Audio Apps For Sound Pros

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Professional sound mixers and audio engineers who use their ears to earn a living seem to be inexorably attached to their smartphones. But did you ever think that your smartphone could become a valuable tool for professional audio work? There are tens of thousands of apps out there, so how to narrow down the field to the best ones for those of us who care about sound?

Some audio apps are merely toys or are solely geared toward performing musicians, but we spent some time exploring the wilds of the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, searching for the best, most helpful apps for the working sound mixer. The following is a list of some of the most useful apps we found.

AudioTools by Andrew Smith

Category: Serious Professional Tool

iOS: $19.99

AudioTools is a suite of professional-grade audio and acoustic analysis apps. It includes a base set of apps in the initial purchase price and then has a number of optional modules that you can purchase from within AudioTools at anytime as in-app purchases, including SPL Metering, Real Time Analyzer, FFT, Speaker Polarity Checker, Noise Generator, Line Level Tests, Audio Scope, Recorder, Speaker Distortion Measurement and several more. While it’s not inexpensive, once you buy other in-app purchases, in comparison to purchasing the hardware that traditionally supports these functions, the overall package is a bargain.

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Quiztones by Audiofile Engineering, LLC

Category : Prosumer Semi-Professional Tool

iOS and Android: $7.99

Quiztones is a frequency ear-training app for amateur and professional audio engineers, producers and musicians. It utilizes tones and frequency-altered noise and musical loops (including source material from your own music library) to train your ears and help develop more acute listening and frequency recognition skills. Audiofile Engineering claims Quiztones will sharpen your ears and frequency recognition skills, while improving your mixing and EQ chops. Based upon trying the app, it appears that if you use it, Quiztones really does help to train your hearing to better differentiate different frequency ranges. Nice touch is using the user’s own music library, as well.

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V-Control Pro by Neyrinck

Category: Serious Professional Tool

iOS only, compatible with iPad: $49.99

Control surfaces for professional digital audio workstations are typically large and expensive, costing many hundreds or even thousands of dollars. This app is simply a pro-level control surface for various digital audio workstations that works via your iPad. V-Control Pro provides a fully featured, multi-touch control surface for Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase/Nuendo and many more DAWs. V-Control Pro uses WiFi to control transport, editing and mixing functions. V-Control Pro provides advanced control of sends, automation, groups, auditioning, plug-ins, jog/scrub/shuttle, I/O assignment and other controls within an easy-to-use interface. V-Control can be used simultaneously with Ethernet controllers used by Pro Tools. The app provides limited features for free so you can test it out with your DAW and workflow before buying the license. Supported DAWs: Pro Tools; Logic Pro X; Cubase/Nuendo; Adobe Audition; Adobe Premiere Pro; Digital Performer; SONAR; Final Cut 7; Ableton Live; Avid Media Composer; MIO Console; Reaper; Reason; Presonus Studio One.

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MultiTrack DAW by Harmonicdog

Category: Prosumer Semi-Professional Tool

iOS only, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: $9.99

MultiTrack DAW is a powerful audio recorder and audio editor for iOS devices. It provides up to 24 stereo tracks of better-than-CD-quality audio and the ability to play back all of those tracks while recording up to 16 tracks simultaneously. MultiTrack also provides a suite full of editing tools, including EQ, Compressor, Reverb, Delay and many more. You have a fader, pan, mute and solo function for each track. Because of the screen size, MultiTrack DAW seems to work best on iPads, although it will run quite well on recent-model iPhones, as well. The app gives you a lot of power for such a small device and can interface in various ways with external audio interfaces.

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Can Opener by Good Hertz, LLC

Category: Prosumer Semi-Professional Tool

iOS only: $2.99

Can Opener is an app designed to improve the experience of listening to an iOS device through headphones. The app’s Equalizer allows you to dial in clarity, scoop or boost any frequency you would like. Can Opener has professional audio features built in, like a sample rate converter that allows iOS users to play back high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192 KHz by real-time converting it to a resolution playable on iOS devices. The app also includes a built-in loudness meter and dosimeter, and supports lossless audio formats like FLAC and ALAC. Available as an in-app purchase, Speaker+ allows you to optimize your phone’s speaker playback, noticeably improving speaker quality.

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BBE SonicMax Pro by BBE Sound

Category: Consumer Tool

iOS and Android: $0.99

BBE SonicMax Pro is a music player that taps into your smartphone’s music library and claims to restore the clarity, definition and natural sound quality that can be missing from digital music. The app adds warmth, presence and definition. Like any other app that purports to “improve” the sound, the actual improvement depends on the listener, since audio is so subjective. SonicMax Pro comes preloaded with presets finely tuned for the device you’re listening through (earbuds, headphones, external speakers and a dock). But you can customize the sound to make your own presets by adjusting the parameters (Lo contour, BBE Process, iSet KHz, Sound Field, Mach3 Bass and Mach3 Gain) for your own listening device.

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RTA Audio by New Ball s.r.o.

Category: Serious Professional Tool

iOS and Android: $6.99

This tool gives you the ability to analyze the quality of your audio system in an accurate way and to find out the sound intensity your system emits at different frequencies. Easily find frequency swings, then set up your equalizer to take them into account based on the information provided by the app. RTA Audio analyzes the signal from a microphone or the line-in input. Some of the specifications of this app include: Resolution: 1/2 Octave; Logarithm frequency scale; Fixed frequency range (20 Hz – 20 kHz); Tone scale view C0- H8 (A4 = 440Hz); Peak hold graph; Peak average graph; RMS average graph; Pointer function; Peak and RMS input meter; Freeze function; and Save screenshot function.

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hearEQ by Ten Kettles

Category: Prosumer Semi-Professional Tool

iOS only: $5.99

Much like Quiztones, hearEQ is an audio-training app designed to train your ears to better hear frequencies so you can more effectively apply EQ to your sound. The app has a learning mode that allows you to explore different EQ settings and learn about each. There are also custom exercises that let you train on a couple of frequencies to start, then you can work up to all 30 EQ bands in the app. Much like Quiztones, hearEQ also trains you with your own audio files, but you can also compare and utilize the app’s built-in tracks, as well. This app costs two dollars less than Quiztones, and the interface is spare and clean.

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