Developer John Howes let us know that he’s released a major update to his Strokes application, noting that “what was once just a MIDI sequencer is now a fully-fledged, self-contained instrument/groovebox, featuring 8 samplers, a reverb, and delay.”
Strokes features a collection of seven interconnected modules that interact with one another in real time:
- Grids – 4 x channels of euclidean or step (XOX/TR) rhythm generators
- Logic – 4 x channels of algorithmic rhythm generators
- Matrix – 8 x synchronized per step/stroke parameter modulation sequencers
- Weights – 4 x envelope followers
- Shares – 4 x probability processors using markov chain pattern analysis
- Notes – 7 x pitch presets for sequencing chords, melodies and kit changes
- Patterns – 5 x device wide snapshots / presets
The sequencer is deeply integrated with the samplers, with each sampler featuring:
- amp attack/decay
- adjustable start/end & loop (drag top/bottom half of waveform)
- root note (for tuning the sample)
- multi mode filter lp/bp/hp
- delay & reverb sends
- 4 modulation lanes hooked up to the sequencer
In addition to the new sampler features, there’s Ableton Link integration, cross-platform project sharing and a bundled factory sample pack, with over 100 sounds captured from a Machinedrum, Monomachine & Nord Drum 2.
Pricing and Availability:
Strokes is available now on iOS for £19.99, and on Mac & Windows for £35.
5 thoughts on “Strokes Sequencer For iOS, Mac & Windows Now A Self-Contained Groovebox”
Anyone remember Wolfram Frank’s weird/cool groove machine ios app called Stroke Machine?
Sadly, no longer available.
yes i have it, and its fairly serious software…. has a very Waldorf type sound
But you can still download it if you purchased it when it was available!
Nice work! I can see the point and some benefit in going there. I’ve simply been Logic-centric for so long, this seems more like a tool for an EDM dabbler. Too few tracks, mainly. How amusing, to be into a DAW and then come across as mentally creaky when this kind of more streamlined tool appears. Oh, to be young enough that an iPad contains my first sequencer! Heh!