I reviewed midiSTEPs on the blog just after it was released. There is some considerable iOS pedigree behind midiSTEPs as the developer is Art Kerns who will be well known to regular iOS musicians through apps such as midiLFOs and Funkbox, both of which I’ve reviewed here on the Music App Blog in the past.
MidiSTEPs, at one level, is a fairly conventional step-based pattern sequencer with patterns featuring up to 64 steps (with control over step-length relative to the musical grid) and you can create 16 patterns in a project. However, the first less conventional element is that you can do all this four times; midiSTEPs actually offers you four separate, but linked, MIDI sequencers (each accessed via the different colour-coded tabs at the base of the main screen).
There are all sorts of interesting details tucked away under what is a beautifully designed and very accessible user-interface… and the app is just a brilliant example of why iOS can be such a creative place to work as a musician. Anyway, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, v.1.5.0 arrived on the App Store recently and was followed by v.1.5.1 earlier this week. This actually brings a whole host of new features including Ableton Link support and support for AU effects apps. This really is a very cool app :-)
To celebrate the update, Art was been kind enough to provide me with fie copies of midiSTEPs to give away to readers of the Music App Blog. The draw closed yesterday and the winning names were pulled out of the hat this morning….. and the winners are:-
All the winners have now been sent an email with the details of how to get hold of their prizes. Incidentally, if you do appear as a winner in one of these giveaways and you don’t seem to have seen an email from me with the promo code details, then do make sure you check in your junk, trash or spam folders just in case your email system has ‘filed’ the message there :-)
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Step-based sequencing is, of course, perhaps more suited to some musical styles than others so, unless you are just into dance, electronic or perhaps ambient styles, then midiSTEPs is perhaps not going to be the only MIDI sequencer that you might need to have installed on your iPad. However, at UK£9.99/US$9.99, it offers a heck of a lot of features, a beautiful design and plenty of creative possibilities. It is also a pleasure to use providing , of course, you are comfortable with the a step-based approach. Check out the original review here but midiSTEPs is another top-notch example of iOS music making tools at their best. Hit the download button below to find out more….