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Xequence | MIDI Workstation

Posted by Mikers On October - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bb (4)Xequence is an advanced linear MIDI Sequencer and Keyboard / Controller for iPhone and iPad.

NOTE: This app does not produce any sound by itself! It is meant to control OTHER apps via Virtual MIDI.

HIGHLIGHTS:

– Efficient User Interface for an amazing editing workflow on a mobile device
– Scale-Aware Keyboards and Pianoroll Editor: All modules and functions observe the current instrument’s scale
– 16 scales included
– Extremely tight, best-in-class MIDI timing
– 100% accurate song looping, no dropouts/jitter at loop points
– Robust controller (CC) handling with backtracing (inside parts)
– Supports any time signature and BPM
– MIDI In and Thru with re-channelization and re-routing to currently selected instrument
– MIDI Sync Master (Clock / Start / Stop / Continue / SPP) – other DAWs or pattern sequencers can run in accurate sync with Xequence, e.g. to use audio tracks, or an external drum machine. Several modes for maximum compatibility
– Works perfectly with e.g. AUM or Gadget as hosts / sound generators, with drum sequencers like Ruismaker, or with Beatmaker 2 for synced audio tracks

ARRANGER:

– Unlimited Parts
– Unlimited Tracks via In-App Purchase (same price as the app), 4 tracks out of the box
– 64 Undo/Redo steps
– Per-track non-destructive Swing and Delay (timeshift +/- 200 ms)
– Any Track can be routed to any Instrument
– Parts can be independent or linked (editing the original modifies all the copies)
– Part-based looping
– Selection tools: Marquee/Rectangle, Same Track, Same Instrument, Linked Parts, Invert
– Two selection modes: Add & Replace
– Editing tools: Create Copy, Create Linked Copy, Unlink, Split, Join, Convert loops to parts
– All edits can be performed across multiple tracks and parts
– Individual Parts can be named
– Per Track Mute/Solo
– Draw mode
– Position/Length Handles at screen edges for efficient editing

PIANOROLL EDITOR:

– 256 Undo/Redo steps
– Fully scale-aware, all editing operations consider the current instrument’s scale
– Relative or absolute grid: Snap Events to nearest grid line, or move by grid increments
– Live Auditioning of all edits and mini keyboard keys on the left
– Selection tools: Marquee/Rectangle, Same Note, Same Key, Same Beat Position, Invert
– Two selection modes: Add & Replace
– Editing tools: Copy, Legato, Quantize, Quantize Ends, Transpose +/- 12, Fill part with selection
– Smart Draw mode: Touch to create, touch again to delete, drag up/down to transpose, drag left/right to change length
– All editing settings remembered intelligently. It works like magic! ™
– Note velocities can be edited as if they were controllers, see below:

CONTROLLER EDITOR:

– 256 Undo/Redo steps
– Selection tools: Marquee/Rectangle, Same Beat Position, Invert
– Two Selection modes: Add & Replace
– Editing tools: Copy, Reduce, Quantize, Compress/Expand, Fill part with selection
– Smart Draw mode
– Automatic removal of redundant controllers
– Velocities of notes can be shown as controllers and edited with the same tools

KEYBOARD / CONTROLLER:

– Fully scale-aware single or dual keyboards
– Three modes: Scroll, Glide, Lock
– Three available key widths
– Up to three CCs (controllers) can be shown as touch bands next to the keyboard
– All three CCs can be controlled either via touch or device rotation (up to three axes simultaneously), with pickup
– Velocity emulation option (via vertical position on key)

INSTRUMENTS:

– Unlimited Instruments (an Instrument is a MIDI destination + channel)
– Up to 3 definable CCs (Controllers) per Instrument
– Compatible with virtually ALL synths and hosts

VARIOUS:

– MIDI Metronome
– Ruler can be either fixed or modal (hidden automatically after use, to preserve screen space)
– In-App hints for important features

COMING IN AN UPDATE:

– Audiobus 3 MIDI
– MIDI file import / export
– “Open In…” support for importing and exporting projects
– …and many more!

