85 Of The Best Apps For Logic Pro Users

Must-Have Apps For Better Sounding Tracks

Logic Pro X comes with everything you need to sound great...

However, needs and wants aren't always the same thing!

Here's an enormous list of the best apps to make Logic Pro sound better than ever...

Apple Apps with Logic Pro Integration

If you're an iPad user, then Logic Remote should be your first download. It's simply amazing. (Logic Remote Version 1.3 adds support for iPad Pro and iPhone). Here are 9 Ways to Use an iPad with Logic Pro X.

Don't underestimate GarageBand for iOS and GarageBand for Mac. You can start projects on your iPhone or iPad, import them into GarageBand on your Mac, and open them in Logic Pro X for complete control.

In GarageBand on your iPhone, tap-hold the song to show additional file functions like Upload Song to iCloud. In GarageBand on your Mac, choose File > iCloud > Import GarageBand for iOS Song. Once the project is saved to your hard drive, you can open it in Logic Pro X.

How cool is it that you can start a Logic Pro project with the phone in your pocket?

UPDATE: And then Apple launched Music Memos...

Music Memos is the fastest and easiest way to capture and organize your musical ideas. It automatically detects the tempo, rhythmic feel, and chords you play. You can tag and rate your ideas and add lyrics and notes. Plus, you can easily open your memos in GarageBand or Logic Pro X. Music Memos is a brilliant app!

GarageBand for iOS > Upload Song to iCloud
GarageBand for iOS can upload songs to iCloud
Music Memos
Music Memos automatically detects tempo, feel, and chords, allows you to add lyrics/notes, and share your musical ideas!

Synths, Sounds, and Effects

There's so many fantastic synths on the iPad and the list keeps growing. Just take a look at KORG. I'm a big fan of the iMS-20 and iPolysix and I've gotten great use of them live on stage.

Moog has influenced music for decades and Moog Music's apps are record-breaking synth powerhouses. Their interfaces make the most of small screens.

Animoog for iPhone
Animoog for iPhone makes the most of mobile interfaces

Imagine how much it would cost to pick up a working vintage Minimoog or Oberheim SEM and then take a look at the ridiculous value you get from all these classic synth emulations by Arturia:

Arturia iMini Synthesizer
A Minimoog on your iPad? Yes, please!

There's no shortage of vintage synth emulations in the App Store and these are top-notch. Give it time and your favorite classic synth will probably end up on the list. (I'm still not convinced I've found a worthy B3 clone but I've added a couple to the list anyway.)

These synths and samplers have feature sets that rival most software instruments. Except you can take them with you.

Beats and Loops

Logic Pro X comes with over 4,600 loops but sometimes enough isn't enough. You can make your own loops and beats with these apps. My favorite beat production app is iMaschine 2 by Native Instruments.

iMaschine 2
iMaschine 2 integrates with their Maschine desktop software.

KORG is a prolific app developer and these apps are great loop and beat makers.

Propellerhead Software has been around for a long time and ReBirth was a huge hit when it launched in the late 90s. Now you can get the classic Roland TB-303, TR-808, and TR-909 emulation with ReBirth for iPad. But you also have to check out Figure, their App Store Hall of Fame Inductee.

These drum machines will round out your list of classic beatbox emulations and futuristic beat sound design.

Guitar Apps

Ever meet a guitar player that's satisfied with their tone? Me neither. These apps will give any guitarist a lifetime of tweaking without breaking the bank.

BIAS Amp includes 36 amp models.

Vocal Apps

TC-Helicon knows a thing or two about vocal processing and they've produced several excellent vocal apps.

IK Multimedia is another prolific app developer that are featured many times throughout these lists.

VocaLive for iPad
IK Multimedia VocaLive for iPad - Vocal Processor and Recording Studio

Instrument Tuners and Metronomes

There are several excellent tuners and metronomes available. GuitarToolkit has has a permanent spot on my home screen.

GuitarToolkit stays on my home screen.

Music Discovery

These apps will help you discover new music and find lyrics. SoundHound is one of my favorites because I can point my phone at any obscure jazz song I'm hearing and it always knows exactly what I'm listening to.

Audio Publishing and File Sharing

Logic Pro X can publish directly to your SoundCloud account so it makes sense to use it to publish your finished tracks. I also like to backup and sync all my projects using Dropbox and many of the apps in this list integrate with Dropbox directly.

Audio Utilities

These next apps should make your audio life a little easier. AudioTools is on my iPhone home screen because I'm always using its SPL Pro digital sound level meter to calibrate my listening level. Audiobus allows you to route audio between apps and it saves routing presets for fast recall.

Audiobus is an inter-app audio routing system that can save routing presets for fast recall.

Music Education, Transcription, and Skills Training

I love turning people on to WolframAlpha. Most people don't know it can teach you music theory too.

A musician should always be working on improving their ear. These apps make the task much easier and, dare I say, fun.

How do you figure out how to play music you don't know? Slow it down and transcribe the music using these apps.

Capo makes transcribing music easier.

Music Notation and Sheet Music

The days of lugging heavy fake books and loose paper to gigs are over if you want them to be. Just put your scores in these apps. forScore shines at PDFs while Notion can read and write MusicXML, Guitar Pro, and MIDI files.

Songwriting and Composing

My most-used songwriting and composition apps  are  were the built-in iPhone Voice Memos and Notes. Now I only use Music Memos to capture my ideas. Not only does it detect tempo, rhythmic feel, and chords, it has a drum and bass rhythm section that can accompany your ideas. Best of all, it syncs across your iOS devices and desktop computers using iCloud Drive so you can continue developing your ideas in GarageBand or Logic Pro X.

Music Memos Details Page
Music Memos: Edit the tempo, chords, tags, drum and bass auto-accompaniment, trim the recording, and share or export it to GarageBand or Logic Pro X!

Hum aims to be your single note-taking and audio recording app and it's rich and features as well as being easy to capture ideas but I think Music Memos has stolen it's thunder.

When I need a rhyme, I choose between RhymeZone, RhymeNow, and Hemingboard.

Hemingboard Rhymes
Hemingboard puts synonyms, rhymes, and puns in your iOS, Android, or desktop keyboard.

There are so many amazing apps to play with but this list represents the best of the best. You definitely don't need them all but some of them might help you be a more productive music producer.

Don't ignore your dreams. Make music!

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7 thoughts on “85 Of The Best Apps For Logic Pro Users

  1. Know what we need? A way to run IOS Apps inside OSX, so soft synth apps can be run as plugins.

    1. That would be awesome!

    2. Then all you have is o do is check the iConnect Midi4+ 🙂

  2. Go to AppStore (iPad or iPhone): “studiomux” 😉 …or http://www.midimux.net
    This exactly is what you’re looking for!

  3. Music IO (musicioapp.com) will allow that, too!

  4. Could do with a fuzzy music-discovery app that’ll listen to one’s songs and list which other songs they sound a bit like.

    Useful for avoiding copyright bother, for identifying bands/artists you sound like and suggesting into which genre/s your stuff slots.

    Or is there something already available?

  5. Music iOS apps are now beginning to use the AU format. Early days but it’s coming. Other killer apps I’d recommend are Thumbjam, Nanostudio, Patterning, Laplace and Elastic Drums. AudioShare is also a fantastic utility app – like a Swiss Army knife for audio. I’ve been producing songs with iOS apps for years as you can hear on my SoundCloud page. Big fun. And using the GarageBand link for building on your material in Logic works seemlessly.

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