As a guitarist and indie home studio producer, I always rely on both my guitar and my iPad to do all the music stuffs. I can’t deny that iPhone and iPad has played a huge part in my entire music leraning experience. Playing After doing this stuff the whole year, I want to share my favorite iPhone/iPad apps that have been a huge help for me as an indie home studio producer/guitarist in producing music.
Best Tabular/Chord: Ultimate Guitar Tabs
If you’re looking for an app that has all the guitar chords of any songs you can imagine, then this app will suit your need. Ultimate Guitar Tabs has the largest catalog of guitar chords, tabs and lyrics and even for ukulele. It doesn’t stop on that only. You can even learn how to play the chords with the chord diagram that has notes placement on fret board. It makes you play your favorite song like it was nothing. And even better, you can use this app without internet connection (well, you only need the connection just to update your song catalog). Oh, one more fancy thing about this app is that this app will autoscroll the song for you. Just enter the tempo that you want to play with and the app will scroll it down for you automatically.
Best Guitar Learning: Tab Pro
Best Tuner: Tunable: Tuner, Metronome, and Recorder
Best Guitar Effect/Stomp/Amp: JamUp Pro XT
Best Loop Workstation: Loopy HD
Jimmy and Billy Joel loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens in 4-part harmony.
Best Multitrack Recording
There have been two different points of view when talking about recording apps. The one that use BeatMaker for their project, and the one that think GarageBand is enough for their home studio recording. For that reason, I’ve decided to put both of them in this list.