Make Music on Your iPad with the TableTop Modular Audio Environment

Imagine being able to put 15 (and potentially more) unique audio devices, each capable of enabling the user to create music, in a single app available for the iPad. This is where TableTop by Retronyms comes in. With 15 modular devices and over 300 multisample instruments, loops, and phrases, TableTop gives the user the ability to create unique and powerful music without having to plug in a single instrument.

We’re giving away a few copies of TableTop. Check the statement on the bottom of the article to find out how you can receive one.

You have the ability to combine these devices and create a virtual studio geared to make your music making experience as custom as possible. If you’re just starting out, the app comes with a multitude of pre-designed environments that include devices that work with each other to turn your ideas into music.

TableTop is about mixing and sampling. Where many apps concentrate on making your physical guitar or other instrument sound better, TableTop doesn’t require you to own anything other than an iPad. Making electronic music is also pretty easy with TableTop, as many of the included sounds and samples make this style of music very easy to create.

Make Music on Your iPad with the TableTop Modular Audio EnvironmentRetronyms describes TableTop as an audio playground, and to the amateur music maker, that’s exactly what it feels like. In the hour I spent tinkering with it after the initial download, I fiddled with every gadget and control I could find. Being able the hear the results of your adjustments live makes the music creation process easier and more fun. Playing the RS3 keyboard and feeding it through different effects such as the Filtr LP and the Goblin MX8 mixer made the music creation process seem much more professional than anything I would expect at $4.99.

With TableTop, you can create samples from your existing music collection by playing it back through the Spinback turntable player (and do a little fancy finger work) and record samples of it using the Recorder M2. The Spinback turntable is capable of doing pretty much everything a physical one can. Moving the needle, reversing playback, and even manipulating the mechanism during playback is all fluid and simple. These samples can be used as you mix and make beats using other devices included with the program.

Unfortunately, not all of the effects available come with the initial cost. Many of the pre-made setups include pieces that require an additional investment to enjoy. Of the 15 virtual devices currently available on the app, nine of them are unlocked with your initial purchase price. These initial devices include:

  • Gridlok: Touchpad Sampler
  • M8RX: Tone Matrix
  • RS3: Polyphonic Stereo Keyboard
  • Mr. O: Master Output
  • Goblin MX8: 8-Channel Mixer
  • Spinback: Turntable Player
  • Recorder M2: All-Purpose Input Recorder
  • Filtr LP: Low-Pass Filter Effect
  • T101 – Triggerator: Sequence and Perform

Additional effects are currently $0.99 as part of a launch promotion with more being added as development continues. According to Retronyms, third-party developers can also create plug-in effects to further extend the functionality of TableTop.

Over all, TableTop is a promising program with all the functionality and appeal anyone needs to start making studio-quality music. While it is certainly geared towards experienced users, the entry-level price and simplicity of the program makes it a capable learning tool for music lovers who would like to take a shot at making their own tracks.

How would you use TableTop? Leave a creative comment below and you could receive one of three coupon codes we’re giving away so you can install TableTop on your iPad absolutely free.

135 comments On Make Music on Your iPad with the TableTop Modular Audio Environment

  • I can’t really see what the title “A Lesson Not Learned” has to do with this.

  • I can’t really see what the title “A Lesson Not Learned” has to do with this.

  • I just have to point out there is one glaring claim here that is just not true. The area will not remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. That is a huge exaggeration, please check the facts on radioactive decay. I think the main thing is that the whole planet needs to convert to clean energy sources instead of nuclear and fossil fuels.

    • Look up the term “half-life”, and then check on it for U-235, Pu-239, and the rest of the chain of fission products. While it is true that things like cesium-137 is only around as a problem for 30 or so years, most of the other radioactive products have half-lives in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years.

      Cesium and strontium do heavy damage early on, but there is more of both of those anytime fission is occurring.

      Also, if you read the materials put forth by Greenpeace, or the Ukraine government, you’ll see no one is living anywhere near the reactor 25 years on – and it will remain that way for another few thousand.

      It is you that does not seem to understand radioactive decay. As for clean energy, I’m all for it, but there has to be a transition period, as otherwise the iPods, televisions, and electric cars of the masses will sit idle for a long time while enough solar panels are produced.

