It’s hard to imagine that sunny summer days are just a few months away, but touring season will be here before you know it. Now’s a great time to re-up the gaffer tape, Sharpies, and other must-haves in your gig bag—and while you’re at it, load your phone or iPad with free and low-cost audio tools that can help you do your job better. Most of these apps work with your device’s embedded microphone, although adding an external measurement mic will certainly improve their accuracy.
Click through to explore a few great options.
Sarah Jones is a writer, editor, and content producer with more than 20 years' experience in pro audio, including as editor-in-chief of three leading audio magazines: Mix, EQ, and Electronic Musician. She is a lifelong musician and committed to arts advocacy and learning, including acting as education chair of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, where she helps develop event programming that cultivates the careers of Bay Area music makers.