10 Great Apps for Composers for iOS and Android (Free and Paid Options)

This list includes some great apps for composers, ranging from music notation apps to DAWs and beat making apps. 

Whether you’re in a spur of the moment or just on the road and want to keep your work going on and not waste any time, there are tons of different apps for composers that can help you with that.

These apps include both paid and free options and for each, you’ll be noted on which platforms the app can be found.

1. Score Creator

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Get it on: Google Play | App Store (Apple)

If you’re a classically trained composer or musician, you’re probably used to using sheet music and reading notations. The same applies to writing your music as well. When looking for an app for writing notes, Score Creator is one of the best there is.

This is a simple, yet really versatile note writing app. It’s simple in a way that it’s really easy to write your music, as you get an adjusted keyboard and can type your notes the same as you would a text message. On the other hand, there are tons of different options with which you can play around and write down anything you need. You can also hear instantly what you’ve written, which is great for students and teachers as a way to practice.

This app is available on iOS and Android and has both free and paid options. The free version is just a demo, but you can buy three months or one-year subscription, or have a once-in-a-lifetime price for this app.

2. Music Maker JAM

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If you’re more into beat making than writing notes, there’s something for you as well. Music Maker JAM is a great beat-making app. This is a completely free app that is available on both iOS and Android platforms. Through it, you can choose from more than 500.000 loops of music which you can combine and create great beats as you go along.

You can also record through an in-built 8-track recorder as well as play with changing tempos and harmonies while making your beat. The design is intuitive and easy to work with.

3. Maestro

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Another great notation writing app. Maestro is a completely free app that’s available only on Android platforms, unfortunately. Even though it has a somewhat basic design, it has so many options that work perfectly.

You can write an unlimited number of staves in here, with complete control and options over notes for more than 100 instruments. You can also hear almost all and print out your creations easily as sheet music. Great app for anyone looking to have something on which to write notes more easily.

4. MuseScore

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Muse score is an app from the famous musescore.org website. It’s not a notation writing app. This is a simple, sheet music reader app, with a database of more than a million sheet music documents available. You can also upload your own music sheets. If you want to have full access to everything in this app, you’ll have to pay a subscription (monthly or yearly). It’s available on all kinds of platforms (iOS, Android, Kindle…)

5. Garageband

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Get it on: App Store (Apple)

If you’ve ever had an iPhone or an iPad, you know what GarageBand is. This is a full-on, free DAW available only for iOS users on every mobile device. This DAW is no joke – you can use it to do almost everything a full-powered DAW can do.

There are tons of different options on it, from recording to composing and creating your own beats and loops. You can also use it to play tons of different instruments, with full quality. Of course, all of these have to be downloaded to be used, but you can really make anything you want with it.

6. FL Studio Mobile

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Another giant of free DAW’s, Fruity Loops is one of the iconic DAW0s of all time. Today, FL Studio Mobile keeps on the light on mobile devices. FL Studio mobile is available on all platforms and is free at that. There are some payments you have to make if you’re to use some samples from the sample library, but most of the app is free to use.

This is a full-sized DAW, through which you can edit or create a song from scratch. It comes with tons of options and effects. You can also connect MIDI controllers to your device and play music from loads of different instruments or play them on your screen as well.

7. Music Studio

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Another mobile DAW, Music Studio is an app that is mostly made for people used to composing on pianos, and for that, you won’t find a better app out there. It’s available on both iOS and Android and you can use a free Lite version to get to test out the app, but for the full version, you need to pay a price.

This is a full-on DAW for mobile devices and you can use it for anything you would use a desktop DAW. There are 123 instruments available that you can play and create music with. Apart from that, you’ll find tons of different effects and options to play with and create your masterpiece.

8. Song Maker

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Song Maker is a beat-making app that’s made for people who are not necessarily musicians. This is a free app for Android devices. Using this app, you can use lots of samples that are available for you through the app and mix them all up to create beats and melodies.

You can also record your voice over the beat you’ve made and share it with your friends. Using this app is really easy and is meant for beginners or people who don’t really want to get into the complexities of music recordings, but just make a simple beat.

9. Walk Band

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Walk Band is an instrument playing app. The main point of this app is that you can choose from loads of different instruments that you can then play on your screen and record that playing easily.

The design of the app is really intuitive and easy to use, even though it does take some time to accommodate to the latency of the app when playing instruments. This app has both free (lite) and paid (pro) versions and is available only on Android devices.

10. Groove Mixer

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We finish off this list with Groove Mixer. This is a sequencer app – it allows you to use an 8-channel box sequencer combined with a keyboard to play anything you want. You can choose from many different instruments and drums and easily create the music that you want.

You can also use several different effects and export your files in all the major file extensions in the use today. This app is available for Android and has both free and paid versions.

Summary

We hope that this article has helped you find something that you didn’t know about before. Whether you want to write spreadsheets, produce music in DAW or just simply lay over some beats, you can find everything you might need on this list. Important thing is that you don’t have to stop making music if you’re going away from your home or studio.

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  1. Hello. The iOS link of the Score Creator app (https://www.musicianwave.com/best-apps-for-composers) is broken. Please fix! Thanks!

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