Genome MIDI Sequencer
By White Noise Audio Software
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Musicians can start tearing it up in the studio with Genome MIDI Sequencer (GMS), a powerful pattern based MIDI sequencer for the iPad. With GMS you can control all of your MIDI gear and apps* - sequence single patterns or an entire 16 track song.
GMS is fun, easy and portable. Whether you want to make music from the couch, a hotel room or on stage, GMS is the right tool for the job.
It is great for people looking to try an alternate studio setup, searching for a compact sequencer to bring to band practice or those who just want to find a way to ditch the bulky laptop.
GMS easily syncs your drum machines and arpeggiators by sending and receiving MIDI clock messages. General MIDI files can be exported and imported for integration with desktop apps**.
Genome MIDI Sequencer is made for accessories like the Alesis ioDock, Line6 MIDI Mobilizer, the Yamaha i-MX1, the iRig MIDI and compatible MIDI devices using the Camera Connection Kit.
Genome also works great for sequencing other iOS apps. Now you can program melodies and basslines for apps like NLog PRO or Sunrizer while keeping a beat synced with Modrum.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Though Genome now has a basic set of instruments, some MIDI gear or other music apps that support virtual midi connections are recommended for use with this app.
List of MIDI USB devices that do and do not work with the CCK: http://iosmidi.com/devices/
- Network MIDI for sending MIDI to other iOS devices and Macs***
- New Instrument Rack with two built in instruments and effects
- Basic Audiobus support
- Sends and Receives MIDI Clock Sync, Start and Stop events
- Also sends Note On, Note Off, Pitch Bend, Aftertouch, Channel Pressure and CC’s
- Pattern Based, pattern changes occur on bar boundaries so song stays in sync
- On screen keyboard interface
- Up to 16 simultaneous tracks, unlimited number of patterns
- Song / live modes
- Supports background operation for multitasking
- Record incoming CC’s and Notes
- Undo / redo for most actions
Rated as a Killer App by Apps4iDevices - http://apps4idevices.com/read/genome-midi-sequencer.html
Computer Music gave it 4.5 Stars - http://www.musicradar.com/gear/tech/computers-software/mobile-apps/ipad-apps/genome-505059
* Apps must support virtual MIDI ports
** Supports exporting songs and patterns from GMS and importing MIDI loops (not complete multitrack songs).
*** Your local network conditions will affect performance. The Windows rtpMIDI driver is not officially supported at this time.
What's New in Version 2.0.0
- New 'longest pattern' song mode
- New Instrument Rack with built in instruments and effects
- Fixed hanging notes issue on pattern switch
- Dozens of internal fixes
- A Metronome
- Usability improvements to the pattern editor
Good update but the sequencer editor still need some work
I really appreciate the effort of developer in reviving this app. Although the introduction of instruments in the app is a nice feature, the most useful update was the improvement of the sequencer itself. Now, the user can edit more than 1 measure in a cube. That makes a HUGE difference !! However, the note editor has became a little awkward to use because if you define the pattern to be more than one measure, the editor view does not adapt to accommodate for the multiple measures. You have to pinch and zoom out to see all the multiple measures. I would recommend a function that when enabled updates the current view to the current measure when playing and maybe multiple tabs (one for each measure).this would make the editing process painless, instead of crazy zooming and moving around the current window without knowing where you are in the actual measure. Suggestions to other reviewers: make your review succinct and useful. Thank you.
Excellent MIDI Sequencer--the Best!
Genome MIDI Sequencer is already my favorite app, and now it is even better! If you don't know, GMS is a MIDI pattern sequencer that gives you control over other apps like synths which support Virtual MIDI, but also will control external MIDI hardware or other computers running music apps. Notes are input on a piano roll style grid, which can be set to show only notes in a desired scale so that you don't have wrong notes. It is very easy to use--low notes are down, high notes are up, and time happens from left to right. But you can also record MIDI sequences directly with a MIDI keyboard connected to your iPad. One can program and record MIDI Control Change and Program Change messages into the sequences, as well as mod wheel, pitch bend, and sustain pedal. And you have sixteen tracks, one for each MIDI channel, and unlimited patterns for creating your music. There is also a song sequencer where you can arrange your patterns into a composition. Furthermore, there are great performance features that make GMS suitable for a live mixing and glitching performance. With GMS, I use my iPad as a stand alone music production studio but also integrate it with my Mac and have it control Propellerhead Reason or Ableton Live. It amuses me to see all the tracks I have in Reason that are entirely sequenced in GMS. And by using the iConnect MIDI 4+, synth apps on the iPad pipe their audio into the Mac as pure digital audio with almost no latency--and my iPhone simultaneously with GMS controlling it, too. Sometimes I get a little symphony going with my kids' and wife's iPads all joining in the GMS fun. // This latest update is like an Easter egg hunt as I keep finding little improvements I wasn't expecting, but there are some big changes, too. Many have asked that GMS be updated to support AudioBus and it has. I never before concerned myself with that even though I use AudioBus quite a lot. My thought has always been that GMS is not that kind of audio app as it made no sound, it just controls music apps. I also thought that the sequencer apps that were AudioBus compatible were only doing it for bragging rights on the app store. Their synth features sounded cheesy and the developers admitted as much. But GMS has joined the list of AudioBus apps in a big way by introducing instrument tracks and the formidable Radiant synthesizer. Also offered is a modest drum machine with very rich sound sculpting features, quite a few FX, as well as a metronome. One can even record the automation of any parameter on these devices. I was pleased that with just a few minutes of tweaking I was able to create a patch in Radiant that is a keeper. I'm already building a song around it. Plus, the bank of patches that comes with Radiant are fantastic. The real reason, however, for making GMS AudioBus compatible is for the convenience of those who use AudioBus with Virtual MIDI capable apps. AudioBus has an app switching panel that typically floats at the edge of the screen on any connected apps. It allows one to jump between apps quickly and also perform some basic functions remotely from another app. With GMS this means you can start and stop it while working in your synth app or DAW app, as well as pop over to Genome quickly. I never realized how much I need this. Two other new features really have my attention. They are both in the pattern editor. When a note is selected, its velocity value is displayed at the left inside the note. I like to edit my velocity curves sometimes and couldn't always remember if I had done that on a particular sequence yet, or what velocity value the notes had. Now I just select the notes and I can see at a glance what is programmed or recorded. I find that tweaking the velocity of individual notes is a great way to humanize a sequence. I just don't have the skill as a keyboardist to get it sounding right everytime when I just play it. The other new thing in the editor that I like is the new way to select notes. By dragging your finger accross the top margin of the pattern any note that passes vertically beneath it becomes selected. This speeds up editing considerably.
Bad sequencer issues
This app has some serious MIDI note on/off messages that prevent it from correctly playing the notes in a sequence. Not very useful as a result.