Best Music Maker Apps for iOS – Beginner-Friendly DAWs

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Technology makes it easier than ever to record and produce high-quality music. A variety of digital audio workstations (DAWs) are available, only a few of which work from a mobile device. Here is a list of the best music maker apps for iOS.

BandLab Music Creation Studio

Price: Free

BandLab is a hugely successful music creation platform with over 9 million users. With over 100 preset samples, it has a wide range of synth, acoustic and drum machine sound packs, allowing for the creation of tracks from scratch in any genre.

The platform has no subscription or fees, which partly explains its success. It also allows users to easily collaborate with other artists.


Price: Free with in-app purchases

Medly starts with 16 instruments and 100 free loops. The platform contains over 2,000 purchasable samples to purchase and modify as needed. Medly allows users to upload directly to SoundCloud, which theoretically makes revenue generation easier.

The app offers a graphics editor, pitch blending, auto fades, and other filters and effects to keep you busy. It allows the recording of up to 24 tracks at a time.

JAM music maker

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Music Maker JAM features up to 8-channel mixing, studio sampling, and many varied loop and beat arrangements. The platform has over 10,000 sounds in its library, over 300 mix packs, and virtual currency to redeem for new sounds. The app is free but offers a paid upgrade to the pro version with full access to its features.


Price: Free with in-app purchases

GarageBand is the definitive music creation app available for iOS that most users will be familiar with. It benefits from the use of the Alchemy synthesizer, one of the most advanced synthesis tools available.

The platform contains a sound library full of free sound packs and loops and can record up to 32 tracks at a time. GarageBand includes professional mixing effects like Bitcrusher and Overdrive. The app even allows users to plug in a guitar.


Price: $23.99

The only platform listed without a free version, Cubasis works on iPhone and iPad. It offers a full mixer with level meters and zooms, multi-layered sound, and the ability to rearrange inserts. Designed to be quick to learn and easy to use, Cubasis offers sequencing of multiple sounds and a host of great features. It is considered the best DAW for iPad.

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