Best Apps For Making Beats

The best apps for making beats are out there, but knowing which ones to download can be a challenge. That’s where we come in. We’ve rounded up the best programs for creating your own hip hop, R&B, and pop beats in a variety of genres. Whether you want to start from scratch or need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered

Best Beat Making Software 2021 (Comparison + Buyers Guide)

Best Apps For Making Beats

Figure by Propellerhead
Price: Free
More info: Propellerhead
Where to buy: iTunes

The first thing you’ll notice that sets this apart is that it breaks from the oft-used setup of drum pads and keys and instead opts for more intuitive controls, which allow users to easily jump between velocity, FX and pitch controls. Propellerhead has created a great notepad for producers looking to sketch ideas on the go while freeing their thought process.

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FL Studio Mobile HD
Price: $20
More info: Image Line
Where to buy: iTunes / Google Play

Up until recently, there has been no Mac version for FL Studio—the first incarnation is still in the testing phase. However, the miniature version they made for mobile has been available for both Android and iOS for a few years now. What you get is a very stripped-down yet capable version of FL Studio. Set up to look like it does on the desktop, the mobile version includes many of the features that make FL Studio so easy to use. The step sequencer, drum programming, and FX controls are all there, as well as the ability to create full songs and send them your desktop/laptop for additional work.

Price: $5
More info: Apple
Where to buy: iTunes

GarageBand for iOS is probably the user-friendliest of the DAW-type apps. It was built that way on purpose so anyone could pick it up and create music quickly. There are some expected limitations—including a max of eight tracks. However, the fact that you can use an iRig to plug in a guitar or keyboard and even incorporate your own voice into the mix makes GarageBand another great tool for getting ideas together on the fly.

Traktor DJ
Price: iPad ($10) / iPhone ($2)
More info: Native Instruments
Where to buy: iTunes (iPad / iPhone)

What list would be complete without a Native Instruments product? While it is a bit tricky on a smaller phone, you can use your phone’s existing song library to mix tracks in minutes. The control over looping while using a touch screen allows users to really isolate specific elements, making it possible to really step up how you play with tracks together. However, it could become daunting to use this on an iPhone for any extended period of time.

Price: $20
More info: Korg (iPad / iPhone)
Where to buy: iTunes (iPad / iPhone)

Korg has several faithful recreations of many of its iconic hardware products. This version of its famous groove box is accurate both in sound and look. It comes preloaded with 192 beats from the original Electribe R, plus an additional 32 templates for different genres. Of course, there is an “init” one that is a blank canvas for your own creations. If you want an analog recreation in your pocket, this is it.

Ninja Jamm
Price: Free
More info: Ninja Jamm
Where to buy: iTunes / Google Play

We’ve covered the Ninja Jamm before, and it deserves to be brought up again. This is set up for you take your hand at hacking up tunes using drum pads or the arsenal of FX tools that sound great and are made just for the iPhone. With most music apps you find the controls are often jumbled together in a way that makes them almost unusable; that’s not the case here. The coolest feature, though, is the access you have to Loopmasters sample packs, as well as a library of Ninja Tune releases, so you can even get your remix on with your phone.

Price: Free
More info: Beatwave
Where to buy: iTunes

Beatwave is set up similar to a Launchpad with a grid of squares that responds to notes on the vertical axis and where they fall in time on the horizontal. You can layer up to four sounds at once, and you have control over effects and mixing from a drop-down menu for each track. Beatwave lets you create full songs within the app, and you can even use Audiobus, another mobile app, to use your Beatwave sounds within another app.

