Demon (track made in Caustic) – video

And just to follow that up, here’s someone who does plan to test the Apple Watch for music

CDM on the Apple Watch and a reminder about how people felt about mobile music not too long ago

CDM raises a few good points on the Apple Watch and its possible place in music making technology. I don’t disagree. However, it is early days with this technology, and I can remember when the iPhone came out people said things like “Why would I make music on an iPhone?”. Do I need to say more?

I think at this point we’ll just have to wait until next year to see how this technology might evolve and become useful. If it does, great, if not, never mind. But for now, let’s not rule out the possibilities.

midiSequencer 1.7 is a huge update with up to 16 MIDI controllers per step and more, so it’s worth checking out the app again

midiSequencer was already a really good sequencer app, but it just got loads better. Here’s what’s new:

This new version sees a major overhaul to include up to 16 midi controllers per step (Sysex, NRPN/RPN, named CC’s etc)


  • new colour scheme – cool blue.
  • monitor function – enables you to hear steps by touching. Can also play sliders (even whilst not playing) to make MS a controller interface.
  • complete rework of midi controllers – now have 16 midi controllers :
    • Each can be defined as Continuous(0..127), NRPN, RPN, Program Change, Aftertouch, Pitchbend or Sysex (or custom) data
    • Can record these into midiSequencer too.
    • Optional one byte entry for NRPN & RPN
    • CC’s can be named to match hardware (will update list on future updates – Novation Ultranova & Waldorf Q & Blofeld)
    • Key(polyphonic) or Channel(monophonic) aftertouch on step notes
    • Pitchbend (14 bit)
    • Hex pad entry for Sysex data (up to 76 bytes) with autolayout
    • Sysex data not restricted to sysex – can be any midi data you wish! Chain sysex using multiple CC’s.
    • Define 16 controllers in one panel – will reload on next runup or save/loaded with your snapshot.
  • limit controls – will narrow down lower/upper ranges for easy input & clip existing. Note: will reset on load to avoid clipping.
  • new ornament – 2 note tremolo (octave arpeggio)
  • new step logic : repeat notes x2 to x8 and stop
  • latched notes – use for drones (no midi note off sent until unlatched)
  • performance panel – One touch load with non-empty slot selected now loads immediately. Save Bank for quick save action
  • increased bank size up to 40 snapshots (20-40 accessible from performance panel)
  • big improvement on file/bank save/loading times and file size
  • file/Bank description increased from 50 to 120 characters
  • files Panel – can now sort by Name or Date (see small buttons at top of list)
  • tempo clock fraction multipliers now 1/2, 1/3 & 1/4
  • chords – can save current chord+notes as a preset and use to restore on other steps
  • auto close non-moveable panels by touching outside panel

bug fixes:

  • random button not showing options if pf panel open
  • app launch was timing out if many midi devices connected – now delaying scan until main screen shown
  • fixed Options when swapping from Slave to Master & v.v, and hide tempo slider if SLAVE
  • fixed cycle logic – change of direction, now stops at corrrect step
  • easier to select Transpose decrement button
  • bank name no longer shows as yellow after new save
  • exit on Files or Snapshots panels now correctly returns to that panel
  • removed duplicate buttons on New Bank has been modified.
  • shift L or R was corrupting steps & displaying at different place
  • play button would sometime be huge

Track 2 from the NOiZE Jam Sessions: SoundLab at the Royal Festival Hall (6th September)

In case you missed this from before, this is a great manifesto for music tech

If you haven’t seen this from Music Tech Fest, then it really is worth a read. It’s the Manifesto for Music Technology. It’s actually quite a powerful statement about music technology an applies equally in hardware, desktop or mobile worlds.

You should give it a read and see what you think, see if it changes what you think.

Nice to see Molecule Synth getting an outing at the Portland Maker Faire

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