  • I just have to point out there is one glaring claim here that is just not true. The area will not remain toxic for hundreds of thousands of years. That is a huge exaggeration, please check the facts on radioactive decay. I think the main thing is that the whole planet needs to convert to clean energy sources instead of nuclear and fossil fuels.

  • To only in the last paragraph insinuate that clean, safe nuclear power is the only way to go, is to me a bit vague. I’d have appreciated a stronger stance earlier in your text. Right up until then, I was sure you were against use of nuclear power altogether. Maybe I should say “against current use of nuclear power”?

  • To only in the last paragraph insinuate that clean, safe nuclear power is the only way to go, is to me a bit vague. I’d have appreciated a stronger stance earlier in your text. Right up until then, I was sure you were against use of nuclear power altogether. Maybe I should say “against current use of nuclear power”?

  • Look up the term “half-life”, and then check on it for U-235, Pu-239, and the rest of the chain of fission products. While it is true that things like cesium-137 is only around as a problem for 30 or so years, most of the other radioactive products have half-lives in the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years.

    Cesium and strontium do heavy damage early on, but there is more of both of those anytime fission is occurring.

    Also, if you read the materials put forth by Greenpeace, or the Ukraine government, you’ll see no one is living anywhere near the reactor 25 years on – and it will remain that way for another few thousand.

    It is you that does not seem to understand radioactive decay. As for clean energy, I’m all for it, but there has to be a transition period, as otherwise the iPods, televisions, and electric cars of the masses will sit idle for a long time while enough solar panels are produced.

  • I’d use it live on a DJ-set.

  • I’d use it live on a DJ-set.

  • darkheart dsires

    would be perfect for my son , who loves to create music :o)

  • darkheart dsires

    would be perfect for my son , who loves to create music :o)

  • I wish I could beatbox a comment… then maybe I’d win a copy.

  • I wish I could beatbox a comment… then maybe I’d win a copy.

  • hmm wounder if this would work for ustream like plug in the pc and use this as an amp thing that plays and does other sounds ect… kinda like a switch

  • hmm wounder if this would work for ustream like plug in the pc and use this as an amp thing that plays and does other sounds ect… kinda like a switch

  • I would use it to create sounds for my next sound art project, creating sound and music on a touch device would be a new experience.

  • I would use it to create sounds for my next sound art project, creating sound and music on a touch device would be a new experience.

  • Love to have one! Thanks in advance

  • Love to have one! Thanks in advance

  • Patrick Virgadamo

    This could be a fun and creative way to create new and totally original intro music for youtube videos and podcasts.

  • Patrick Virgadamo

    This could be a fun and creative way to create new and totally original intro music for youtube videos and podcasts.

  • We homeschool our daughter. This app would be great as part of her music class. She already writes the lyrics to her songs but she could actually put them to music with this, I think.

  • We homeschool our daughter. This app would be great as part of her music class. She already writes the lyrics to her songs but she could actually put them to music with this, I think.

  • I don’t have anything creative, because it’s all been said before. I will say this…of all the worlds we’ve looked at, we haven’t found so much as a worm…we are unique…the universe is one big bass note, starting with the big bang and vibrating still…so stay in key…keep up with the rhythm…and play what you see…harmony harmony harmony, just look at those.

  • I don’t have anything creative, because it’s all been said before. I will say this…of all the worlds we’ve looked at, we haven’t found so much as a worm…we are unique…the universe is one big bass note, starting with the big bang and vibrating still…so stay in key…keep up with the rhythm…and play what you see…harmony harmony harmony, just look at those.

  • I’d use it to create background audio for podcasts, import into home movies and to exercise my creativity muscle.

  • I’d use it to create background audio for podcasts, import into home movies and to exercise my creativity muscle.

  • I used DJay for mixing songs but I’d try this app for more features

  • I used DJay for mixing songs but I’d try this app for more features

  • I could see either teaching digital music in one of my classes or using it to create music for video projects.

  • I could see either teaching digital music in one of my classes or using it to create music for video projects.

  • Whell, i would make a little song for my mom since i forgot her birthday a few days ago, i had it too busy doing my job

  • Whell, i would make a little song for my mom since i forgot her birthday a few days ago, i had it too busy doing my job

  • I would use it to make wonderful dance songs for my friends to mob to.

