iPad Music Studio Apps

Recently, the “virtual” pop group Gorillaz recorded and released an album that was created entirely on the iPad.  Most of this was done while they were on tour – composing and recording on the tour bus itself.

Everyone talks about how the iPad is a device primarily for media consumption – but apparently you can create and produce media just as well.

The Gorillaz are always pretty open about their work – often allowing it to be downloaded for free.  They are just as open about how they recorded this album by providing a list of the apps they used.

18 Apps to Create your own Music Studio (via Gorillaz)


StudioMini XL

A powerful yet easy to use recording studio with CD quality audio, pro audio loops, multitrack (8 tracks), etc.

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Speak it! Text to Speech

A text to speech translation engine.

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Translates drawn lines into music.

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A virtual “analog” beatbox

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Mellotronics M3000

An iPad simulation of the classic 1960s tape replay instrument the Mellotron (think “Knights in White Satin”)

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A virtual analog bass synthesizer with built-in step sequencer and on-board effects

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A playback sampler with SoundFont support that can be used for keyboard instrument, MIDI sound module, and MIDI player.

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A microtonal capable distortion synthesizer with an 11-string bass guitar layout.

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Moog Filtatron

A real-time audio effects suite for studio artists.

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Simple but effective synthesizer.

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Sylo Synthesiser

Sylo Synthesiser allows you to play music, or create sound effects, using sounds you can design yourself with the iPad’s microphone.

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XENON Groove Synthesizer

A polyphonic hybrid synthesizer that includes monophonic synthesizers, polyphonic PCM synthesizer, rhythm machine, sequencer, mixer and a number of sound presets.

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FunkBox Drum Machine

A beatbox designed to simulate the sounds from the 70s and 80s using original audio samples taken directly from collection of vintage drum machines.

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Gliss lets you play sound files and mix them easily by drawing on your iPad.

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Guitar and bass multi-effect processor and mobile recording studio

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A chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe that allows you to accurately tune your instrument using the built-in mic on your iPad.

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A polyphonic synthesizer with more than 40 instruments, pitch bend wheel, etc.

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iOrgel HD

A digital “wind up” music box that you can also invent your own songs.

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Additional App(s)


This is a great app that supplies the studio and the instruments.  It wasn’t available when Gorillaz recorded their album and so am sure that is why it was not used.

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  1. You’re right.. this was the list that Gorillaz used to create their album but GarageBand wasn’t available then. I’ll add it as a bonus edit. Thanks

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