Popular though they are, iOS apps are sometimes criticised for being flashy rather than functional – software that you buy on a whim, use a couple of times and then never bother with again.
But while the App Store certainly contains its fair share of facile releases, many of its music making apps are not only fun, but also powerful, flexible and – yes – useful. Whether you want to create a complete track, play a virtual synth or control your desktop music software, there are countless options.
But which are the very best iOS music making apps? As 2012 comes to a close, we asked for your votes to help us update our list of the top music apps. The results are presented in the gallery that starts here. Unfortunately, with the iOS world moving as quickly as it does, there are a few notable omissions of apps that have been released in the weeks since we reopened voting: Korg Polysix, Steinberg Cubasis and Audiobus, for example, all came just too late to make the cut for this round of voting. [read]