‘Create’ option for Grooves (create a groove template from a pattern, such as recorded MIDI notes).
File management – Delete, email, Open in… (for opening files in other apps including Dropbox)
Improvements to Zooming – Zooming in and out should work a little better now in general. When zoomed out, the view now smoothly zooms in instead of abruptly zooming
New zoom mode. In additioned to the standard ‘fixed’ zoom (where X and Y scale is locked together), there’s an ‘advanced’ mode that lets you zoom X and Y are independently zoomable.
OMAC App Fast switch – This allows you to quickly switch between compatible apps (not every app supports this yet) via a menu in Genome. The button for this is on the sequencer page.
Important Change: Genome’s virtual port is no longer ‘on’ by default. You have to enable it via the config menu. The reason for this is that this is a frequent point of confusion for users. Having a virtual port can lead to issues where apps get connected twice (resulting in doubled tempos and other weird cases). It’s only necessary for Genome to have a virtual MIDI port when other apps don’t have one of their own. Only a few apps _don’t_ have virtual ports (such as Animoog), but for the majority of apps you won’t need it on.
Bugfixes and stability improvements
Not in 1.1.0 but being worked on:
MIDI Learn (for binding controllers to Patterns and Song steps) – I had wanted to get this in 1.1.0, but there are important bug fixes that need to get out now. This will be one of the first things I implement for the next update.
Developer White Noise Audio Software has announced an update to Genome MIDI Sequencer for the iPad.
Here’s what’s coming to Genome 1.0.6:
One of the biggest improvements is the new scrolling gesture for the Pattern editor. The pattern editor has been rewritten to handle smooth scrolling and zooming using the two-finger gesture. Fans of the old navigation still have the option of of using the ‘View snapping’ option which keeps the view aligned to a bar, octave, and one of the set zoom levels. Otherwise, you can smoothly scroll and zoom as you please.
The other major improvement that went into the Pattern Editor is support for Scales. You can now pick from one of the many pre-defined scales (or make your own) which will limit the visible notes to just notes in the scale. This will make entering notes much more easy and fun. It’s also nice if you have a drum machine that only responds to certain notes. When picking a new scale, you’ll have the option to rescale your existing notes to the new scale.
We’ve also added draggable buttons to adjust the length of whatever notes you have selected, and also a quick delete button to delete the selected notes. This is a little more intuitive than having to click ‘cut’, and the length adjuster makes it easier to fix mistakes without having to start over. Additional toolbar elements are planned.
Finally, we’ve also added a quick way to toggle off snapping to the grid. Users could previously set the grid resolution high if they wanted to do ‘off grid’ stuff, but this button makes it much easier to accomplish.
There will also be a host of small graphical improvements to the Pattern Editor. Among them: CC dots are now color coded to make it easier to distinguish them and fonts are also bigger for the Note names.
It looks like White Noise has incorporated the feedback of Synthtopia readers into their development roadmap. That’s great to see – and they also note that they’ve got ‘much more planned’.
Genome is ‘on the way’ but is not showing up in the App Store yet.
White Noise Audio Software has published their roadmap for development of Genome MIDI Sequencer for 2012.
Here’s what’s on the preliminary set of goals for 2012:
Revamp Pattern Editor controls, make usability improvements. Additional options and better scrolling for the piano roll. This may include easier ways to toggle the grid, swing, and more editing controls (such as quick ways to modify note length, etc).
Add file management. Must haves would be the ability to email a file and delete files. Nice to haves would be drop box support and ‘open in app’ support for midi files.
Add virtual instrument tracks. A big goal of mine is adding a modular synthesis environment to Genome. This would allow people the flexibility to mix on board synths with external MIDI gear and apps.
Add more OMAC stuff (such as a mixer that sends MIDI Vol / Pan, and an app quick launch bar)
The ability to control GMS itself using MIDI, such as triggering patterns via midi
and of course bug fixes and stability improvements
I’d like to see White Noise try to mature the state of multitouch music sequencing, before they tackle virtual instruments and try to make Genome more DAW-like. Genome is already a very interesting sequencer, but its actual MIDI capabilities are very limited compared to other MIDI sequencer from the last 25 years.
If you’re a Genome user, what changes would you like to see in 2012?
White Noise Audio Software has announced an update to Genome MIDI Sequencer.
Genome MIDI Sequencer is coming soon and will bring support for running the app in the background, letting you tweak synths while sequences run.
Here’s what’s new in Genome MIDI Sequencer 1.0.2:
Genome MIDI Sequencer will be getting background support, improved CC drawing and fixes to MIDI recording.
With ‘background’ support, Genome can continue to run in the background while sending midi sequences to other apps like NLog PRO and Sunrizer. Additionally, you can record notes and CC’s from those apps while you play.
Realistically, users can expect to be able to control 2-4 other background apps at once before hitting the limit of what the iPad can do. More than that will probably require better hardware (iPad 3 anyone?). Still, it’s a step in the right direction.
The update isn’t a huge one – but will bring some features that are going to be very welcome to anyone that wants to run this with synths on the same iPad.