I did a round-up article a good while ago here on the Music App Blog that looked at the various ‘MIDI performance’ apps available for iOS. A couple of apps that have appeared since that article are ChordUp and Clawtar, both from developer Dmitry Klochkov. Both bring a slightly different take on the whole MIDI note creation process and I’m sure many iOS musicians could find a use for either app amongst their utility apps. Both are also available for pocket money prices.
If either of these two apps got your attention, then you might also be interested in Dmitry’s new app that appeared on the App Store today. ChordFlow is described as a chord sequencer with a built-in arpeggiator function. It allows you to construct multiple chord sequences (the app features a library of over 50 chord types) and the chord sequences themselves can then be placed into ‘sections’ that can then also be sequenced to give you a song-like structure.
With the chord sequences defined, you can then construct a four-part note pattern within each section and that dynamically modifies itself to fit the current chord – this is sort of an arpeggiator but with a bit of a twist – and the MIDI notes generated can be played back via the internal (GM-style) sounds or sent out to another iOS music app or sequencer for recording. The note patterns can have up to 32 steps so you can build quite complex parts.
The app is universal, offers Ableton Link support, requires iOS8.0 or later and is a 30MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£6.99/US$6.99. I’ve only had a chance for a quick play this morning but all the key functions seem to work well and are easy to follow. I could easily imagine this being used in an experimental way as a song-writing/compositional tool…. create a chord sequence, draw in some note patterns, feed the notes out you your favourite synth app and see what inspires….
Anyway, as and when I get a chance to dig deeper, I’ll post a more detailed review…. but, in the meantime, check out the demo videos below and then hit the download button to find out more via the App Store.