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Best midi apps for iPad

As more and more apps arriving with Audiobus and Virtual Midi support I listed here best apps that allows you to control other apps with Virtual MIDI. There are different types of such apps: MIDI controllers, arpeggiators, sequencer etc. So I choose most essential apps for each category.

With these apps you can control other iOS music apps: synths, samplers, drum machines (like Animoog, Magellan, Sunrizer, SampleTank, DM1, DrumJam and others) or PC/Mac Desktop DAWs (Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reason).  

 

 


The most important midi app: Midi Bridge

Midi Bridge allows to link different apps (that support midi) with each other providing great routing and filtering features (see more details and screenshots here).

 

MidiBridge

by Audeonic Apps

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-08-22

  • Genre

    Music

  •   $8.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iOS (Universal)

  • Version

    1.59 ⋅ 7 MB

  • Additional

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MidiBridge

MidiBridge is the comprehensive MIDI tool that iOS is missing and absolutely essential for anyone using MIDI with an iDevice.

A backgroundable virtual MIDI patchbay/router/manipulator that interconnects all MIDI interfaces (external, virtual and network) on an iOS device at a fraction of the cost of equivalent hardware.

HIGHLIGHTS
- Connect any MIDI in to any MIDI out (including merge and clone)
- Add full CoreMIDI compatibility to Synthstation 25 and Midi Mobilizer I
- Go wireless between any iDevice or connect to Mac or PC
- Interconnect just about any CoreMIDI virtual app
- Apply keyboard splits, velocity curves and other useful MIDI functions on any MIDI port

MIDI DEVICE SUPPORT
- All CoreMIDI physical devices
- Akai Synthstation 25
- Line6 Midi Mobilizer I
- CoreMIDI network (as a session originator or receiver to/from Mac or PC)
- CoreMIDI virtual ports (to/from other apps)

MORE FEATURES
- Runs in background
- Visual indication of connections, MIDI events received/sent/blocked and CoreMIDI network
- Full OMAC music app fast-switch support
- Support for H-Pi microtonal keyboards, including U-PLEX via USB
- Block/allow event filtering by type (Note/Program/Controller/Sysex/Aftertouch/TimeSong) and MIDI channel
- Initiates CoreMIDI network connections from iDevice
- Save/recall module presets
- Keeps track of MIDI interfaces and restores connections/modules automatically
- Streamlined efficient code passes/filters events very quickly

*NEW* - EVENT MANIPULATION (on every MIDI port)
- Velocity curve
- Keyboard range split
- Note remap
- Note transpose
- Velocity split
- Channel remap
- Controller remap

COMMON USES
- Drive most CoreMIDI apps (eg. Animoog, GarageBand, SampleTank, BeatMaker) from a Synthstation 25 or original Midi Mobilizer
- Connect Geo synth to SampleTank (see Jordan Rudess on youtube)
- Filter out active sense messages from instruments
- With a powered hub and Apple CCK, connect multiple USB class compliant MIDI devices and route between them
- Connect your battery operated keyboard/drum controller (or SynthStation) to your iDevice and connect wirelessly to perform cable-free
- Connect a MIDI transport surface wirelessly to your computer and move around your studio controlling your DAW transport
- Duplicate MIDI events from one external device to another and to a remote MIDI destination wirelessly at the same time
- Use as an inline MIDI filter, cloner, merger or splitter
- Connect apps that have CoreMIDI network support but no virtual MIDI support to virtual ports by connecting to 'localhost' to create a loopback virtual interface (see our website)

MORE INFORMATION

Browse our website for a wealth of information to get to grips with CoreMIDI, OMAC and MidiBridge. The full manual for MidiBridge and helpful guides are available there for you to assess whether MidiBridge is suitable for you before you purchase. You'll find step-by-step recipes for common situations and links to videos too. If you search MidiBridge on youtube there are a host of end-user videos showing how to configure MidiBridge for different situations. Do also contact us if you are unsure about anything and we'll assess whether MidiBridge will do the job.

