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midiSequencer Update

midiSequencer got a big update this weekend, including a new MIDI effect that rotates the middle note of a chord.

Update: The developer just Tweeted to let me know iOS 7 isn't working on this version, but a fix is on the way.

What's new in midiSequencer v1.12:

  • Complete rework of all graphics to allow retina iPhone 4,5,6,6+ screen resolutions - including zoom feature (+ button on extreme left)
  • Retina enabled.
  • Now contains code to be fully multi-threaded - needed for new upcoming clip sequencer app which can run 20 instances.
  • New midiFX - Rotator - a chord with rotating middle note
  • Latest Audiobus sdk 2.2.2
  • Improved touch
  • Transpose now ranges from -24 to +24
  • Set the Start & End of sequence using [ & ] buttons
  • Improved midiFx blurred graphics
  • Moved Shift L/R to reset menu
  • Midi Fx - Echo - now allows 2 decimal places in gain (0.00 to 2.00)
  • Double tap tempo slider brings up panel to enter integer tempo (like Transpose slider)
  • Added new hardware midi CC mappings : moog Sub 37, moog Sub Phatty and Analog 4.
  • Increased bank snapshots to 100 (from 40). Added new < button on performance panel to scroll backwards

Bug Fixes

  • Was not playing first step on SLAVE start
  • Was not able to save to slot 11
  • Was not resetting %probability to 100% when reset all done
  • MidiFx - Echo - fixed issue with echo note off - only apparent on monosynths
  • Removed WIST - it wasn't working anyway
  • OMAC disabled in IOS9 - awaiting fix from MidiBus as IOS9 security limits access to other apps.
  • Transpose only loaded from snapshot if Include Controls enabled - was always doing this.

Buy midiSequencer on iTunes: $4.99

PencilSynth - Apple Pencil Demo

Simon Gladman has been tinkering with the Apple Pencil and trying to find uses for the new peripheral. You can read about several experiments on his blog, including a "slightly ramshackle looking Pencil based electronic scale." In this video he convincingly uses the Pencil as a physical joystick for continuous control of a synth... just like a virtual on-screen joystick!

I don't want to shit on Simon's efforts, but I don't think this is going to be the killer music application for Pencil. Does anyone have any better ideas for how we can make use of the Pencil, besides drawing waveforms? There seems to be a lot of excitement about it, but I haven't heard of any actual uses yet.


Oliver Greschke, developer of WretchUp and Elastic Drums, has brought WretchUp to the iPad in a free Universal update!

Buy WretchUp on iTunes: $3.99

Kuvert Demos

Kuvert by Klevgränd Produktion

Klevgränd put their stylish polish on Kuvert, a new multi-effects app with 5 "Swedish Envelopes" to control them.

Kuvert - Swedish Envelopes iTunes Description:

Kuvert allows you to draw five different envelopes. These envelopes control different effect parameters, and can be drawn freely or onto a grid. The envelopes are looped, while the incoming audio isn’t (unless you’re feeding it looped material of course). This is a powerful & fun way of altering your sounds to a whole new level, sometimes not even recognizable! Thanks to the looping nature of the plug-in, it will fit very well into any musical context. One way of using it would be to revitalize any looped material within a few seconds.

Noteworthy features:

  • Volume envelope
  • Low cut filter envelope (with resonance)
  • High cut filter envelope (with resonance)
  • "Glitch" envelope (alters timing)
  • Delay send envelope (with tempo synchronised time, filter and feedback
  • IAA (With tempo sync if host sends it)
  • MIDI clock sync
  • Load / Save presets
  • Audiobus
  • Documentation (on the product web page)

Buy Kuvert - Swedish Envelopes on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $7.99)

Kuvert arrives on sale at an introductory price until December 1st. Here's a fun little demo!