midiSequencer update – iOS step sequencer gets new features

Download from iTunes App Storemidisequencer logoI reviewed Anthony Saunders’ midiSequencer app back in January 2014 just after it was first released. If you are in the market for a step-based iOS MIDI sequencer – and are not quite sure you want to tackle the beast that is Thesys by Sugar Bytes – then midiSequencer, with its retro looks based upon analog sequencers of old might be what you are looking for.

The app has had a number of updates since then but Anthony has obviously been keeping busy as v. 1.7 hit the iTunes App Store a couple of days ago. There is quite an extensive list of enhancements to the app and (of course) a selection of bug fixes. Enhancements include a number of improvements in the file/bank system, the tempo clock multipliers, a latched note option and some tweaks to the interface behaviour to smooth the workflow.

midiSequencer now supports up to 16 MIDI controllers with plenty of creative flexibility to tweaking your synth sounds.

midiSequencer now supports up to 16 MIDI controllers with plenty of creative flexibility to tweaking your synth sounds.

However, perhaps the most significant overhaul comes in the MIDI controller options as you can now have up to 16 of these. They are organised into four groups of four within the ‘Define Controller Types’ dialog and it is easy to configure each controller as either a CC, NRPN, PRN, Program Change, Aftertouch, Pitchbend or Sysex. Controllers can also be named to match their destination. In short, midiSequencer now provides a hugely powerful control system so that you can squeeze all the sonic potential out of your target MIDI synths from your step sequence patterns.

The rather retro interface is still easy to navigate and, if your music is built around MIDI sequencing, the the aptly named midiSequencer is well worth exploring for its UK£4.99 price tag.

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