Modstep updated – AppBC bring Audiobus 3 support 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.

A further update has appeared on the App Store today taking Modstep to v.1.3.0. There are a few minor fixes that have been applied (for example, to the pitchbend and modwheel assignments) but the headline change is that Modstep now includes support for Audiobus 3. Very usefully, this includes both audio and MIDI routing and, as lots of iOS musicians use Modstep as their dedicated MIDI sequencer, being able to integrate that more closely with a collection of apps organised within Audiobus might open us some useful workflow options.

Modstep now includes Audiobus 3 support for both audio and MIDI routing.

Anyway, having given the update a very quick spin this morning within Audiobus 3 all seemed to be working well. I was able to route MIDI data from Modstep to other apps hosted within Audiobus 3 and also able to route MIDI data into one of Modstep’s MIDI tracks. If you wanted to use Modstep purely for it’s sequencing capabilities rather than its ability to host synths, etc while using the Audiobus for all the app hosting, then you would seem to be able to work in that fashion.

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 104 MB download and is currently priced at UK£19.99/US$19.99.

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