  • i would use it to make music for my record company!

  • I would use it to make wonderful dance songs for my friends to mob to.

  • i would use it to make music for my record company!

  • Hey lockergnome. This looks amazing. I am a dancer a performance artist and a programmer and have been playing with new ways to mix music creation and movement, via the arduiono platform and other such fun. I would love to use this music playground to expand these possibilities and write some interesting plugins if all goes well.
    Deimos

  • Hey lockergnome. This looks amazing. I am a dancer a performance artist and a programmer and have been playing with new ways to mix music creation and movement, via the arduiono platform and other such fun. I would love to use this music playground to expand these possibilities and write some interesting plugins if all goes well.
    Deimos

  • Definitely could make some cool soundtracks for home videos & mtn biking videos!

  • Definitely could make some cool soundtracks for home videos & mtn biking videos!

  • I would use this app in a live set to add some loops to the music I’m DJing with my real turntables.

  • I would use this app in a live set to add some loops to the music I’m DJing with my real turntables.

  • I would use it for my videos i make.

  • I would use it for my videos i make.

  • Hey Matt,
    I would use this with our non-profit KID’z program called Diabetic KID’Z 4 LIFE. An organization that helps kids with diabetes realize they can do anything they wat to do in life in they just try. This would be perfect in working with some of the school kids in band and the performing arts that do videos for our organization.
    Thanks for the chance
    Mark

  • Mark-John Clifford

    Hey Matt,
    I would use this with our non-profit KID’z program called Diabetic KID’Z 4 LIFE. An organization that helps kids with diabetes realize they can do anything they wat to do in life in they just try. This would be perfect in working with some of the school kids in band and the performing arts that do videos for our organization.
    Thanks for the chance
    Mark

  • I would let my cat run over it and create feline music.
    I would of course film this and it would go viral since I have a cute cat…

  • I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2 (64GB) and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • I would let my cat run over it and create feline music.
    I would of course film this and it would go viral since I have a cute cat…

  • I would use it for entertaining guests, or heck, maybe even trick a record company in to the thinking I’m a boss with music, before you know it, i’ll be crankin’ out a 6 album record deal with Universal, and doin’ more drugs then Ossy Osborune….. Just kidding I’m only 13…. =(

  • I would use it for entertaining guests, or heck, maybe even trick a record company in to the thinking I’m a boss with music, before you know it, i’ll be crankin’ out a 6 album record deal with Universal, and doin’ more drugs then Ossy Osborune….. Just kidding I’m only 13…. =(

  • I would use this app to create deep emotional electronic music.

  • I would use this app to create deep emotional electronic music.

  • I would use it to create a simulation for people of what the world sounds like to people like me with normal hearing in one ear and an acoustic neuroma (tumor) distorting audio in the other ear. Sometimes what I “hear” is actually pretty funny and other times dangerous or annoying. Any kind of deafness tends to be isolating, because you want to avoid having to keep asking people to repeat themselves.

  • I would use it to create a simulation for people of what the world sounds like to people like me with normal hearing in one ear and an acoustic neuroma (tumor) distorting audio in the other ear. Sometimes what I “hear” is actually pretty funny and other times dangerous or annoying. Any kind of deafness tends to be isolating, because you want to avoid having to keep asking people to repeat themselves.

  • I would try to learn how to make music 🙂

  • I would try to learn how to make music 🙂

  • I would use TableTop to try to create music fore my animations and cartoons.
    I study Animation an interaktiv media and it is always a pain in the ass to find Music fore my projekts

    • Hi! I’m currently enrolled at Berklee Music’s online school, and I feel like I have a lot of musical ideas in my head that I can’t quite express through electronic equipment, because I am a little tech-challenged. This app seems right up my alley. I feel like TableTop would get my creative juices flowing, and give me the freedom I’ve been looking for. Thanks for your consideration. Oh, as much as I’d like this app, the diabetes, chemo, and ear tumor-related posters should get it before I do.

