A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Basic principles of creating digital music, including how to apply digital effects. Kids can also develop composition skills as they experiment with different creation tools like "smart keyboard" or MIDI note grid. How changing the tempo and key affects composition. Kids can experiment with different timbres and tone colors that characterize different musical genres.
Ease of Play
It's super easy to get started, and the built-in info on each effect helps new and seasoned music producers maximize the app's many features.
Products & Purchases
Several extra instruments available for purchase, but you can use the app effectively without them. It's nice that you can read about effects before you buy them.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This tool does exactly what it sets out to do: It's a compact, accessible starting point for digital music creation. It's easy to get started because you can use the "smart keyboard" to start creating melodies that stay in the right key, or you can find more features and create more flexible, customized tunes and beats. To get more information, you can tap a question mark button to explore info screens that detail how each setting works, and there are brief, meaty pro tips for how to use them. There aren't many apps for beginners that include this much detail, and it's empowering and exciting to explore and learn how these many features work together to produce music. The volume of features can occasionally overwhelm the device, so sometimes switching between apps can make the playback misbehave, which may require relaunching the app. Its features may be a little limited for more seasoned digital music creators, but overall it's a flexible, accessible starting point for digital music makers of all ages.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.