13 of the Best Apps for Music Producers | Black Ghost Audio (2022)

There are many computer applications that you can use to significantly improve your workflow, organize your workspace, and gain access to features not available within your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). This list contains 13 apps that you’ll find yourself using daily, and that will make the process of producing music significantly easier.

The following apps aren’t going to allow you to write music; that’s what a DAW is for. If you don’t yet own a DAW, I recommend checking out either Ableton, Logic Pro X, FL Studio, or Pro Tools. Each DAW has it’s own strengths and weaknesses, so I recommend experimenting with some different DAWs and deciding which ones work best for you.

All of the apps on this list are available for MacOS, while a number of them are available for Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Operating system compatibility has been listed at the bottom of each app's section.

1. Audio Hijack

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Audio Hijack is an app that allows you to record any of the audio that comes out of your speakers. For example, you can record audio from apps, DVDs, internet radio, record players, voice chats, webs browsers, and system audio. On top of the ability to record audio, Audio Hijack allows you to create custom signal processing chains.

When I watch old films on Netflix, I’ll route the audio from my browser through Audio Hijack, reduce the noise that’s typically found in old films using a de-noise plugin like Waves' Z-Noise, apply some light buss compression with Cytomic’s The Glue, and then bring the overall level up with a limiter like FabFilter’s Pro-L 2.

Audio Hijack comes with audio effects that include a 10 band EQ, de-click device, de-hum device, de-noise device, and many other tools that allow you to control the frequency response of your input signal.

Available on: MacOS

2. Backblaze

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Backblaze allows you to back up your entire computer online. There’s no limit to the amount of data that you can back up. Breaking your laptop, or having it stolen is the worst thing that can happen to you as a music producer. Even if you back up your projects with an app like Splice, there are still countless other files on your computer that are valuable.

If you back up your files to a local external hard drive, that’s great, but if someone steals it, those files are gone. I’m not sure how likely it is that someone is going to frag your studio with an EMP grenade, but if that happens, all of your electronics are toast, and your backups will be lost. The only way to ensure complete backup security is by using an off-site backup server like Backblaze. You can even back up your external hard drives to Backblaze thanks to there being no data upload limit. The best part about Backblaze is that it’s only $5/month, and well worth the peace of mind.

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Available on: MacOS, Windows, and Linux

3. Balance Lock

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Balance Lock is a simple app that locks the left/right balance of your computer’s audio output. Sometimes your audio output will drift left or right when plugging, or unplugging your headphones from your computer. If you’ve started to notice this happening, Balance Lock provides a simple solution.

If I want to pan my audio output, I’m doing it within my DAW, and not within my Mac’s system preferences. It’s worth installing Balance Lock as a preventative measure because it can save you trouble down the road.

Available on: MacOS

4. Daisy Disk

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Daisy Disk allows you to target content on your hard drive that’s taking up space and delete it. The thing I like about this app is that it doesn’t delete content automatically. It lays out the contents of your hard drive in a clear visual format and allows you to remove the material taking up space yourself. Daisy Disk boosts content that’s taking up the most space on your hard drive to the top of a list and allows you to clear out apps, files, and data that you no longer need.

Available on: MacOS

5. Discord

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Discord was initially designed for gamers, but it allows you to join different voice chat servers that are focused on particular topics. There are many music production servers that you can join, and either listen in on or contribute to yourself.

You can view a list of popular music production Discord communities here.

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Available on: MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android

6. EarMaster

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EarMaster is a music theory trainer that can teach you ear training, sight-singing, essential music theory, and rhythm training. It includes 2500 lessons and is used by thousands of music schools. This software will teach you to play by ear, as well as show you how to read sheet music. EarMaster sells for $59.95 USD via it's official website; this is an absolute steal considering how effective it is.

Available on: MacOS and Windows

7. f.lux

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f.lux removes the blue light from your computer screen, which allows you to fall asleep easier. Computer screens are designed to look like the sun, but at night, this will mess your brain up and trick it into thinking that you should be awake.

Have you ever been producing music late and night, and next thing you know its 5:00am, and you still aren’t that tired? This happens because the blue light from your computer screen stimulates your brain, and encourages sleep deprivation.

Sometimes I’ll actually disable f.lux if I have a deadline the next day, and need to stay up late to finish whatever it is that I’m working on. However, I’ll make sure to enable f.lux the next day so that I don’t have trouble falling asleep once I shut down my computer for the night.

Available on: MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android

8. Google Drive

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Google Drive provides an entire suite of free products that are designed for business professionals. It allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, and files that can be uploaded and shared with other users in real time.

For collaborations, Google Drive is excellent for sharing audio files and track notes with team members. Organizing a collaboration with one other person is usually manageable. However, when vocalists, session musicians, multiple producers, and other people are involved with the production of a song, Google Drive allows everyone to remain up-to-date on the status of a project.