  • I would use TableTop to try to create music fore my animations and cartoons.
    I study Animation an interaktiv media and it is always a pain in the ass to find Music fore my projekts

  • I would use it to entertain my sister (and myself) while we go through her chemo treatments. They can take HOURS! Then later, I can share our creations with my nieces… they can add their input. Then after that, we can enlighten (torture) my parents with our final songs.

  • I would use it to entertain my sister (and myself) while we go through her chemo treatments. They can take HOURS! Then later, I can share our creations with my nieces… they can add their input. Then after that, we can enlighten (torture) my parents with our final songs.

  • i love music. itd be cool if i could make my own =D

  • Hi! I’m currently enrolled at Berklee Music’s online school, and I feel like I have a lot of musical ideas in my head that I can’t quite express through electronic equipment, because I am a little tech-challenged. This app seems right up my alley. I feel like TableTop would get my creative juices flowing, and give me the freedom I’ve been looking for. Thanks for your consideration. Oh, as much as I’d like this app, the diabetes, chemo, and ear tumor-related posters should get it before I do.

  • I wouldn’t, because I don’t have an iPad, but I would give it to my parents (65+) to see what they can do on the iPad I gave them. Sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

  • I wouldn’t, because I don’t have an iPad, but I would give it to my parents (65+) to see what they can do on the iPad I gave them. Sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

  • i would use it to make sound tracks for finalcut pro x

  • i would use it to make sound tracks for finalcut pro x

  • As a new iPad user I will use it to for my children school projects. They love to use their Apple products and create interactive projects. It may come handy in including music or music fusion…

  • As a new iPad user I will use it to for my children school projects. They love to use their Apple products and create interactive projects. It may come handy in including music or music fusion…

  • I Would start making music to travel the world with just a single tablet on my hands.

  • I Would start making music to travel the world with just a single tablet on my hands.

  • I would write and write and write Dub Step/House for people around the world; while still being able to play Metal. which tells everyone that I love music, all kinds.

  • I would write and write and write Dub Step/House for people around the world; while still being able to play Metal. which tells everyone that I love music, all kinds.

  • I would give it away to my nephew edeer hes 21. He works
    with a lot of youth in need. he a musician him self “drummer”
    him self n I know him n his kids would have a blast making music
    for there youth christian band. thanks

  • I would give it away to my nephew edeer hes 21. He works
    with a lot of youth in need. he a musician him self “drummer”
    him self n I know him n his kids would have a blast making music
    for there youth christian band. thanks

  • With this app I would be able to put the ideas in my head down immediately, whereas now I just have my recorder app where I can just sing the tune in my head…not very useful if I have multiple tracks running in my head lol. This is my music studio on the go and wherever I am, because my iPad is attached to my body!

  • With this app I would be able to put the ideas in my head down immediately, whereas now I just have my recorder app where I can just sing the tune in my head…not very useful if I have multiple tracks running in my head lol. This is my music studio on the go and wherever I am, because my iPad is attached to my body!

  • I would use this app to create songs like rebecca black’s Friday!!!

  • I would use this app to create songs like rebecca black’s Friday!!!

  • apps like this are why I have an iPad

  • apps like this are why I have an iPad

  • I would mix sound recordings of my year old nephew with some cool effects and gift the final cut to my brother for my nephew’s second birthday.

  • I would mix sound recordings of my year old nephew with some cool effects and gift the final cut to my brother for my nephew’s second birthday.

  • Christopher Rubarth

    I would use it to create hipster pretentious body-gyrating electronic music.

  • Christopher Rubarth

    I would use it to create hipster pretentious body-gyrating electronic music.

  • I would go to the zoo and play a monk to the elephants

  • I would go to the zoo and play a monk to the elephants

  • I would use it to create original music for my YouTube videos. That way I wouldn’t get flagged for copyright infringement.

  • I would use it to create original music for my YouTube videos. That way I wouldn’t get flagged for copyright infringement.

  • Dexter Belgrade

    I’d use it to create music to end all music! Tiesto made a return to Ibiza so he’d get inspiration for In search of Sunrise 6, I’d make music on Ibiza’s beach, how’s that for inspiration!

  • Dexter Belgrade

    I’d use it to create music to end all music! Tiesto made a return to Ibiza so he’d get inspiration for In search of Sunrise 6, I’d make music on Ibiza’s beach, how’s that for inspiration!

