RouteMIDI Audio Unit
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Route midi to external gear in Garageband with RouteMIDI

RouteMIDI, in conjunction with a DAW such as Garageband, will allow you to create tracks that will use any of your external MIDI synthesizers for that track, as alternate to instruments etc. built into the DAW. Use external MIDI gear with Garageband and this app!

Use external midi gear with Garageband

For each track that you select RouteMIDI as it’s Audio Unit, you will be able to browse through whatever external devices are connected. Then, you may optionally direct the MIDI to any of the standard 16 Channels so that Multi-Timbral units are supported.

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Ribn 2 Midi Controller
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Ribn is a MIDI controller with 8 assignable ribbons. What makes Ribn unique is its ability to record and loop your finger movement. This allows you to add organic repeating modulation to your synths and effects, kind of like complex LFOs. You can assign a unique MIDI channel and CC# to each ribbon. As long as your gear responds to MIDI CC messages you will be able to control it with Ribn.

Version History
Sep 4, 2018 Version 2.0

• Add names to your ribbons
• Toggle looping per ribbon
• Choose any number of ribbons between 1 and 8
• Full screen mode
• Switch between 3 sets of configurations using presets
• MIDI works in the background
• iPad landscape mode
• iOS 10 support
• Select multiple MIDI outputs
• Bluetooth pairing from within the app

• 8 MIDI CC ribbon pads
• Add modulation to your MIDI hardware synths, effects, eurorack modulars, drum machines, etc.
• Configurable MIDI channel and CC# per ribbon
• You can name each ribbon to help you identify what parameter it’s controlling
• Turn off looping on individual ribbons to turn them into regular sliders
• Choose any number of ribbons between 1 and 8
• Full screen mode (removes navigation bar to help you focus)
• Switch between 3 sets of configurations using presets
• MIDI sending works while the app is in the background
• iPad landscape mode
• Select multiple MIDI outputs
• Ribbons record and loop your finger movement
• Use a wired MIDI interface, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
• All settings are saved automatically
• Works with external hardware as well as other iOS synths
• Works on iPhone (including iPhone X) and iPad starting with iOS 10

• Control hardware MIDI synths parameters like the filter cutoff frequency, resonance, oscillator octave, etc.
• Control any soft synth in Ableton Live (or your favorite DAW) by connecting your iOS device to your Mac via Wi-Fi and choosing “Session 1” as the MIDI output in Ribn.
• Control your Eurorack modules by running Ribn through a MIDI to CV converter.
• Control other iOS synths like the Moog Model 15 or Arturia iSEM.
• Control drum machines and effects. For example, try controlling the room size of a reverb effect unit with a looping ribbon or the snappiness of a snare drum on a drum machine. The possibilities are endless.
• Daisy chain your MIDI hardware using MIDI Thru ports and assign each ribbon to a different MIDI channel. This way you can control more than one piece of hardware at a time. For example, you can assign the first 4 ribbons to a synth and the last 4 to an effect unit.

• Connect your MIDI gear (like a synth) to your iOS device using a MIDI interface (wired or bluetooth)
• Launch Ribn and select your MIDI interface in the settings page.
• Find out which CC# and MIDI channel your gear responds to (usually at the end of the manual) and enter this information in RIbn’s edit view.
• Slide your finger on a ribbon to send CC values and control the parameters on your MIDI gear.

• MIDI is just the way electronic musical instruments talk to each other.
• CC (Continuous Controller) is just a way to control various parameters using MIDI. For example, a synth’s filter cutoff frequency can be controlled using a MIDI CC signal.

** NOTE **
• Ribn is a MIDI controller and doesn’t produce any sounds. To use Ribn you must connect it to a device that responds to MIDI CC signals (check your gear’s manual to be sure).
• Ribn doesn’t send note data, it only sends CC signals (you can’t play melodies with it, but you can control various parameters like synthesizer filters, or effects settings).
• To connect your iOS device to MIDI gear you will need to buy a MIDI interface. A MIDI interface typically connects to your iOS lightning port and provides standard MIDI DIN ports to connect to your hardware. There are also bluetooth MIDI interfaces that connect wirelessly. Alternatively, you can connect to your Mac over Wi-Fi and control software synths that way. This setup is a little more complex but totally doable (I’ve tested controlling Ableton Live plugins over Wi-Fi with Ribn and it worked perfectly).
• Audiobus and AUv3 are not supported at this time. However, you can still control other iOS synths by routing the internal MIDI ports and having Ribn run in the background.

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Xequence Update Audiobus 3 Support
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Xequence is a highly professional, fast & stable MIDI sequencer, arranger & controller for iPhone & iPad.

What’s New
Version History
Aug 28, 2018 Version 1.8


– SIDEBAR: Audiobus sidebar for switching between connected apps, with access to all Xequence transport controls (Play, Stop (the Rewind icon) and Record) from any other Audiobus app.

– SYNCHRONIZATION: Full synchronization (Start, Stop, Tempo, Phase). Please note that Ableton Link has to be enabled in Xequence, all participating apps, and Audiobus.

