Apple Releases ‘Music Memos’ for Quickly Capturing Song Ideas on iOS

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Apple released an app called Music Memos that seems tailor-made for yours truly. It allows you to record song ideas, hear those ideas played with auto-generated bass and/or drum accompaniment, view the chords, and add lyrics. Artists can then share them via Apple Music Connect or import them directly into GarageBand or Logic Pro X for further development.

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

The app uses the auto-drummer technology Apple added to GarageBand and Logic Pro X, including the ability to tweak those drums on the fly, as shown in the image above.

Apple's release notes:

Quickly capture musical ideas

  • Easily record any musical idea using a simple interface
  • Instantly listen to your recorded song ideas with a virtual drummer and bass player, who follow along like a live band in the room
  • Adjust the groove and sound of the drum or bass using simple and intuitive controls to hear your song idea in different ways
  • Tune your guitar with a built-in instrument tuner

Build a library of song ideas

  • Name any song idea, or delete unwanted recordings
  • Tag your song ideas to help you find them later using keywords like verse, chorus, mellow, energetic, or add your own custom tags
  • Rate your song idea 1-5 stars to help you identify your favorites
  • Supports iCloud Drive so your library of song ideas are always safe and available across all your iOS devices

View, edit and document your song ideas

  • Automatically analyzes the music you played and displays musical measures and suggested chord names
  • Rename or provide further detail for any chord names throughout your song
  • The drum and bass performances adapt immediately to match any chord and rhythm edits
  • Trim away any unwanted parts from the beginning and end of your recording
  • Keep track of comments, lyric ideas, alternate guitar tunings or capo position

Share your new song

  • Use iCloud Drive to make your song ideas available across all your iOS devices
  • Email any song idea to a friend to share your music, or to collaborate with other musicians
  • Quickly open your idea in GarageBand for iOS to add more instruments and keep building your song
  • Export a song idea to the Mac so you can work in GarageBand or Logic Pro X as a full multi-track production
  • Share to SoundCloud, YouTube and Apple Music Connect*

* Requires Apple Music Connect account

Music Memos is a free download, and is available now from the App Store.

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I can't tell you how many song scraps and beginnings I have recorded with Apple's Voice Memos app. I get song ideas in my car and sitting at my desk when I don't necessarily have time to record them "for real" with Logic. I'll either sing or hum the parts that I'm thinking about, usually with some accompanying "drums" tapped out with my hands, include some spoken notes about guitar or bass tone, and some kind of half-assed lyric to convey a melody...

Where is then sits. Hey, at least I got it down before I forgot, right? Music Memos is designed for exactly that sort of process, and I can't wait to play with it.

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