Modstep updated – AppBC bring further tweaks to their iOS MIDI sequencer for iPad

Download from iTunes App StoreModstep logo 1Regular iOS music makers will be familiar with AppBC as the developer behind Studiomux and Modstep apps. I did a full review of Modstep just after it was launched and the feature set is impressive. You can use unlimited MIDI tracks and there is support for multiple MIDI continuous controllers on each MIDI track so you can modulate your sound sources to keep your sounds changing, etc. The first significant update added Audio Units (AU) support which was great to see.

Modstep - a powerful MIDI sequencing environment for iOS.

Modstep – a powerful MIDI sequencing environment for iOS.

It’s only a few weeks since v.1.2 appeared bring some new features and new sample kits. However, AppBC have already been back with a few minor updates since and the most recent of these – v.1.2.4 – appeared on the App Store just before the weekend. This is mainly a few useful fixes. For example, an IAA app loading bug has been squashed amongst several smaller fixes. In addition, AUv.3 preset handling has been fine-tuned is should now be handled in a way more consistent with Apple’s guidelines. Anyway, good to see continued tidying up of the code ongoing…..

Modstep is a very powerful MIDI music creation environment with impressive functionality. It is perhaps not for the faint-hearted as that power comes with a depth that does involve an initial learning curve but, as a stand-alone MIDI sequencer, it’s clip-based approach is both very flexible and very creative. The app requires a minimum spec of iOS7, is iPad-only, a 103 MB download and is currently priced at UK£19.99/US$19.99.

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    1. This is a great app and has potential to make serious music! Torn between this and Gadget at the moment.

      • Hi John…. both are great…. and in some ways, there are similarities in terms of the sequencing and song construction….. In Gadget you get a stack of internal instruments whereas within Modstep the focus is on the app hosting other, 3rd party, instruments…. Pay your money and take your choice…. or just try both I guess :-) best wishes, John

        • Hi John. I do have both and have tried both. They have their own pluses and minuses. I bought a lot of gadgets, including Odyssey and iM1 (I know the names are different in Gadget) but I have just ordered a Korg Volca Keys which will work with Modstep apparently, so that is cool.

          The great thing is there so much stuff we can use at such a cheap price!!!!! How lucky we are now. I remember being excited when I bought a Tuscan 4 track cassette recorder last century for only about $1000 dollars then…
          Cheers,
          John

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