ChordFlow updated – iOS MIDI chord sequencer app gets workflow refinements

Download from iTunes App StoreI 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.

Dmitry’s most recent app  – which as I mentioned recently was launched at the end of April – is ChordFlow and is in the same sort of territory. 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.

Chordflow…. create your chord sequences….

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.

…. apply some note sequences to each chord sequence….

The app is universal, offers Ableton Link support, requires iOS8.0 or later and is a 23MB download. It is also modestly priced at just UK£5.99/US$5.99. All the key functions seem to work well and are easy to follow and 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….

…. and construct each chord sequence (section) into a song structure….

A further update has appeared over the week-end taking the app to v.2.0.0 and their are quite a number of refinements to improve the overall workflow. For example, Sections view has been re-worked. Each Sections contains a playback button for easy triggering and you can also add custom names for sections to identify what each song element it might represent. The Chord Sequence Editor has also been reworked so the display of each chord in the sequence is more compact and you can more easily see longer chord sequences even on smaller screen sizes. Rearranging chords within a sequence has also been improved and a simple drag and drop process is now very easy to use. On top of these changes, the Arpeggiator Editor has had a number of improvements and, of course, a few minor bugfixes and UI improvements have been made.

Having given the new version a bit of a run through this morning, all seems to be working well. This looks like a fairly substantial update and gives the app a significantly slicker feel. Anyweay, ChordFlow is an interesting app and great for coming up with new sequence-based musical ideas. Feel free to check out the demo videos below (they are based on v.1 but the key concepts are obviously similar) and then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

ChordFlow

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