ChordPolyPad update – Laurent Colson updates his powerful iOS MIDI performance app for iOS11

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 – a great tool for creating chord-based performances if you don’t like triggering chords of MIDI keyboards (virtual or real).

Anyway, and update appeared on the App Store today taking the app to v.1.6. While the update includes the usual ‘bug fixes’, it also brings some significant new features. As you might expect, ‘iOS11 support’ tops the list but this isn’t just under the hood stuff; Laurent has also delivered some changes that exploit some of the new features introduced by Apple in iOS11 including use of the Files app and the Split View/Slide Over feature. If you are working with newer hardware that can fully exploit these new technologies then this is something that could be very useful for easy switching between a suitable synth and ChordPolyPad (driving that synth).

Other additions in this release include new velocity modes to play chords and some re-design of the Pads setup panel to improve the workflow. All, of course, very welcome.

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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    1. Michael Scourfield says:

      Late on the scene for this app. No brainer. Just bought it.

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