2017
02/08
MIDISTEP UPDATE IS PACKED WITH FEATURES
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Wicked new update for midiSTEP!! midiSTEPs is a powerful and fun MIDI step sequencer app that sends MIDI note and CC messages to other music apps and external synthesizers. It was designed to be super easy to use in a way that’s similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you’re ready to hit play and hear your sequence. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences.

What’s New in Version 1.5.0
iOS 10 update
Added Ableton Link support
Added AU effects support
Added multiple audio outs via AB or IAA
Added email/airdrop set sharing
Added Bluetooth MIDI support
Added MIDI program change support
Added AU/CC parameter lock midi map
Added ability to trigger steps with midi note or other notes from other part
Added more per step probability options: skip, tie, accent, reset
Changed randomize pattern to use only visible keys for better results
Bug fixes and minor improvements

midiSTEPs was designed from the ground up as a touch-based iPad sequencer app, so it’s super easy and intuitive to enter, edit and play sequences.

midiSTEPs features:
64 step sequencer based on the classic SH-101 sequencer
Set note, chord or rest per step
Set accent and tie per step
Set CC, velocity, length parameters per step
Mute and skip individual steps
Probability options for individual steps
Set start and end points within sequence
Edit individual steps
Transpose, loop or one shot, start and pattern sync options
Four independent sequencer parts with 16 patterns each per set
Parts can have different speeds, lengths, sync and trigger options
Pattern Mix page with clip-launcher style pattern triggering
External MIDI clock sync with clock shift adjustments and swing
Ableton Link syncing support
Easy to set up CoreMIDI configuration and MIDI mapping
Easy to use touch interface designed specifically for iPad
Audio Unit instrument and effect hosting of external apps for easy, powerful synthesis within midiSTEPs

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2015
12/24
Midisteps MIDI Sequencer Supports AU Audio Units
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midiSTEPs

As of today (the day I’m posting this) Midisteps is the second app to host AU Audio Unit extensions. One advantage using AU instead of Coremidi is that with AU you can use multiple instances of an AU app for example in this case you can get up to four iSEM synths running at once!

midiSTEPs is a powerful and fun MIDI step sequencer app that sends MIDI note and CC messages to other music apps and external synthesizers. It was designed to be super easy to use in a way that’s similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you’re ready to hit play and hear your sequence. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences.

midiSTEPs was designed from the ground up as a touch-based iPad sequencer app, so it’s super easy and intuitive to enter, edit and play sequences.

What’s New in Version 1.1

New:
Set random trigger probability, per step
Set randomization of velocity and length of notes, per part
Keyboard can be limited to a major or minor scale
Keyboard goes two octaves lower
Auto-hold option for press step screen, set in Settings app
Audiobus

Bonus feature: AU Extension hosting!

iSem and Midisteps Audio Unit

Please note:
– this is an experimental feature for a new iOS 9 API, keep expectations in check
– that said, it’s a whole lot of fun…
– there is currently only one released synthesizer AU Extension, iSEM
– you can run multiple instances of iSEM within midiSTEPs, automate parameters per step, and more
– AU extension effects are not currently supported, just synths
– certain things can sometimes cause clicks with iSEM: fast runs of notes, ties with some patches, etc
– if using multiple AU parts, use the audio mixer popup to lower individual parts and overall volume to avoid clipping
– experiment with audio buffer size, other AU extensions when they’re released, recording via AB and let me know what works and what doesn’t
– this is a step towards the future but it’s not ready for your live set yet… experiment in your spare time and have fun

Legacy midiSTEPs features:
64 step sequencer based on the classic SH-101 sequencer
Set note, chord or rest per step
Set accent and tie per step
Set CC, velocity, length parameters per step
Mute and skip individual steps
Set start and end points within sequence
Edit individual steps
Transpose, loop or one shot, start and pattern sync options
Four independent sequencer parts with 16 patterns each per set
Parts can have different speeds, lengths, sync and trigger options
Pattern Mix page with clip-launcher style pattern triggering
External MIDI clock sync with clock shift adjustments and swing
Easy to set up CoreMIDI configuration and MIDI mapping
Easy to use touch interface designed specifically for iPad

midiSTEPs

2015
10/14
FL Studio Mobile IAA Animoog Midi Sequence
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FL Studio Mobile For iPad

App Attack Ep 003 “FL Studio Mobile IAA Animoog Midi Sequence” – Lots of viewers are asking if I would use an iPad when composing for TV shows. I have songs in several TV shows and I do use the iPad from time to time to get ideas started. My favorite app for sequencing midi sequences is FL Studio Mobile. I just really like the piano roll and editing features. They just make sense to me. I also like using IAA (Inter App Audio) when using FL Studio Mobile. IAA is Apple’s proprietary method of routing apps internally. I slammed this little jam down in about 20 minutes. I was inspired by a preset in Animoog. It was used subtly. Other sounds were from the FL Studio Mobile synth.

Download the loops I created in this video here: http://ipadloops.com/free-loops/ipadloops_com_suspense.zip

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FL Studio Mobile HD allows you to create and save complete multi-track music projects on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. You can even load the FL Studio Mobile projects into the ‘FL Studio Desktop PC’ version* and take them to the next level.

If it’s a beat on the step sequencer, a melody on the piano roll or a full song on the playlist, FL Studio Mobile has you covered. Never lose that idea again. Get it down and happening wherever you are.

