Fugue Machine | multi-playhead sequencer
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The world's first multi-playhead music sequencer.
"How Bach would have made a sequencer." (Create Digital Music)
"A musical feat." (Creator's Project)
"A new approach to sequencing." (XLR8R)
"Next generation music sequencer." (Ask Audio)
"A brilliant concept that has been beautifully realized." (Music App Blog)
"It’s good. So good." (iOS Mars)
BACH IN A BOX.
FUGUE MACHINE is a tool inspired by composition techniques used in Baroque music and Serialism — e.g. Bach’s canons and fugues, and Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique. The idea was to design a tool to manipulate a melody’s speed, direction, and pitch, as well as play multiple variations of the melody simultaneously.
As it turned out, the best implementation for this was to reimagine one of the most fundamental building blocks of all music sequencers: the piano roll.
THE PIANO ROLL, REIMAGINED.
FUGUE MACHINE is the world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a musical sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches. You see the playheads dance over the music sequence, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.
/ Supports Ableton Link, MIDI, AudioBus, and Inter-App Audio.
What's New in Version 1.3.0
PER-PLAYHEAD MIDI 'DESTINATIONS'
You can now route each playhead to any MIDI Destination and MIDI Channel — the previous version only allowed routing by MIDI Channel. This makes it much easier to send each playhead to a different app or MIDI Port.
Check out Settings > Midi Output Settings, and notice that each Playhead (1-4) now has its own setting. There's also an 'All Playheads' setting for convenience.
SYNTH ENABLED SETTING*
There's now a setting to explicitly set the built-in synth on and off, allowing Fugue Machine to send MIDI and control the built-in synth simultaneously. Go to Settings > Synthesizer Settings.
*Synthesizing sound is expensive! So if you're only using Fugue Machine as a MIDI sequencer, set Synth Enabled to OFF to save CPU resources.
AUDIOBUS 3 MIDI SUPPORT
Audiobus 3 brings MIDI support to Audiobus, and Fugue Machine is good to go :]
AUDIOBUS STATE SAVING SUPPORT
Fugue Machine now supports State Saving in Audiobus, making it possible to save/manage Fugue Machine patterns via Audiobus.
EXITING APP NOW PROPERLY FLUSHES MIDI NOTES
In previous versions, if you exited the app while Fugue Machine was running, there was a chance some MIDI Notes wouldn't be turned off. Not a huge deal, but it's fixed now.
ABOUT THIS UPDATE
Although this is a relatively minor update, getting the MIDI Destinations to route properly was surprisingly tricky! I wanted it to be foolproof... which required a system to ensure that redundant MIDI data would be filtered out.
Basically, thanks to this system, you can set the playheads to any Destination / Channel combination, and not have to worry about a connected MIDI device receiving duplicated MIDI messages. Yeee :]
A NEW THING... PERHAPS
I'm currently working around the clock (for 5+ months now!) on something new, and... I couldn't be more excited about it :]
And yes! Thanks again for your support with Fugue Machine... the new thing I mentioned above would otherwise not be possible.
Ok! Please reach out if anything comes up, and also... if you can... (and I hate asking)... please consider rating/re-rating the app on the App Store :]
All the best,
Stunning Results with Hardware
Fugue Machine may very well be the finest, most inspiring music tool on my iPad when it comes to using the iPad to drive external hardware. I haven't used it much to sequence other apps on the iPad, but if you're looking to do something amazing with your outbound hardware synths, this is The One. The latest MIDI implementation is as flexible as you'd want it to be and rock solid (whether it's receiving clock or transmitting it). I'm sending out each track to a variety of MIDI channels, over USB out to a sync box, which passes on MIDI and/or CV/Gate to a 70s analog synth, a modular Eurorack setup, and to a popular keyboard controller. It would take a load of hardware to both handle the sequences and the interfacing, and I'm not really sure anything like this app could be assembled anyway. This is one of the few apps that make me want to buy another iPad, install nothing but Fugue Machine on it, and put it away in a bank vault, "just in case". It's made my collection of 40 years of hardware even more capable of incredible music. 5 stars!
Midi Output Interactivity
Definitely some helpful features in this update. Midi destinations will come in handy. However, being able to change all four midi channels simultaneously (as it was before) allowed me to setup more than four synths in Korg Gadget and send the playheads to different synths interactively. Now, it requires an extra step of actually selecting the midi channel before picking the midi output. It'd be awesome if I could change midi channel output interactively, since it allows for real-time variation.
Very User Friendly!
This app works great for me! EZ to use. I love how simple it is to come up with a little riff to practice drums to. Much more fun than just a straight metronome!
ANNNNNNND. There's still product support!
Thanks for the latest update! It means a lot to the end user...ME! 🤓👏🏻😆
- Category: Music
- Updated: Mar 22, 2017
- Version: 1.3.0
- Size: 9.2 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Alexander Randon
- © 2015 Alexander Randon
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.