It’s the season for giving, however what do you get for the musician in your life? Lets takes a take a look at a number of the finest tech-oriented presents for budding musicians.

One of probably the most helpful instruments, whether or not you are a guitarist, vocalist, or play another instrument, is a metronome. Yes, a metronome is so simple as a lightweight and click on, however internalizing the beat and staying in time is a good follow software. One of our favorites is The Metronome by Soundbrenner.


It’s free to obtain, and we like that it has been up to date for iPhone X (and XS, XR). You can select to flash the display screen, the LED subsequent to the digicam, and select from totally different click on sounds. In addition to being a very good metronome, it means that you can create set-lists and works with Ableton Link, which permits digital devices (like delicate synth apps on iPhone or iPad) to maintain in time once you play with them.


If you are tuning an instrument, a tuner is a giant assist, for you and your listeners. For guitarists, we like Polytune. Polytune existed as a guitar and bass pedal for years, however has been out there as an app for some time now.

The motive we like this app over some others is, you possibly can tune a guitar by strumming all of the strings and seeing all of them as sharp/flat/pure all on the identical time, relatively than having to go string by string. It does not enable you the wonderful management that you just would possibly get with a stroboscopic tuner, however for fast changes, it is our go-to.

If you are a vocalist, or play one other instrument, you want a chromatic tuner. Besides simply serving to you tune an instrument, it is a pitch coach. You can report yourself after which analyze how in or out of tune you have been. Scoring your pitch can solely show you how to develop your ear and sense of once you’re in tune.

Tenuto and Music Theory

Tenuto and Music Theory are from the creator of, and are nice functions that may show you how to study the keyboard, a fretboard, and music concept from rhythm to scales, key signatures and modes. That can imply determining notes on the fretboard. You can do timed challenges to quiz yourself, and give attention to the weak spots in your concept data. Or studying scales, key signatures, chords and inversions.

iRig HD 2

All of those apps are cool, however what are you able to do to make your guitar sound cool? Well, the very first thing you want is a solution to get the guitar audio into iOS. iK Multimedia’s iRig HD 2 is their newest model of the iRig, the only solution to get guitar into iOS, use an app to vary the audio, after which take it again out to headphones or an amplifier. It’s received an enter degree management, headphone quantity, a mic stand clip, and retails for $99.99. One of the simplest methods to get guitar sign into iOS

It comes with licenses for Amplitube 4 for Mac and PC, and unlocks the total model of Amplitube for iOS. Amplitube accommodates quite a lot of amp fashions and guitar results pedals, in addition to a metronome, tuner, and recorder.


However, suppose you do not need to create all these results chains? If you simply need to play with the tone of your favourite musicians, Tonebridge, free from Ultimate Guitar provides you tones from over a thousand songs. Tonebridge has a ton of songs in it. Seriously, if you cannot discover the sound you are making an attempt to duplicate, it won’t exist.Want the sound of Nile Rodgers, however you do not personal a 1960 Fender Stratocaster with a 1959 neck? Tonebridge will allow you to dial up the sound in only a few faucets and create a setlist. It conveniently works with MIDI footswitches, so you possibly can change between results, management quantity and extra.iKMultimedia


Blueboard is a bluetooth MIDI footswitch that may be configured to ship program and management codes, making it ideally suited to manage results in apps. It works with Tonebridge, Amplitube, and Bias FX. Blueboard prices $99.99, and works with its personal app to configure the sorts of MIDI alerts to ship, and controls a ton of different functions, as a result of MIDI is a common commonplace. Ask most musicians, it is onerous to change results on and off with a touchscreen once you’re taking part in an instrument —controlling the apps on the touchscreen with footswitches is a confirmed methodology and one most guitarists know effectively.Blueboard from iK

MultimediaRecording: Spire Studio

So now you are making all this improbable music. How are you going to report it and share it with the world? We’ve used Spire Studio previously, and it has been superb for getting good sound without a ton of labor. When you will have an concept, or a band rehearsal, you need to press report and never fear about setting ranges. Spire units ranges for you. Spire Studio is at present on sale for $289.67, down from $349.Bias FX for iPad

We talked about functions like Amplitube or Tonebridge. BIAS FX Mobile turns your iOS gadget (iPad and iPhone with the identical app, fortunately) right into a guitar amp and results processor. It provides you a straightforward to make use of drag-and-drop interface that features all the things guitar participant wants for skilled tone, with a big assortment of analog-sounding amps, guitar pedals and superior rack results, on a twin sign chain setup. Bias FX runs on each iPhone and iPad

It will be managed by MIDI together with the Bluboard we named earlier than, and has a tuner and metronome built-in. What makes BIAS FX so good is the quantity of labor that their engineers put into modeling the amps and results. It’s additionally doable to edit the consequences and create new ones from the touchscreen. It syncs with Bias’ ToneCloud service so you possibly can share sounds and results settings with different musicians.

Eventide H9We demoed the Eventide H9 again at The H9 appears unassuming, for all the pliability inside.What Eventide does is make an results pedal, the H9, and it is managed by the app on the App Store. This has the advantage of not having to run results via an iOS gadget, and reduces complexity / will increase reliability in a efficiency setting. It’s actually handy to have the ability to program your H9’s without having the stoop down and fiddle with knobs eternally. Eventide’s H9 Control app

The Eventide H9

This is Eventide’s greatest benefit over opponents: you possibly can program it from the touchscreen, and have the settings saved within the pedal. There are over 500 presets with results chains for it, and it is from Eventide, who’ve a protracted historical past of constructing results and sound help for skilled musicians. Eventide has been utilized by Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, Richard Devine, Suzanne Ciani (who we interviewed), and extra. The H9 begins at $399 for the Core mannequin, and goes as much as $699 with further algorithms for extra results.

Jamstik 7  not too long ago launched the Jamstik 7Smart Guitar, a 7-fret model of their MIDI guitar controller for studying play guitar, on sale for $199.99. It’s actually helpful having that further couple of frets over the unique model, and comes bundled with apps that make studying to play simple.The new Jamstik 7 with iPad app

Improvements embody contact capacitive fretboard, which makes it simpler for the guitar to acknowledge which notice you are making an attempt to play without having to use numerous strains. It works with the Jamstik app for iOS, the web tutoring software at, and Jamtutor for iOS, which teaches guitar in a step-by-step trend.

We reviewed its predecessor favorably, and this mannequin addresses the wish list folks had for the unique: extra frets, higher sensitivity and string peak really feel, making it simpler to study to play and develop good method.


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