Forever Beats giveaway results – four winners of quirky step sequencer

I did a full review of John Hussey’s Forever Beats – which made its debut on the App Store back in February (and has been on my ‘to do’ list since then; sorry!) - a week or so ago here on the Music App Blog. The app provides a pattern/step-based sequencing environment. What is perhaps interesting is the design decisions made to pull together the specific combination of features that are included within the app. And, to keep things streamlined so that you can get creative as quickly as … [Read more...]

Forever Beats giveaway – four copies of quirky step sequencer to be won

I did a full review of John Hussey’s Forever Beats – which made its debut on the App Store back in February (and has been on my ‘to do’ list since then; sorry!) - a few days ago here on the Music App Blog. The app provides a pattern/step-based sequencing environment. What is perhaps interesting is the design decisions made to pull together the specific combination of features that are included within the app. And, to keep things streamlined so that you can get creative as quickly as possible, … [Read more...]

Forever Beats review – quirky step sequencer from developer John Hussey

Music creation is a wonderful thing. Whatever the reasons you might feel compelled to do it, you can bet that the next musician will have different ones. And, whatever the workflow you use – and in particular the tools that help you realise that workflow – the odds are that the next musician will do it differently. Whether that’s your voice and an acoustic guitar, or a collection of uber-synths and a MIDI sequencer, the only rule of music creation is…. well…. there are no rules. All of which … [Read more...]

midiSequencer update – iOS step sequencer gets new features

I reviewed Anthony Saunders' midiSequencer app back in January 2014 just after it was first released. If you are in the market for a step-based iOS MIDI sequencer - and are not quite sure you want to tackle the beast that is Thesys by Sugar Bytes - then midiSequencer, with its retro looks based upon analog sequencers of old might be what you are looking for. The app has had a number of updates since then but Anthony has obviously been keeping busy as v. 1.7 hit the iTunes App Store a couple … [Read more...]

midiSequencer update – Anthony Saunders adds new features to his step sequencer app

I reviewed Anthony Saunders' midiSequencer app back in January 2014 just after it was first released. If you are in the market for a step-based iOS MIDI sequencer - and are not quite sure you want to tackle the beast that is Thesys by Sugar Bytes - then midiSequencer, with its retro looks based upon analog sequencers of old might be what you are looking for. The original app provided a step-based sequencing environment, with 16-steps where you can adjust pitch, velocity, gate, MIDI channel … [Read more...]

midiSequencer review – analog-style step sequencer app from Anthony Saunders

For all the wonders of a fully-blown MIDI sequencer with fancy editing options, sophisticated quantize functions and the ability to add (and edit) multiple automation lanes (oh, I forgot, we don’t really have that yet under iOS do we?), there is still something hugely attractive about the humble step sequencer and the way in which it influences the process of music creation. When it comes to standalone pattern-based/step-based sequencing, my own personal weapon of choice is Thesys by Sugar … [Read more...]

Thesys music app review – Sugar Bytes bring their step sequencer to iOS

In some musical styles, the classic step sequencer is a key tool. Lots of synths (real and virtual) feature one and many desktop DAW have step sequencers built in. However, if you want to go one step further (ouch!) and get the ultimate step sequencer experience, then you need something like Sugar Bytes’ Thesys. This has been available as a desktop plugin but now the company have release a full-featured iOS version. And if it’s as good as Sugar Bytes other recent iOS release – the brilliant … [Read more...]