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STEPS – MIDI Sequencer by Reactable 1.2 brings BLE and more

Reactable’s awesome little MIDI sequencer for iOS gets even better. Here’s what’s new in version 1.2:

  • You can now send MIDI via Bluetooth Low Energy to any iOS or Mac devices. (For iOS devices this means at least iOS 8 and for Macs it means at least Yosemite)
  • You can transpose the octave for a greater range of playback. Easily visualize which octave you’re in betwen our -3 to 3 range.
  • You can now visualise rests in “Target Mode”.

“We also added a nice new way to open or close all the steps. Just drag your finger up or down the “Gate Modes” button. This lets you work even faster when changing sequences live.

And last but not least we solved some bugs that were causing a few crashes here and there.”

STEPS – MIDI Sequencer:

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Redshrike Synthesizer 2.0 arrives, plus it’s on sale too

IceWorks have brought us great apps for years now including Argon, Cassini, Laplace, Lorentz, Mersenne and Xenon. Redshrike is another excellent synth and version 2.0 brings some excellent new feature. Here’s what’s new:

  • Universal App : Optimized for iPad and iPhone
  • Audio Unit Extensions (AUv3) compatible
  • Support for Audiobus State Saving
  • Exporting and importing of presets via Share extensions
  • Swing parameter in the arpeggiator
  • Improved MIDI mapping function

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Sync, Dropbox and a reminder …

A post or perhaps a tweet from Tim at Discchord made me think about this over a few days and I thought it would be worth a quick post about it. We use cloud services all the time, or at least I do and I guess that many of you do too. I’m really interested in what people think the best, or rather, the easiest to use services are.

On the one hand I think that using services like dropbox or iCloud for sync between devices is really handy, and on the other I do like bespoke services like those used for non-music apps such as DayOne, or Things. The main benefit of bespoke services is that they’re designed to handle the specifics of an app’s data and events. The downside is that your data is often difficult to get out from a bespoke service, which is really one of the great reasons for an app to have a bespoke sync service.

On the other hand dropbox and other cloud services are more universal and at least mean that your data is your own. But the downside is that developers need to keep up with the APIs that these services deploy, and that is the current issue with dropbox. Dropbox has changed it’s API and if developers don’t update their apps soon they won’t keep working with dropbox.

So, developers, if you want to keep your users data working in dropbox, please update your apps with the latest API as soon as possible,

If you don’t currently use dropbox you can get signed up here and get an extra 500mb in your free account too.

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Midem is just around the corner …

There are always some interesting things at MIDEM and 2017 is no different. I was checking out the categories earlier in the week and I thought it would be worth sharing some of the start ups that are going.

So let’s start with Skoog

I was lucky enough to meet Dr Ben from Skoog in Berlin at MMM2017 in March. He’s one of those people that I’ve been meaning to meet up with for a very long time indeed and it was great to chat about Skoog and mobile music in general. I’m still waiting to get my hands on a Skoog as I’m really interested in experimenting with it to see how I can use it with a wide variety of apps.

Skoog has both an interesting past and future and is the kind of device that could very much lend itself to gestural based music.

Also they’ve got some very nice new software coming up together with a Swift Playground.

Indiegogo Exclusive – Mogo (OSX) Preview from Skoogmusic on Vimeo.

The next is Hum-On!

Which looks like a very interesting if not entirely new idea. I’m pretty sure that I’ve seen other apps that are very similar. Even so, it’s still a good idea and one that could do with exploration.

So, as you can see, there are some good things coming to MIDEM. The two above are just a small sample of what will be at MIDEM this year. Check out the rest here, and if you hear of any other interesting ones, please let me know.

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MIDI Designer Pro 2.9 is a huge update and is worth checking out

The truly flexible swiss army knife of MIDI on iOS gets another excellent update in version 2.9. Here’s what’s new in MDP2.9:

2.9 is a major release focusing on panels, smaller new features and fixes.

  • NEW: Panel Channel and Starting CC (thanks Todd)… see midiDR.com/panelChannel
  • NEW: Panels can be grouping or not grouping (‘Panel Controls’ toggle, thanks Terry and others)
  • NEW: Changed Snap to Value and Snap to Default Value timer under the hood to allow for smaller values to work properly (thanks Steven!)
  • ADDED: Song Select MIDI message for Songbook and other apps (thanks Peter)
  • ADDED: 4-byte device ID Roland Sysex Checksum (thanks fingerstyler)
  • FIXED: Reappearing MIDI Dude
  • FIXED: Picker values not being set/shown properly on layout load (thanks Michel!)
  • FIXED: Buttons with no label showing “Distortion 1” (thanks Gary!)
  • FIXED: Page Jump buttons on other side on phone not working (thanks Scott!)
  • FIXED: iPhone 6, 6+, 7, 7+ not showing arrows
  • FIXED: iPhone default layout not centered
  • FIXED: Panel layering didn’t make much sense (Thanks Michel!)
  • FIXED: Panel selection and multiline-label control slowness. See mididr.com/qa/5820 for details (thanks Byron)
  • FIXED: Bug in Channel Changers with no presets overriding presets (thanks Giovanni)
  • FIXED: Bug on first load with controls that bridge left and right pages (iPad only, thanks Michel!)