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10 Great Mobile Apps That Help Me (and You) Create Awesome Music from Scratch

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

For such a long time, I resisted using apps to make music. I thought they must just be crappy, tiny versions of what they’re attempting to emulate (soft synthesizers, DAWs, digital instruments), or lame tools for musicians younger than I. Well, turns out I was wrong.

There are some absolutely amazing apps out there to help you make music on the bus, on the edge of a waterfall, or wherever you are when inspiration strikes. They sound so good, they can do so much, and best of all, they’re all pretty cheap or even free. Even the most expensive one on the below list, the iMPC Pro, is well worth its $25 price tag.

3 Easy, Flexible Options to Build Music Websites for Bands

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Most bands and artists are scattered all over the internet: music on Bandcamp, photos on Instagram, band-approved memes on Facebook, funny commentary on Twitter, show listings on Bandsintown, and so forth. Of course, that’s just one example out of the endless possible combinations. It’s important to maintain a presence on all of those sites – so why are websites for bands even necessary?

The fact that there’s content in so many places is the very reason to offer a consolidated, simplified version of everything available. Build a website, and you’ll streamline the discovery process for booking agents and press who want to see it all. Fans, both existing and new, can also appreciate that, for once, they won’t be shuffling between multiple sites as they try to keep up with or learn about the music they love.

How It's Easier Than Ever to End Up on a Spotify Playlist

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Before the digital age, artists had to contend with gatekeepers – publishers, labels, radio stations, etc. – before getting their music in the hands of fans. These days, artists have ready access to digital platforms to reach out and get new listeners.

Probably the holy grail of these is Spotify, which has changed the game. It's even gotten the usually change-averse labels to sit up and take notice – PR reps are now pitching directly to tastemakers, much like they do with radio stations.

6 Apps to Run Your Music Career Like a Boss

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There are a ton of apps out there to help musicians tune their instruments, record and mix beats, and sell and order merch, but as we all know, there’s a whole other side to growing a career in music that all "musicpreneurs" could use help on — the business.

5 Updates for Your Spotify Profile (That Just Might Earn You More Streams)

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You’ve jumped onto the Spotify bandwagon and want to get on as many as playlists as you can. You want to increase your stream count, and it looks like getting on playlists is the best way to do it.

Spotify is so much more than a playlist platform. It’s also a marketing platform for your music, tour dates, and what you want your fans to do and know. If you want to increase your Spotify streams, you should start with maximizing your profile on the platform.