StepPolyArp MIDI Step Polyphonic Arpeggiator Adds Probability

steppolyarpStepPolyArp – a real-time MIDI arpeggiator for iPad – has been updated with probability for events and more.

The arpeggiator can automatically generate melodic patterns from notes or chords played in real time. StepPolyArp can be used to control MIDI instruments, sequencers like Logic, Cubase, Live, other MIDI sequencers and virtual instruments installed on the same iPad.

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‘Extremely Powerful’ MIDI Step Sequencer, Thesys, Now Available For iPad

thesys-ipadSugar Bytes has released Thesys – an iPad version of their ‘extremely powerful and intuitive’ MIDI step sequencer app.

Thesys provides a versatile palette of performance options, which can be triggered right from your MIDI keyboard: you can transpose, manipulate, twist up, mutate, and mangle patterns without needing to touch your iPad.

You can use Thesys on your iPad to control apps or external hardware or software synths.

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Koushion MIDI Step Sequencer New Features

This video, via Kudzu Creative, demos some of the new features of Koushion, a MIDI step sequencer for the iPad:

Koushion was just updated, adding a host of new features that make it an even more powerful music composition and production tool.

It now has eight independent layers, each with its own MIDI Channel, Scale, Octave, Clock Divider and more.

Each layer can have a different number of scenes (up to eight), making long, evolving patterns possible.

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Doepfer Intros MAQ 16/3 MIDI Analog Sequencer ‘Dark Edition’


Musikmesse 2013: Doepfer has announced the MAQ 16/3 MIDI Analog Sequencer Dark Edition, a special edition of their Analog Sequencer MAQ16/3 with black front panel and rotary knobs designed to match their Dark Energy synthesizers and Dark Time step sequencer.  Continue reading

Loopseque Update Adds Audiobus

loopsequeSoftware sampler & sequencer Loopseque has been updated with Audiobus support.

Key Features:

  • Easy to use sequencer.
  • Sample editor, uploader & browser.
  • Onboard Samples library.
  • Audio effects.
  • Live track recording & loop bouncing.
  • SoundCloud sharing.
  • Project sharing via e-mail.
  • 22 professionally designed electronic sample sets.
  • 14 original project presets.
  • Loopseque Store with new projects and tracks by talented artists.
  • Dropbox Sync and iTunes File Sharing for your own sounds.
  • Audio copy/paste (General Pasteboard with import and export).
  • WIST support for syncing with other iOS music apps.
  • Audiobus support.
  • Master Classes & Tutorials.

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Sequetron – A Keyboard-Controlled Sequencer For Windows

PhiliZound Software’s Sequetron is a Windows MIDI sequencer with a twist:

  • Sequetron is designed as a live instrument for hands-on use, played & controlled from the music keyboard. It runs from startup with no interaction, and converts even the simplest MIDI keyboard or device into a multi-track recording, playback & looping instrument.
  • Sequetron has sequencer-like functions, but is different from other programs as it is controlled using series of music notes called command sequences. In Sequetron, there is no difference between commands and music – they are all sequences, hence the name… it can even control itself.
  • Input can be any MIDI keyboard or device, and the output can be any MIDI device(s) such as synthesizers, drum machines, light displays etc.
  • Sequences can be recorded in real-time or step-time, played back, looped and altered (channel, velocity, pitch, mute etc.), either individually or in any combination, but unlike hardware sequencers, there is no concept of ‘steps’, nor do the sequences have to be monophonic; any notes & chords can be used. They can also be saved to standard MIDI files for further processing by other programs.
  • This hands-on ability to record, play & alter different length sequences starting at different times on-the-fly gives Sequetron an unusual syncopated feel, encouraging you to experiment with overlaying and controlling patterns; even the most basic 1, 2 or 3-note sequences can create something totally unexpected.

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Sequencing Software & Hardware With Genome Sequencer

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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.

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Coming Soon To Genome MIDI Sequencer For iPad

Gnome MIDI Sequencer

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.