2017
10/06
Quantum MIDI Sequencer For iOS
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Quantum is a performance midi sequencer which approaches music composition with an interactive creation processes – sometimes referred to as ‘noodling’.

Where pattern or piano-role sequencers are good for music forms (intro/verse/chorus etc) or grid entry, Quantum’s approach is built around the idea of a step being the focus – think of the step as a single note or chord written on a music sheet then add a lot of extra notation (like probability of playing or ornamentation say).

These highly detailed steps are then aligned into sequences (think melodies) that loop. You can have any length up to 64, but these can be further split into 4 sub-sequences that have their own set of sequencer parameters (like tempo, play direction, transpose etc).

To enter step parameters such as note pitch, velocity, gated length etc, 16 general faders are available which allow you to draw, drag, select copy/paste, inc/dec & link together to edit values. These are also midi learnable (midi cc or nrpn) to allow you to use control surfaces or midi controllers.

To aid you with faster control Quantum has loop actions which you can program in to carry out tasks when a sequence loops – e.g. transpose, randomise, start or load another sequence etc.

With up to 24 sequences playing Quantum introduces a mixer page allowing you to blend midi velocities. Built on the MidiSequencer engine, midi FX, devices & Controllers are now possible per sequence.

So why would Quantum be good for your setup? There are many midi enabled IOS & hardware synths that produce exotic timbres if you send them fast & varied midi controls that you just would not hear with keyboard playing or slow tempo tunes. Also, Quantum, embraces experimentation in melody creation and by copy/pasting allowing quick setup of arpeggios & counterpoint tunes that you can create & manipulate on the fly!

note : This app sends midi information – you need to use it in conjunction with any midi enabled iOS synth app (e.g. Sunrizer) to hear sounds

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2017
07/17
Poly Update Adds Link and more
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Poly Generative Sequencer For iPad

Back in July of 2013 I reviewed a cool generative app called Poly on my Youtube channel. Several years later this fun and cool app has an update and it’s an important one!

Poly is a unique generative sequencer that harnesses the power of poly-rhythms to create intricate and exciting patterns.

Different coloured nodes are added to a circular area. The closer a node is to middle, the faster it repeats. Each node has its own sample, FX settings and keyboard. There are five available colours and up to 12 nodes maximum.

Poly comes with over 40 preset sounds, including a selection of awesome 808 samples

Other features include:

– Audiobus integration
– Audio Copy and Paste
– AudioShare file sharing
– Virtual / Hardware MIDI
– Saving and Loading of Patterns
– Recording of performances
– Dropbox upload and download

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2014
11/11
Auxy Free Music Workstation For iPad
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Auxy

Auxy introduces a new way to make modern music on iPad. With a clean interface, stripped of unnecessary complexity, it encourages users to dive straight into the creative process and explore modern beat making without distraction.

With Auxy you create drums, bass lines and melody loops by drawing notes instead of recording instruments in real time. Loops can then be mixed and recorded to create your own beats.

Auxy is available for FREE

2014
09/17
Triggler iPhone Sampler, Sequencer, and Wave Synth
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Triggler

Triggler lets you rapidly record and sequence sounds from your device’s microphone or line input. Sample your voice, instrument or another sound source. Samples can be triggered and sequenced to create an arrangement. You can also add effects to modulate your sounds. This app is great for live performance and is set to inspire your sonic creativity.

What’s New in Version 1.0.5
• Audiobus 2.1.2 SDK for iOS 8
• Share performance through Facebook, Twitter & email!
• Minor bug fixes

** Key Compatibility **
• Audiobus input & output ports
• AudioCopy & SoundCloud integration
• CoreMIDI external keyboard input support

** Sampler **
• Quick & easy mic and line-input recording
• Load & save samples
• Upload custom samples with iTunes File Sharing
• Loop & one-shot modes
• Copy/paste, crop/trim & reverse
• Adjust pitch & amplitude
• Undo edit & record

** More Features **
• 16 step sequencer with 4 discrete loops
• Low latency swipeable trigger pads
• Effects include Distortion, Modulated Filter & Beat Repeater
• Record performances and share using SoundCloud, AudioCopy or iTunes File Sharing
• Background audio mode

Triggler is available for $2.99

2013
09/28
Collaborative music studio for iPad
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Cotracks

Cotracks is a collaborative music studio for teamwork on a single iPad. With Cotracks you can create multiple layers of loops and phrases using multiple instruments. Cotracks is designed to maintain your creative flow and is always ready to capture your ideas, regardless whether you are flying solo or collaborating with others.

