The Best iOS Music Making Apps Of 2022
Did you just get a new iPad or Apple Gift card for Christmas and are looking to score some new music apps? Well you've come to the right place!
2022 was another amazing year for iOS music production with a bunch of new and fantastic apps released from both veteran app developers and desktop developers looking to make a splash in the iOS space by porting over their flagship music software.
From synths to samplers and beyond, here's our picks for the best music making apps of 2022.
Top 5 Best iOS Synth Apps of 2022
Megalit by Bleass for $24.99 US
Megalit packs the stunning depth, power and sound quality of modern plugin synthesizers into an instrument that’s as satisfying to play as it is easy to program. With its blend of wavetable and classic subtractive oscillators, flexible filtering and post-processing, and an extensive set of advanced modulation sources, BLEASS Megalit provides sound designers with a vast palette of timbral tints, shades and colours to explore. And, thanks to BLEASS’ super-intuitive interface design, that entire sonic palette is within easy reach of even the most non-technical of musicians.
Trooper by Yonac Inc. for $14.99 US (When On Sale)
Trooper is a total synth explosion that crams it all and more in a neat little package. It sounds HUGE, yet tweaks easy. It’s coated in analog “fat,” yet bursts with tonal surprises nestled across its controls. Get ready for an all-out sonic assault, because Trooper is here and it's our meanest, beastliest, user-friendliest synth yet!
Tera Pro by VirSyn for $12.99 US
Tera Pro brings together all major sound synthesis methods on one table. No matter if you want to recreate sounds from analogue legends or explore modern digital sounds with FM, Waveshaping or Wavetable synthesis. Add some flavour of physical modelling and modules for additive synthesis. Combine them altogether for new sound experiences far beyond your wildest dreams.
Overdrive Synth by Moby Pixel for Free (Has IAP) US
Overdrive Synth answers the question what does a synthesizer sound like through an overdrive pedal? Moby Pixel solved this great mystery by visiting NightSound Studio to re-amp a plethora of synth tones through various classic guitar pedals. The results are now available for your ears in Overdrive Synth!
Fluss by Bram Bos for $13.99 US
Fluss is a sonic playground designed by Bram Bos and Berlin-based musician Hainbach to let you explore granular synthesis in a hands-on way. The playful touch UI invites anything from live performance, experimentation to learning and mastering the granular concept.
Top 5 Best iOS Drum & Sampler Apps of 2022
Sitala by Decomposer for $7.99 US
Sitala is a drum sampler for music creators that can add percussion sounds to Garage Band, Cubasis, AUM or any music software that supports Apple's AudioUnits. It can also be used on its own for finger-drumming or driven by a controller like a keyboard or drum pad. It has 16 slots that start off with our factory kits, but you can load your own sounds using our sample browser or drop in a drum loop and have Sitala slice it automatically.
Splat-To-Clat by MIDIculous LLC for $14.99 US
Splat-To-Clat can shave years off learning how to properly chop samples, rip breakbeats or create the right "swing" by providing you with thousands of sounds and hundreds of beat chops all run through expensive hardware to become your ultimate urban drum rompler.
Loopmix by Audiomodern for $14.99 US
Loopmix makes it fun and easy to instantly remix and rearrange your audio loops into a never-ending stream of remixes.
Sylo + 1000s of samples by SoundWare for $40 US
Sylo is a revolutionary loop-based sampler that puts you right in the center of your creativity by delivering insane-high-quality sounds and an easy workflow for producers plus it lets you change the key of your samples to match any track while staying on beat and on time.
Beatsurfing 2 by DRUW Audio for Free (Has IAP)
Beatsurfing 2 opens the door to creative expression like never before in music creation with its movement-based approach. Quickly sketch out ideas, integrate them into your music and use your creations for a compelling live performance.
Top 5 Best iOS FX Apps of 2022
Grand Finale 2 by Klevgrand for $14.99 US
Grand Finale 2 is a multi effect audio processing application designed for finalizing complete mixes, stems, voice overs, buses and/or individual audio tracks. The plug-in offers several modules in a pre-routed configuration. Each module has parameters to alter, and most modules offer a set of algorithms to select. These features come together to make Grand Finale a powerful tool for quickly finalizing a track, bus or mix.
Scaler 2 by ScalerPlugin Pty Ltd for Free (Has IAP)
Scaler 2 is a multiple award winning music theory workstation redesigned from the ground up for iPad OS and can serve as an inspirational and creative music tool that gives you access to a world of new ideas, expressions and melodies. With powerful detection of MIDI and audio, Scaler 2 can also determine what key and scale you’re in and suggest chords, melodies and basslines that match your music.
Flux Pro by Caelum Audio for $11.99 US
Flux Pro allows you to add graceful stereo waves to your keys, dirty pulsing side-chains to your bass, complex striking filters to your synths or noisy mechanical glitches to your drums. Modulation is king and Flux Pro offers you the throne.
FAC Medusa by Frederic Corvest for $8.99 US
FAC Medusa combines different dynamic processors into a single and easy to use unit and is capable of creating different kinds of compression including gentle, natural, or aggressive and colorful. Choose the one you want and be prepared for an exciting sound design experience.
Baby Audio Apps by Baby Audio for Free
Baby Audio came hard this year releasing a bunch of free apps including Pitch Drift, Magic Switch and Magic Dice. Pitch drift introduces organic-sounding pitch fluctuations, Magic Dice generates random reverb & delay textures on demand and Magic Switch is a silky smooth and lush chorus inspired by the Jun-60.