Xequence | MIDI Workstation (AppStore Link) Xequence | MIDI Workstation
Developer: Seven Systems Cross-Platform Media Limited
Rated: 4+
Price: $5.99 Download Here

Quantum Sequencer

Posted by Mikers On October - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bb (3)Quantum is a performance midi sequencer which approaches music composition with an interactive creation processes – sometimes referred to as ‘noodling’.

Where pattern or piano-role sequencers are good for music forms (intro/verse/chorus etc) or grid entry, Quantum’s approach is built around the idea of a step being the focus – think of the step as a single note or chord written on a music sheet then add a lot of extra notation (like probability of playing or ornamentation say).

These highly detailed steps are then aligned into sequences (think melodies) that loop. You can have any length up to 64, but these can be further split into 4 sub-sequences that have their own set of sequencer parameters (like tempo, play direction, transpose etc).

To enter step parameters such as note pitch, velocity, gated length etc, 16 general faders are available which allow you to draw, drag, select copy/paste, inc/dec & link together to edit values. These are also midi learnable (midi cc or nrpn) to allow you to use control surfaces or midi controllers.

To aid you with faster control Quantum has loop actions which you can program in to carry out tasks when a sequence loops – e.g. transpose, randomise, start or load another sequence etc.

With up to 24 sequences playing Quantum introduces a mixer page allowing you to blend midi velocities. Built on the MidiSequencer engine, midi FX, devices & Controllers are now possible per sequence.

So why would Quantum be good for your setup? There are many midi enabled IOS & hardware synths that produce exotic timbres if you send them fast & varied midi controls that you just would not hear with keyboard playing or slow tempo tunes. Also, Quantum, embraces experimentation in melody creation and by copy/pasting allowing quick setup of arpeggios & counterpoint tunes that you can create & manipulate on the fly!

Quantum Sequencer (AppStore Link) Quantum Sequencer
Developer: anthony saunders
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here

Groovebox

Posted by Mikers On September - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

552x414bbGroovebox is a free, beautifully designed music studio app packed with inspiring synths and drum machines. In minutes you’ll be making beats, melodies, and playing with world-class instruments. Expand your own collection with more sounds and instruments available in the store. From the creators of Launchpad, Groovebox helps you produce music on iPhone & iPad.

• A BEATS & SYNTH MUSIC STUDIO
Play with touchable instruments to quickly create your own beats and melodies, or draw in notes. Need inspiration? Groovebox has hundreds of patterns and sounds to get you started. Two powerful synthesisers, designed in partnership with Novation, deliver deep retro basslines and analogue harmonic melodies. The modern drum machine, with expanding drumkit library, will turn Groovebox into your go-to beat production studio.

• SYNTHS DESIGNED WITH NOVATION
Designed in partnership with Novation, legendary synth pioneers, Groovebox packs a world-class sound. Each instrument uses a new powerful synth engine capable of recreating classic warm analogue sounds and rich modern harmonics.

• EASY TO START, DEEP ENOUGH TO MASTER
Groovebox is designed to kick-start ideas, but it has serious features for artists and producers too. The advanced synth parameters* let you sculpt your own sounds. Included iPad mixer, note sequencer, key and scale modes let you control your sound. Export your sounds easily to a laptop to produce further. Sync to other apps or a laptop with Ableton Link. Connect using Audiobus, Inter-App Audio and even Export to Ableton Live seamlessly.

FEATURES
• Discover and build ideas – Quickly explore sounds with hundreds of melody and rhythm patterns
• Play touchable instruments – Create your own melodies and beats
• Three powerful instruments – Drumbox, Retrobass and Poly-8
• Build beats – Play drum pads or keys, sequence notes or use patterns
• Sound innovation – Synths developed in partnership with synth pioneers Novation
• Expand your sounds – Regular, fresh-content drumpacks, presets and patterns*
• Production-ready sounds – Crafted by world-class sound designers and artists
• Extendable Instruments – Expose more tweakable synth controls
• Sequence your music – Draw notes and build patterns instead of playing them
• Stay in time and key – Choose from any tempo, key or musical scale
• Mix your music – 8-track mixer on iPad. Instrument focus mixer on iPhone.
• Share your music – Easily create a mix of your music to share with others
*Requires In-App Purchase