Price: Free version; $4 for pro version
More info: Fingerlab
Where to buy: iTunes (Free version / pro version)

Out of all these apps, Musyc takes the most interesting approach to the creative process. It’s like building with blocks that have a mind of their own, and it’s your job to figure out a way to contain their power. Using the line tool, you can create walls for the shapes to live in; you can move them around as much as you’d like or completely get rid of them. While using it to make anything outside of the experimental and weird would take some serious practice, Musyc definitely will keep you occupied for a while.

djay LE
Price: Free version; iPad version $10; iPhone and Apple Watch version $2; Mac/Desktop pro version $50; Android version $3
More info: Algoriddim
Where to buy: iTunes (Mac, iPad, iPhone/Apple Watch, Google Play)

In terms of ease of use in a DJ app, this one has it in spades. A simple set up of two turntables, a pitch control, and a crossfader are all you see upon launch. You also have access to a set of sample pads (available only in the pro version). It of course has built-in sync function and the ability to record your mixes. If you want full access to all the controls, including the ability to mix more than the 15 songs the app picks for you, you’ll need to upgrade to the pro version.

Price: iPad ($25) / iPhone ($6) / BlackBerry Z10 ($10)
More info: Moog Music
Where to buy: iTunes (iPad / iPhone) / BlackBerry World

Animoog from Moog Music is one of the coolest apps available for iOS. It’s a detailed professional synth created specifically for mobile use and it has all the beef and thickness of the legendary manufacturer’s analog gear. Using the X/Y pad to manipulate the parameters is quite easy. Since it was designed as a professional app, you can dive pretty deep into this one. It also means some of the parameters may be a little difficult to understand for the average user.

Best beat making app for android

The best music-making apps for Android in 2022 are:

Roland Zenbeats
FL Studio Mobile
N-Track Studio 9.1
Caustic 3
Audio Evolution Mobile
G-Stomper Studio
Groovepad – Music & Beat Maker
Roland Zenbeats

Zenbeats is a superbly versatile DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and loop-building platform. It’s identical to the desktop and iOS version and doesn’t suffer from any of the limitations often associated with mobile versions. Zenbeats is a proper DAW with unlimited audio and virtual instrument tracks and comes complete with a suite of instruments, effects, and loops.

You can create freeform on a timeline, or in a LoopBuilder, using a step sequencer and drum machine and then mix it all down to a finished product.

Zenbeats is very at home on a touch device. It looks beautiful; the workflow and layout are well thought out, making it very easy to use with your fingers. The Step Sequencer features an auto-fill function where you can throw in notes or create beats with a single gesture. There’s a bunch of drum kits (including official TR-808, 909 and 707 kits), samples, loops and patterns to get the beats flowing.

You can play an onscreen keyboard which can lock to a key and scale so that you never play a wrong note, or wire up an external MIDI controller and start sequencing.

In the basic free version, you get the timeline recording, sequencing, and LoopBuilder along with 9 virtual instruments. These include the fantastic SampleVerse sampler/synth, two analog synths, electric piano, bass, guitar, organ, and a drum machine. On the effects side, you get some EQ, compression, delay, and flange.

The $14.99 unlocked version brings in full editing over the virtual instruments, over 180 presets, 14 effects and no limitations on insert and send effects. There’s a further “Ultimate” version but that only really brings in VST and AU plug-in support (but only on Windows and MacOS). So the $14.99 version is definitely the best option.

Zenbeats is a proper DAW, with all the audio recording, loop building, MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments and mixing that you could need. If you’ve ever been jealous of Garage Band running on your mate’s iPad then this will make you feel a whole lot better.
PlayStore: Roland Zenbeats


Bandlab mixes up a combination of music-making and social interaction. So you can make your own music and share it and discover other artists all within the same app. But the key bit for us is that the music production part is rather good.

You have a 12-track Mix Editor in which you can record live audio, import tracks, mix and automate your music while building your song. It has a Looper functionality for building up layers of beats, rhythms and melodies. You can quantize, gate, retrigger and add all sorts of effects. In fact, there are over 100 guitar, bass and vocal effect presets for adding the perfect tone your tracks.