– MIDI OUT: 16 Audiobus MIDI Out ports for connecting up to 16 Xequence instruments to 16 separate Audiobus MIDI lanes or apps. Displays connected apps’ names inside Xequence.

– COMPATIBILITY NOTE: Some apps hosted in Audiobus as a MIDI receiver might not work correctly due to implementation issues in these apps. In these cases, please send the MIDI directly to the app (do not put the target app on Audiobus’ MIDI screen. Instead, put it as a source on the Audio screen and select the app itself as the MIDI Destination on Xequence’s instruments screen). This problem can only be fixed by the receiver app developers.

– MIDI IN: Audiobus MIDI In port for recording the MIDI output of other Audiobus apps. (all input will currently be merged to a single track, i.e. multitrack MIDI recording is not yet supported, but will be in a future update.)

– MIDI THRU: Xequence’s usual MIDI Thru will also work inside Audiobus, passing whatever is received from the MIDI lane OR from any other source selected in Xequence’s settings to the current track’s instrument, which can be an Audiobus destination, hardware, OR another app.

– STATE SAVING AND RESTORE: Xequence will save the current project, including all modifications done since the last save, in the Audiobus preset, and restore it when a preset is recalled.

– MIDI MERGE: Xequence merges all MIDI input both from the Audiobus lane AND any other MIDI sources, both hardware and software, and can record it or send it to the current track’s instrument (MIDI Thru).

– Please note that Audiobus MIDI and State Saving still are very new and evolving technologies, and you may encounter issues which are caused by problems in third-party apps. However, please do let us know if you have a problem that you suspect might be due to a Xequence bug, and we’re happy to investigate.


– MIDI Input has been cleaned up: The “Any” source has been replaced by “Xequence Destination” and can be enabled alongside the other available sources. To send MIDI to “Xequence Destination”, most apps have a menu that will list “Xequence Destination” so you can send to it. Of course, the other way around (Xequence actively connects to other sources) is still available by enabling one of the other sources in the “Select MIDI sources” panel.
– Better contrast for instrument colors in “Light” theme.
– Pianoroll: When switching between note and velocity editing, scroll and zoom are now preserved.
– Various optimizations.


– Pianoroll: Fix vertical scrolling of keys on the left sometimes not in sync with scroll position of editor.
– Pianoroll: Fix slightly wrong vertical zoom in Drum editor mode when using “Zoom All” with the ruler enabled and “Ruler Auto-Dismiss” disabled.
– Keyboard: Fix sliders with “Return” option sometimes not returning to their zero position.

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StreamByter MIDI Processor AU
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StreamByter MIDI Processor AU
StreamByter is a plugin for creating custom MIDI effects. It can be used as an Apple Audio Unit (AU) effect or as a standalone app connected via CoreMIDI virtual ports. StreamByter is ported from our acclaimed MidiFire MIDI processing environment.

An iOS device (minimum iOS 11) and a suitable AU host app such as AUM, apeMatrix, Cubasis or Sequencism is required to use the AU variant. To use with CoreMIDI, a routing app like MidiFire is recommended and an iOS device with at least iOS 8 is required.

Use StreamByter to:

– Extend the MIDI processing functionality of any AU host.
– Remap channels, notes, controllers (anything MIDI)
– Filter MIDI events coarsely or finely
– Clone or Delay any event
– Send any event automatically when plugin is loaded
– Create complex effects using programming concepts like conditionals, loops, variables (including array, timing and random), and math operators.

StreamByter is configured using a textual rules ‘language’ that defines how the effect should operate. Please see the support link to go to our website for full details.

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ArpBud MIDI Sequencer + More
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ArpBud has two main sequencers: the interval sequencer and the pitch sequencer, with unlimited number of steps for both. You can design your arpeggios by interval values in interval sequencer. And you can drive your arpeggios with a pitch sequencer by applying the pitch to each interval value of the interval sequence. Every step of pitch sequencer has its own interval sequencer. So, you are free to work on a single arpeggio as well as multiple arpeggios.

You can set the pitch bend, modulation and portamento MIDI control change values for interval sequencer steps. Also, you can set the rate, volume and loop count for each pitch sequencer step. You can copy/paste steps in between. And you can load other sequencers you have in your other projects.

You can set the layout of your projects and set the behavior of the knobs, or touch control gestures from the settings menu. It works for every screen sizes of iPhones and iPads. If you have an iPad user, you can take advantage of the split view feature and place both ArpBud and your audio MIDI app in one screen for working on them at the same time.

You can drive your favorite audio MIDI apps on your iOS or Mac/PC, like Garageband, Ableton Live, FMPlayer, Model 15 etc. ArpBud also supports Audiobus MIDI, IAA and Ableton Link for fitting into your current workflow. When you are not sequencing, if you have enabled any MIDI input (Audiobus MIDI app, connected hardware or other MIDI sending apps) for ArpBud, it will sequence the currently active interval sequencer for the playing MIDI input data.

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