Regular 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.
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.