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 music sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, pitches, and more. Watch the playheads dance, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.
Fugue Machine supports iPhone, iPad, MIDI, AUv3 MIDI, Ableton Link, Audiobus, Audiobus 3 MIDI, and Inter-App Audio.
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.
Fixed MIDI issue experienced after bringing app to foreground after a long period of not running in the background. If MIDI Clock was enabled, when hitting Play, there would sometimes be a temporary hiccup. Sorry about that, fixed now.
Ratings and Reviews
Oh boy! So much to admire here. This is a beautifully designed music generator, made with love, and designed to help you create amazing, contrapuntal, mixed-up melodic harmonies that fly in spirals around your mind. It's that good!
Dive straight in with the pre-loaded songs to see how things work, then let your creativity flow through the simple, intuitive interface. This app has clearly been made by someone who loves the sheer possibility of combinatorial sounds and has delivered to us the ability to create new soundscapes - the focus here is on ambient and rhythmic exploration, and it is a wonderful thing to behold.
The latest update, which allows you to map MIDI out to any compatible app, and brings in Audio Unit functionality, is almost making me go into a frenzy of joy, such are the profound delights that it opens up.
Buy this app. You won't regret it!
One of those app where you can get lost in the music for hours.
Super easy to get great sounding results. Enter a few notes into the piano roll and then tweak the settings of the 4 different play heads so that they play at differing tempos, pitches and direction.
Soon you’ll be sitting up proud like a modern day Bach with a brand new composition.
Its a very cool app. I like to add in notes of a song I have already written and then hear how the app can spin a different outlook on that melody or riff which can then be useful to use elsewhere in the track.
All 4 play heads can be assigned to separate midi channels so you can play other iOS Synths with the app.
You’ll love it!
Now That’s A Whole Lot Better!
I’ve had this app for about a year now and after a bit of initial investigation I decided that Inter App Audio is not for me and so the app got consigned to my “great idea, pity about the execution” file.
NOW however with the addition of AUV3 Fugue Machine is exactly what I wanted in the first place. Thank you Mr Developer! As a point of interest, is there any chance you could do something with Arpeggiator Pro - another potentially brilliant app which desperately needs a rework? Thanks again.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.