Essential iPad Apps and Accessories for Musicians

If you’re a musician, whether amateur or professional, your iPad can be an ultra handy tool for creating, listening to, and sharing music. Even if you’re not a musician and simply love music, your iPad can be an incredibly useful musical companion.

This week on PadGadget we focused on bringing you all things related to music, including apps and accessories. Check out our list of must have essentials for musicians for an overview of what we covered this week plus a few surprises.


For the professionals

We started off the week with a list of apps for you serious musicians, created by our very own musician, Lory. The list is full of great titles like VocalizeU, an app dedicated to singers, which evaluates your voice and assigns exercises to help improve singing skills. It also featured new app Auria, a 48-track mobile mixer, recorder, and post production app for digital audio files.

If you haven’t already given Auria a look, make sure to check it out. It’s gorgeously designed, and because it was built from the ground up for the iPad, it’s intuitive and easy to use.

For those of you who write music, you’ll want to take a look at our list of apps for writing and composing music. We have it on good authority that Notion is the must have app if you want to create sheet music on your iPad.

For the amateurs

Making your own music video isn’t something that needs to be reserved for people with thousands of dollars in equipment – your iPad can do the same thing. There are quite a few great video recording apps in the App Store, like [8mm Vintage Camera HD]), which can be combined with fun video editing apps like Videolicious to create complete music videos. Videolicious will seamlessly splice together several videos, and you can add any song that you want. Make sure to take a look at the rest of our recommended apps for creating music videos and slideshows.

You can even record an entire music album right on your iPad with Lory’s handy dandy guide.

For fun

Apps like Apple’s own Garage Band can be a lot of fun for the whole family. There are a slew of fun music making apps in the App Store, so whether you want to play the piano, the guitar, or even the ukelele, there’s something for you. Futulele, the premier ukelele app, is simple to use, looks great, and sounds even better. Want to try your hand at the drums? Check out our review of Drums XD, which we thought was fantastic in every way.

Are games more your style? Tap Tap Radiation, the iPad version of the popular Tap Tap Revenge is the perfect music game for those of you who like to play along to the beat. We also love Beat Sneak Bandit, which will really give those of you with a musical ear a run for your money. For even more options, check out our list of the best music-related games.


While we covered all sorts of musical accessories, any musician or audiophile knows that music-playing equipment is of the utmost importance, so a high quality pair of headphones and a decent speaker is a must have for music lovers who want to play or create music with the iPad.

We like the Jambox, but there are plenty of other options out there as well, depending on your needs. The Sonos S5 and the Sonos Play:3 both offer unbeatable sound quality, but if you need something more affordable, Altec Lansing’s Orbit speaker offers high quality sound for less than $30.

We’ve covered headphones extensively in the past with our headphones round up, but if you really need the best of the best when it comes to sound quality, take a look at our list of the ultimate high-end headphones. With options like the $499 Sennheiser MM550X, these headphones aren’t cheap, but they have one thing in common – amazing performance.

Did we miss anything? Let us know about your favorite music related apps and accessories.

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