2018
02/18
ChordBud Chord MIDI Sequencer
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ChordBud is an all in one app that combines most important concepts when sketching a song. You have tons of scales, their harmonic fields, option to choose triads, 7th and extended chords with their inversions, most common chord progressions with the ability to creating your custom progressions and even notes if you want to sketch a melody or bass, all under your hand.

New features recap:
– History (undo/redo up to 10 steps)
– Multiple input editing (Hold your finger on the timetable for a second to drag-to-select tool)
– Custom duration for sequencer (It was auto-calculated based on the longest track in your sequence, now you can set it on the timetable with range pointer)
– Change octave for the individual inputs (Used to be all inputs share the same octave in the same track and only can change from the track settings. Long press an input for the “octave change” menu item)
– Chord inversions

ChordBud does not generate sound but has a built-in MIDI sequencer that sends MIDI to other MIDI-enabled apps in your iOS device, connected MIDI hardware and CoreMIDI enabled software on your Mac or PC via network session. It auto-detects available MIDI destinations and lets you choose which one you want to connect. Also, it supports Ableton Link as well!

You can add up to 16 tracks to your projects, add chords or notes to your tracks and assign different MIDI channels to them and sketch your ideas into a real song.

Lots of scales, chord progressions, harmonic fields, triads, tetrads and extended chords with rich editing features are waiting for you to create your next awesome song.

ChordBud also offers its core components open sourced on GitHub. Feel free to fork them, send a pull request to make it better, open an issue to share your ideas or give them a star if you like them.

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2018
02/01
SimpliChords Progression Builder
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simpliChords is a simple and intuitive scales, chords, voicings and progressions library. Just select your key and all informations you need will be shown on virtual keyboard. With just a single button you can listen how a chord sounds! Moreover, simpliChords lets you send everything you play to external instrument via MIDI interface.

Progression builder! Compose your own chord progressions!

Features:

– 35 most popular music scales
– 54 chord types
– 29 awesome chord voicings
– 71 chord progressions effective in many genres
– progression builder
– interactive circle of fifths
– rich realistic piano sound
– MIDI
– simple and intuitive user interface

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2017
12/16
ChordFlow Update With Melody Tracks
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ChordFlow is a songwriting sketchpad that will help you create amazing chord progressions and melodies for your songs fast and easily

What’s New in Version 2.1.0
=== MELODY TRACKS ===
Each song section can now have up to 4 melody tracks in addition to 4 arpeggio tracks that we had already. So you can now create complete song ideas with chord progressions, arpeggios, and melodies. Melodies are edited in the separate(from arpeggio) grid. You can specify scale of the melody grid and configure the length and the rate parameters. The chords that you configured in the chord progression editor will be shown in the melody grid view below the note grid. And also for more convenience, chord notes will be highlighted with grey rounded bars allowing you to see which notes of the melody matches the corresponding chord.

=== NEW TRACK CONTROL PANEL ===
There is now a track control panel in the main view, at the bottom, where you can specify destination of each track and mute/solo individual tracks. This settings are now stored individually for each song.

=== LOOP REGIONS IN ARPEGGIO AND MELODY EDITOR ===
You can now loop a region when you are in the arpeggio or melody editor. To add a loop region, tap on the timeline bar above the note grid. After that, the loop with the default length of 4 steps will be added. You can then move the loop region around dragging it by its center or you can stretch and squeeze it by dragging it by its ends. To remove the loop region just tap on it again. The loop region is only active while you are in the editor view. When you move back to the main view, the loop is automatically removed.

=== OTHER CHANGES ===
– Remove(Trash) button in arpeggio and melody editors now removes only the selected track. And there is no moro annoying confirm. If you tap remove button accidentally, you can restore the deleted track with the undo button.

– Line tool and delete tool behaviour changed a little. Before this update, when you started to draw a line or delete a region, you could only extend the already drown region. Now it behaves more expectedly. If you have drawn a line further than you needed you can no move back to make it smaller

– Arpeggio grid max length increased to from 32 to 64 steps.

– Color scheme changed. After introducing 4 new colors for melody tracks, I decided to switch to more neutral background colors, as it was not looking very good on the original blue schema.

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2017
08/30
Navichord Update Audiobus 3
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Navichord is a musical instrument and a songwriting tool making music theory a breeze. Are you struggling with chords for your track? Get inspired and start writing chords like a pro with Navichord.

What’s New in Version 2.6.2
Added the “Presets” toolbar button for quick access
Added a separate section for dominant seventh chords
Added more chords types (46 in total)
Upgraded to the latest Audiobus library
Instagram profile link
Fixed the issue with saving the “Show chord on grid” option
Fixed an occasional crash issue when selecting a chord from the picker
Chinese translation reverted to English
Minor bugfixes here and there

Create lush chord progressions.
Loop progressions in sync with other apps.
Trigger chords from your MIDI footswitch.

FEATURES

• Play simple chords (minor, major) with one finger from any root
• Play complex chords (sevenths, ninths) with just two or three fingers from any root
• Play 28 musical scales from any key
• Compose easily with Roman numeral chord names
• Use the same chord shape for any root
• Discover interesting chord progressions
• Find chords matching a melody
• Find a melody matching chords
• Learn chord structure from the piano keyboard and play along
• Quick save discovered chords to chord pads
• Save chord progressions
• Find chords matching selected scale

Ableton Link:
• Loop progressions in sync with many apps supporting Ableton Link

Audiobus and Inter App Audio:
• Record to GarageBand, Loopy, Beatmaker 2 and many more

MIDI support:
• Connect to soft synths via virtual MIDI (Animoog, Thumbjam, Magellan, Sampletank and many more)
• Connect to hardware synths and external keyboards
• Send MIDI control messages from keys and pads

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2015
12/03
Klimper Helps You Discover Chords And Notes
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Klimper

klimper shows scales and chords as markings on the keyboard, enabling you to improvise fluently even on complex chords and scales you don’t have internalized yet. With Klimper you can find scales and chords by a given set of notes with ease. klimper also shows suitable chords based on what you are playing on the keyboard.

Klimper

— create chord progressions —
just drag and drop chords to your idea space to create chord progressions, harmonize your ideas by inverting chords

— store and share your ideas —
save your ideas for later use or send it to other musicians by e-mail

MIDI-Out is available as an In-App-Purchase.

Klimper

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