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ChordPadX by Mathieu Routhier

Mathieu Routhier, developer of Suggester, released ChordPadX. The app lets you play chords by simply tapping on a set of 16 finger pads. ChordPadX arrives with Audiobus and Ableton Link. The app is free to try, but costs $5 to unlock everything.

ChordPadX iTunes Description:

With ChordPadX, chord are at your fingertips! Trigger chords and notes intuitively, with a human touch.

Focused on intuition and efficiency, this app gives you the tools to create new song ideas in seconds. This app will guide you towards chords that sound good together. It's made for all levels of musicians, from pro to beginner. Understanding music theory is not required.

Pick from a selection of dynamic templates and find chords based on your choices. Rearrange the pads with drag and drop to form the layout that you need. Or create your own from scratch by dragging chords from the palette.

Use your fingers to trigger multiple pads at the same time. The pads are velocity sensitive and the response curve is adjustable with precision.

Then adjust the chords through advanced editing. Change the chord type, alter the voicing with chord inversion, add bass, or choose a new pad color.

Use Audiobus and MIDI to connect with other apps. Sync up the tempo with Ableton Link.

Reader Comments 9

Obvious question: ETA4AUv3?
I think it is free for 14 days and then you have to pay.
April 09, 2019  | person_outline Simon
UPDATE: just downloaded this and it looks like you can play the chord pads forever without buying the IAP. But lots of other features (MIDI, other instruments etc) are still locked.

If you want to try all the features unlocked, you can start the 14 day trial period.

Or you can just buy the IAP and get everything.
April 10, 2019  | person_outline Simon
To get this to work in AudioBus you have to open the app first then open AudioBus and then load the app.
April 10, 2019  | person_outline Simon
I bought the full version and sadly it does not appear to be able to work as a MIDI controller for other synths or apps without including sounds from its own sound engine. It only has three instruments in the full version - piano, electric piano, and strings. This would be a great app if it could control other apps without mixing in its own sound, but that is not possible now which is a damn shame. I have 99% less use for this than I hoped. I hope they add the full MIDI out controller-only feature.
April 11, 2019  | person_outline claude
On April 11, 2019 - @claude said:
I bought the full version and sadly it does not appear to be able to work as a MIDI controller for other synths or apps without including sounds from its own sound engine. It only has three instruments in the full version - piano, electric piano, and strings. This would be a great app if it could control other apps without mixing in its own sound, but that is not possible now which is a damn shame. I have 99% less use for this than I hoped. I hope they add the full MIDI out controller-only feature.

Thank you for that report, claude! That seems like an obvious omission to you and me, but you should ask the developer so that he knows it is a wanted feature.
On April 11, 2019 - @claude said:
I bought the full version and sadly it does not appear to be able to work as a MIDI controller for other synths or apps without including sounds from its own sound engine. It only has three instruments in the full version - piano, electric piano, and strings. This would be a great app if it could control other apps without mixing in its own sound, but that is not possible now which is a damn shame. I have 99% less use for this than I hoped. I hope they add the full MIDI out controller-only feature.
Haven't purchased the app yet, but I totally agree with your sentiments above. Since you own the app, please copy the paragraph above and post it (IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE SO ALREADY) both in the Apple iTunes reviews for this app, and in a SUPPORT email directly to the developer, to increase the possibility of your update wishes being fulfilled.🖖🏽
April 11, 2019  | person synfiniti
On April 11, 2019 - @claude said:
I bought the full version and sadly it does not appear to be able to work as a MIDI controller for other synths or apps without including sounds from its own sound engine.

I don't own the full version so I can't try this but...

.. can you open this in AUM and add another synth and get ChordPadX to run the other synth and use AUM's "mute" to kill the sound coming from ChordPadX?
April 11, 2019  | person_outline Simon
On April 11, 2019 - @Simon said:
On April 11, 2019 - @claude said:
I don't own the full version so I can't try this but...

.. can you open this in AUM and add another synth and get ChordPadX to run the other synth and use AUM's "mute" to kill the sound coming from ChordPadX?

No muting required...

- Enable midi and route to AUM
- Add ChordPadX as an IAA instrument
- add your synth to AUM and route midi from ChordPadX
- that’s it... no muting required
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