What are the best DAW apps for Android?

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    #1FL Studio

    FL Studio
    FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation developed by Image Line Software BVBA. This software features a multi-track recording, sequencing capabilities, and other music-mixing effects. It also has a customizable virtual keyboard and drum.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $99- Varies by plan

    Jacob Long
    Written on September 21, 2018
    "FL Studio Mobile might not be the best app for the purpose; the share function of the app, according to a review on the Google Play store, does not work at all. This might not fit my applications for the app."
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    #2Audio Evolution Mobile

    Audio Evolution Mobile
    With Audio Evolution Mobile you will be able to record your new song ideas on the road, edit new and existing audio material, mix it down in high quality and share it with the world. The app also has MIDI sequencing, loop playback, and more.
    Apps

    Android

    $6.99- with in-app purchases

    Christina Meng
    Written on December 25, 2017
    "WOW! As a professional singer and university professor, I am very happy with Audio Evolution Mobile when I'm away from the studio. On my Android, I can create my own recordings from start to finish with all the finesse of a professional studio. I use the internal mic to record, and then I can do unlimited editing--you name it, including virtual drum patterns and musical instrument sounds. With this app, I feel my studio is completely portable. "
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    #3Caustic 3

    Caustic 3

    Caustic 3 is a music creation app optimized for mobile devices where you can create your rack from up to 14 machines, including lots of synthesizers and a song sequencer. 


    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Chirag Pawar
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "If you want to create good sounding music, Caustic 3 may be your ticket. There's the ability to create numerous machines for synthesis and a whole library of sound. It can use some improvement as the interface isn't always the best, but an enjoyable app nonetheless."

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

The digital audio workstation, or DAW, is a tool to record, mix, or refine audio files. It can either be an electronic device or a digital application.

DID YOU KNOW? 

Did you know that the first commercially-viable digital audio workstation was created in 1978? Music production was an expensive venture in the 1960s and 1970s since the hardware for recording and processing were not as affordable as they are today. But in 1978, audiophile company Soundstream created the Digital Editing System, a powerful but slightly affordable DEC PDP-11/60 minicomputer with a Digital Audio Processor software. It had a Braegen hard disk drive, an oscilloscope, and a video display terminal. In the late 1980s, DAWs became cheaper as more companies joined the market, with Yamaha, Apple, Atari, and Commodore putting out products that can process audio files. 

Digidesign then opened the door for the software types of DAWs when they launched Pro Tools in 1989, prompting most major music producers to buy the product and use it as a software for their physical DAWs. Only in 1999 did a music producer created a full song using only the Pro Tools software, when Charles Dye and Desmond Child processed Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca. In a 2017 survey by AudioSkills, Pro Tools remain as the favorite DAW software, chosen by 30% of those who answered the survey, though Logic Pro (27%) and GarageBand (24) were not far behind.  

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    #4Nanoloop

    Nanoloop

    Nanoloop is an easy to use mobile application which provides all the functions to create music from scratch which is combined in one package that acts as a sequencer, synthesizer, and sampler. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    $3.49

    Donald Snyder
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "Nanoloop is one of the easiest to use and most comprehensive music making apps I have ever used. It makes it super simple to make music on the go and share it with everyone. It has a real cool export that allows you to export in wav or ogg and you could upload it directly onto your dropbox and/or soundcloud. It also has so many options like uploading samples from your phone and recording directly to it through your microphone. If you don't want to use your own samples, it also has very powerful and amazingly fun synthesizers you can mess with. With 8 channels to use, this mobile music maker, is perfect for making professional sounding tracks on the go. I use this every day on my commute to and from work, where I have already made at least 13 new tracks since downloading this app. Overall I believe all music makers would love to use this app while they are on the go. A must for all music lovers."
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    #5TouchDAW

    TouchDAW

    This DAW controller has lots of MIDI tools that will turn your Android device into the ultimate digital audio workstation. Using your phone, you will be able to remotely control every setting to create the most amazing songs and sounds. 

    Apps

    Android

    $4.99

    Anthony Allen
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "I'm surprised at just how much this app has going for it. The free version has quite a bit behind the paywall, but for five dollars you get quite a bit. Works really well, if you can afford to buy the full-featured version."
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    #6Sunvox

    Sunvox

    This music creation tool for Android is a synthesizer that will help you create the most complex and amazing electronic songs. There are lots of available effects, like distortion, echo, loops and reverb, among many others. 

    Apps

    Android

    $5.99

    Cecilia Monroy
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "I've used other apps but this is the most organized and simple DAW I've used so far. The multi-platform compatibility helps me take me work with me wherever I go. I use it to create all of my music and I can't believe it was made with an app. My only wish is that the graphics would be updated!"
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    #7Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Larry Bell
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "I'll be honest - this app isn't great. It's not bad, it's not broken or dysfunctional. It just...what does it do that other apps don't do better? It's pointless. It's too amateur and low-level to be serious and just not good enough to be fun, like a game. It's something to poke at to relieve mind-numbing boredom - that's my only explanation. Move along, nothing to see here."
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    #8MorphWiz

    MorphWiz

    MorphWiz is the result of the combination of Jordan Rudess, the keyboardist of Dream Teater, and Kevin Chartier, who developed the app so well that even Jordan uses it in his live shows with the heavy metal music band. It is suitable for users of every expertise: beginners will enjoy trying its presets, and professional musicians will find an amazing way to control sounds.

    *The Android link is no longer available*

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $9.99

    Phillip Foster
    Written on December 22, 2017
    "MorphWiz is a great music app that lets you get pretty immersive with how you produce sound and produces stunning visuals to go with it. The interface is fully playable and something other apps try to emulate, but this one is the original that started this category to begin with. Dream Theater is one of my favorite bands and the genius behind it created this very simple but effective music application. "
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    #9Bandpass

    Bandpass

    Bandpass is a music production app developed by Lunar Labs for Android devices. The music app allows users to select from over 3000 samples or from other instruments to create songs. The app serves as a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

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Summary

Best What are the best DAW apps for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1FL StudioSoftware 14 Paid
2Audio Evolution MobileApps 12 Paid
3Caustic 3Apps 9 Free
4NanoloopApps 8 Paid
5TouchDAWApps 8 Paid
6SunvoxApps 7 Paid
7Music Maker JamApps 7 Free
8MorphWizApps 3 Paid
9BandpassApps 1 Free
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