6 Great Apps for Independent Music Artists
6 Great Apps for Independent Music Artists!
Music is one of the few things that is universal across all cultures. With technology advancing, the firm grip of the record companies is loosening, and a new musical revolution is at hand. Our thanks to vanmusic.ca for hosting this article. If you’re interested in hearing some cool tunes this summer, check out their post about the Pemberton Music Festival.
Making music is as old as civilization. From the beginning, we’ve been banging and rubbing things together to make noise for our enjoyment. Fantastic music can be made simply by blowing on jars or rubbing special flat surfaces. It should come as no surprise that there are also some great apps to that end.
Whether you’re an aspiring artist or someone that’s already created quite a few tunes, it pays to have knowledge of what tools are at your command. Check out some of those we’ve found to be useful.
The first on our list is aimed predominantly at our strings section. Tuning an instrument exactly right takes a long time to perfect, so having a tool that can provide a helping hand is a godsend for budding musicians.
Of course, there’s more to this app than that. Options are available for more than just the guitar; there are also settings for the bass and…the ukulele if that’s your thing. More importantly, there are different activities you can do with the app to practice, including a metronome and several games.
Once you’re through with practice, it’s time to move onto something a little more real—recording.
RecForge Pro is an excellent go-to app for recording sound files in high quality across multiple different formats, including wav, mp3 and the coveted ogg. The app is an excellent way to save money because of the exorbitant costs often encountered with recording your own music in a way that’s even close to professional.
You’ll still need a good microphone to go with the app, as your phone or tablet isn’t likely to have anything of professional quality. But once you’ve got that, you’re set to go. You’ll even have the option of storing your music on cloud servers to avoid using up all of your device’s memory. You can also make edits on anything you’ve previously recorded.
It sounds great to just “play it by ear,” but in practice, that’s very, very difficult. Most musicians need to learn how to read music before they can develop into something impressive. There are exceptions, but for most of us, there will be a need at some time to read sheet music.
Unfortunately reading through sheets and carrying them around is a real burden. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone, you can subvert that trouble with the forScore app. Not only does it work like a music sheet, but it can follow along as you play, so it knows when to turn the page to your next sheet!
forScore works with multiple different instruments and allows you to import sheet music from the net and saved files. For ease of reading, I suspect you’ll get the most mileage out of a tablet, but a phone may work just fine considering how large today’s smartphones have become.
Songsterr Tabs & Chords
Should you need to practice or are just starting to learn your instrument, Songsterr Tabs and Chords from the App Store gives you quite an array of options to choose from. Host to over 500,000 selections of music, there’s no shortage of what you can work on with this app.
Since everyone has a different level of expertise, the app allows you to slow down difficult sections of a song to let you work on building up your skills. The primary focus of the app is for guitar players, bass players and drummers, so if you’re playing a more classical instrument, this may not be the best app for you.
Conversely, you could always get creative and adjust the selections to your own beat!
As one of the best-known music apps around, SoundCloud deserves to be on the list again and again. It doesn’t help you make music or help you practice on its own, per se. What SoundCloud has to offer is an incredible community of other musicians creating their own pieces and sharing them for others to hear and critique.
With SoundCloud, you’ll be able to post your work online for both its own posterity and the community’s sake. Listening to feedback and providing feedback helps you get better, but it also helps develop new ideas that wouldn’t have existed in the independent nether.
If you care even a little about music, get yourself on SoundCloud and start contributing to advance the world of music. Countless tunes remain undiscovered, just waiting for a fated meeting of minds to give birth to genius.
Up till this point, all the apps have been about creating music, practicing your skills, and finally sharing with everyone else. But if you’ve chosen to take the digital route with music, you need to protect your property—both physical and intellectual. The data your store can be gone in an instant if you’re not careful.
ExpressVPN helps to alleviate those concerns by keeping your device safe. It allows you to access the net through a Virtual Private Network, which will protect you from hackers looking to inject malware or steal access to your accounts. It will help you keep private what you want to keep private.
Musicians are renowned for travel, and technology has made the café popular again because of free WiFi so often being incorporated. But that free WiFi is also unprotected—a real problem unless you’ve got a VPN. Without its encryption, anyone accessing the network can hack into other users’ devices and cause trouble. Don’t skip this one, even if it seems distant compared to a metronome or tuner.
Be Open to New Things
This list is but a small insight into the many different tools that exist to help your musical career. Not everyone is willing to take advantage of these new opportunities; those who aren’t are doomed to the obscurity that is repetition. So go out and explore; listen to new music and create your own using all the tools there are.
Know some tools that have helped you produce a fresh new sound? Share them with the rest of us! Post a comment below so we can get in on the action.
About the Author: Cassie loves blogging about music and her other interests, particularly internet security. While everyone being online helps create new ideas, it also spawns a host of safety concerns. If you’re interested in more of Cassie’s writing, check her out on Culture Coverage.