Let’s open this article with a strong note of honesty; if you’re looking for advanced tools to make professional music, you won’t be able to find them on Android, Windows mobile or even iOS for that matter. However, if you are interested in music creation apps for Android just to learn or as a hobby, then you will have a lot of fun with the apps I have found.
I didn’t entirely expect to find fully featured software to create music simply lying around the Google Play Store, but I was expecting a little bit more depth from the apps. I’m not in a band, but I do listen to music a lot; even though I have absolutely zero experience in creating music. Apart from the time when I dabbled with Fruity Loop, I don’t have any kind of experience. Please kindly forgive me for being a complete rookie when it comes to creating music.
I will be judging the apps on how easy they are to use and how many options are there for creating the music you want. Because I have already established these apps are good music creation apps for Android but they are not the best. To create professional level music you will need to have a dedicated hardware and software which unfortunately is not available on any mobile platform.
Note: The 5 best music creation apps for Android were tested on a Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone. No problems were faced during the testing phase and apps performed exactly as they were intended. Some features may require an active Internet connection.
Music Maker Jam
Music Maker Jam is easily one of the best music creation apps for Android because it is immensely accessible. I started playing around the app not knowing anything about music making, but still I was able to coin some reasonable tunes. I admit they were not masterpieces but they didn’t sound horrible either.
There are a lot of options when it comes to selecting your preferred genre. From hip-hop to dubstep and from rock to house, everything can be made. There are thousands of professionally produced loops that will help you create something unique for yourself. The app also allows you to record your own vocals if you have a good voice.
Unfortunately for me, I sound like someone riding a car without any tires. The easy to use interface also allows you to edit song parts and change the structure of the production. You will also be able to experiment with real-time effects.Show Downloads
FL Studio Mobile
I was excited to see a familiar app on the Google Play Store, but unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to the desktop version. FL Studio Mobile is a great app but for the price it is asking, it is not delivering even some basic music making tools. I really wanted this to be the best of the best app mainly because the developer has made a stellar desktop version.
Don’t get me wrong; this app is most definitely one of the best music creation apps for Android, and there are features to back this claim as well. You will find 133 high-quality loop beats ranging from multiple instruments. There is also a configurable virtual piano keyboard available in this app. App also allows you to import files and edit them with ease.
The wave editor is capable of cutting, trimming, reversing and normalizing with good precision. There are a lot of features available in this expensive purchase; however it is still not a professional level music creation app for Android.Show Downloads
- Free & $9.993
This app is a music creation tool that is inspired by sampler rigs as well as rack mounted synthesizers. This app allows you to create music by making a custom rack composed of 14 machines. There are a lot of options here because each machine comes with its unique perks.
There is a Multi-sample wave synthesizer, a channel sampling drum, harmonic table pad synthesizers and even a tone wheel organ with a Rotary speaker. The app also comes with an effect rack which can support two tracks per machine. This is a very technical level of detail available here which is not seen on any other music creation app for Android.
I’ll admit, I did have a hard time using this app, but my musician friend had no trouble at all producing good quality music. So I believe this app will be able to satisfy your music creation cravings with ease.Show Downloads
Walk Band – Music Studio
This app is more of a walking band than music studio, and I say this in the best possible way. The app comes with different musical instruments that are well optimized for the touchscreen interface of Android. There is 88 keys piano keyboard available in this app, and you can even customize it by changing the adjustments.
There are also three types of guitar sounds available on the app which makes it somewhat unique. While it’s not as elaborate as the best guitar apps for Android, it does a great job of translating the experience to the touchscreen. You will also be able to play around with the full drum kit as well as a drum machine.
Bass and multitask synthesizer are also available. One unique thing I found in this app is that it is compatible with external MIDI keyboard which was surprising.Show Downloads
- Free & $0.993
edjing 5 DJ Music Mixer Studio
If you are interested in mixing music more than creating your own, then this is one of the best apps there is. The app description claims that there are more than 30 million users of this app worldwide and I can see the reason behind it.
This has to be one of the simplest, yet most elaborate, of the interfaces I have seen in a long while. The app allows you to mix your own MP3 music with ease but it also allows you to integrate Soundcloud with the app. This potentially expands your library to a new height.
The app also allows you to import tracks directly from Vimeo. There are BPM adjustments, audio settings that are automated, as well as adjustable sound effects and the app. The app also comes with smart vinyl turntables. The best part is that the developers are extremely active on the Google play store page.Show Downloads
Listening to music is an amazing experience. However, simply by listening you cannot appreciate how much work a single track can take. These music creation apps for Android, while not coming even close to the real production problems of music, still give you a glimpse of how much work it can take to create a song. Thankfully, the process is also fun. If you are a creative person then it is really rewarding in the end.
Do tell me about your experiences in creating music of your own in the comments below. I’d love to hear some good beats from you.