2012
04/12
Midi Sequencer For iPad
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Midi Sequencer For iPad

Musicians can start tearing it up in the studio with Genome 1.1.0 MIDI Sequencer (GMS), a powerful pattern based MIDI sequencer for the iPad. With GMS you can control all of your MIDI gear and apps* – sequence single patterns or an entire 16 track song.

GMS easily syncs your drum machines and arpeggiators by sending and receiving MIDI clock messages. General MIDI files can be exported and imported for integration with desktop apps**.

Genome MIDI Sequencer is made for accessories like the Alesis ioDock, Line6 MIDI Mobilizer, the Yamaha i-MX1, the iRig MIDI and compatible MIDI devices using the Camera Connection Kit.

Genome also works great for sequencing other iOS apps. Now you can program melodies and basslines for apps like NLog PRO or Sunrizer while keeping a beat synced with Modrum.

IMPORTANT NOTE: GMS does does not produce any sounds by itself. Some MIDI gear, plugins or other music apps that support virtual midi connections are required to use this app.

Here’s what’s new in Genome MIDI Sequencer 1.1.0:

Fixes for playhead visual positioning issues
‘Create’ option for Grooves (create a groove template from a pattern, such as recorded MIDI notes).
Remix Pads
File management – Delete, email, Open in… (for opening files in other apps including Dropbox)
Improvements to Zooming – Zooming in and out should work a little better now in general. When zoomed out, the view now smoothly zooms in instead of abruptly zooming
New zoom mode. In additioned to the standard ‘fixed’ zoom (where X and Y scale is locked together), there’s an ‘advanced’ mode that lets you zoom X and Y are independently zoomable.
OMAC App Fast switch – This allows you to quickly switch between compatible apps (not every app supports this yet) via a menu in Genome. The button for this is on the sequencer page.
Important Change: Genome’s virtual port is no longer ‘on’ by default. You have to enable it via the config menu. The reason for this is that this is a frequent point of confusion for users. Having a virtual port can lead to issues where apps get connected twice (resulting in doubled tempos and other weird cases). It’s only necessary for Genome to have a virtual MIDI port when other apps don’t have one of their own. Only a few apps _don’t_ have virtual ports (such as Animoog), but for the majority of apps you won’t need it on.
Bugfixes and stability improvements

Not in 1.1.0 but being worked on:

MIDI Learn (for binding controllers to Patterns and Song steps) – I had wanted to get this in 1.1.0, but there are important bug fixes that need to get out now. This will be one of the first things I implement for the next update.

Features:
– CoreMIDI, Line6 Mobilizer Mk I & II compatible
– Network MIDI for sending MIDI to other iOS devices and Macs***
– Sends and Receives MIDI Clock Sync, Start and Stop events
– Also sends Note On, Note Off, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Channel Pressure and CC’s
– Pattern Based, pattern changes occur on bar boundaries so song stays in sync
– On screen keyboard interface
– Up to 16 simultaneous tracks, unlimited number of patterns
– Song / live modes
– Scales
– Supports background operation for multitasking
– Record incoming CC’s and Notes
– Undo / redo for most actions

* Apps must support virtual MIDI ports
** Supports exporting songs and patterns from GMS and importing MIDI loops (not complete multitrack songs).
*** Your local network conditions will affect performance. The Windows rtpMIDI driver is not officially supported at this time.

Genome is available for $12.99

2011
08/28
Virtual Midi Syncing iOS Apps
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Polychord iPad App

Here’s another example of syncing apps within the same iOS device using virtual midi. This example is using Polychord and MoDrum. Polychord is one of the first few apps to use this new feature but all apps will support this very soon.

The future of iOS music. Polychord virtual MIDI (BETA preview) from Shoulda Woulda Coulda on Vimeo.

The upcoming MIDI update to polychord lets you do some exciting and powerful new tricks with your iPad. Now you’ll be able to have your music apps talk to each other, while they run in the background, and use polychord to control them.

In this video we show how polychord can control another app (MoDrum) running in the background — all through virtual MIDI, all without any cables. Polychord sends MIDI clock signals out, keeping everything in sync.

Stay tuned — we’ll have even more exciting things to share soon as we test out polychord with some of the iPad synthesizers that are supporting this game-changing new feature.

Get Polychord here:

Also check out MoDrum!

2011
08/28
Virtual Midi By Jordan Rudess
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Jordan Rudess iPad Developer

Jordan Rudess, creator of SampleWiz and MorphWiz, has just announced an new feature he is calling Virtual Midi. Virtual Midi allows you to control SampleWiz with MorphWiz on the same iPad. You can basically have both apps open and use them as a combined instrument.

Have a look for your self.

Jordan says: In creating this instrument I wanted to create something that would appeal to the sonic explorer in all of us. Creating a sampler for iOS devices has allowed us to push the boundaries of traditional sampling instruments. From playing a selection of my signature sounds on the SampleWiz keyboard (JR lead anyone?) to getting up close and personal with sounds by playing directly on the waveform screen, our mission was to blow your mind, put a smile on your face, and expand your creativity. In creating SampleWiz, we have created partnerships with leading sound developers in addition to my personally selected onboard presets.

Check out his apps in the app store. They’re wicked!