Collaboration is where Cotracks really stands out. Everyone in your session has the ability to play and record at will without disrupting or being disrupted by the workflow of others. This lets you lay down the foundation of a tune within minutes and makes Cotracks the perfect and inspiring tool for brainstorming new ideas within a group.

The loops you create may be exported as separate audio clips or as a mixdown audio clip which you may then import and use in any audio software supporting the common wave audio format.

DESIGNED FOR VARYING NUMBER OF USERS

You can start off creating music in a single user mode. Later when your friend decides to join in, you switch to a two user mode. The interface layout will adjust enabling convenient access to the application from both sides of the table. Whenever another friend happens to join you, the layout will adjust again enabling access from all four sides of the device, letting you team up with up to three friends for a super creative music session. Whenever one or more members leave the session, it is as easy as a single tap to switch back to the smaller team or to the single user mode, letting the remaining members continue from where the others left off.

DESIGNED FOR VARIABLY SKILLED USERS

Cotracks offers lots of fun at the same time for both novice and advanced musicians with the help of scale based keyboard, flexible quantize, sequence sharing and editing capabilities. For example, a novice musician may grab a copy of a complicated sequence played by a more experienced friend and edit the instrument, sound and effects, record modulation controllers over the sequence and tweak the various playback parameters including key and scale. Essentially creating something new and exiting without necessarily playing a single note. Cotracks is all about giving everybody the means to contribute, which takes the concept of music collaboration to a new level.

It’s like playing with a band, but this time you can record and play back your own parts, in perfect sync with others, and create the constituents for a great track at the same time. With Cotracks the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

FEATURES

MULTITRACK SEQUENCER
• up to 12 instrument tracks
• beat synchronized playback and recording

INTERFACE
• comfortable access for multiple users
• instruments may be arranged in multiple orientations
• dedicated interface modes for single user, two users and four users
• switch between interface modes with a single tap
• access four instruments simultaneously
• independent playback control constantly available for each instrument
• keys and ribbon controllers for synthesizers
• Futucraft’s dynamic beat synced repeater control
• repeater lets you play and record complex beat synced rhythmic textures
• XY-modulation control

EDITING
• nondestructive quantize and transpose
• change the playback scale of recorded sequences
• drag and drop copying of sequences between instruments

INSTRUMENTS
• polyphonic synthesizer with dozens of high quality instrument presets
• monophonic bass/lead synthesizer with dozens of high quality instrument presets
• sample player with a library of professional quality samples from Inspire Audio
• programmable XY-modulation
• band-limited oscillators to ensure professional grade sound quality

FX
• stereo delay
• stereo phaser
• 2 equalizer units
• dedicated units for each track

FILE
• export each instrument to separate audio clip
• export all in one audio mixdown clip
• export and import sessions via iTunes in XML format for backup and sharing

SUPPORT
• on-screen help and tips
• online support integrated in app
• video tutorials

Cotracks is available for $4.99

  • iPad Loops is a music app blog dedicated to exposing the best iPad apps for iOS musicians, producers, and Djs. This is not a database of every app. It is, however, one of useful recommendations from someone with many years in music production. I try to update it on a daily basis (ok sometimes every two days) and I do my best to post useful apps only. My name is Jason Donnelly (Dj Puzzle). You might know me from my royalty free loop packs and sound design. Some of the apps that contain my loops are Retronyms AudioCopy, LP-5, iPRO.DJSAMPLER, Looptastic, and Audio Elements. My work is published by Magix Soundtrack Loops, Sample Logic, Pakotec, Loopmasters, Acoustica, Xmix, Sound Trends, and many more. Subscribe to our RSS feed below to get updated when new apps are posted.

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