  • Ethan LaFreniere

    I would use it to create mixes that i can use to play at shows!

  • Ethan LaFreniere

    I would use it to create mixes that i can use to play at shows!

  • I would use it to brainstorm musical ideas wherever I am 😀

  • I would use it to brainstorm musical ideas wherever I am 😀

  • I would use it to create music, to get my creative juices flowing

  • I would use it to create music, to get my creative juices flowing

  • I’d create live dubstep mixes

  • I’d create live dubstep mixes

  • Clifford Miller Jr

    I would use it to create music for local plays that cannot afford pay for such things. It would be very much appreciated.

  • Clifford Miller Jr

    I would use it to create music for local plays that cannot afford pay for such things. It would be very much appreciated.

  • I would use it to make my own one man electronic band

  • I would use it to make my own one man electronic band

  • i’ll use it make electronic music

  • i’ll use it make electronic music

  • I would start making music. I have always wanted to make some house, or Drum&Bass.

  • I would start making music. I have always wanted to make some house, or Drum&Bass.

  • Jose Luis Perez

    I would use it to create music and effects for Powerpoint presentations

  • Jose Luis Perez

    I would use it to create music and effects for Powerpoint presentations

  • i would use it in my live setup, alongside a loopstation and indigenous instruments from Southamerica.

  • i would use it in my live setup, alongside a loopstation and indigenous instruments from Southamerica.

  • I would use it! 😉

  • I would use it! 😉

  • I would use it in my live music. It would be onstage with me. I’m a bass player, so basically i do nothing anyway. My bandmates would LOVE to have samples and “transition” music; this app would definitely let me do this. It would also allow us to add that “missing piece” in some of the cover tunes we do.

  • I would use it in my live music. It would be onstage with me. I’m a bass player, so basically i do nothing anyway. My bandmates would LOVE to have samples and “transition” music; this app would definitely let me do this. It would also allow us to add that “missing piece” in some of the cover tunes we do.

  • I would use it in my live music. It would be onstage with me. I’m a bass player, so basically i do nothing anyway. My bandmates would LOVE to have samples and “transition” music; this app would definitely let me do this. It would also allow us to add that “missing piece” in some of the cover tunes we do.

  • I would plug myself as a module

  • I would plug myself as a module

  • Mordecai Querty

    I would use Tabletop to rework some of my old my original recordings from 20-30 yrs ago with new material created with the possibilities presented with Tabletop and it’s various modules. It would fascinating to realise.

  • Mordecai Querty

    I would use Tabletop to rework some of my old my original recordings from 20-30 yrs ago with new material created with the possibilities presented with Tabletop and it’s various modules. It would fascinating to realise.

  • Mordecai Querty

    I would use Tabletop to rework some of my old my original recordings from 20-30 yrs ago with new material created with the possibilities presented with Tabletop and it’s various modules. It would fascinating to realise.

  • Mordecai Querty

    I would use Tabletop to rework some of my old my original recordings from 20-30 yrs ago with new material created with the possibilities presented with Tabletop and it’s various modules. It would fascinating to realise.

  • This app is mutch better that djay from numark

  • I like this

  • Charlescorbin2

    I would invite the world to indulge in my Tabletop session. 

  • I would use it to entertain my 2 yearold! She loves electronic!! Gotta start
    Em young!

  • Gábor Lukácsy

    I would like to try it a real audio production app on my ipad, and create some brilliant new tracks with it

  • Gábor Lukácsy

    I would like to try it a real audio production app on my ipad, and create some brilliant new tracks with it

  • I would especially take advantage of the MPD (gridlock) And the m8rx wich I can’t seem to find any other app for. And the whole idea of tabletop appeals to me – just to have everything laid out in front of me. The reason I haven’t bought it yet is because I live in the Czech republic where there aren’t iTunes gift card and I’m under 18 so this is really my only chance of getting it.

  • I am 12 years old and i love techno, my friends love techno too. So I would like to play techno to them in party’s or something else. I have tried to find techno making apps in AppStore but non of them play or make techno. Sorry my bad English.

  • im experimenting with industrial trance and im very poor but i still strive with what i currently have
    and maybe this app could help my musical career with the ipad bro.
    take care
    jboel

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