Music Making Apps for Android Music Maker JAM vs Caustic 3 vs G-Stomper Rhythm ... and 13 more

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No longer are we bound to a studio, traditional instrument, or even a powerful desktop or laptop computer for making music. With a modern Android-powered smartphone or tablet, a few apps and some creativity, practically anyone can lay down some melodies and beats.

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Whether you're a professional, or someone who likes to mess around making sounds, arranging or creating music on your mobile device is an excellent way to let the imagination run free.

Test drive a variety of the apps we discuss below, as some may perform better on your device than others. Once you find something you like, dive in and get creating.

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Method 1: Music Maker JAM

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Music Maker JAM is one of the more popular Android music making apps and comes loaded with an abundance of loops, samples, and styles to work with.

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Mix, cut, add or whatever you can come up with, Music Maker JAM allows for a significant amount of control from a mobile device.

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    1. 200+ music style packs choose from.
    2. 1000s of studio level professional loops.
    3. 8 channel mixer.
    4. Share finished tracks directly to SoundCloud.
    5. Edit pitch, tempo, and add effects.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $49.99 per item.
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    1. Music Maker JAM can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 2: Caustic 3

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Caustic 3 is an Android-powered music making app that's inspired by highly sought after analog rack synthesizers and samplers.

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A mobile optimized, highly responsive tool, Caustic 3 allows users to unleash their full creativity with an impressive selection of effects and racks.

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    1. Add up to 14 different sound machines.
    2. Automation on most controls supported.
    3. Supports USB MIDI controllers via USB OTG
    4. Master parametric EQ including limiter.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. Caustic 3 can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 3: G-Stomper Rhythm

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G-Stomper Rhythm by planet-h.com is a powerful mobile music making app that's especially handy for laying down beats, loops or drum sequences.

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Never miss a beat, when the ideas strike and the creative juices are flowing, you can whip out your phone or tablet before it slips away.

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    1. Up to three chainable effects.
    2. High quality 32bit audio.
    3. Sample modulation in real-time.
    4. Edit tempo, swing quantization, time signature and measures.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. G-Stomper Rhythm can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 4: Music Keyboard

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Music Keyboard by Palmsoft Entertainment turns your mobile phone or tablet into a variety of great sounding instruments that can be played and recorded.

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Begin learning the keyboard and unlock new instruments as you progress through the music lessons and challenges.

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    1. Fine tune instruments.
    2. 18 instruments to unlock; organ, synthesizer, voice, choir, guitar, sitar, oud, finger bass, synth bass and more.
    3. Record songs and rhythms and add effects.
    4. Headphone support for public spaces or quiet zones.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $1.99 per item.
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    1. Music Keyboard can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 5: FL Studio Mobile

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FL Studio Mobile (formerly Fruity Loops) is modeled after the very popular professional music workstation for PC and Mac and comes loaded with features for both amateurs and professionals.

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As a complete mobile music creation center, FL Studio for Android allows users to compile multi-track songs with ease and precision.

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    1. Easy programming with a grid-style sequencer.
    2. High quality synths, samplers, drum machines and loops.
    3. Supports MIDI controllers
    4. Full functioning mixer with solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $6.00 per item.
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    1. FL Studio Mobile can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 6: BandLab - Music Maker

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BandLab is another useful music making app for Android that also acts as a social media site where artists and bands can share the music they've created via their mobile devices.

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With a built-in 12-track digital audio workstation, Bandlab provides all the tools necessary to crank out great sounding tunes.

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    1. Explore music created by the BandLab community for inspiration.
    2. Easily Collaborate on music with other community members.
    3. Works on both mobile devices and desktop/laptop computers.
    4. Create, record, edit and share directly from the app.
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    1. Free version.
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    1. BandLab - Music Maker can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 7: FM Synthesizer - SynprezFM II

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SynprezFM II is a programmable synthesizer that comes with a multi-touch keyboard, arpeggio, effects, and 1024 built-in instrument patches.

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The app is also a Yamaha DX7 emulator that can correctly render sysex files uploaded to an external storage directory.

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    1. Records WAV files.
    2. Supports MIDI connectivity.
    3. Toggle to Expert mode to take advantage of advanced features.
    4. Hear up to 16 channels playing together at once.
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    1. FM Synthesizer [SynprezFM II] can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 8: MixPads - Drum Pad & DJ mixer

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MixPads is a great mobile music making app for the DJ enthusiasts out there.

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With a simple to navigate user interface, MixPads lets users create electronic music and remixes, just like the pros.