ADVANCED FEATURES
• Jam with others – Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Ableton Link and Ableton Export
• Swing – Instantly add swing to your session.
• Ableton Export – Easily send your project to Ableton Live
• Full scale support – All keys and major, minor and modes supported
• Project management – Rename, duplicate and delete
• iPad Pro support – Optimised to use the entire iPad Pro screen
• Send your ideas to a laptop – Batch export your pads as a .zip file, or use Ableton Export
• Bluetooth speaker supported

Groovebox (AppStore Link) Groovebox
Developer: Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

GridComposer

Posted by Mikers On May - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414 (1)Create and explore musical phrases and rhythmic patterns with GridComposer, an experimental musical sequencer. Arrange blocks on the grid to create notes and combine them to short phrases. Experiment with the timings and harmonies to explore variations of your composition. No musical knowledge is needed to start playing.

• Contains four build-in, polyphonic synthesizer presets.
• Notes are automatically assigned from a global musical scale.
• Save and load your compositions.
• Ability to adjust the musical scale, key and octave on the fly.
• Volume mixer to adjust your tracks.
• Advanced options to create custom scales.
• Set the tempo and individual trigger speed for each track.
• Ability to add delay and reverb effects.
• Output midi notes to your audio software via wifi.
• Adjust the playhead for each grid.

For more details – http://www.gridcomposer.net

GridComposer (AppStore Link) GridComposer
Developer: Christian Gwiozda
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download Here

KORG iWAVESTATION

Posted by Mikers On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414KORG iWAVESTATION – A wave sequence synthesizer for iOS.

The WAVESTATION synthesizer went on sale in 1990. This instrument featured an advanced vector synthesis system which created new sounds by combining and connecting multiple waveforms; it provided a mix/morphing function that let you use a joystick to change the balance of four oscillators, and a distinctive wave sequence function that allowed you to place waveforms in a desired sequence to create sequence patterns. To this day, it continues to be considered a legendary and still-unique instrument.

Now in 2016, the WAVESTATION has been reborn as “KORG iWAVESTATION,” an app for iPad/iPhone. In addition to completely reproducing the programs, it also features a renewed design that lets everyone experience the stupendous sound-shaping potential of the WAVESTATION. It features touch-based operation that’s distinctive of iOS, in conjunction with a new graphic interface that allows you to visualize and edit the time-varying timbral changes that are distinctive of the WAVESTATION.

[ Features ]

– A faithful reproduction of the original WAVESTATION sound: In addition to providing the sounds from all PCM memories of the WAVESTATION, the new iWAVESTATION also reproduces in software every detail of the parameters, based on an analysis of the original hardware circuit diagram.

– A new wave sequence view that can be graphically controlled: The iWAVESTATION, we advance another step with a graphical user interface that takes advantage of the touch operations that are a characteristic of iOS. Even more than ever, we’ve updated the screen design with an emphasis on creating sequences.

– 1,500 sounds, more than 700 waveforms, 55 effects, and a powerful random sequence engine: This new instrument includes a stupendous number of presets and waveforms, covering all models of the series. iWAVESTATION also provides a new random sequence function which will give you different perspectives to inspire new sounds.

– Produce music together with KORG Gadget integration: iWAVESTATION can be used in conjunction with the “KORG Gadget” music production DAW app that has won numerous awards around the world. If both apps are installed, it can be used as the “Milpitas” gadget inside the KORG Gadget app.

More info at http://www.korg.com

KORG iWAVESTATION (AppStore Link) KORG iWAVESTATION
Developer: KORG INC.
Rated: 4+
Price: $29.99 Download Here

fluXpad

Posted by Mikers On September - 8 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

sc552x414-2fluXpad is the first sample sequencer that fully functions by simply drawing the sounds. In fluXpad it’s super simple to record your own sounds, to create different pattern and to jam with them.
fluXpad is a sample based groovebox/workstation with a highly original sequencer, where you “draw“ your music, which leads to completely different results, when compared to a traditional sequencer. The y-axis of your canvas controls pitch, while the x-axis controls the sustain of your notes. Sounds familiar, but drawing on a canvas without any grid is a totally new experience. Of course it is possible to quantize your notes, or you can limit your note range to major or minor scales.

