2018
03/24
Fortamento Music Ideas Generator
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Ever get stuck writing a new song, wishing for a spark of inspiration to get started? Fortamento is a great addition to the workflow of musicians, songwriters and producers to overcome the occasional writer’s block.

Get instant musical ideas at a push of a button with Fortamento – a simple and effective music idea creator, capable of generating 4 bars of chord progression and melody, with the option to fine-tune (pun intended) the idea and save the result. To make life easier, there’s an option to export the tunes as MIDI files for further work in your favorite DAW.

Key features:
– MIDI file export
– Tempo / key control
– Manual melody editing
– Save tunes
– Various instrument sounds

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2018
03/12
Grid Music Adds Randomize and MIDI Out!
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Grid Music is a 2-dimensional MIDI step sequencer. It can be used to compose classic 16-step patterns, but can also create loops, random branches, and polyrhythm. Its 5×5 grid allows for countless arrangements of melody and timbre while keeping the entire composition visible and easy to understand. Pitch and rhythm can be directly manipulated by touch, and the structure of a pattern can be altered in just a few taps.

What’s new:
MIDI output. Grid Music can now control other synthesizers via MIDI.
Randomization. Tap the Randomize button to randomize the values of a pattern’s note cells.
Undo. When editing a pattern, you can undo changes like randomization, adding or removing connections, changing cell values, and more.
More scale options for pitch quantization, including triads and sevenths.
The synthesizer now supports a sustain parameter.

• Send MIDI notes and control change messages to compatible synthesizer apps. If you have a compatible MIDI interface and the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, Grid Music can control an external MIDI synthesizer.
• Easy to use built-in synthesizer featuring envelope settings, PWM, and vibrato.
• Randomize button for quickly exploring new melodies.
• Pitch quantization ensures that notes are always in key and makes it simple to create chord progressions. Includes several scale and chord options.
• Multiple levels of undo while editing patterns.
• Perform songs with perfect timing using synchronized pattern queueing.
• Support for Ableton Link allows Grid Music to play in time with other apps and devices.
• Support for the iOS Files app makes it easy to organize your compositions and access them from multiple devices.

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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
02/05
Rozeta Audio Unit Automation
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Rozeta is a suite of MIDI sequencers and controllers that lets you explore a new, freeform approach to sequencing and controlling mobile music apps.

The app contains 9 MIDI Audio Units (a totally new feature in iOS11) in a single package, which can be loaded in compatible MIDI AU hosts (Kymatica AUM, Beatmaker 3, Sequencism).

Rozeta Arpeggio, Collider, LFO, Particles and X0X now allow selected parameters to be automated:
– by recording parameter changes from the plugin’s UI
– through exposed AU Parameters
– by sending MIDI CC commands

1) Rozeta Bassline: a monosequencer based on the popular Troublemaker sequencer. Obviously comes with all the randomization and mutation features. Up to 8 patterns per sequence, with Follow Actions. Transpose using MIDI.

2) Rozeta Rhythm: a euclidean drum sequencer with mutations per instrument and polyrhythms. Comes with configurable key mappings for many popular drum apps.

3) Rozeta X0X: classic TR-styles step sequencer for drum machines. Supports triplets, polyrhythms and mutations per channel. Optionally emulates the exact timing jitter pattern of the legendary TR-808

4) Rozeta LFO: a triple MIDI LFO generator lets you modulate CC parameters of your MIDI instruments. Apply amplitude modulation to each wave for more organic behavior. Optionally syncs to tempo.

5) Rozeta XY: a double XY Controller Pad for generating 4 simultaneous configurable CC controller streams per instance. Also features MOD wheel and PitchBend sliders.

6) Rozeta Arpeggio: adds a MIDI arpeggiator to any of your synths. Offers latch mode, shuffle and automatic tempo synchronization. Turn any incoming MIDI stream into an arpeggio on the fly.

7) Rozeta Particles: MIDI particle generator – generates a cloud of MIDI notes that create pseudo-random patterns when bounding off the walls.

8) Rozeta Cells: Polyphonic Step Recorder – record and play back polyphonic phrases and patterns.

9) Rozeta Collider (NEW): MIDI Hadron Collider – explore semi-repeating generative patterns and melodies.

Notes:
– these plugins do not run as a standalone app and require a compatible host to work
– MIDI is not sound. To make sound you’ll have to feed the MIDI into a synthesizer or instrument app. Bring your own synths!

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2018
01/04
Xequence Midi Import Export and More
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Xequence is an advanced linear MIDI Sequencer and Keyboard / Controller for iPhone and iPad. It makes a great MIDI companion with apps like AUM.

NOTE: This app does not produce any sound by itself! It can control OTHER apps or hardware via MIDI!

What’s New in Version 1.5

– MIDI File Import: Import type 0, 1 or 2 standard MIDI files, including controllers, program changes and track titles, with various options and automatic creation of tracks and instruments.
– MIDI File Export: Export type 1 standard MIDI files, including controllers, program changes and instrument titles, with various options (entire song, only selected parts, etc.).
– MIDI Program Changes: Can be inserted on any tracks at any points in the song, with full backtracing just like with controllers (when changing song position, previous program changes are automatically found and sent).
– Global Clipboard: Parts from any number of tracks can be copied and pasted (either linked or independent) between arbitrary tracks and song positions, or even between different projects. Extremely smart and robust handling of linked parts and track assignment. Options can be found in new “+” menu at the bottom left.
– Up to 12 controllers per instrument (In-App Purchase).
– Arranger: “Insert empty part” (in new “+” menu).

IMPROVEMENTS:

– Arranger: Various layout and usability tweaks.
– Arranger: Track settings button now accessible at any zoom level when “Wide track buttons” is enabled.
– Arranger: Mute, solo and “Duplicate track” buttons now also available in the track settings menu.
– Arranger: Added an extra “Edit Part” button at the bottom right which can be used instead of double-tapping a part.
– Arranger: More accurate drawing of parts.
– Controllers: Each controller now has a toggle whether or not to show it on the Keyboard screen.
– Controllers: Added three more standard controllers (Effect 1-3).
– Files are now always sorted by name.
– Faster deselection when tapping empty area when “Single Tap Selects None” is enabled.
– Recording: Notes triggered during pre-roll are now recorded even with the song loop active and the pre-roll outside the loop.
– Various smaller tweaks and improvements.

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