Note: iOS5 is recommended and essential for running the Synthstation and Midi Mobilizer I in the background.

If you're having problems, be aware that we cannot help if you post a problem by submitting a review on the App Store as there is no way to respond to you. Always email us first - you'll be pleasantly surprised how we go the extra mile to get anything working for you - our reviews/ratings confirm this.

Finally, please do rate and review MidiBridge to keep us motivated to add more - if you have suggestions for new features, please get in touch.


Best MIDI sequencer: Genome MIDI sequencer

With Genome you can create unlimited number of patterns on 16 midi tracks. Each track can be routed to send signals via different MIDI channels (combine this with MIDI bridge and you get unlimited routing capabilities with different external devices and internal apps). 

There are two views of the app: song view (where you can create and run new patterns, play patterns from different tracks) and pattern view where you can draw notes and automation curves (for velocity, modwheel, program change and even for custom cc’s).  By the way song view supports midi learn so you can launch patterns from other apps or from external midi controllers. 

Genome MIDI Sequencer

by White Noise Audio Software

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-08-22

  • Genre

    Music

  •   $6.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iOS (iPad)

  • Version

    2.0.0 ⋅ 14 MB

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Genome MIDI Sequencer

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/

Features:
- CoreMIDI
- 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
- Scales
- 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.


Most beautiful MIDI controller: MIDI Studio

 

MIDI studio comes with really nice looking MIDI surfaces. One of the great features are drum pads with velocity controlled by accelerometer. Customizable knobs and faders (you can customize midi messages data like channel, CC, value) allows you to change existing templates. 

And wiith pro-upgrade option you can create your own surfaces from the big library of different elements. All the elements: x/y pads, knobs, buttons, faders look like real hardware controllers. 

And if you are looking for Mackie-control surface you can buy via in-app store great template for Mackie.

Midi Studio

by VITALIY TARASYUK

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2012-04-24

  • Genre

    Music

  •   $3.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iOS (Universal)

  • Version

    2.2 ⋅ 151 MB

  • Additional

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Midi Studio

Warning: This app is a Midi controller and does not include a sound engine or synth.

-----------REVIEWS-----------
Midi Studio is a fantastic midi controller app that do not provide a sound but to control the sound in the studio. It's pretty unique and should be the one stand out from the crowd. - Best10Apps.com!

#Midi Studio is rated as a killer app by Apps4iDevices.com!

#Midi Studio was rated as App-of-the-Week by iDesignSound.com!

-----------ABOUT-----------
Midi Studio is a modular MIDI control surface for iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad.

It supports sending CoreMidi messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol for sending and receiving MIDI messages.

The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implement the MIDI protocols such as Apple Logic Pro/Express, Ableton Live, Max for Live, Cubase, Pro Tools, FL Loops and many others.

The interface provides a number of different touch controls to send and receive messages:

Faders / Rotary controls / Encoder controls / Push buttons / Toggle buttons / XY pads / LEDs / Labels, etc.

!!!WARNING, by default app not include "Ability to create custom layouts". This feature available only through built-purchase or you can buy a "Midi Studio Pro" version.

Midi Studio Features:
-[Ability to create custom layouts]
-[CoreMidi]
-[WI-FI]
-[USB adapters, like "Apple camera connection kit", etc], with original Apple's pc to iPhone/iPod cable it will not work!
-[True Velocity Sensitive ] (with the force of impact)
-[Modulation]
-[Drums]
-[Faders]
-[Knobs]
-[Buttons]
-[Touch pads]
-[Two Keyboards]
-[Different Keys Size]
-[Custom Key Scale] - (Like: Major, Minor, Klezmer, etc...)

iPAD VERSION INCLUDE:
-Keyboard Layout - free
-Drums Layouts - free
-Drums 4x4 - free
-All XY Pads - free
-Live Pad - free
-Mixer - free
-Ability to create custom layouts - Built-in purchase only
-CD PLAYER layout - Built-in purchase only
-VINYL PLAYER layout - Built-in purchase only
-DJ MIXER layout - Built-in purchase only
-Surface and Transport Layouts (DAW CONTROL) - Built-in purchase only
-Live Drums Layout - Built-in purchase only

Transport and Surface Layouts works with:
-Generic mode
-Logic Pro
-Live
-Cubase/Nuendo
-HUI / PRO TOOLS
-Reason
-Reaper
-FL Studio

iPHONE/iPOD VERSION INCLUDE:
-Keyboard Layout - free
-Drums Layouts - free
-XY Pads - free
-Mixer - free
-Ability to create custom layouts - Built-in purchase only
-Live Drums Layout - Built-in purchase only

For more info visit: www.wiksnet.com


Most creative MIDI app: Arpeggionome pro

With Arpeggionome pro you can create arpeggios with just finger touch. XY pads provides you control of note value and note length (all customizable) and with accelerometer you can control velocity. Highly tweakable parameters allow you to design arpeggios of different kinds from simple one-two notes to the complex ones (use key, scale, number of notes, step distance, note style, octave range and style and others to construct nice sounding and sometimes unexpected arpeggios).

Arpeggionome Pro - A New Musical Instrument

by Alexandernaut

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2012-12-28

  • Genre

    Music

  •   $9.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iOS (iPad)

  • Version

    1.2.1 ⋅ 8 MB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Arpeggionome Pro - A New Musical Instrument

Arpeggionome (pronounced ahr-pej-ee-oh-nohm) is a new musical instrument designed to play arpeggios*.

• "Arpeggionome makes amazing patterns in arrays of pulsing circles" (Peter Kirn, Create Digital Music)
• "A masterpiece in design and functionality" (smitematter.com)
• Rated as the "Most Creative MIDI App" by iPadMusic.com
• "Arpeggionome Pro is a very very powerful arpeggiator that can really take your music to the next level" (Chip Boaz, iosmusicandyou.com)
• "If you like great Arpeggiators, this is it!" (Jordan Rudess)

Design an arpeggio pattern with various knobs and buttons, then move up-and-down the matrix to set its speed, or left-and-right to set its pitch. Tilt the device to control volume and pitchbend, or shake for vibrato. Arpeggionome Pro also features a robust MIDI implementation, allowing you to control other iOS music apps, external gear, and computer software like never before**.

*An arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are played in sequence, rather than together.

** MIDI input and output is recommended for iPad 2 and later.

------ details ------

DESIGN AN ARPEGGIO FROM SCRATCH.
The Performance Matrix is Arpeggionome Pro’s main interface component.  
•Touch any Control Point in the Performance Matrix to trigger the notes in the pattern
•Move your finger left and right to set the reference-note of the pattern
•Move your finger up and down to set the pattern’s rate
•Control up to 240 notes per second!

Six button-matrices and eight touch-knobs are used to design Arpeggionome Pro’s pattern.  
•Key: sets the musical key
•Scale: sets the musical scale
•Notes: sets the number of unique notes
•Step Distance: sets the distance between each note
•Notes Style: sets how the pattern moves between notes
•Alignment: sets how the pattern is justified from the reference-note
•Octave Range: sets the starting and ending octaves of the pattern
•Octave Style: sets how the pattern moves between octaves
•Rates: set the pattern’s rate to 50% or 25%.
•Octave Offset: shift the pattern’s starting octave
•Note Offset: shifts the pattern’s starting note
•Velocity: sets MIDI Note Velocity for each note triggered
•Gate: changes the length of each note triggered
•Tempo: sets the global tempo


... OR USE A PRESET
Arpeggionome Pro includes a Pattern Library with a wide selection of presets. You can also save your own patterns to the Pattern Library. Additionally, eight pattern-buttons and two arrow-buttons provide quick access to the Pattern Library, enabling you to change and save patterns while performing.


