Little MIDI Machine 3 Adds Modular Sequencing Power & Is Still Free!

Synthetic Bits has updated Little MIDI Machine, its software step sequencer for iOS, adding modular sequencing power, plus Virtual MIDI support.

Little MIDI Machine is designed to give you the step sequencing power of a hardware analog sequencer on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. It lets you program two independent sequencers that send note and velocity MIDI data out on two MIDI channels to control your synthesizers.

Here’s what’s new in Little MIDI Machine 3:

  • Virtual MIDI and background audio support, so you can sequence other synth apps
  • Two sequences for iPhone/Touch version
  • MIDI input support, enter sequence notes or transpose on the fly
  • New supersequence feature lets you create 64 step sequences
  • Sequence note length per step, just like pitch and velocity
  • Un-link pitch, velocity and length parts so they run independently
  • Improved MIDI routing and configuration
  • Variable MIDI latency setting
  • Footswitch start/stop
  • OMAC fast switch support to quickly switch to other apps
  • Option to clear sequence with random data
  • Misc bug fixes and improvements

New iPad MIDI Step Sequencer, Phaedra, A ‘Bad Boy’

Phaedra iPad MIDI Sequencer

Chris Randall shared this sneak preview of his ‘bad boy’ software step sequencer, Phaedra.

Phaedra is an “analog” style four-channel MIDI sequencer for the iPad. The design of the Phaedra step sequencer is inspired by the Moon Modular 568 Quad Sequential Trigger Source.

Here’s what Randall has to say about Phaedra:

I still have a long way to go, but it is coming along nicely. Each step has note, velocity, gate time, and a pair of MIDI CCs of your choosing. I haven’t yet coded in the chaining feature, but it’ll be able to do 4 x 32, 2 x 64, and 1 x 128 modes. The steps can be 32nd note, 16th note, 8th trips, and 8th note, and each “bus” can run in arbitrary lengths. The “Live Control” knobs on the left can be used to modify one of the four destinations.

I haven’t yet conquered “MIDI background mode,” as used by many iPad synth apps, but I hope to include it, as well as Korg’s WIST. It already does normal hardware MIDI and Network MIDI fine, though, and can clock, or be clocked from, an external source.

No release date has been announced, but Randall says that he hopes to have work on it wrapped up by Christmas.

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Free Analog-Style MIDI Sequences

Free MIDI Sequences

Alan Stuart at AudioVapor sends word of his latest collection of free MIDI step sequences:

I have released a third pack of 50 free 16-step analog-style MIDI sequences suitable for electro, acid, trance, house & techno productions.


50 loops per pack. Will work in all DAWs that use MIDI. These files are royalty-free to use in your own commercial or private compositions. Use at your own risk. Files may not be distributed in any form without permission.

You can download Audiovapor MIDI Sequence Pack One, Two and Three via Stuart’s site.

Free MIDI Sequences

Free MIDI SequenceAudioVapor has released MIDI Sequence Pack One, a collection of step-sequence style 16-step MIDI loops, suitable for electro, techno & house basslines and melodies.

50 loops per pack. Will work in all DAWs that use MIDI.

The files are royalty-free to use in your own compositions.

Files may not be distributed in any form without permission.

Download from the AudioVapor site.

The Doepfer Dark Time Sequencer

Here’s a demo of the Doepfer Dark Time step sequencer, from Musikmesse 2011.

The Doepfer Dark Time is an analog sequencer, designed as an add-on for the Dark Energy synthesizer, but also to be used with other MIDI, USB or CV/gate equipment.

While the Dark Time step sequencer has been out a while, this video, via Sonic State, captures Dieter Doepfer himself explaining the details of its functions.

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Berlin School Synth Jamming On The DSI Prophet ’08

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Here’s another Sunday Synth Jam that focuses on exploring the possibilities of a single instrument, in this case, a Dave Smith Instruments Prophet ’08 module.

The track, by Arjen Schat, explores Berlin School style sequencing. Details below. Continue reading