Great tools to have while gigging
Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Caesar (ENGAGE)
When touring, musicians appreciate technology that’s easy to carry, while full of functionality and flexibility. A tablet is one of the most important for file sharing performances with friends and family. With the right apps, it can be used for developing compositions and jotting down ideas as well.
There are many tablet apps available to help a musician compose, organize and share.
The following each have their own strengths and specialties and come highly recommended:
StudioTrak is a digital studio app for tablets. It is a multi-track recorder and songwriting tool, which allows musician to record ideas and songs on their iPad. WiFi sync allows StudioTrack recordings to be downloaded to a computer for further enhancements.
Caustic 2 can be downloaded from the Google Store and tried for free. It is a rack mount simulation providing synthesizers and samplers for creating musical compositions. Three different synthesizers can be added, including virtual analog subtractive, PCM and BassLine. There is also a sampling drum machine. The app includes effects, mixer desk and song sequencer.
If you’re a Mac musician, you will love Duet 2. This software is designed for editing music and can turn a Mac into a professional music studio. It has received great reviews.
Music Riff Studio is an excellent tool for sketching musical ideas. It’s not as musically complex as Caustic but is intuitively easy to use, and focuses more on getting ideas out .
Important as it is, file sharing with friends and family back home, upload your videos and audio files to services like YouSendIt to ensure that everyone knows what your band is up to.
A great organization tool called Bento allows you to keep track of contacts and events and helps with planning and scheduling. It also records voice memos, sends emails and users can even browse the web from inside the application.
Today’s musician can certainly make best use of travel time with a full suite of technological devices and software for creating, recording, communicating and listening to music!