Music Production and App Development
With the rise of the home studio more and more people are starting to write and record their own music. The improvement of personal computers and the recording software available at low prices has a lot to do with this, as previously home recording was expensive and impractical. As people now carry around devices with incredible capabilities wherever they go this process can be carried out on the go, and app development is what facilitates this.
While music apps originally started out as more of an impractical novelty, they have now gained a lot of credibility. Many large synth companies such as Koss and Moog have used app developers to create virtual versions of many of their most popular products, and in most cases they have all of the functionality for a fraction of the cost. Even entire recording suites have been released, including a version of Apple’s popular Garageband software.
In addition to instruments and recording apps, developers have created apps that apply effects to an input signal. Some of these require a physical interface, such as Amplitube’s iRig, which allows you to use the app in a live setting as well as during practice.
These apps haven’t just been used by amateurs; Damon Albarn’s multi-platinum selling project Gorillaz recorded the entirety of their latest album on an iPad, experimenting with a large range of app developers’ creations. The production value of the end result is indistinguishable from that which you’d find on an album that had been created in a high-end studio.
Written by Joe Tummon.