Genome, one of the best ways to make your apps all play nicely together, has returned to the App Store after a bug took it out of action. Not content to merely fix the bug, this update adds Retina support and Groove Template support!
This last bit is really exciting. For those of you who haven't experienced this in DAWs like Logic or Ableton Live, a Groove Template is a way to make your MIDI tracks dance in new ways. With typical MIDI quantization you're just trying to get all your notes to line up on the 1/16th notes or whatever. With Groove Templates you can radically shift everything to make a specific pattern of quantization, rather than have everything line up to a grid.
This is super handy for any amount of work in MIDI, but it is especially useful with drums. Simply lay in your basic beat, and then throw a groove on top of it instead of the more common haphazard "Swing" variable. The results are lively instead of robotic!
Current owners of Genome should be excited about that, but everyone else should be excited about the sale! You can pick it up today for $6, down from $13! To see how Genome works, and get an introduction to Virtual MIDI, you can check out my tutorial here: