Mobile music making was clunky before nano technology & mobile phones were introduced. Is it all solved? Not yet, but the flexibilities today are much more advanced. Along with the developing app market, audio electronics companies push it to make useful mobile devices such as multi purpose field recorders, synths, samplers etc. This post is about new inspiring apps and devices as well as mobile music making possibilities.
As we all know apps from big names (Garage Band, Propellerhead, etc) I will go with smaller but remarkable music making softies.
This app is great for electronica lovers, it is really handy to create patterns and morph them through time. It sounds analog and warm.
Here is a walk through video,
Beatwave is a grid based, nice looking all around music making app. It is inspired by Yamaha’s Tenori-On instrument. The free version only contain a limited sound palette.
Keezy app is a lot of fun, you won’t stop playing with it. It is a sample based weirdness including the built in mic input. Have a look!
This is the weirdest of all. It combines game playing and music making into a single fashion. The sounds are cool and the output is not all extreme or experimental. Take a look,
In addition to these apps, a selection of mobile audio electronics would add variety to your sound palette and possibilities. As an analog juice, Teenage Engineering ‘s portable synths can be added to your portable collection. They are cheap, capable and sounding great. Check this post for more detail on their devices.
As a sampling shepherd, a field recorder is a must for my mobile studio. There is a huge market, tons of devices and discussion on what to select. I would go with Zoom portable recorders not because they are the best but they work for me. If you would like to record different audio sources at the same time, Zoom H6 is quite sexy. If you think smaller is better, then I would recommend Zoom H2n which I keep in my bag at all times. (As this post is focused on mobile-portable music making I won’t go into professional field recording devices and mics such as Sound Devices 702 or Sennheiser MKH-416 )
With these apps & devices, portable-mobile music making is real, moreover it is fun. While I was writing this post I saw a video of Marcus, from Perplex On, making music in the forest with devices from this post, have a look,