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10 apps to help you produce your next album on your phone

Forget bedroom producer. You can be a waiting-in-line-at-the-airport producer.

making music on your smartphone

A full music studio in the palm of your hand.


In the music industry of even 10 years ago, it was rare to produce an entire album outside of the studio. The launch of GarageBand 6 in 2010 changed that, ushering in a new type of musician: the bedroom producer. Home studios quickly popularized a do-it-yourself approach to music production. Thanks to advances in mobile technology, these bedroom producers are now shifting from laptops and PCs to smartphones. Whether you're just starting out or you're a seasoned pro, making music on your smartphone might seem like a sweet (and rewarding) deal—but it's no easy feat to figure out which apps will be right for you. Below, we collected a few of our favorites to turn your noodlings into the next big hit.

Voice recorders

When inspiration strikes—whether you're lucid dreaming or awake—you need to be ready to hit record and lay down a riff. These voice

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