In search for the perfect iPad app that allows me to compose, arrange, notate, and collaborate ‘on the go’ has led me to this post. I’ve had the enjoyment and honour of using full versions of Symphony Pro and Music Studio provided to me by the companies with my thanks.
Theme: simple orchestral 4 bar theme – repeated – with contrasting sounds, colours, and range (flute to double bass and bass clarinet, with light percussion). See sample, and click to make larger.
Symphony Pro – outstanding notation app with input by virtual keyboard and guitar, and includes numerous important ways to move your work from the iPad to other devices (MusicXML, Color PDF, AAC, MIDI, Symphony, Email, iTunes, Send to, Photos, AirPrint and SoundCloud)
Music Studio 2 – phenomenal DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) type app with input by large, resizable keyboard, incredibly realistic sound collections, notably for me, orchestral, and excellent editing ability – graphic music notation, similar to GarageBand, Logic Pro X, and most DAW software. This app does not support music notation and score preparation like Symphony Pro. This is a well-rounded collection of tools closest to a full DAW package at an unbelievable low price. Exporting features include MIDI, WAVE, AAC, ZIP, Email, AudioCopy, SoundCloud, Dropbox, Open with…, and the ability to connect to your browser (Server).
GarageBand for iOS 8 – ease of use with a generous workspace, logical layouts, and predictable finger gestures, GarageBand for iOS continues to be in the top 3 apps for iPad. Its audio recording ability and sound sampler allows for endless uses and promotes the individuality of the user. Smart Instruments are equally its strong feature, coupled with the numerous loops, and importing of sound files from iTunes. For me, the addition of ready and realistic orchestral instruments, similar to Music Studio would make it even more versatile by composers that write in this genre. GarageBand for iOS is not a music notation/score preparation app, and uses graphic DAW-type notation, easily modifiable and utilized. Exporting includes MP3, AIFF, CAF, Apple Loops, and AAC, Email, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube, iTunes, Ringtone, Open in…, iCloud sync.
GarageBand iOS works with Audiobus (separate app) and its built in function, Inter-App Audio Apps to bring in the best of hundreds of other sound sources and functions.
See Audiobus site for a list of iOS8-compatible Audiobus Apps.
See here for one of my earlier posts comparing the various notation apps for iPad with a free chart highlighting the differences.