PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps for Serious Musicians

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found six great apps to add to your iPad collection. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

This week’s category is: Apps for Serious Musicians:

VocalizeU ($39.99)For the dedicated singer, VocalizeU is a full-featured vocal evaluation and workout program that individually evaluates your voice and assigns exercises to help you improve your singing skills. It includes one-on-one training with real life vocal coaches through a custom build VOIP client with three different levels of teaching and adjusted pricing for lessons. You can also record your lessons for future playback and practice or upload them to YouTube or Facebook. If you don’t want to work with a live, professional voice trainer there is a plethora of features for vocal training. The pitch trainer includes a program designed to teach you how to hear and identify notes. The warm-up sessions include customizable warm ups with tempo adjustments, ascending and descending scales, and a polyphonic keyboard with key notation.


Korg iMS-20 ($32.99) – If you are looking for a top-quality synthesizer, look no further than Korg’s line of apps. The iMS-20 consists of a complete recreation of the original Korg MS-20 analog synthesizer, including patching capability and an16-step analog sequencer. The six-part drum machine has dedicated pads and a seven-channel mixer with 14 different effects. The analog sequencer includes pan, parameter and voltage knobs, configurable steps and sequencer modes, and a trigger out per channel or step position. There is a song composer with 16 patterns and 256 bars per song. You can also adjust the song tempo between 20 and 300 beats per minute. Export your music using SoundCloud with 16-bit/44.1kHz stereo WAV files. This synthesizer has it all. You will never need another synth app again.


ProRemote ($59.99) – When you are ready to start your own recording studio, you’ll need some extra help with your digital recording program. ProRemote is compatible with the majority of the top-of-the-line professional studio recording programs, including Pro Tools, Ablton and Soundtrack Pro. It also works with FL Studio, Studio One and Final Cut Pro or any audio software that supports Mackie Control or HUI protocol. The application allows you to control your audio software wirelessly using local Wi-Fi. It also includes an XY controller, MIDI pads for drum programs, and a 32-channel control surface. There is a “lite” version for musicians that don’t need all the powerful extras. The lite version costs $9.99 and includes only the basic remote.


Auria (49.99) – This 48-track recorder is a mobile mixer, recorder, and post-production app for digital audio files. It was specifically designed from the ground up for the iPad, so the user interface and touch screen features work flawlessly with the 10-inch screen. You can import and export AAF files and others through PSPaudioware, Overloud, Fab Filter, and Drumagog. There are 48 tracks of simultaneous playback and 24 tracks of simultaneous recording. IT supports sample rates of 24-bit/44.1, 48 and 96kHz, a channel strip on each channel that includes an expander, multiband equalizer, and compressor. The master strip includes BussPressor, an equalizer and mastering limiter. There are multiple effects plug-ins, eight assignable plug-ins and two auxiliary sends. The waveform editor features cut/cop/paste, cross-fade, duplicate, separate, gain, normalize, dc offset, reverse and more. Send your songs to Dropbox or SoundCloud for cloud storage. Auria even works with in tandem with a second iPad running Auria for 96 tracks of simultaneous playback and 48 tracks of simultaneous recording.


Cleartune-Chromatic Tuner ($3.99) – This instrument tuner uses the iPad’s microphone to accurately tune your guitar or bass. Using a “Note Wheel” display, the tuner interface is designed to make it easy for musicians to find the correct pitch. The meter is highly responsive and fine tuned for extremely precise tuning. It can be adjusted for temperaments, transposition, notations such as solfége, adjustable calibration and more. You can use Cleartune with acoustic or electric guitars, bass, bowed strings, woodwinds, brass, pianos, tympani, tablas and any instrument that can sustain a tone. Don’t waste your time and money on cheaper, poor-quality tuners. This one is worth the price and won’t leave you wondering why your shedding solos sound so flat.


Songsterr Plus ($19.99) – For musicians looking for a comprehensive collection of top-quality tablature, this song tab service has everything you need. Not only can you find tablature for all of your favorite songs, but the app features instant playback of nearly a half a million guitar, bass and drum tab tracks. Songs are accessed through the service’s website and downloaded, free of charge. The tab tracks are played back using high-quality realistic guitar simulation. You can slow down tab to half speed to help with learning particularly difficult parts. Browse songs by genre or find specific artists or songs by using the app’s search engine. There are even step-by-step video lessons available through in-app purchases for those looking to improve their musical skills.


Note: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.

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