As the iPhone and iPod Touch gain massive popularity, a flood of applications has hit the iTunes App store to account for almost every profession and hobby. As touring musicians know, you’re only as good as the tools you’ve got with you, so I decided to hit the App Store and find out whether there was anything there that would be helpful for a musician on tour.
Here are a few of the best iPhone applications I’ve found for touring musicians.
1. Metronome – It’s important to keep your practice schedule up while you’re on the road, and the Metronome application is a great free way to keep your practice going. It’s a simple, small app, and though there are more complex versions available, they all cost money, which touring musicians certainly don’t have a lot of. You can set a tempo easily, an dthere’s a cool metronome animation, so I’d say this free app is worth a download.
2. To Do’s – This bit of free software adds a to do list to your iPod. It’s simple, there aren’t a lot of features, and it’s perfect for musicians on the road who need to keep track of the steps for each show–promoting, getting flyers put up, when to show up at gigs, etc. You can use To Do’s in a lot of ways, and the easy check boxes make it fun and convenient to keep track of what you’ve done, and more importantly, what you need to do next.
3. FourTrack – Here’s an awesome application that basically gives you an entire four track recording studio on your iPhone for $10. You can record up to four tracks of overdubs, then bounce down to a track and keep recording. Theoretically, you could make extremely professional recordings on this thing, especially with the iPhone’s awesome microphone, and with a built in metronome and the ability to upload tracks to a computer, it’s a great way to quickly record a song idea or even an entire song. This technology would cost hundreds of dollars even five years ago, and for musicians it’s one of the most exciting apps available on the iPhone.
4. Yelp – When you’re on the road, you’re at the significant disadvantage of not knowing where anything cool or safe is in a town, and Google Maps doesn’t do a whole lot for you there. Install the Yelp app on your iPhone and you’ll have access to a huge, user-made database of thousands of restaurant listings and reviews to help you find a coffeeshop, bar or restaurant in any city that you’re touring to. A great supplement to the Maps feature of the iPhone.
Do you know of any other good iPhone applications for touring musicians? Post in our comments section below.