The popularization of smartphones led to a substantial increase in applications in the Play Store is a reality that we are all aware of. An overabundance between which apps of all kinds are leaked, even some extremely specific, designed for certain sectors.
This is the case of tools for musicians and composers, services that make their work easier by allowing the creation of funds, the pre-listening of certain effects, transporting automatically, altering the tone of the piece in a few seconds, and a long etcetera that is very useful. And that is why we have decided to carry out a selection of the most outstanding ones; What are they:
Notion is an application that not only allows us to create scores in a simple way, but to know the result on the fly without having to touch it. The best thing is that it includes emulators of instruments – violin, viola, cello, piano, drums and a long etcetera, so that it does not limit us at all but it gives us the opportunity to know which of them is the most appropriate for our composition.
In addition, it has an option that allows us to modify musical files, boasts a simple interface to use, includes the possibility of sharing our works with anyone, and include vibratos and various effects. Of course, to start enjoying your benefits you must pay up to 14.99 euros.
Note Reader allows us to listen to any score. Something very appreciated if we want to know how it will sound what we are writing. In any case, it is something basic that will allow us to make a composition of place and that can also be very useful to those who have difficulty imagining how a particular score sounds.
Apart from the applications, of course, there are other kinds of resources and tools that will delight composers and music lovers. This is, for example, Noteflight, a website where you can create, view, print, share, listen to musical pieces and that has up to 2 million members.
The Notifflight offers up to three versions, a basic one in which we can carry out the actions mentioned from the browser itself; as well as another Premium one more focused on learning. This first includes the possibility of composing scores unlimitedly, reproducing them by emulating up to 85 different ones, transcribing them and transporting them, organizing them, and so on. It costs around 45 euros per year.
Regarding the version to learn, in addition to the aforementioned, it has a specific performance and evaluation functionality. Yes, its price is 10 euros more expensive. To know how to get the most out of them, the site includes a user manual, help, comments, frequently asked questions, and so on.
iGigBook Sheet Music Manager
Designed by musicians, this application is very complete, since it allows you to transport the piece to a new key without losing your brains, find the basic chords of a certain style, find scores, etc. It costs 14.99 euros, and is more focused on the search for music in general. Its last update took place on the third of this month.
In the case of ScoreCloud (formerly known as ScoreCleaner Notes) what it does is it transcribe the musical language what you sing or play, an interesting function if you are inspired to do this and not to write (and an interesting option, especially for instrumentalists and even for those who learned in the most amateur way but need a score).
Although somewhat different, Indaba Music is another interesting service and web community where we can create music and share it with other users. Among its virtues, we highlight the variety of instruments and effects, the possibility of collaborating with other musicians, voting for our favorites, winning contests with our own compositions, and so on.
Another of our favorites is iReal Pro, which not only allow you to pick up the chords of songs, it integrates accompaniment functions, chord diagrams and even offers us the possibility of looping a certain fragment.
In addition, the official product page has a specialized blog where technical assistance is provided, the different updates are reported, and so on. At the moment it is available for Android and iOS and Mac.
On the other hand, Audiotool is a synthesizer that can be of interest for those experts in the field as well as for amateurs and more curious. Described as “a powerful study of online music production directly from the browser”.
So, to begin with, it has four predesigned schemes, different functions for instruments, the possibility of mixing tracks, and a long etcetera. It is tremendously varied, so it is not easy to use if you are a newbie in the field. Luckily, there are numerous tutorials at our disposal.
We could not miss in our selection those tools designed to awaken in children the passion to compose. An objective that successfully achieves Incredibox, one of the most popular apps of its kind and frequently used in primary and secondary classrooms.
To start using it, it is not necessary to register, but different melodies with varied Beatbox rhythms can be created. In addition, it allows recording and generates a link that is possible to share in social networks and similar.
Also for children, Creating Music is a website designed for the youngest of the home who want to promote their creative skills and start to compose easily.
It also includes a specific section to play with Beethoven music and scales, listen to music, compare rhythms, create melodies by selecting different visual methods, detect changes in short musical fragments, and so on. An excellent starting point, of course.
From to compose simple accompaniments to facilitate the study of technical exercises such as scales and the like, to do it in a professional manner, PocketBand puts at our disposal multiple virtual instruments and synthesizers, as well as recording functions for our practice and editing.
We recommend the Pro version that, although it is paid, has more features than the LITE. In both, yes, you can share compositions of up to 12 tracks, share the works, and so on. It is also designed for those groups that are temporarily separated.
5 other applications for musicians
Apart from what has been said, there are other perfect musical applications for those who are learning to play an instrument and who will offer the above-mentioned professionals an extra help to teach them.
Noteworks: available for Android and iOS is perfect to acquire fluency when reading the staff.
Perfect Ear 2: to improve the auditory perception, identify chords, rhythms, scales and others. Become the king of dictations.
Funk Drummer : a tool that generates rhythms with a very wide library of sounds that can be used to give a “touch” of the technical exercises such as scales, and so on.
Piano Maestro: an interactive method to learn to play the piano; an application that, through the microphone, recognizes what we are playing and gives us points.