The 7 best music making apps for Android are a set of tools any creative person could use. Even if you have already read the iOS variety of this article – 7 Best Music Making Apps for iOS, you should definitely check this one out because not only does it expand on the list with the Android flavors of certain apps but it also introduces new, Android exclusive apps. The apps will be ranked in terms of how much functionality is crammed into them because this is the main challenge one faces with music production on the go.
Speaking of music production on the go, this is sort of an unfair way to call the use of these apps since it is pretty obvious that you cannot have a fulfilling experience when attempting to compose something on your phone or tablet. Taking a laptop out with you can be better, in orders of magnitude but a laptop won’t fit in your pocket and won’t last a day on a single battery charge. However, having a means of just laying down some groove, melody or rhythm pattern on the go can be priceless for a musician. Being a hobbyist one myself, I can claim for anyone who has had a sudden epiphany-like idea spring into life in the middle of nowhere, writing it down on a scrap of paper can be not only uncomfortable but impossible. Unlike writing lyrics, musical notation can be tough to record on any medium you might have laying around you in the grocery store. That was until apps like the ones on this list became a reality. It’s not that you can’t have a portable recorder or even your phone you can hum into but having the sequencer/piano roll patterns on a DAW-like app is way easier and more comfortable to do, giving you an idea of how things sound and work out straight on the spot. The comfort and ease of use factors are probably the biggest contributions these apps make to the life of anyone who is trying to keep their ideas or anyone just fiddling around while trying to look for inspiration.
On the other hand, having these applications available on smartphones is a great way to introduce people to the concept of music creation or just let them have a good time generating chaotic sequences of incoherent sounds (because sometimes you don’t grow out of the fun of it). This doesn’t only include children or teenagers but adults and the elderly too. Given that everything smartphone-oriented is created in a way that allows it to cater to a consumer base as wide as possible, it’s not hard to introduce people to a new concept. Even so, it doesn’t have to be strictly about learning, it could be just about jamming or just making noise – it’s all possible with these 7 best music making apps for Android, ranked compositely using MusicRadar and Synthopia as sources.
7. Walk Band
Walk Band is the type of app that you would mostly enjoy if you can fit your music into a standard set of instruments since the app only offers that. On the other hand, you have full multitrack composing capabilities right in your pocket with little to no expansion from the core functionality but that may be enough for you.
6. Jasuto Modular Synthesizer
Modular synthesis is utterly mind boggling for someone new to music. However, if you are an electronic musician or consider yourself one, you may use this app to learn on expand on what is already going on in your head because it is a very elegant implementation.
5. Music Sketchpad 2
Music Sketchpad 2 takes the fifth spot with its full-fledged looper/sampler capabilities which not only allows you to compose, slice and combine loops but also lets you import your own, edit the sounds and add effects to them too.
SunVox is one of the most underappreciated musical apps out there. It takes the fourth spot in the list of the 7 best music making apps for Android because its old school tracker interface which can be hard to get into. On the other hand, it has a modular sound synthesis system, as well as an old school tracker sequencer, effect, USB keyboard support and a pattern mixer.
3. FL Studio Mobile
FL Studio Mobile is still very young but it keeps on delivering. FL Studio on Mac and PC has really developed into a DAW for far more than strictly electronic, regular and boring music but the mobile version hasn’t caught up yet, even though it is definitely amazingly powerful.
2. Caustic 3
Caustic has been the go-to music creation app for a long time now, offering several different fully controllable and editable sound synthesizers, a sequencer, piano roll, pattern mixer and also allows you to import your own samples and loops, record with your device and much more. The best part is that all you pay for is the app.
1. Audio Evolution Mobile Studio
This under the radar app is so powerful that in case it is fully compatible with your device, it can bring you the long awaited full-fledged DAW experience. It does not lack anything you would expect to have on a moderate PC DAW but fits in your pocket. However, it is a complete mess with the in-app purchases it requires from you. Even so, it is so capable that it easily takes the first place among the 7 best music making apps for Android.