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Music Memos for iOS: Recording, Editing, Tuning, Exporting and More

Music-Memos-app-iconApple today released Music Memos, an all-new iPhone and iPad app that is essentially an enhanced version of the stock Voice Memos app for songwriters.

Music Memos is designed for musicians and songwriters to quickly and easily capture their impromptu song ideas on the fly, whenever inspiration strikes.

The app has a simple user interface at first glance, with nothing but a small recording button, but tucked away behind tiny icons are several useful features.

Recording

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To begin recording, simply open the Music Memos app and tap on the blue circle button. The user interface will turn red while recording. Alternatively, you can tap on the "Auto" label in the top-left corner and the app will automatically start and stop the recording based on your voice.

As you are recording, the circle will pulsate to your voice, or musical instruments, and there is a waveform at the bottom of the screen. To finish recording, simply tap the red circle button and the snippet will appear at the bottom with a title, playback button, pitch notation, and other options.

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Tapping on the guitar or drum set icons overlays the music recording with drums and a bass line to provide a virtual, customizable backing band. Moreover, your snippet can be renamed, deleted, tagged, or rated on a five-star scale. The app also provides visual warnings if it detects your recording is too quiet or too loud.

Editing

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Music Memos saves a list of your recordings, accessible by tapping the tray button at the top of the app. Tapping on a snippet's waveform brings up various editing options for tempo, time signature, downbeat, tuning and length.

The app automatically analyzes your recording and displays musical measures and suggested chord names. Any chord names throughout your song can be renamed or provided further detail by tapping on them.

There are also the options to trim the beginning and end of your recording, adjust the tempo, time signature and downbeat, and keep track of comments, lyric ideas, alternate guitar tunings, or capo position.

Tuning

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Music Memos includes a built-in tuner for chromatic pitch notation, accessible by tapping the tuning fork button in the top-right corner. The tuner automatically shows a letter note once it detects sound.

There are already several existing tuner apps on the App Store, including Guitar Tuna and Cleartune, but this is a convenient, all-in-one option that songwriters can use to both record musical ideas and tune their guitars.

Exporting and Sharing

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Music Memos snippets, which are 24-bit 44.1kHz audio files, can be saved to iCloud Drive, exported to Logic Pro X and GarageBand for iOS or Mac, or shared directly on Apple Music Connect, SoundCloud, and YouTube. Simply tap on the tray button at the top, expand a recording from the list and tap the share button.

Music Memos is free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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8 months ago
"This app will be integrated into iOS 10 and cannot be deleted. You're welcome." - Apple 2016
Rating: 12 Votes
8 months ago
What a great concept from Apple.

And the app icon is gorgeous.
Rating: 9 Votes
8 months ago
Wow, this looks amazing. This is all I use voice memos for anyway.
Rating: 6 Votes
8 months ago

Except Hum has been in the AppStore for quite some time.


Except that video seems to indicate the two products are quite different. Automatic key and time signature detection, uncompressed audio, and automated accompaniment mean Music Memos goes well beyond the more basic premise of Hum.
Rating: 6 Votes
8 months ago

What a great concept from Apple.

And the app icon is gorgeous.

Not possible. Anything post iOS 7 is complete garbage. /s
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
Hoping someone will find a way to convert old Voice Memos to drop into iCloud and load up in this new app.
Rating: 5 Votes
8 months ago
Nice app. Now let's hope that Apple doesn't kick all the other tuner/metronome apps out of the App Store when iOS 10 arrives just because they would then duplicate built-in functionality.
Rating: 4 Votes
8 months ago
For anyone interested in taking musical "notes", I released an app in a similar niche a few weeks ago. It's called Composer's Sketchpad ('http://composerssketchpad.com'), and it's meant to be a sort of modern take on sheet music. (Alternatively: a "doodly" sequencer.) You're presented with a giant canvas (representing time and pitch) that you can pan and zoom around, and you draw musical notes anywhere on the canvas with your finger or Apple Pencil. Notes can be bent to any pitch, allowing you to draw out curvy guitar solos and complex rhythms with ease. Over 100 instruments are available. There's also a free Lite version!

(I really like the gist of Music Memos, but as someone who sucks at singing or playing guitar, I prefer to take musical notes "directly", which is why I made my app.)
Rating: 3 Votes
8 months ago

"This app will be integrated into iOS 10 and cannot be deleted. You're welcome." - Apple 2016

Okay, fine by me. I'll spend all of five seconds putting it into a folder and then move on with my life.
Rating: 3 Votes
8 months ago

Pros would use a better ADC than what's available on an iPhone.


I earn a living making music (definition of professional) and this app will be extremely helpful.

Preproduction and coming up with song ideas is 90 percent of the job. The final glossy recording is all that necessitates expensive ADC and recording equipment.
Rating: 3 Votes

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