Fugue Machine update – tweaks and Ableton Link support added to brilliant iOS sequencer concept from Alexandernaut

Download from iTunes App Store Fugue Machine logo 1 copyI reviewed the rather wonderful Fugue Machine from developer Alexandernaut when it was launched a couple of months ago. The app has already caused quite a buzz online amongst the die-hard iOS music making faithful. The app is something familiar – in this case, a fairly simple piano-roll-based MIDI sequencer – but delivered with a considerable twist; multiple playheads. If you have not yet seen the app in action, then read the full review and watch the video below. Once you have seen it, you wonder why nobody had offered it up before; it’s a simple idea but, like so many simple ideas that nobody thought of before, it’s also brilliant.

Fugue Machine now has Ableton Link support....

Fugue Machine now has Ableton Link support….

The app received its first update yesterday taking it to v.1.1. There are some fixes provided (as might be expected) and a promise that individual MIDI out routing for the four playheads is coming soon (which will be great to see). However, there are also tow new features. First we now have a global quantization setting but, perhaps more exciting given other app updates over the last couple of days, Fugue Machine now also have Ableton Link support included.

You can enable Ableton Link within Fugue Machine's Settings menu options.

You can enable Ableton Link within Fugue Machine’s Settings menu options.

As I mentioned earlier today when posting about the Patterning update, seeing Fugue Machine so easily locked in with Gadget (and Patterning itself) generated a big smile at this end. And used within Audiobus so all the apps can be started and stopped together with a single tap is just such a neat feature….

Fugue Machine is a brilliant concept that has been beautifully realised and is based upon such a simple and novel idea. As a musician, it is engaging to use – and you feel like you are actually having a musical input – but the app could also be classed as generative in nature.

Oh, and if you want to see Fugue machine in action alongside some other Ableton Link enabled apps, Oliver Greschke has posted a couple of example videos featuring Elastic Drums and triqtraq – plus Fugue Machine – and I’ve embedded one of them below. Check it out – impressive stuff.

Fugue Machine

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