midiSequencer update – further tweaks and new features to retro sequencer from Anthony Saunders

Download from iTunes App Storemidisequencer logoStyled on the analog sequencers of old, midiSequencer provides a step-based sequencing environment, with 16-steps where you can adjust pitch, velocity, gate, MIDI channel and a range of MIDI parameters over the 16 steps, all using some very retro-looking virtual faders. You also get tempo control, transpose functions, the ability to change the way a pattern steps through the sequence (there are some very flexible options here), add ornamentation and, of course, send your MIDI sequence out to a suitable synth app.

I originally reviewed midiSequencer back in January 2014 just after it was first released and it has received regular updates since then as developer Tony Saunders has continued to build on the feature set. Tony was back over the week-end with a further update; v.1.13.

midiSequencer - retro looking step-based sequencer but a heck of a lot of fun to use and very powerful.

midiSequencer – retro looking step-based sequencer but a heck of a lot of fun to use and very powerful.

This update contains a long list of tweaks and fixes. For example, for those still on iOS7, there are some fixes for a startup crash (rather nice that a developer is still looking to support customers that far back in terms of the OS). The Audiobus SDK has been updated and some of the MIDI handling has been re-written for improved performance. Amongst lots of other minor tweaks there is also a new ‘Chord strum tempo sync’ option so that chords will play as a rapid arpeggio up or down sync’ed to the set tempo.

A new Rotator MIDI effect has been added.

The Rotator MIDI effect within midiSequencer is pretty cool….

The update ran very smoothly in my own brief testing this morning and does look great on the larger iPad Pro screen. I had a lot of fun driving a few patches in SynthMaster Player and iProphet, for example…. midiSequencer really is a flexible and very creative tool.

If you are a fan of classic hardware-based step sequencers, then midiSequencer brings a rather nice take on that vibe up-to-date in an app. The app is priced at just UK£3.99 so it is hardly a high-risk strategy to give midiSequencer a try. At UK£0.79, the two IAPs are also well worth adding. There are certain styles of music that just demand a step sequencer approach and, if you need a flexible, but easy to learn, tool for that on an iPad, then midiSequencer is well worth checking out and a lot of fun to use.


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