ChordPolyPad update – Laurent Colson updates his powerful iOS MIDI performance app

Download from iTunes App Storechordpolypad logoVirtual MIDI keyboards on a touchscreen are not to everyone’s taste….  and, if your actual keyboard skills are a bit on the shaky side (like mine), then a MIDI performance app of some sort can be a very helpful alternative….

And, in that context, ChordPolyPad, which I did a full review of some time ago, is a very powerful tool. In essence, the app is very simple; you get multiple banks of trigger pads into which you can define any chord you like with full control over how that chord is voiced (the number of notes and their spread across the MIDI note range). You can also switch from the main ‘editing’ display (where the pads dominate the upper-left portion of the interface) to a ‘performance’ view (where the pads fill almost the whole display). However, there is most certainly a depth to the app and, while that does mean something of a learning curve to exploit all the functions, the app does reward the effort.

ChordPolyPad – great for MIDI data entry to your iOS synths or sequencer, or to your desktop computer proving you can make a MIDI connection.

Anyway, and update appeared on the App Store over the week-end taking the app to v.1.5. While the update includes the usual ‘bug fixes’, it also brings some new features. For example, in terms of the UI, portrait mode and split screen modes are both now supported on an iPad. You can also choose between setting C3 or C4 as ‘middle C’. However, perhaps the most interesting changes are in terms of Audiobus support. State Saving is now includes and support has now been added foe Audiobus 3 MIDI routing. The latter could be particularly interesting when combined with Johannes Doerr’s various MIDIflow utility apps.

ChordPolyPad is one of the more fully-featured MIDI performance app available for iOS and, as well as using it to control other iOS music apps or to record MIDI data into Cubasis, I also use it connected to my desktop system for creating MIDI parts within Cubase. At UK£12.99/US$12.99, if you do any serious amount of MIDI sequencing work, ChordPolyPad perhaps goes further in terms of features than Chordion (so the two apps might suit different types of user and different types of use), but it is well worth the asking price. You can read the original review of ChordPolyPad here but the app comes highly recommended for all those creating MIDI data, whether your keyboard skills suck as much as mine or not :-)


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