fluXpad has been developed by Mouse on Mars and Jan Trützschler

Features:
– 6 melody sequencers where you paint your melodies based on a sample of your choice
– 1 percussion/drum sequencer where you paint/tap your groove made of 7 samples of your choice
– record mode: either paint your sequence (on the top) or tap your notes (at the bottom)
– each sound has it’s own sampler settings with unique envelope, loop and start settings
– quantize / unquantize functions for each sequencer or the whole pattern
– 7 patterns to jam with, for each preset
– ability to record your own samples with the build in microphone
– import samples via iTunes or AudioShare
– huge sample library with high quality sounds/kits made by Mouse on Mars and others
– lots of demo projects made by Mouse and Mars and others
– ability buy new projects/sounds via In-App-Purchase
– ability to export/backup your projects (including sounds)
– Audiobus supported
– IAA sync supported
– Ableton Link supported
– ability to sync via midi to other apps, hardware

Web: http://mominstruments.com/fluxpad/

fluXpad (AppStore Link) fluXpad
Developer: MoMinstruments GbR
Rated: 4+
Price: $7.99 Download Here

Chronium

Posted by Mikers On May - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (5)Chronium is a sequencer/synthesizer app for creating, recording, and sharing complex melodies simply by a few finger touches.

The main user interface consists of a fingerboard and a control bar. Touch the fingerboard to start, stop, or modify a voice. The horizontal axis of the fingerboard corresponds to different frequencies, similar to a guitar fingerboard. The vertical axis corresponds to different sounds and rhythm patterns which you can configure. When a voice is playing, the corresponding rhythm pattern is shown as a loop around the touch position, along with the red play cursor. On 3D Touch devices (for example iPhone 6S), the pressure applied to the fingerboard affects the sound by changing filter parameters or modulation depths. On other devices, the same parameters are controlled by an estimate of the surface touched by your finger.

The rhythm patterns are produced by thresholding a weighted sum of binary signals. The weights and thresholds can be set using sliders in the pattern editing interface. 7 basic binary signals are available with periodicities ranging from whole notes to sixty-fourth notes. 5 thresholds are used to determine the timing of the notes, the octave, and whether the notes should be accented or not. The weights and thresholds can be set for 3 different locations along the vertical axis of the fingerboard. Patterns in intermediate locations are obtained by interpolating the weights and thresholds.

Up to 7 different sounds can be placed on the fingerboard and sounds in intermediate locations are obtained by morphing between the two nearest sounds. For this app, an advanced virtual analog sound synthesis engine was developed to enable morphing between classic analog and FM synth sounds.

On devices with an A7 processor or higher (iPhone 5S or higher, iPad Air or higher, iPod Touch 6th Gen or higher), you can record what you are playing as a video and share it on social media, via email, or to the device’s camera roll.

For more info and videos – https://www.facebook.com/ChroniumApp

Chronium (AppStore Link) Chronium
Developer: Fritz Menzer
Rated: 4+
Price: $6.99 Download Here

KORG Gadget Le

Posted by Mikers On April - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480 (1)Experience KORG Gadget with a free, lite version.

KORG Gadget Le – the all-in-one music production studio.

*iPhone 6 or later is recommended. 5/5c/4S are not supported due to differences in screen size and CPU speed.

KORG Gadget offers a collection of more than 20* different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets.” These gadgets were designed to assist the user to produce powerful electronic music. The latest version features universal support not only for the iPad, but also for the iPad Pro and the iPhone. The painstaking attention that Korg has given its hardware instruments for more than fifty years has now taken shape as cutting-edge software in the Gadget. It’s the ultimate all-in-one music production studio app.
* The total number of gadgets including in-app purchases etc.

To give a glimpse into the amazing power of KORG Gadget, we have provided KORG Gadget Le – a lite version available free of charge. Although there are limitations to the number of gadgets and tracks that you can use, it’s the easiest way for you to experience mobile music production. The gadgets and functions are expanded if you use “KORG Gadget Le” with Korg Controller products* nano2 series, nano Studio series, or microKEY series.

• The ultimate mobile instruments collection
KORG Gadget Le offers a collection of 3 gadgets. Connecting to a Korg MIDI controller will expand 2 gadgets. KORG Gadget Full version offers a collection of more than 20 gadgets. Each Gadget available contains carefully constructed parameters to bring you the sounds you want. They’re ideal for producing all forms of electronic music. Even inexperienced musicians can enjoy the app as each synth offers a Scale function that makes it virtually impossible to play the wrong notes.

