My niece is just coming to up her 15th birthday and has expressed an interest in some kind of device to record her own music. After some research I suggested a Tascam DP-006, which my sister has bought but realises does not make any actual musical sounds. My niece plays a bit of piano, guitar and ukulele but I suspect she’d like some kind of synth-type device to explore as well. I thought of the Korg Monotron but it’s perhaps too much of a toy (no proper keyboard could be a drawback). There are some great budget synths around now but £250+ is out of budget for now.
I looked into a small keyboard to access sounds from GarageBand on the phone but I’m not sure if that’s possible and also routing audio from the iPhone into the Tascam. Any suggestions?