Modstep updated – AppBC refine 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 the Studiomux app which was updated recently. Like Music IO, Studiomux provides a mean of streaming both MIDI and audio data between your desktop music system and your iOS music system using nothing more than your standard iOS USB/charging cable. While this technology is still relatively new, it works pretty well once you have got your head around what’s required within your desktop DAW/sequencer to get the best out of it…  perhaps not quite ‘painless’ but certainly a very useable solution to integration of the two different systems.

AppBC do like to keep themselves busy though and they recently released a new app – Modstep – that includes some of the Studiomux technology but also offers a fully-blown MIDI sequencer with both step sequencing and piano roll editing environments. 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.

Modstep from AppBC - a fully-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad with some vey interesting features.

Modstep from AppBC – a fully-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad with some very interesting features.

The app includes both a built-in drum sampler and a synth but is also offers support for IAA virtual instruments and effects with an including mixing environment. Modstep could, therefore, become the hub of your MIDI composition workflow.

Time has not, as yet, allowed me to get around to doing a full review of Modstep. This is in part down to the fact that this is quite a deep app….  but, as it has new seen three rapid-fire updates since the initial release, AppBC do seem keep to (a) refine the toolset and (b) make it even deeper :-) Anyway, the third of these updates appeared yesterday and takes the app to v.1.0.2.5, Since the original release, new features added includes support for Ableton Link, Audiobus, AudioShare export and refinements to the way MIDI CC data can be handled. When I (finally) get my head around it all, then I’ll post a full review but, until then, if you are interested in a stand-alone MIDI sequencer that can drive both other iOS music apps and, with suitable MIDI out connectivity, also external MIDI kit, then the spec of Modstep suggests it is worth a serious look.

The app requires iOS8 or later if you want to use the audio and MIDI streaming to PC/OSX provided by the Stduiomux technology but, as a stand-alone (iOS only) app, will work with iOS5.1.1. It requires an iPad, is a 34 MB download and is currently priced at UK£14.99.

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