Navichord update – performance tweaks added to the excellent iOS chord and harmony exploration app

Download from iTunes App Storenavichord logoI 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 the design is so simple and elegant that, even though it was (at that stage) more of an educational tool or idea pad, rather than an actual musical instrument, it is a pleasure to use.

The first major update – taking the app to v.1.1 – appeared at the end of October. As I mentioned in a ‘MIDI performance app’ roundup article, the key new features involved MIDI in and MIDI out. The MIDI out is especially welcome as it turns Navichord into rather a nice MIDI performance tool for creating MIDI data to drive other iOS synths or to send to a DAW/sequencer for recording.

Navichord now includes a new internal instrument sound (a basic synth patch) and, located far left, buttons to shift the octave to the note/chord trigger zones.

Navichord now includes a new internal instrument sound (a basic synth patch) and, located far left, buttons to shift the octave to the note/chord trigger zones.

Further updates have arrived since then and each iteration has added new features or enhanced workflow.  The latest update – to v. 1.2.5 – arrived on the App Store today over the week-end. This is mainly a technical ‘under-the-hood’ update with a few fixes applied but it is welcome none-the-less.  And, having given the update a bit of a run through this morning, it certainly seems to be working well on my iOS9.0.2 equipped iPad Air 1 test system.

The chord shapes reference screen is a useful reminder of how to create different chord types.

The chord shapes reference screen is a useful reminder of how to create different chord types.

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 newer MIDI out features, create a MIDI performance with another app or onto your desktop computer. This is great for budding songwriters or if you want to transpose a chord sequence from one key to another.

You can read the original Navichord review here but, now priced at UK£3.99, the app is very good value for money and well worth checking out on the iTunes App Store.

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