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Top 5 Music-Making Apps on iPad

Best ways to compose your own music on iPad

Whether you're a talented musician working on your material on the move, an enthusiastic novice, or a dabbling no-hoper, the iPad is a great piece of kit for making music on.

Its combination of powerful processor technology, internet readiness, and sensitive touch-based interface make it the ideal musical outlet.

But where do you start? You could do a lot worse than these Top 5 music-making apps on iPad.

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The king of iOS music apps, without a shadow of a doubt, is Apple's own GarageBand. Why? Because it strikes the perfect balance between accessibility and potency, enabling both novice musicians and accomplished virtuosos to compose and record professional-sounding music with relative ease.
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NanoStudio does exactly what it says on the tin - it opens up a teeny-tiny music studio for you right in your 9.7-inch tablet. Featuring a six-track sequencer, loads of virtual synths, a sample editor, a mixer, and more, this is a great way to put together some remarkably polished compositions without so much as looking at a professional studio's rental prices.
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The undisputed master of DJ apps on iPad, djay turns your tablet into a virtual set of decks. Integrating seamlessly with your music collection, it gives you a full virtual mixing experience, allowing you to perform live and record mixes. Alternatively, you can turn on the Automix mode and let the party flow.
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The creator of this fab tool takes the classic Moog synthesizer and filters it through the touch interface of the iPad. Featuring a lovely visualisation of the vintage kit, with virtual dials and buttons, this is simultaneously a fun toy and a serious piece of music-making software from the house of Moog itself.
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BeatMaker 2 is a SERIOUS piece of music-making kit for SERIOUS producers. It offers hundreds of top-quality sounds and instruments, a limitless multi-track sequencer, a wave editor, and plenty of advanced production tools. While it might not be the prettiest or most intuitive application on this list, BeatMaker 2 is arguably the sonic connoisseur's choice.
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