Emma Stevens’ Favorite Music Apps

Emma Stevens' Favorite Music Apps
Emma Stevens achieved mainstream success when her single Riptide reached 150,000 downloads in a single week on iTunes.

Her music has been used on TV with clients including BBC and ITV – here are her apps of choice:

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1. Guitar Toolkit

This is a fantastic training app for chord and rhythm skills. It’s great because it has every chord under the sun for mandolin, banjo, ukulele, acoustic, etc. If I’m struggling to find a chord voicing in the studio when I’m writing, I use this app.

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2. Bebot

This is a hilarious music making app! Not very useful, other than putting a smile on your face. I use it on tour and play “guess the riff” with my band.

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3. Voice Memos

My memos are completely disheveled at the moment, but I try and name each of my voice memos. I really only use this device to record song ideas or band rehearsals.

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4. SoundCloud

I use it so that people can sample my music. But I also use it privately and set up internal links for the industry.

Are you an Android user wondering why we recommend so many iOS apps? See our article ‘Android or iOS – Which Is Better for Musician Apps?’ where we explain why this is.


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See our interview on how Emma’s Music and Promotional Ideas – Singing at 1,600 Feet

With a passion for performing, and longing to release her own music, Emma Stevens decided to concentrate on her career as a singer-songwriter. Her music is catchy and filmic, and has been used on TV, clients including BBC and ITV. She has also worked with artists such as Kate Nash, Passenger and Jenn Bostic, who she supported on her recent UK tour.

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  • Hmmm? I kinda expected a bit more insight and suggestions as to what mobile phone and tablet apps are out there for composing musicians to check out.
    That is precisely the kind of information newcomers to the world of composing NEED to know about, along with some user comments.
    Even established Composers who have favoured one particular app like to look at and consider the various nuances of those apps they don’t use.
    For mobile phone/phablet use there is, Garage Band, Loop Twister, FL Mobile Studio,iMaschine, Korg Ikaosillator, Isequence, LaDida, Audiotool sketch, Beat Maker, Electric Drum machine sampler, Music Matrix, Songify………to name but a few.

    Not forgetting the serious ones for composition on your Desktop Daw or Laptop:-

    I can’t resist first mentioning Notation Composer 3 (my personal favourite because it is so intuitive and easy to use). I have composed all of my music and songs using this app. Since Reinhold Hoffman C.E.O. in Germany, bought out the company, he has overseen the latest update from version 2 to version 3.
    For its very reasonable cost…….this is a winner!
    I stlll have to get round to working out how to better the standard midi engine playback from this programme, by using ” Midi-remastering” apps such as “Reason” (by Propeller) to get a more Analogue sounding instrumentation playback. Pro-tools is one app which I think you just about need a Uni degree to master . That kind of midi manipulation is an art in itself which is extremely time consuming, and I don’t think I have that much time left on this earth left at 70 to get into that, much as I would have liked to. However I intend focussing more on working out how to change Midi to Reality Analogue sound, when I take my long long Campervan trip for 3 months in Tasmania this year…..that is if I can prise myself away from the Trout Fishing for long enought to do so !

    This business of composing and playing and recording music, all used to be so much easier when I used to just record live to magnetic tape. But then that did not give us access to pretending to be “Musicians who can play an instrument using software emulation of the art !”

    I find it very interesting that I can play any number of instruments while composing simply because I can hear in my head what I want to play…….say on a Caribbean style Tin Drum, something I have never actually seen live, let alone had a hand at playing !

    Software really gives an incredible way of virtual extension to the brain and the hands…it is indeed a magic thing !

    Samples of my compositions created using Notation Composer are at:-

    http://www.soundcloud.com/poppa-madison

    Other Music composition tools include:-

    This list is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Notable software MIDI editors and sequencers are listed in the following table.

    Software
    Platform
    License
    Developer
    Notes

    Aria Maestosa
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    GNU GPL
    Aria (SourceForge)
    Supports extended MIDI automation (volume, pitch bend, modulation,
    etc.), can view/edit notes in linear midi view or musical view
    (sheet-like), automatic or manual channel management

    Ardour
    FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS
    GNU GPL
    Paul Davis, and The Ardour Community
    MIDI support began with version 3.

