Technology is changing the way musicians learn, create, and produce their music. No longer do individuals have to schedule a time to meet with tutors or track down sheet music. Apps and online videos allow you to learn and perform a number of musical tasks right from the comfort of your own home!
No matter if you’re a novice, expert, or a rockstar, technology can alter how you approach your music. But don’t simply stick to using your phone. If you don’t have one already, make sure to purchase one of these tablets. The larger screens of tables allow you to digitize your sheet music. Plus, you’ll be able to download a number of must-have apps without having to worry about them taking up space on your phone.
If you’re ready to learn about some of the productivity apps available for musicians, keep reading.
forScore is available for iOS devices and allows you to completely digitize your musical library. You can scan and upload your sheet music, make annotations, and turn the pages with either a simple touch or a foot pedal. You can even sync your musical lineup to other devices, so if you’re playing the same song with other musicians, you all can share the same sheet music and only one of you needs to worry about “turning” the page. You can also arrange your scores manually, similar to how you would an iTunes playlist, and use the same score on multiple lists. This allows you to rearrange your music as often as you need to.
GarageBand turns your iOS devices into a recording studio. You can also use it on macOS devices. With the app, you can record live instruments, play virtual instruments, sequence recorded loops, and edit musical tracks. The app is easy for beginners to use, but more experienced experts will enjoy digger deeper into the app to discover everything it as to offer. This app was released in 2004 and has even been used by some professional artists. For example, Fall Out Boy recorded “Thnks fr th Mmrs” using GarageBand because they preferred the sound of the virtual instruments over real instruments.
gStrings is available for both iOS and Android devices. It is a must have for any musician because it allows you to easily tune your instruments. Don’t let the name fool you. The app isn’t just for string instruments – you can also use it to tune your piano. With the app, you can pick any note, play that note, and the app will tell you how close you are to that note. It measures both sound pitch and intensity.
If you’re trying to make it as an artist and are collaborating with others, you’re going to need a way to easily share documents without having to constantly email back and forth. Google Drive makes that possible. With Google Drive, you can edit documents and sheets in real-time. For example, if you’re preparing for a live performance, you might want to create a checklist. As tasks are completed, you can easily mark a task as complete so everyone else involved knows that it has been taken care of. With sheets, you can track your finances. Basically, anything that you could do in Microsoft Office, you can do in Google Drive, and your team members will receive real-time updates without you having to email them. You can use Google Drive on web browsers and on iOS and Android devices.
Spotify for Artists
If you’re looking to share your songs with others, sign up for Spotify for Artists. This is different than the normal Spotify app. It is designed specifically with artists in mind. Through the app, you can create a profile page, upload tracks, highlight specific tracks, and track analytics. Instead of having to wait days to figure out how a song is doing after a release, you’ll get real-time updates. You’ll know exactly how many times each song or album was played. You can even figure out the gender, age, and other musical preferences of your listeners. This provides you with valuable information that you can use when releasing future songs. Spotify for Artists is available as an app for iOS and Android devices, plus can be used on web browsers.
The five apps mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to productivity apps for musicians. As you continue to grow as an artist, you’ll discover which apps work for your needs and which apps aren’t so hot. If you’re not sure about an app, make sure to check out the online reviews before downloading or purchasing.
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