FEATURES
• MiniSynth with 70 presets
• 133 high quality instruments, drum kits & sliced-loop beats
• In-app shop with 7 sample packs (250 instruments/kits), 2 of them are free
• All instruments have FL Studio desktop counterparts for FL Studio desktop import and extension
• Step sequencer for fast percussion programming and sliced-loop reworking
• Configurable virtual piano-keyboard
• Drum pads
• Audio tracks: audio recording (with monitoring), iPod library import, wav/mp3/aac import, AudioCopy & AudioPaste
• Wave editor: cut, trim, normalize, reverse, insert silence, fade in/out (3 curves)
• Record up to 24 channels simultaneously with CoreAudio (class compliant) hardware
• Background audio playback and recording
• Browser with preview button and logical sorting into Instruments, Synths, Drum kits & Loops
• Sampling: custom kits and instruments can be created from wav/mp3 files, AudioPaste, .zip and .instr files (created with FL Studio desktop)
• Pan, volume, release and attack time configurable per instrument
• Pitch bend via accelerometer
• Low-latency, iOS-optimized, high quality, battery-friendly audio engine
• Drum loops and sliced loops ready to start your project with a cool beat
• Extensive effect routing: independent track, send and global effects
• 10 Effects: Reverb, Delay, EQ, Filter, Amp, Phaser, Bit Crusher, Compressor, Limiter, Stereo Widener
• 99 track sequencer and intuitive editing options
• Per-track mute, solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment
• Edit at the level of tracks, bars or down to individual notes
• Piano roll editor for manual entry of note & chord sequence data or detailed editing of recorded performances
• Unlimited undo and redo for all editable screens
• Metronome with tempo & time-signature settings
• Intuitive positioning of screens with the slide gesture and resize with the pinch gesture
• Save and load your songs, export to WAV and AAC
• MIDI file import/export
• SoundCloud and Dropbox upload
• Email export, iCloud Drive, AudioCopy, iTunes file sharing and an integrated WiFi server
• Audiobus support (input & output)
• Inter-App Audio audio recording, instruments and effects
• In-app user manual
• Retina Display graphics
• Compatible with: CoreMIDI (MIDI in and out), Virtual MIDI, Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer I & II, iRig, iRig Mic, iRig MIDI, Yamaha i-MX1, Apogee Jam, Blue Mikey, Alesis IO Dock, iConnectMIDI, Line 6 Mobile Keys, Line 6 Mobile In, Tascam iU2 and many more.

FL Studio Mobile

Interested in Animoog? http://ipadloops.com/moog-animoog-v2-ipad-synthesizer/

2015
10/08
Fugue Machine Baroque and Serialism For iPad
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Fugue Machine Baroque and Serialism For iPad

FUGUE MACHINE is like “Bach In A Box”. It is a musical tool inspired by composition techniques used in Baroque music and Serialism — e.g. Bach’s canons and fugues, and Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique. The idea was to design a tool to manipulate a melody’s speed, direction, and pitch, as well as play multiple variations of the melody simultaneously.

As it turned out, the best implementation for this was to reimagine one of the most fundamental building blocks of all music sequencers: the piano roll.

Fugue Machine

THE PIANO ROLL, REIMAGINED.

FUGUE MACHINE is the world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a musical sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches. You see the playheads dance over the music sequence, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.

It’s mesmerizing.

Fogue Machine

2015
10/07
Olympia Noise Co Patterning Update 1-0-4
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Olympia Noise Co Patterning

Patterning is a deep and flexible drum machine unlike any you’ve encountered before. With its elegant circular interface, Patterning transforms the iPad into a seriously inspiring tool for making beats. Most are aware that I am a HUGE fan of Patterning AND also a content developer for the app. My recent kit “Dj Puzzle Funkstep” was announced in this update and I am so happy to be part of it. Olympia Noise Co is a master of crafting ingenuity for the touch screen. Olympia Noise have a consistent track record for producing some of the most useful and interesting apps. Chordion, Ondes, and dot Melody set the bar high and they did not disappoint following up with their latest app Patterning.

What’s New in Version 1.0.4

Important! Patterning will update the database on first launch. This may take up to a minute or two to complete. Hang tight!

Patterning by Olympia Noise

Sample Library
• Deleting samples is now possible. Tap “EDIT” in the sample library then select the samples you’d like to delete.
• Batch import of samples from iTunes File Sharing as an import option. Drag your samples / folders into Patterning’s iTunes Files Sharing Documents folder, then choose the import option to quickly move all your samples into your library.
• Ability to rename samples.
• Crop to new sample. Use sample start/end points as crop points for a new sample!
• Added sample use policy. See “i” on help screen.
• Improvements to sample search speed.
• Improvements to memory usage, particularly when using large samples on multiple tracks.
• Fixed a bug that could cause the app to crash with certain (long) audio files.
• Fixed bug which caused CHH and OHH sample folders to be swapped.
• Added warning for loading large audio files (> 5 MB)

Other fixes & additions
• Fixed some issues with scrolling and zooming in timeline.
• Fixed bug which caused MIDI note names in lowest octave to be incorrectly displayed.
• Stability improvements
• Added cancel option when deleting songs.
• Added cancel option when opening/creating new song.
• Fixed bug which could cause Patterning to be unable to launch in Inter App Audio host apps.
• Fixed bug which caused MIDI Clock to send even when disabled.
• Added “Send Always” option for MIDI clock sync.
• Use “Open In” from other apps to import custom artwork for your drumkit.
• Renamed “EUCLIDEAN MODE” to “DIVIDE MODE” to avoid confusion.

Updates
• Updated to latest version of Audiobus (2.2.2)
• Updated to latest version of the Spectacular Sync Engine.
• Minor fixes for iOS9.

Patterning

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