Another great feature is the unlimited online project storage so you’re never having to worry about filling up your phone or losing your music. You can also open up your projects on other devices; you can share it with an iPhone or run it in a browser on any computer. Or if you want a new perspective, share it in the community and get some else to mix it.
PlayStore: Bandlab

FL Studio Mobile

FL Studio Mobile comes from the makers of FL Studio, a hugely popular desktop DAW with all the usual trimmings. The Mobile version loses a huge amount of the clever stuff but keeps enough to make this one of the best music-making programs on any mobile platform. There’s no free version, instead for a handful of dollars you get everything you need for making music.

Multi-track Audio and MIDI recording are all ready to go. There are several virtual instruments, including synths and sampled sounds.

The mixer inserts offer 16 effects, covering all the usual suspects like modulation, delay, reverb, compression, filter, and distortion. You can sequence in a piano roll or sequence in steps, you can drop in samples, you can drop in patterns.

The Drum Sampler is fully integrated with the step sequencer, making it so easy to generate beats.

There are on-screen piano and drum pad controllers, although you can also route in MIDI control from any compatible MIDI keyboard or controller. The interface works well with fingers, opting for a straight-forward approach to the interface which lacks the flare of Stagelight but certainly does the job.

There are some in-app purchases for loops and additional sounds but otherwise, it’s a fully functioning choice for $15.99.
PlayStore: FL Studio Mobile

N-Track Studio 9.1

N-Track Studio has seen some welcome evolution over the last couple of versions that brings it in line with other serious DAWs. It has the studio-in-your-pocket vibe offering multi-channel audio, mixing, effects and virtual instruments.

It has virtually unlimited tracks, a step sequencer and inbuilt instrument with 128 sounds. You can play via an external keyboard or use the on-screen piano and edit in the piano-roll editor. For audio recording, you have a lot of cool effects like reverb, delay, modulation, compression, and EQ.

There are guitar and bass amp simulation plugins and VocalTube for getting your vocals a bit more musical or for applying those robotic auto-tune effects. There’s even a built-in tuner.

The sound quality of n-Track is high, it supports multichannel external USB audio interfaces, it can handle sample rates up to 192kHz and exports in 16, 24 or 32 bits. This is a serious piece of software.

There’s a free version that gets you 5 audio tracks, 3 instrument tracks, and 2 step-sequencer tracks. You have 2 effects per track. You can save and export your work so it is fully functional. For a standard subscription of $0.99 a month, you unlock all the musical features whereas for $1.99 you can unlock the higher quality audio support and multichannel ability.

N-Track Studio 9 is a serious contender that’s determined to offer a proper studio recording experience on the Android platform.
PlayStore: n-Track Studio

Caustic 3

From Single Cell Software comes a slightly different approach. Caustic is a jumble of synthesizers and samplers that you can sequence and mix together in any way you choose.

You create a rack of virtual instruments taken from any of the 14 devices on offer. There are subtractive synths, bassline synths, sample-based synths, pad synths, modular synths, 8-bit, FM and physical modeling synths. There are drum machines and organs, vocoders and more. You are spoilt for choice really. There’s a piano-roll style sequencer for creating patterns and then a song mode where you can lay patterns out along a timeline across all your instrument tracks.

Each instrument gets a channel on the mixer which includes 2 inserts per channel for effects on top of some EQ, delay, and reverb. You can import your own samples for use with the PCMSynth, BeatBox, and Vocoder. The PCMSynth also supports Soundfonts and FL Studio Mobile instruments. MIDI control is available with class-compliant USB MIDI controllers.

The range of synths inside Caustic is what gives it an edge, plus the effects to add some movement to your tracks. It may not have the comprehensive sequencing of some other apps and it doesn’t support audio recording, but as a little synthesizer workstation, it’s hard to beat. The demo is free to use but you can’t save, export or import. The unlock key will cost you $9.99.
PlayStore: Caustic 3

Audio Evolution Mobile

eXtream Software has gone for the look of a traditional DAW for Audio Evolution Mobile. It gives it quite a professional finish, especially on the Hi-Res tablet screen. You get multi-track audio recording and MIDI sequencing. Lots of non-destructive editing in the timeline with cross-fading.

