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midiSequencer gets a major update!

My favorite sequencer app, midiSequencer by developer Tony Saunders, just got a huge update this week. Along with some bug fixes, version 1.7 brings some great new features. I've listed all the new features below, straight from the App Store description:


▪ new colour scheme - cool blue.

▪ monitor function - enables you to hear steps by touching. Can also play sliders (even whilst not playing) to make MS a controller interface.

▪ complete rework of midi controllers - now have 16 midi controllers :
⁃ Each can be defined as Continuous(0..127), NRPN, RPN, Program Change, Aftertouch, Pitchbend or Sysex (or custom) data
⁃ Can record these into midiSequencer too.
⁃ Optional one byte entry for NRPN & RPN
⁃ CC's can be named to match hardware (will update list on future updates - Novation Ultranova & Waldorf Q & Blofeld)
⁃ Key(polyphonic) or Channel(monophonic) aftertouch on step notes
⁃ Pitchbend (14 bit)
⁃ Hex pad entry for Sysex data (up to 76 bytes) with autolayout
⁃ Sysex data not restricted to sysex - can be any midi data you wish! Chain sysex using multiple CC's.
⁃ Define 16 controllers in one panel - will reload on next runup or save/loaded with your snapshot.

▪ limit controls - will narrow down lower/upper ranges for easy input & clip existing. Note: will reset on load to avoid clipping.

▪ new ornament - 2 note tremolo (octave arpeggio)

▪ new step logic : repeat notes x2 to x8 and stop

▪ latched notes - use for drones (no midi note off sent until unlatched)

▪ performance panel - One touch load with non-empty slot selected now loads immediately. Save Bank for quick save action

▪ increased bank size up to 40 snapshots (20-40 accessible from performance panel)

▪ big improvement on file/bank save/loading times and file size

▪ file/Bank description increased from 50 to 120 characters

▪ files Panel - can now sort by Name or Date (see small buttons at top of list)

▪ tempo clock fraction multipliers now 1/2, 1/3 & 1/4

▪ chords - can save current chord+notes as a preset and use to restore on other steps

▪ auto close non-moveable panels by touching outside panel

bug fixes:
▪ random button not showing options if pf panel open

▪ app launch was timing out if many midi devices connected - now delaying scan until main screen shown

▪ fixed Options when swapping from Slave to Master & v.v, and hide tempo slider if SLAVE

▪ fixed cycle logic - change of direction, now stops at corrrect step

▪ easier to select Transpose decrement button

▪ bank name no longer shows as yellow after new save

▪ exit on Files or Snapshots panels now correctly returns to that panel

▪ removed duplicate buttons on New Bank has been modified.

▪ shift L or R was corrupting steps & displaying at different place

▪ play button would sometime be huge


I've really gotten into using sequencers ever since I started making music on the iPad. Prior to that, I had zero experience. I've found midiSequencer to be the best so far. I've tried using Thesys, but I've found the interface to be difficult to use. I started out with Little Midi Machine, which is a GREAT free app, and I'd recommend that to anyone looking to discover sequencers. However, I quickly found that Little Midi Machine was a bit too basic for what I was trying to do.

midiSequencer is a perfect fit right in between these two previously mentioned apps. It has a tremendous amount of options and features, but has an extremely easy interface. I'll try to do a more in-depth review of midiSequencer in the near future.

One very important note about midiSequencer is its developer, Tony Saunders. Extremely active on both the Audiobus forum as well as the iPad Musician Facebook group, Tony has openly solicited suggestions for new features, many of which are part of this new update. I've had countless discussions with him, and I can say that he is one of the most dedicated developers I've seen in the iOS music app scene. Also, be on the lookout for his new app, tentatively called iMidi, which is already in development.

There is a lite version of midiSequencer available, if you are still uncertain about purchasing the full version. It allows for 10 minutes of use, as kind of a "test drive". Also, check out the manual for midiSequencer at this link, as it is very comprehensive, and gives you a great look at what you can do with this powerhouse app.

If you're thinking about buying midiSequencer, please consider clicking through our App Store link below. Thanks!

midiSequencer (AppStore Link) midiSequencer
Developer: anthony saunders
Rated: 4+
Price: $3.99 Download
midiSequencerLite (AppStore Link) midiSequencerLite
Developer: anthony saunders
Rated: 4+
Price: Free Download

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