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 features standard MIDI features like Clock Sync, CC messages, Program Changes and more. It works wonderfully for sequencing MIDI gear like drum machines and tabletop synths. General MIDI files can be exported and imported for integration with desktop apps (some limitations apply**).
GMS also works great for sequencing other iOS apps. It features Audiobus and Ableton Link integration.
GMS supports any CoreMIDI compliant iPad interfaces such as the Griffin StudioConnect, Line6 MIDI Mobilizer II, iRig MIDI and others.
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
- Ableton Link 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.
* Fixes a bug with chord drawing
* Fixes a bug with the Ableton link menu causing issues with the pattern editor
Ratings and Reviews
In my search of the app store for a midi sequencer for external hardware this app proves to be the most capable and versital. Most other apps are either too limited to things like single channel or simple step sequencers, or try to be a full production daws with libraries of built in loops and instruments that I have no interest in. This app is perfect for people who want to create actual compositions on multiple peices of external hardware. The 16 tracks of pattern based sequences that can be arranged into songs is an extremely powerful tool for both live performance and studio creation.
As far as the UI goes, I found it to be very intuitive and easy to navigate despite a lot of the critisms from others. Of course, a quick reference to the manual is necessary every now and then to understand a button or a setting, but the basic workflow is very easy to understand.
tldr: best midi sequencer for external midi gear on the app store. All functionality, no fluff.
iOS MIDI-sequencing gem
As far as iOS sequencers go, Genome has a great piano roll editor and—unlike more expensive apps like modstep and Gadget—global undo/redo and MIDI file export *per clip.*
I like using it in AUM as a “quick-sketch” sequencer while I work out songs. The UI is comfortable to work with on a touchscreen, and the sequencer is extraordinarily fully-fully featured (it even supports grooves). The MIDI capabilities are especially good: if things need to move somewhere else, Genome can export songs, parts, or clips as individual MIDI files.
This is the least user friendly music app I've ever attempted to use. The documentation didn't help much. All I was looking for was a sequencer that I could use with Audiobus to trigger my iOS synths. Trying to find something simple now that I wasted money on this pretty, but useless (to me, anyway), sequencer.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.