This is a quick tutorial, via jimmclaren1, that demonstrates his approach to MIDI sequencing both hardware and software synths using Genome Sequencer on the iPad.
White Noise Audio have released a new version of Genome MIDI Sequencer, their multitouch sequencing app for the iPad.
Here’s what’s new in Genome MIDI Sequencer 1.6:
- New: Continuous scrolling
- New: Scales
- New Options: View snapping, note echoing in Pat Ed.
- Added MIDI panic button
- ‘Envelope Draw’ mode for modifying length, velocity, and timing
- Added selection toolbar for modifying note length, quickly deleting selected notes. More options are planned
- Removed quantize config item, use Snap button in Pattern Editor instead
- Fixed various selection issues and inconsistencies
- Triplet status now gets saved in Pattern info
- Added UI button for no snapping
- CC select by Value
- Bug fix: Saving the song on leaving the app will now occur in a background task
- Usability: Popup windows allow click outside to close
- Added URL scheme launching of Genome
- Added snap size text on UI
- Fixed selection / undo / copy / paste crash bug
- Show +/on pitch bend line
- Added color coding on CC’s
- Fixed inability to delete notes outside of the pattern
- Made it easier to tap tiny zoomed out notes (for delete / drag)
The new version improves usability and also should make creating and experimenting with sequences faster.
It seems like the developer is listening to user feedback at Synthtopia, so let them know what you want to see!
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.
This video, via Discchord, takes a look at the current state of the art of combined sequencing & synthesis on the iPad, with Genome, Sunrizer, Bassline, Molten & MoDrum.
While the demo would be pretty basic if it were being done on a desktop workstation, the development of this level of connectivity between multiple music apps on iOS is very new. See the August posts on the Open Music App Collaboration Manifesto and the the future of iOS music. An impressive amount of work has been done in getting iOS music apps working togethering in the last month and a half.
What do you think of the current state of iOS as a music platform? And does the platform need more desktop DAW capabilities, or do you think it needs to evolve in a different direction?
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.
This is a sneak preview of the White Noise Audio Genome MIDI Sequencer For iPad.
Genome MIDI Sequencer (GMS) is a pattern based MIDI sequencer. You can use it to sequence single patterns or an entire 16-track song. It can sync to your drum machines and arpeggiators by sending and receiving MIDI clock messages. General MIDI files can also be exported and imported for integration with desktop apps.
- CoreMIDI, Line6 Mobilizer Mk I & II compatible
- Supports Network MIDI
- Sends and Receives MIDI Clock Sync, Start and Stop events
- Also sends Note On, Note Off, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Channel Pressure and CC’s
- Pattern Based, pattern changes occur on bar boundaries so song stays in sync
- On screen keyboard interface
- Up to 16 simultaneous tracks, unlimited number of patterns
- Song / live modes
- Record incoming CC’s and Notes
- Undo / redo for most actions