The Apple iPad and iPad Pro are quickly replacing computers for many users, and the same is true for musicians. Since iPads are smaller, more portable, and (usually) more affordable than their MacBook counterparts, they can be a lot more convenient to bring back and forth from home to studio or even to music gigs. For anyone putting together a music studio on an iPad, these are the best iPad accessories for musicians.
A good digital interface is key to playing and recording on electrical instruments, and the iRig Pro from IK Multimedia works like a dream with the iPad. It includes a Neutrik combo input, switchable phantom power, and MIDI input for connecting everything from studio mics to guitars, basses, and keyboards.
This mini keyboard, also from IK Multimedia, is just as small and portable as the iPad. It comes with an integrated audio interface and some mixing controls to add a range of sound effects to your music.
Don't forget the cans
If you don't have a pair of professional studio headphones, then your music production can only go so far. Beyerdynamic's DT 880 model comes wired for detailed sound reproduction and oversized, soft earpads for more accurate noise cancellation. Keep in mind, you'll need an adapter or hub to plug these cans into the iPad.
Best mobile mic
A condenser microphone may not sound like an iPad-friendly accessory, but this one from Shure certainly is. The compact mic plugs directly into any device with a lightning port. For iPads that have a USB-C port, you'd do better to check out the Apogee MiC Plus USB Microphone instead.
Best for mixing
Although it doesn't come cheap, if you need a full controller for mixing and production, the Reloop is a complete mixing solution that's fully compatible with iPad. In fact, it even has a docking mount made for it.
For a simpler, more compact MIDI pad controller and groove production station, IK Multimedia's iRig Pads is a smaller controller that's easy to use with an iPad. In addition to 16 backlit rubber pads, it features two MIDI knobs, two pushbuttons, one slider, and a pushbutton rotary encoder.
Save all the sounds
Working with music can result in some large file sizes. If your iPad isn't packing enough space, an external drive will likely be necessary. LaCie's small mobile drive comes with 500GB of extra space and a USB-C cable. For iPads with a lightning connector, you will need a lightning to USB-C adapter.
Making music with iPad
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You can make all your musical dreams come true with an iPad, but you'll probably need a few key accessories along the way. One of the most essential tools for instrumental musicians is a digital interface like the IK Multimedia iRig Pro. This compact device provides the instant connection you need between your instruments or equipment and the iPad.
And no matter what kind of musician you are, you'll need to listen to your own work as you make it. That's what studio headphones are for. We recommend the beyerdynamic DT 880 for accuracy, noise-cancellation, and comfort. Any musician can benefit from owning a few of the best iPad accessories for musicians when it comes time to make music on the iPad.
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Jaclyn Kilani is a content writer at iMore. She's a longtime Apple addict with a flair for creating (written works, design, photos; you name it!) on her devices. Jaclyn has also worked in the marketing sector for over 16 years, dabbling in a bit of everything from writing to graphic design and digital marketing. In her heart of hearts, however, she is a born writer and an avid reader who adores everything about the written word. Someday she may even churn out a book or two.
Throughout her career, Jaclyn has also developed something of an addiction to all things Apple. Her professional and personal life is enhanced by an ever-growing collection of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and even AirTags. Luckily, this expensive habit is of great use to her work at iMore, where she writes with authority on Apple products and the accessories that go with them.