Available on: MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android

9. Mixed in Key

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Mixed in Key allows you to analyze the key and tempo of a song, and then save this information as apart of the song’s metadata. DJs use Mixed in Key a lot to tag their songs; this allows them to mix songs together based on key, which results in more musical song transitions.

I use reference tracks a lot when I produce because they help me focus the trajectory of my music. I’ll quite often write in the same key as my reference track, so being able to analyze a song in Mixed in Key quickly is an excellent time-saver.

Available on: MacOS and Windows

10. musicMath

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musicMath includes an fps calculator, metronome, delay time calculator, note frequency chart, sample rate calculator, time stretching calculator, and sine wave tone generator.

I use this app all the time to calculate delay times that are equivalent to musical intervals (whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, etc.) while I’m setting the parameters of delays and reverbs. Sometimes delays and reverbs allow you to set parameters based on the tempo of your project automatically, but it’s quite common that you have to calculate these values using a calculator like musicMath.

I also use this app to target certain note frequencies. For example, if I want to add saturation to my signal, I’ll usually target the fundamental frequency of the key I’m working in, or one of its upper harmonics. musicMath tells me that F5 is 1396.91 Hz, so if I were working in the key of F, that might be a suitable frequency to target if I were trying to thicken vocals.

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Available on: MacOS and iOS

11. Quiztones

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Quiztones is an ear training app that allows you to improve your ability to recognize fundamental frequencies, identify frequencies changed from source material, and identify changes in level from source material.

Quiztones is an exceptional learning resource for audio engineers. The app is set up like a game that gives you points when you get questions correct. Quiztones provides 3 different types of games that allow you to improve your mixing abilities. The first game has you identify fundamental frequencies as it plays sine waves. The second game will boost or cut frequencies while playing different instruments, and the third game will boost or cut the gain of an entire sample and ask you to guess how much the signal has been boosted or attenuated.

Available on: MacOS and iOS

12. Reference 4

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Reference 4 by Sonarworks removes unwanted coloration from studio speakers and headphones, allowing you to achieve a flat frequency response. It comes with many different headphone profiles, and the Studio version comes with a microphone that will enable you to calibrate the Reference 4 software based on the frequency response of your studio monitors.

A flat frequency response is desirable when mixing because it will minimize the number of issues that occur when transferring your mix to different speaker systems. The craziest thing about this software is that is actually works… really well. When I started using Reference 4, I began noticing issues that I couldn’t even hear before. It doesn’t matter the level of your mixing ability if you can’t hear what’s wrong with your mixdown. I would compare the experience of using Reference 4 to the experience of wearing glasses for the first time; you can finally see all the details you were missing before.

Reference 4 is much more expensive than the other apps on this list, ringing in at $99 for the Headphone Edition, and $299 for the Studio Edition with the microphone, but it’s going to have a substantial positive effect on your mixdowns.

Available on: MacOS and Windows

13. Splice

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Splice is well known for their rent-to-own plugin program, extensive catalog of audio samples, and also their creator studio that allows you to collaborate on songs with other artists easily. One of the lesser known features of Splice is the ability to upload an unlimited number of projects to their cloud server. If you don’t want to pay for any form of computer backup, you can at least back up all your music projects for free using Splice.

Available on: MacOS and Windows

FAQs

What app do most producers use? ›

A digital audio workstation, or DAW, is an electronic device or piece of software for digital music creation. Popular DAW's are Ableton Live, Pro Tools, FL Studio and Logic Pro X. Additionally music producers will use virtual instruments (VST's) in these DAW's.

What music apps do producers use? ›

  • Garageband. How could this not be included on a list of the best apps when it comes to creating music? ...
  • Songify. Sometimes you have some really great words in front of you, but what you read doesn't quite make a song. ...
  • Animoog. ...
  • Korg iElectribe. ...
  • Music Memos. ...
  • Poweramp Music Player. ...
  • Propellerhead Figure. ...
  • WaveMachine Labs Auria Pro.

What beat making apps do producers use? ›

Best softwares to make beats
  • Logic Pro. Logic Pro is the application for creating new instrumentals developed by Apple and is currently among the best DAWs for music production. ...
  • Studio One. ...
  • Reason Studios. ...
  • FL Studio. ...
  • Ableton Live.
29 Jun 2022

What do producers use to edit songs? ›

Top 10 Audio Editing Software
  • Adobe Audition.
  • GarageBand.
  • Logic Pro X.
  • Ableton Live.
  • Descript.
  • Audacity.
  • Studio One.
  • FL Studio.
4 Nov 2022

What do professional producers use? ›

But which DAWs do most professional producers use? From our research, we concluded that most professional studios still use Avid Pro Tools as their DAW of choice, being used by producers on 65% of the top 100 albums from the past 10 years.
...
The Big Five
  • Avid Pro Tools.
  • Apple's Logic Pro.
  • Ableton Live.
  • FL Studio.
  • Garageband.

