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Description

A music sequencer reimagined with multiple playheads.

"How Bach would have made a sequencer." (Create Digital Music)
"A musical feat." (Creator's Project)
"A new approach to sequencing." (XLR8R)
"A next generation music sequencer." (Ask Audio)

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.

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.

It’s mesmerizing.

Fugue Machine supports iPhone, iPad, MIDI, AUv3 MIDI, Ableton Link, Audiobus, Audiobus 3 MIDI, and Inter-App Audio.

What’s New

Version 1.5.9

Fugue Machine 1.5 — iPhone support, AUv3 support, more scales, piano roll gesture improvements, and more. See 1.5.0 Version History for more info.

1.5.9 Changes
App Store edits (last one I promise).

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
203 Ratings
203 Ratings

Editors’ Notes

With its streamlined but powerful design, this flexible MIDI sequencer makes it easy to turn your musical dreams into reality. Thanks to an intuitive scrolling interface, placing patterns and creating sophisticated music is a cinch. Gesture-based shortcuts and inspiring built-in patterns get you started quickly, and you can send melodies to other MIDI apps and devices for even more creative options.

mechascorpio ,

Stunning Results with Hardware (updated)

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! (April 3, 2017 Update - Keeps getting better! New system for Pattern Backup and Export works flawlessly... 6 stars!)

Eriptron ,

Infuriating!

Update: l saw the latest big app update and loaded it. Still checking it out but things seem a lot better now! Thanks to the developer and also for their response! Many developers won’t do that. Plus 2 stars! 🤓👍
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Kills creativity with the worst Piano roll editor I’ve ever touched! Terrible! It’s a nightmare! Auuuughhhh!! 🤬 Working with the notes, being physically way too small, and you can’t zoom the piano roll at all, I spend 9/10 of the time ‘fighting’ with the note editor and cleaning up mistakes. Auugh Auugh! It’s an instrument wanna-be. You can’t even position the play head/s! All you can do is start/pause them and start over?! It’s a really cool idea done poorly. Obviously all these 5-Star reviews haven’t really tried using the app because it’s user interface is so restrictive. It’s an exercise in tedium... (Oh, on 1G iPad Pro)

Developer Response ,

Hey there, sorry you had such a poor experience! I actually tested it on a 1G iPad Pro because of this review and wow! The responsiveness was totally different than any other iPad I tried! Different enough that the piano roll implementation didn't work nearly as well as it should. Anyway, I went years without knowing this (had no idea there could even be a difference), so thanks for pointing this out.

As of Version 1.5.0, the isssues have been resolved. Also, the changes I made actually benefit all iPads — it's just a lot more responsive overall.

Re:positioning the playheads, you can! Each playhead has a Start parameter. If you adjust it, you'll see a vertical line in the piano roll that indicates where it will start.

Re:zooming, you were able to in the previous version, but it wasn't obvious enough. In any case, it's much easier now. Using the View Braces (the white outlined rectangles in the Keyboard View and Overview View), you can now move each side independently with just one finger. Simply grab the little triangle inside the View Brace, and pan.

Lastly, try using the multi-finger gestures. First, select notes with 1 finger by creating a selection window. Then you can...
• two-finger pan anywhere on the screen to move them
• three-finger-pan left-and-right to change note-length
• three-finger-pan up-and-down to change note-velocity

Hope this helps.

Editors’ Notes

With its streamlined but powerful design, this flexible MIDI sequencer makes it easy to turn your musical dreams into reality. Thanks to an intuitive scrolling interface, placing patterns and creating sophisticated music is a cinch. Gesture-based shortcuts and inspiring built-in patterns get you started quickly, and you can send melodies to other MIDI apps and devices for even more creative options.

Information

Seller
Alexander Randon
Size
8.5 MB
Category
Music
Compatibility

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Languages

English

Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2019 Alexander Randon
Price
$4.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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