There’s a drum pattern editor, sampling and looping. The mixer supports unlimited channels and unlimited groups and looks very much like a proper DAW mixer console. The effects all have pro-looking plug-in interfaces as does the equalizer. They’ve gone out of their way to give you the Cubase experience on Android.

And it gives it a serious vibe that’s somehow unexpected but very welcome. It’s a little light on the virtual instrument side, preferring to support Soundfont instruments rather than any virtual analog or synthesizers. But there’s some decent automation available directly onto clips in the arrangement.

Audio Evolution Mobile is available for free as a basic audio recorder and mixer. The real stuff happens when you invest $6.99 to unlock the full version. Now you get access to the MIDI sequencing and virtual instrument side. You get a lot more effects, EQ and dynamics processing. You get support for external USB audio interfaces and even some auto-tune for your vocals. By all means, give it a try with the free version but you’ll want to unlock everything to find its full potential.
PlayStore: Audio Evolution Mobile

G-Stomper Studio

More like Caustic than a DAW, the G-Stomper Studio has a huge virtual analog synthesizer built-in along with a drum machine, sampler and a whole load of music-making tools.

First of all the VA-Beast is a polyphonic synthesizer drawing on sounds from virtual analog modeling, 4-operator FM synthesis, and multi-sample PCM. There are 2 oscillators (with sync) offering saw, pulse, triangle, sine, noise, dual sine and then PCM waveform options.

The FM has 5 algorithms, 3 modulation LFOs and 3 envelopes per voice. It has 2 filter sections with 8 filter types with another 3 ADSR envelopes for filter and amplification. The modulation section goes into differential FM, Filter Frequency and Resonance, Distortion, Ring and all sorts. That’s a whole lot of synthesizer.

You can run 12 tracks of synth plus 24 tracks of sampling using either a grid-based multi-track step sequencer or the sample-based pattern-infused Drum Machine with 24 pads for live playing. This all feeds into a 32-channel mixer with 3 band EQ and 3 inserts per channel. There are 47 effect types covering pretty much every effect you can imagine.

The sequencer is a standard piano roll affair but there’s also an arpeggiator for knocking out some quick accompaniments. You can get into the audio editing of samples, setting loop points and envelopes and everything is automatable.

One awesome feature that I haven’t seen on other Android apps is Ableton Link support. This allows G-Stomper Studio to sync up to any other device running Ableton Link on a wi-fi network. That means you could run multiple copies of G-Stomper on different devices all in sync, or sync up to a regular laptop, iPad or desktop.

It’s immensely powerful. It also plays nice with MIDI controllers and other devices, making it a great live performance sound source and jamming machine.

$15.99 unlocks the full version and it is definitely worth it so you get all 12 tracks of synth (5 in the free version) and 24 sample tracks (12 in the free version) but you also get a feature which lets you record your performances or export them track by track for use in other DAWs.

G-Stomper Studio looks great, has a fabulous internal sound engine and is looking to play inside your larger setup.
PlayStore: G-Stomper Studio

Groovepad – Music & Beat Maker

SunVox is a modular-based synthesizer and sequencing app. It allows you to patch together all sorts of synthesizer building blocks to generate and effect sound.

It’s something a little less serious to round us off. It’s less about playing instruments and recording music and more about enjoying the flow of mixing and matching loops and building beats into your own tracks. Groovepad will bring your ideas to life in the smoothest and grooviest way possible.

It’s all in the library. Groovepad has an extensive library of unique and engaging loops, hits and noises. It includes styles such as Hip-hop, EDM, House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Trap, Electronic, and more. All of it is pre-synced and ready to drop into what you’ve got going on. You can add effects such as a filter, flanger, reverb, and delay and mix it all together on the fly.

Groovepad can be a bit advert-heavy when you’re trying it out but once you invest in a few chunks of library you can while away the hours making beats and finding your own riffs. You don’t have to have any musical skills, just the ability to feel the groove. They are constantly updating the library and bringing in new features, so you’ll never run out of things to play with.


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