Making Electronic Music on Your iPad

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Making Electronic Music on Your iPad is a great way to get into music production. With the right apps and some creativity, you can make some truly amazing music. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to get started making electronic music on your iPad.


Electronics are everywhere, and understanding how they work is becoming increasingly more important. Even if you don’t plan on becoming a professional engineer, having a strong grasp of electronic principles will allow you to better understand the technology around you. These days, education doesn’t stop at graduation; learning should be a lifelong endeavor.

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to learn about electronics without having to go back to school. One great way is to use an iPad as your canvas and try your hand at making electronic music. Doing so is not only fun, but it can also help you better understand how electronic circuits work.

In this article, we’ll show you how to get started making electronic music on your iPad. We’ll introduce you to some of the best apps for the job and give you a crash course in the basics of synthesis. By the end, you should have everything you need to start making your own electronic music.

What You Need

In order to make electronic music on your iPad, you will need the following:

-An iPad running iOS 8 or higher.
-A compatible MIDI keyboard, such as the Akai MPK Mini Play.
-The appropriate cables to connect your MIDI keyboard to your iPad.
-A compatible music production app, such as GarageBand or Logic Pro X.

With these four simple elements, you can start making beautiful electronic music right away!

Creating a Project

Now that you’ve got your apps, it’s time to start making music! In this section, we’ll go over the basics of starting a new project.

When you first open Garageband, you’ll be given the option to choose from a number of different project templates. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll be choosing the “Empty Project” template.

Once you’ve selected your template, you’ll be taken to the main Garageband interface. The first thing you’ll want to do is give your project a name. To do this, tap on the “Untitled Project” text at the top of the screen and enter a new name for your project.

Next, you’ll need to choose a project type. For electronic music, you’ll want to choose either the “Live” or “Electronic” project type. The “Live” project type is better suited for live performance, while the “Electronic” project type is better suited for studio recording.

Once you’ve chosen a project type, you’ll be given the option to choose from a number of different instrument types. For electronic music, you’ll want to choose either the “Drums” or “Bass” instrument type. The “Drums” instrument type is better suited for creating rhythmic patterns, while the “Bass” instrument type is better suited for creating melodic patterns.

You can also add other instrument types to your project by tapping on the “+” button in the top left corner of the screen and selecting from a list of available instruments.

Once you’ve added all of the instruments you want to use, it’s time to start making music!

Adding Tracks

Once you have your basic composition laid out, it’s time to start filling in the blanks with some additional tracks. If you’re not sure what kind of tracks you want to add, take a step back and listen to your composition as a whole. Is there a particular section that sounds empty? Is there a part of the song that could use some extra energy? These are all things to consider when adding tracks to your composition.

There are a few different ways to add tracks to your iPad composition. One way is to use an audio interface and record live instruments or vocals directly into your composition. Another way is to use virtual instruments that you can play directly on your iPad’s touchscreen. And finally, you can use pre-recorded loops or samples that you can arrange into your composition.

Whichever way you choose to add tracks, the important thing is to make sure they fit well with the rest of your song. Pay attention to the overall style and tone of your composition, and make sure the new tracks you add complement those elements.


Now that you’ve got your apps and instruments sorted, it’s time to start making some noise. In this section, we’ll look at the basic process of recording music on your iPad, using GarageBand as our example. The same principles will apply regardless of which app you use, so even if you’re not a GarageBand user, this should still be helpful.

First things first: recording audio on your iPad is simple enough, but you will need some kind of external microphone if you want to get anything other than terrible quality. The built-in mic on the iPad is fine for voice memos and basic dictation, but it’s not going to cut it for music. There are a few different options available, from cheap lavalier mics that plug directly into the headphone port, to more expensive USB condenser mics that require a power source. Whichever route you go, make sure you get something that plugs into the iPad’s headphone port—otherwise known as the 3.5mm jack—as that’s the only way to get audio into most apps.

Once you’ve got your mic sorted, fire up GarageBand and create a new project. You can choose from a variety of different templates, or start with a blank canvas and add your own tracks. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll assume you’re starting from scratch.

Assuming you want to record some kind of instrument or vocal performance, the first thing you need to do is add a new track by tapping the plus button in the top-left corner and selecting “New Track.” This will bring up a list of different instruments—everything from drums to keyboards—that you can record using GarageBand’s built-in sampler instruments. For now, we’ll just focus on recording vocals or an acoustic instrument like a guitar using one of these sampler instruments.


In music, a loop is a repeated section of sound that is meant to be played in an endless sequence. Most often, loops are used in electronic music, and they can be created with any recording or synthesizer software. You can also create loops using an iPad and some specialized apps.

There are two main types of loops that you can create on your iPad: audio loops and MIDI loops. Audio loops are simply recordings of sounds that you can play back in sequence. MIDI loops, on the other hand, are not recordings of actual sound – instead, they are instructions for a synthesizer to generate certain kinds of sound.

Both audio and MIDI loops can be created using apps like Loopy HD, Auxy, and GarageBand. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s worth trying out a few different ones to see which one you prefer.

Once you’ve created a loop, you can then add it to a song or composition by importing it into a music-making app like GarageBand or Logic Pro. From there, you can edit the loop to make it fit perfectly with the rest of your song.

Making electronic music on your iPad is a great way to get started in music production. It’s relatively cheap and easy to get started, and you can create some really cool-sounding tracks with just a few simple apps. So if you’re interested in making electronic music, grab an iPad and give it a try!


There are a few different ways you can edit your music on your iPad. You can use an app like garageband, or you can use an app like Auria. If you want to get really technical, you can even use Logic Pro X.


Most people use GarageBand for music production on their iPad, but not everyone knows that you can also use it to mix and master your tracks. In this article, we’ll show you how to do just that.

To mix your track, start by opening GarageBand and selecting the song you want to work on. Next, tap the “Mixer” button in the top-left corner of the screen.

On the mixer screen, you’ll see a list of all the tracks in your project. To adjust the volume of a track, simply tap on its name and use the slider that appears. To solo or mute a track, tap on the icon to the right of its name.

To adjust other aspects of each track, such as EQ or reverb, tap on the “FX” button at the bottom of the mixer screen. From here, you can add and adjust any effects you want.

When you’re finished mixing your track, tap on the “Share” button in the top-right corner of the screen and then select “Export Song.” This will allow you to save your mixed track as an audio file that you can share with others or use in other apps.


When you have completed your song, you will want to export it so you can share it with the world. To do this, tap the share button in the top right corner of the screen. You will then be given a few options for exporting your song. You can choose to export as an audio file, which will give you a .wav file of your song that you can then send to anyone or put on your computer. You can also choose to share your song as a project file, which allows someone else to open up your song in GarageBand and make changes to it. Finally, you can share your song using Apple’s iCloud service, which allows you to access your song from any of your devices that are logged into the same iCloud account.


Now that you know the basics of making electronic music on your iPad, it’s time to get creative and start making your own tunes. Be sure to check out some of the other resources in this course for more tips and advice on making great music.

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