A ROCK-SOLID MIDI IMPLEMENTATION
Arpeggionome Pro’s MIDI implementation is finely tuned to control external MIDI devices, digital audio workstations (such as Ableton Live, Logic, and Pro Tools), and other iOS MIDI Applications (such as GarageBand, Animoog, and DM1).

Compatible MIDI Connections:
•Virtual MIDI ports of other iOS MIDI applications
•CoreMIDI compatible hardware interfaces
•MIDI over WiFi 
•MIDI over Bluetooth

MIDI Output Features Include:
•Send MIDI on any of 16 channels
•Select between four Note Gate Modes (Manual, Mono, Legato, and Legato+)
•Control Note Velocity with Knob or Accelerometer
•Control Note Gate with Knob or Accelerometer
•Transmit MIDI CC Messages with Accelerometer
•Transmit Pitchbend Messages with Accelerometer
•Transmit MIDI CC and Pitchbend on any channel
•Adjustable data-range of Accelerometer-controlled messages

MIDI Input Features Include:
•MIDI Time Clock synchronization
•Externally set Arpeggionome Pro’s pattern with a MIDI keyboard
•Externally set Arpeggionome Pro’s pattern with Program Change messages
•Quantize Arpeggionome Pro’s first note to external MIDI Source


OTHER FEATURES
•A simple built-in synth
•Supports landscape orientation
•Audiobus compatible
•Beautiful and informative visual feedback
•Backup, restore, and transfer patterns between devices via iTunes File Sharing


Best MIDI arpeggiator: StepPolyArp

With StepPolyArp you can make arpeggios of any kind. You can customize any note and run arpeggio by playing note or chord in the real time (it can also receive midi notes via external devices). 

 

StepPolyArp - Midi Step Polyphonic Arpeggiator

by Laurent Colson

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2010-10-05

  • Genre

    Music

  •   $12.99 QR code
  • Platform

    iOS (iPad)

  • Version

    2.5.5 ⋅ 11 MB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

StepPolyArp - Midi Step Polyphonic Arpeggiator

StepPolyArp is a real-time Midi arpeggiator to control Midi instruments, sequencers like Logic, Cubase, Live, and all other Midi sequencers, or even other virtual instruments installed on the same iPad. The arpeggiator can automatically generate melodic patterns from notes or chords played in real time.

Although, StepPolyArp is specially designed to operate in Midi, it has own internal sounds bank to use it independently.

Rated "Killer Application" by App4iDevices.

Features:

• 1 to 32 steps programmable matrix
• 16 patterns by preset
• Automatic chaining patterns
• 11 configurable transposition lines
• Features copy and paste
• 8 octaves virtual keyboard
• Multitasking
• Internal sound bank
• Tap tempo
• Receiving Midi notes and control from external devices
• External Midi sync (Midi Clock)
• Midi over wifi latency compensation
• Internal routing of inputs, outputs and Midi sync
• Send Midi to a virtual port that can be used as Midi input by other Core Midi compatible applications managing multitasking on the same device
• Velocity, modulation, pan, volume, aftertouch and pitch bend step controller
• Customizable step controller Midi datas
• The arpeggiator and keyboard fit the selected scale
• 6 arpeggiator modes
• 1 random mode
• 1 chord mode
• Unlimited number of saves
• Random patterns creation
• Presets manager
• iCloud and iCloud Drive support
• Presets shared between computer and iPad using iTunes 9.1 or later
• 128 Undo/Redo levels
• Lockable keyboard (latch mode)

Supported Midi connections:

• Midi over Bluetooth
• Midi Wifi Network (RTP Midi)
• Apple USB camera connection kit
• Any Core Midi compatible interface

Inter Applications connections:

• Apple Inter-App Audio connection (Midi, audio, sync, transport control)
• Audiobus support (audio, transport control)

Requirements:

• An iPad with iOS v5.1.1 or later

Documentation:

http://laurentcolson.com/medias/StepPolyArp/en/StepPolyArp.pdf