What is the most used music making app? ›

Best music-making apps in 2022:
  • GarageBand.
  • inBeat Sound Pad to Make Songs.
  • Steinberg Cubasis.
  • FL Studio Mobile.
  • Soundtrap.
  • Reason Compact.
  • Groovepad.
  • BandLab.
5 Jul 2022

What app do most musicians use? ›

What are the best music making apps?
  • Garage Band.
  • iMachine 2.
  • Korg Gadget 2.
  • FL Studio Mobile.
  • Akai iMPC Pro.
  • Animoog.
  • Model 15 Moog Modular Synthesizer.
  • The Metronome by Soundbrenner.
16 Mar 2022

How do I start producing beats? ›

How to make a beat
  1. Step 1: Define your vibe. ...
  2. Step 2: Create a bass line. ...
  3. Step 3: Add in the drums. ...
  4. Step 4: Add melodic elements. ...
  5. Step 5: Fill in the gaps. ...
  6. Step 6: Expand the beat. ...
  7. Step 7: Mix and master your beat.
12 Nov 2021

What is the best free beat maker? ›

Some of the best beat making software include Magix Music Maker, FL Studio, and Logic Pro. Each of these programs have simple interfaces and offer loops and samples you can use in your beat. Magix Music Maker is free, FL Studio has a free version, and Logic Pro is a paid program only available to Apple users.

How do I start making music? ›

Here are the basic steps to follow to learn how to make music:
  1. Get your music recording gear together.
  2. Learn basic music theory.
  3. Understand the basic elements of songwriting.
  4. Set up your recording area.
  5. Learn music production skills.
  6. Get familiar with mixing and mastering.
  7. Promote your music for distribution.
20 May 2022

How can I make my own songs? ›

  1. Choose a style. Decide in which genre you want to work on your song. ...
  2. Necessary equipment. Arrangement is a big topic in music. ...
  3. Decide on the rhythm. Choose the rhythm and beats that match the mood and genre of your own song. ...
  4. Develop a melody. ...
  5. Take training. ...
  6. Song structure. ...
  7. Choose a title. ...
  8. Write down ideas.

What plugins do famous producers use? ›

These plugins under your base DAW toolset will surely extend your sound palette.
  • Softube – Saturation Knob. ...
  • Camel Audio – Camelcrusher. ...
  • Xfer Records – OTT Compressor. ...
  • Native Instruments Reaktor 6. ...
  • Spectrasonics Keyscape. ...
  • Xfer Records Serum. ...
  • iZotope – Ozone Imager. ...
  • Valhalla – Freq Echo.
14 Jan 2021

How do I edit audio professionally? ›

8 Best Professional Audio Editing Software for Powerful Editing
  1. Filmora.
  2. Adobe Audition CC.
  3. Apple Logic Pro X.
  4. Cubase Pro 10.
  5. Reason.
  6. Reaper.
  7. Pro Tools.
  8. Studio One.
5 Sept 2022

What is the easiest audio editing software? ›

Best Audio Editing Software for Beginners & Pros
  1. AudioDirector: Best Overall. ...
  2. Logic Pro: Best for Music Production. ...
  3. Steinberg Cubase Pro: Best for Composers. ...
  4. Adobe Audition: Best for Professional Video Editors. ...
  5. Samplitude Pro: Best for Music Recording. ...
  6. Hindenburg Pro: Best for Interviews. ...
  7. Audacity: Best for Beginners.
5 Aug 2022

Do producers need to master their beats? ›

Professional producers usually mix roughly as they produce, and then let mixing and mastering engineers take care of the sound so they can save time and get better results. Much like composing or arranging, deciding whether to mix and master will depend largely on your personal ability, resources, and circumstances.

How do I sell myself as a producer? ›

7 Tips to Promote Yourself as a Music Producer
  1. Build Up a Catalog of Music. ...
  2. Collaborate with Artists. ...
  3. Work with a Publisher. ...
  4. Start Touring. ...
  5. Provide Constant Content. ...
  6. Know Your Niche. ...
  7. Develop a Release Strategy.
5 Jul 2021

What skills does a producer need? ›

What it takes
  • knowledge of media production and communication.
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure.
  • knowledge of English language.
  • leadership skills.
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail.
  • the ability to use your initiative.
  • to be flexible and open to change.

What app Can I make my own song? ›

BandLab is more than just a music maker, beat maker, recording app or song recorder. You can discover millions of tracks made by artists and DJs, create personalized playlists and even watch live streams of music performances from top creators. BandLab is 100% FREE to use.

