Navichord update – excellent iOS chord sequencer/MIDI controller gets song mode

Download from iTunes App StoreI reviewed Navichord here on the Music App Blog back in September 2014. The original release was designed to do one job – it allowed the user to explore chord structures and progressions and possible melodic association – but a whole slew of updates since then have turned the app into a really good MIDI performance tool. The app has also kept up technically with new features including a chord pad system, chord presets, new internal sounds, a metronome, a sequencer for use with the chord pads, Ableton Link and MIDI input options.

Navichord – familiar interface, but the latest update brings a new Song Mode :-)

A further update arrived on the App Store yesterday – v.2.6.3 – and this has delivered a significant new feature; Song Mode. This allows you to construct a full chord-based song sequence with up to 16 song sections, each of which can contain 16 chords. Song sections can have their own scale settings and you can easily switch between song sections of playback. It is also possible to switch between song sections via MIDI or using Audiobus Remote.

The new features offers up to 16 ‘song sections’ within your Navichord project.

Having given this a quick run through this morning, the process is actually pretty straightforward and creation of new song sections is very easy. As that can have simple labels attached to them, it is also very easy to structure your musical ideas as your song might develop…..  if you are a song writer as well as a Navichord fan, then this is an impressive freebie added to the feature set.

Navichord really is a very cool tool and, because of the way the note buttons are arranged in the upper portion of the display, you can quickly learn quite a lot about chord construction or, with the MIDI out features, create a MIDI performance with another app or onto your desktop computer. The chord pads are also easy to configure so this is great for budding songwriters or if you want to transpose a chord sequence from one key to another. And now, you can build complete song structures with different chord choices available to you for each song section.

You can read the original Navichord review here but, currently priced at just UK£7.99/US$7.99, the app is offers a lot of features for a pretty modest price. Check out a couple of the app demo/tutorial videos below and then hit the Ap Store download button to find out more…..


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