Making music with funky apps

By Eric Jou(Shanghai Star)
Updated: 2014-12-11 15:47:03

Believe it or not, electronic music is here to stay.

Musicians such as Moby and the much more modern Skrillex are more popular than ever, with multiple albums and their music featured on advertising and in fi lm and television.

Although these musicians are trained and arguably more talented, it's now possible for the layman to attempt to create electronic music without the need for expensive tools.

 While the results may vary, all any would-be disc jockey needs these days are a smartphone or tablet and a music collection. The apps below are simply a gateway to a new form of musical expression.


Developer: Auxy AB

Platform: iOS

This Swedish developed app puts a new spin on the spreadsheet styled musical synthesizer, or rather, is a super simplified version of it. With its very simple and easy to work user interface Auxy lets users create music through the use of quick to learn sound loops. The grid is set up into four columns, drums, base, synth and synth, in that order. The user can set a bass line and then match it up with the synth to create funky sounds. Auxy may look hard or sound difficult to work out, but upon using it, you quickly realize the app is really simple.

DJ Studio 5

Developer: Beatronik

Platform: Android

What DJ is complete without a turntable? DJ Studio 5 is pretty much what it sounds like, a DJ suite, though the emphasis is on the turntable portion of being a DJ. Despite DJ Studio 5's lack of a tutorial function, the app is pretty intuitive. Select two songs from your play list and hit play! The app comes with simple cross fade functions and digital tweaks. It isn't all that powerful but it does record your musical creations. Mixing and matching Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin has never been so easy.


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