    B-Step Sequencer
    Mac OS, Windows, Linux, iPad, Android, Raspberry Pi
    Proprietary
    Monoplugs
    A step sequencer to create Arpeggios, Chord progressions, Basslines or Percussions. Available as VST, Audio Units or Standalone software[disambiguation needed]

    Band-in-a-Box
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    PG Music

    Steinberg Cubase
    Mac OS, Windows

    (also previously for Atari ST)
    Proprietary
    Steinberg

    Deluxe Music Construction Set
    AmigaOS, Mac OS
    Proprietary
    Electronic Arts

    Digital Performer
    Mac OS
    Proprietary
    Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU)

    DirectMusic Producer
    Windows
    Freeware
    Microsoft
    part of DirectMusic SDK

    Finale
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary (Freeware version exists)
    Makemusic, Inc.
    Composition and sequencing program, with various versions, including freeware (v. 2008 and earlier) “NotePad” version.

    FreeWRL
    Linux, Mac OS
    GNU GPL
    Open Source, managed by John A. Stewart
    integrates 3D graphics with MIDI devices

    FL Studio
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Image-Line

    GarageBand
    Mac OS
    Proprietary
    Apple
    Import only, saves to native format

    Guitar Pro
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Arobas Music

    GNU LilyPond
    FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    GNU GPL

    Export only

    Indaba Music
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary

    JFugue
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based)
    GNU LGPL

    Programming library (API)

    KeyKit
    Linux, Windows
    Free for non-commercial use, source available

    Live
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Ableton

    Logic Pro
    Mac OS

    (also previously for Windows & Atari ST)
    Proprietary
    Apple/Emagic(formerly known as C-Lab

    LMMS
    Linux, OpenBSD, Windows
    GNU GPL

    No support for exporting to MIDI; DAW; VST, LADSPA support. As of 4/30/2011 no MIDI aftertouch support

    MAGIX Samplitude
    Windows
    Proprietary
    MAGIX

    Master Tracks Pro
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    GVOX (orig. dev.: Passport Designs)
    Full-featured GUI MIDI sequencer with notation screen (requires supplied Anastasia TrueType or Type1 font), event editor, MCI, SMPTE sync., etc. Tested to work under Win 7.

    MIDI Converter Studio
    Windows
    Shareware
    ManiacTools
    MIDI file converter, karaoke converter

    Mixcraft
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Acoustica
    Audio and MIDI sequencer. Support for VSTis, MIDI recording, editing, and playback.

    Mozart
    Windows
    Proprietary
    David Webber
    Music notation software for simple tunes to full scores of up to 64 parts.

    MusE
    Linux
    GNU GPL

    Open source midi and audio work station with support for VST, DSSI, LADSPA and LV2

    MuseScore
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    GNU GPL
    Werner Schweer
    Music notation software with full MusicXML support

    Musink
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Lee Reid
    Music notation freeware with MIDI output, loop, and playback functionality

    NoteEdit
    Linux
    GNU GPL

    Defunct; last stable release Sep. 2006.

    NoteWorthy Composer
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Noteworthy Software
    Can import and export MIDI data, but only edit and display it as a musical score.

    Overture (software)
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Geniesoft
    Notation/tab/piano-roll, MIDI/step sequencing, VST/VSTi host

    Podium
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Zynewave

    Pro Tools
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Avid

    Qtractor
    Linux
    GNU GPL

    Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt_(framework)

    REAPER
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Cockos
    Supports Guitar Tabs and MIDI2Tab conversion with TabEditor plug

    Reason
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Propellerhead

    Renoise
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary

    Demo version available

    Rosegarden
    Linux
    GNU GPL

    Audio, MIDI sequence, record. Win VST support, LADSPA, JACK.

    Scala
    Linux, Mac OS, Windows
    Freeware, noncommercial
    Manuel Op de Coul
    Specializes in tuning; converts ascii score file to MIDI

    Seq24
    Linux, Windows
    GNU GPL

    MIDI loops sequencer

    Sibelius
    Mac OS, Windows
    Proprietary
    Sibelius
    Features live scoring of sheet music from MIDI input.

    Sonar
    Windows
    Proprietary
    Cakewalk

    TuxGuitar
    FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS, Windows (Java-based)
    GNU GPL

    Tablature editor

    Z-Maestro
    Windows
    Proprietary

    “Lite” version: limited tracks, I/O.

    ………And may all your compositions, be music to the ears of many !

    Cheers

    Poppa ©♯♪♫♂PM