as loops and then overlay a melody or bassline to hear how they all work together. You can also bring in new loops, take loops out or mix and match with ease. Read more at Secret Base Design


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

About This Program

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

What’s Included

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

Additional Information

Visit the Ableton Live course page for detailed information on this program here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.