What is the easiest app to make music? ›

GarageBand also happens to be one of the easiest platforms to use for making great music. It allows you to create a song with up to 255 tracks and even offers a virtual session drummer.

Where can I create music? ›

Create your own music
  • Music Maker Jam. FreeOffers in app purchases. ...
  • Karaoke One. FreeOffers in app purchases. ...
  • Z Mobile : Music Editor. FreeOffers in app purchases. ...
  • MuseScore 3. Free. ...
  • edjing 5: DJ turntable to mix and record music. FreeOffers in app purchases. ...
  • SongPop Classic. ...
  • GuitarTab - Tabs and chords. ...
  • Hip-Hop Pad.

What music app does everyone use? ›

Spotify (free/subscription)

Probably the best-known music streaming app, Spotify is a massive force in the streaming industry, boasting more than 406 million subscribers and offering access to 80 million tracks from almost any artist you can think of.

What apps do pro artists use? ›

Apps for Drawing Professional Illustration and Painting
  • Photoshop CC (Windows/macOS)
  • Clip Studio Paint (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Corel Painter 2022 (Windows/macOS)
  • Procreate (iPad)
  • ArtRage 6 (Windows/macOS)

What app do artists use? ›

Adobe Illustrator

Just as Photoshop is the industry-standard drawing app for iPad, PC and MacOs for raster pictures, Illustrator is the go-to digital art app for vector art.

What is the #1 productivity app? ›

1. Hive. Hive's productivity platform is one of the best tools on the market. When synced with Hive's desktop and web applications, the mobile app provides yet another way to improve work ethic and productivity throughout the day.

What is the most used music-making app? ›

Best music-making apps in 2022:
  • GarageBand.
  • inBeat Sound Pad to Make Songs.
  • Steinberg Cubasis.
  • FL Studio Mobile.
  • Soundtrap.
  • Reason Compact.
  • Groovepad.
  • BandLab.
5 Jul 2022

What producing app does Kanye use? ›

Kanye West often does not use a DAW when making music. He uses hardware for sampling, writing, and adding beats. However, he and his team have been seen using both Pro Tools and FL Studio for recording.

What apps improve performance? ›

10 Apps to Enhance & Optimize Your Android Smartphone
  • Android Assistant. ...
  • ROM Toolbox Lite. ...
  • 3C Toolbox. ...
  • Clean Master. ...
  • DU Speed Booster. ...
  • 360 Security. ...
  • Greenify. ...
  • CCleaner.
10 Oct 2022

What apps waste your time? ›

Best time wasting apps
  • 9GAG.
  • Reddit.
  • Super Hexagon.
  • Clash of Clans.
  • Imgur.
  • 2048.
  • Idle Heroes.
  • Idle Farming Empire.

What is high performance app? ›

When someone says, I need a High Performance Application; it might mean any/all of the following : Low Web latency Application ( meaning low Page Loading times) Application that can serve ever increasing number of users (scalability) Application that does not go down (either highly available or continuously available)

Where do I start making music? ›

Here are the basic steps to follow to learn how to make music:
  • Get your music recording gear together.
  • Learn basic music theory.
  • Understand the basic elements of songwriting.
  • Set up your recording area.
  • Learn music production skills.
  • Get familiar with mixing and mastering.
  • Promote your music for distribution.
20 May 2022

How do I start producing music? ›

Here is a list of steps you can take to become a music producer:
  1. Train your ears. ...
  2. Learn an instrument. ...
  3. Get a digital audio workstation. ...
  4. Have a production and recording space. ...
  5. Learn how to use an audio mixer. ...
  6. Network with artists. ...
  7. Consider a degree in music. ...
  8. Take an internship.
15 Feb 2021

How can I produce my own music? ›

To start producing your own music at home, follow these steps:
  1. Learn how to write melodies.
  2. Learn how to write lyrics.
  3. Download and learn how to use a DAW.
  4. Record your song using the DAW or write the music within the DAW.
  5. To do this, set your tempo and key.
  6. Create a drum beat.
  7. Add the bassline.

What app does Travis Scott use? ›

He, basically, uses three DAWs: FL Studio 11, Pro Tools, and Logic Pro X. You can find several pictures and videos online of Scott using these DAWs while creating his music in the studio. Travis clearly uses autotune plugins in a way that sounds pleasing to your ears.

What software does Jay Z use? ›

Akai MPC 2000XL

He mainly uses the [Ensoniq] ASR10 and sequences that with an [Akai] MPC 2000XL.

What DAW does Billie Eilish use? ›

As for the DAWs used, Billie prefers using Apple's Logic Pro X as her digital audio workstation software for producing music. Logix Pro X is another big hitter in the pop music production industry. Coincidentally, these are also the two that Finneas also likes to use.

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