Quantum is a performance midi sequencer which approaches music composition with an interactive creation processes - sometimes referred to as 'noodling'.
Where pattern or piano-role sequencers are good for music forms (intro/verse/chorus etc) or grid entry, Quantum's approach is built around the idea of a step being the focus - think of the step as a single note or chord written on a music sheet then add a lot of extra notation (like probability of playing or ornamentation say).
These highly detailed steps are then aligned into sequences (think melodies) that loop. You can have any length up to 64, but these can be further split into 4 sub-sequences that have their own set of sequencer parameters (like tempo, play direction, transpose etc).
To enter step parameters such as note pitch, velocity, gated length etc, 16 general faders are available which allow you to draw, drag, select copy/paste, inc/dec & link together to edit values. These are also midi learnable (midi cc or nrpn) to allow you to use control surfaces or midi controllers.
To aid you with faster control Quantum has loop actions which you can program in to carry out tasks when a sequence loops - e.g. transpose, randomise, start or load another sequence etc.
With up to 24 sequences playing Quantum introduces a mixer page allowing you to blend midi velocities. Built on the MidiSequencer engine, midi FX, devices & Controllers are now possible per sequence.
So why would Quantum be good for your setup? There are many midi enabled IOS & hardware synths that produce exotic timbres if you send them fast & varied midi controls that you just would not hear with keyboard playing or slow tempo tunes. Also, Quantum, embraces experimentation in melody creation and by copy/pasting allowing quick setup of arpeggios & counterpoint tunes that you can create & manipulate on the fly!
note : This app sends midi information - you need to use it in conjunction with any midi enabled iOS synth app (e.g. Sunrizer) to hear sounds
. RT controls 7bit midi CC were not being blocked from sending unless Learnable Out was on. 14bit was ok,
. Starting song first note was getting messed up
. AUM MMC now only sent only if Options MMC enabled & Settings 'Send AUM Transport Controls as Midi MMC' enabled
. sequence version save/load/edit reordered as load/save/edit
. swing fixed - Options now allow swing to be applied to even, odd or all notes
Ratings and Reviews
I'm still trying to get a grip on all the amazing possibilities with this sequencing app. It's a multitrack sequencer with SO MANY options and I've read elsewhere about a lot of future plans including a more modern looking interface. I don't really care how it looks as long as I can make some music happen and the fact that's it Universal made this an instant purchase.
Out of the gates, this is one of the most creative and fun midi sequencers while still being deep and complex. Just using the basic functions will get you inspiring results, so you don't have to dig you don't want to. But if you do, the rewards are great. Classic 5 star app. Must have.
Among the most powerful
Among the most powerful step sequencers ever made. Only downside is it accounts for 70 percent of my battery use if I forget and leave it open, even if the clock isn’t running.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.