• Design tracks in portrait or landscape. Workflow for any music production task
The greatest feature of KORG Gadget is the user interface. It gives you an ideal music production workflow based mainly on the portrait orientation that you’re familiar with. When you want to focus on specifics, you can smoothly switch to landscape orientation. This app perfectly supports either preference on the iPad, iPhone, or iPad Pro. From song production to sound design, effects, and mixing, all the steps are intuitive and seamless. Experience perfect music production on mobile!

• Share songs to the GadgetCloud to connect with users around the world
Songs that you create using KORG Gadget can be shared on “GadgetCloud,” a music exchange for Gadget users worldwide. By uploading and sharing songs, you can communicate in ways that bypass language barriers, and also improve your skill as a creative artist. On GadgetCloud, you can submit your songs for selection as tracks recommended by Korg, enter various contents, and use the ranking system. You can also upload from Gadget directly to any social networking service such as SoundCloud, Facebook, or Twitter, to name a few.
* GadgetCloud is based on SoundCloud, the cloud service that’s supported by creative artists world-wide.

• Make it come alive with new MIDI controllers. Accelerate the pace of your music production
To customize your needs, you can freely choose a MIDI controller that complements the KORG Gadget. With the nanoKEY/KONTROL Studio, you can step-record and mix wirelessly as setup is automatic, making this easy and convenient. You can also opt to choose the microKEY Air, a compact mini-keyboard that can also connect wirelessly and via the Apple Lightning adapter. By partnering with a MIDI controller that inspires you, you can improve the quality of your music production.

More info at korg.com

KORG Gadget Le (AppStore Link) KORG Gadget Le
Developer: KORG INC.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

Medly – Music Maker

Posted by Mikers On April - 21 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

screen480x480Medly takes a new approach to the way music is made, letting both seasoned and new musicians make epic music. Just pick your instruments and start drawing notes.

READY TO HANDLE YOUR MUSIC
Medly breaks up your song into Sections of 1, 2 or 4 bars. Sections are easily picked up, moved, deleted, copied and pasted. You can also create linked copies, effectively letting you quickly create loops.

UNIVERSAL SUPPORT
Medly works on iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro, and supports Slide Over and Split View.

PEEK & POP AND 3D TOUCH *
Medly has full support for 3D Touch, from Quick Actions on the home screen, to Peek & Pop for our Albums and Songs, and using pressure sensitivity to change the volume of a Note as it’s drawn.

92 INSTRUMENTS
Medly comes with 12 free instruments to start with, and 80 more across a variety of genres, available in the Medly store.

MIXER & EFFECTS
Change the volume of each instrument and apply effects and filters to make your own unique sound. You can even change the volume of individual notes to give your song an extra kick.

PRECISION EDITING
New 32nd notes in Medly lets you create even shorter notes and more precise beats. You can also quickly switch between our simple scale scale and chromatic scale. Alongside changing the volume of individual notes to either quiet, normal or loud.

ADD FADES AND AUTOMATE YOUR TRACKS **
Make your music come to life by adding by automating the volume or effects over time.

SHARE YOUR MUSIC
You can share your music as an audio file, or send your friends a Medly file that they can edit. You can even share an entire album at once.

Medly (AppStore Link) Medly
Developer: Medly Labs Inc.
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download Here

scriptSONIC

Posted by Mikers On March - 18 - 2016 1 COMMENT

If like me, you’re no programmer, this one does look a bit daunting! But it might be just the reason you need to get some scripting experience under your belt!

screen480x480 (8)scriptSONIC is a programmable musical instrument for the iPad. Use it to generate and control interactive musical patterns using simple JavaScript code.

– generate interactive rhythms and phrases
– send and respond to MIDI messages
– explore notes, chords and scales
– manipulate samples and live sound input
– record the results

scriptSONIC combines the open-ended creative power of a programming language with the expressiveness of a touch-screen.

More info – http://www.scriptsonic.com/

Check out this great demo video

scriptSONIC (AppStore Link) scriptSONIC
Developer: Jonathan Mackenzie
Rated: 4+
Price: $9.99 Download Here
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