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Genome MIDI Sequencer offers the capabilities missing in other apps, and let's them all play together at the same tempo. The primary function, as a sequencer, is well designed, with gesture navigation to move around fluidly. The MIDI output is feature rich, able to communicate not only with MIDI hardware (through CoreMIDI/Camera Connection Kit, Line6 Mobilizer Mk I & II) but also with other apps that support Virtual MIDI. There is even the ability to record MIDI from other Apps for custom sequencing later! See it in action and get an idea for how to set up your virtual MIDI routing in this tutorial.

Disclosure: I received my copy for review from White Noise Audio.

Reader Comments (4)

My anticipation for Genome was huge in my earliest days with my new iPad3 a few weeks ago, searching for good sequencer software to use with other apps.
But my anticipation were not fulfilled by Genome. :(
It's a great piece of software for working with patterns that you've programmed, changing which ones are active in a 'live' format. But, that's ... not my way of composing, which basically killed Genome's usefulness to me.
I've composed in a fairly serial like format since before purchasing my first sequencer software in 1986 for the Atari ST. Now - I don't remember the details exactly anymore, the weeks later since I last worked with Genome but ... it's not very capable of allowing me to compose easily, in that way.
For that reason, Genome, i-Sequence and Brain Sequence, all failed, in different ways. Though, they're all being kept 'alive' in my iPad3, hoping on future updates from all of them.
(Oh - and Fruity Studio or whatever was called - outside of providing me a couple of drum samples to use, was completely written off, due to it's uselessness in composing in my ol' timer's way of doing things. :P )

June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRicharius

This is a very useful app but I just wanted to point out to readers that not all apps are compatible with Genome. This is no fault of the developer but instead highlights shortcomings of other apps that do not support core MIDI. The developer has a list of compatible apps, although I've had some success with apps not on the list. Check it out at: http://www.whitenoiseaudio.com/apps/genome-midi-sequencer/apps-compatible-with-genome-midi/.
Here is a GREAT tutorial for Genome: http://discchord.com/blog/2012/4/7/genome-midi-sequencer-update.html

June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Apter

i've only been using Genome for a week, and had a few frustrations, but the author has been quick at answering emails and helping me out. i, too, am used to "linear sequencing", that is composing the drum & bass tracks from start to finish in a song, and throwing in patch changes and lighting effects along the way. But, alas, i can't find anything (at a reasonable cost) that allows me to use my iPad 4 and Roland FR8X v-accordion the same way. So i've resigned myself to adapting to Genome "pattern" based system, and apart from one very weird thing (which the author assures me he'll be addressing), i can see how it is supposed to come together. It even kind of makes sense!!!
That weird thing, by the way, is the fact that if you have a six bar pattern, you must insert it in the song mode six times! If you insert it five times, you'll only get five bars of the six. An update (soon i hope) will let you insert a six bar pattern once and it will play it all the way through. (For the life of me, i just can't figure out why one would create a multi-bar pattern and only want the first bar! oh well...)
So yes, it's not "old school", but it works, and for less that $13, what the hell, i'll give it a go...and who knows? maybe i'll actually learn something!

September 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterd h

ok, so i've given up completely on genome. it apparently works great for some, and congrats to them, but my little brain can't adapt to their way of thinking. i've gone back to my desktop, found a free program call Aria Maestoso which is absolutely brilliant and fits my way of thinking perfectly. thanx to the genome author for efforts in retraining me and giving me good support while i tried them out.

April 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterme again....

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