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. If your keyboard skills are not so great, or perhaps you just don’t get on with virtual piano keyboards on a touchscreen surface, or maybe you don’t have any skills on a traditional musical instrument, apps such as Chordion, ChordPolyPad, Navichord and a number of others offer some interesting alternative ways to ‘play’ MIDI data into your virtual synth/instrument or DAW/sequencer apps.
A few days ago I reviewed another such app; ChordUp from Dmitry Klochkov. ChordUp is a universal app, requires iOS8.0 or later, is a 16MB download and, priced at just UK£2.29, is likely to be within almost everyone’s price range. This is a very neat little addition to the genre, bringing a slightly different take on the whole MIDI note creation process and I’m sure many iOS musicians could find a use for the app amongst their utility apps.
The app received it’s first update over the week-end and, alongside some more routine minor fixes always welcome) the MIDI out capabilities of the app have been tweaked so that it is easier to get it working with a wider range of other iOS music apps. The app now has a ‘ChordUp MIDI Out’ option in the MIDI devices list and creates a Virtual MIDI source for other apps to find when this option is selected.
This is a neat little utility app and I can already think of a few ‘extras’ it would be nice to see added – velocity response on 3D Touch screens and a key/scale options to confine the chord selections – but Dmitry has a development plan for the app so I’m sure we will see further additional features added. Anyway, check out the full ChordUp review and, if you are quick off the mark, get yourself entered for the ChordUp giveaway that’s running on the site until tomorrow :-)