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    1. supports all popular audio formats; mp3, wav, ogg, etc.
    2. Flexible mixer for fine tuning your mixes and sounds.
    3. 12 one-shot drum pads for on-the-fly mixing and sample dropping.
    4. 30 drum pads with original samples and music.
    5. Professional DJ effects such as reverb, delay, and filters.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases at $4.99 per item.
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    1. MixPads - Drum Pad & DJ mixer can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 9: n-Track Studio 8 Music DAW

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n-Track Studio 8 turns a smartphone or tablet into a powerful mobile recording studio.

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As a full-blown digital audio workstation, users can start with a base track and continue to add to it and tweak it into something great.

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    1. Play up to 11 tracks at the same time without in-app purchases.
    2. Create stereo and mono tracks.
    3. Built-in virtual instruments.
    4. Midi keyboard.
    5. Equalizer with spectrum analyzer.
    6. Import previously created tracks.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $1.99 per item.
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    1. n-Track Studio 8 Music DAW can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 10: SunVox

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SunVox by Alexander Zolotov is another powerful mobile app for creating music directly on your phone or tablet.

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A light and quick cross-platform modular synth with a built in pattern-based sequencer, SunVox gives users plenty of features to ensure your creativity is never compromised.

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    1. Easy to use modular interface.
    2. Real-time recording.
    3. Built-in effects.
    4. Export multiple wav
    5. Microtonal sequencer.
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    1. SunVox can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 11: Drum Pads Guru

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Drum Pads Guru for Android turns your mobile device into a highly effective sampler and drum machine.

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Drum Pads Guru gives users plenty of options for creating music in multiple genres including; hip-hop, house, electro, drum & bass and more.

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    1. Loads of free presets with new ones added regularly.
    2. Record tracks and share with friends.
    3. Video tutorial for users just starting out.
    4. Huge sound library created by professionals.
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    1. Free version.
    2. In-app purchases ranging from $0.99 - $3.99 per item.
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Method 12: SPC - Music Drum Pad Demo

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Record, play, mix and produce your own electronic music with SPC for Android.

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Add to existing or create your own loops to perform live with SPC's 16 pad multi-touch interface. Tweak your loops with built-in effects like phase, reverb, and distortion to name a few.

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    1. Easy SoundCloud sharing integration.
    2. Record and export mixes in WAV format.
    3. Remix tracks in real-time on-the-fly.
    4. Import your own samples and sounds (WAV).
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    1. SPC - Music Drum Pad Demo can be downloaded from Google Play.
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Method 13: Oscilab - Groovebox

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Oscilab - Groovebox by 2beat is a neat little tool to quickly create unique sounding loops and samples, directly from your Android mobile device.

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No musical experience is required to have fun, simply pinch, swipe and manipulate the sounds until you like what you hear.

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    1. 28 wave shapers with control of FREQUENCY, Filter CUTOFF, AMP and PAN.
    2. Built-in analog synth.
    3. 8 high-quality instruments.
    4. Drum machine with 3 preset drumkits.
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Method 14: Nanoloop

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Nanoloop by Oliver Wittchow is a mobile optimized, fully functioning sequencer, sampler, and synthesizer for Android.

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With an easy to use sequencer that fits all screen resolutions, Nanoloop supports 8 channels of audio, playing up to 8 samples per channel.

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    1. Create samples with the device's onboard microphone.
    2. Trim and clean up samples in the editor.
    3. fully automate all parameters.
    4. Load samples via your device's SD card.
    5. Export in WAV and Ogg format.
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Method 15: Piano

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Of course, this list wouldn't be complete without a high-end virtual piano app.

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Piano for Android is great virtual piano and melody recorder that utilizes the full 88 key keyboard, as well as realistic piano acoustics for the authentic feel.

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    2. Record melodies and samples.
    3. Can handle complex multi-touch rhythms and melodies.
    4. Realistic piano hall like acoustics.
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Method 16: Drum Machine

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Drum Machine is an awesome mobile app that's perfect for producing beats and drum loops on the go.

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Boasting studio-quality sound, Drum Machine for Android is the perfect tool for busy producers, DJs, or music enthusiasts who want to produce while away from the studio.

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    1. 11 drum kits to choose from.
    2. 8 drum pads and 6 types of sound effects.
    3. Built-in mixer.
    4. 17 different app skins for personalization.
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Take a break from Facebook, grab a pair of headphones and install a few music making apps for Android. There is no better way to pass the time than creating or remixing great sounding loops, tracks, and samples. Don't let that killer song or track idea slip away, fire up your phone or tablet and lay down your newly inspired rhythms while they're fresh in your mind.

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