midiSTEPs update – beautifully designed four-part iOS MIDI sequencer from Art Kerns gets its first update

Download from iTunes App Store midiSTEPs logo 1I reviewed midiSTEPs on the blog a couple of weeks ago. 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.

midiSTEPs; four step-based sequencers in one iOS app.

midiSTEPs; four step-based sequencers in one iOS app.

Anyway, midiSTEPs has received its first update today – v.1.0.1 is now available for download. The update brings a number of bug fixes (always welcome) and some minor graphical changes to make the mute/solo options more obvious when in use. There are also some timing tweaks under the hood and, while this is not an issue that I have experienced during my own use of the app, it’s always good to see these kind of technical refinements when it comes to sequencing software.

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£7.99, 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.


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