Introducing Modstep, Modulation Monster and the first full-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad. Modstep allows you to create music and jam with your iPad and your favorite IAA Apps, Audio Units, Mac and PC software and MIDI hardware as well as the internal drum sampler and synth. Use it as the centerpiece of your setup to create and perform music on the go, in the studio and on stage.
"If you´re looking for a versatile, adaptable MIDI sequencer for iOS, Modstep comes highly recommended"
Sound On Sound
“Modstep could change how an iPad fits into your music making”
“If you’ve ever dreamed of a touchscreen brain for your studio, this is it.” FACTMag
"Modstep is a great step forward for step sequencing.”
-Session-style MIDI sequencer with unlimited tracks & scenes.
-Play individual clips or whole scenes, or use the included arrangement features to manage more sophisticated song-structures.
-Clips are pattern based which allows quick edits on the fly. Set a variable speed per pattern.
-Edit clips with either the Step Sequencer or the Piano Roll
-Step Sequencer with active steps and step-shifting.
-Piano Roll with variable quantization including triplets, access to modulations, velocities and scales.
-Everything can be edited, arranged, modulated or changed in real-time.
-Note Repeat from 1-48th to 1/4th.
-Unlimited MIDI & Audio tracks - only restricted by the power of your iPad.
-Tempo range from 20 to 999bpm.
-Sync via Ableton Link.
-Stable and low-latency MIDI Clock In & Out with latency adjustment.
-integrated global keyboard with scales & drum-pads allow quick recording of individual tracks with a single surface.
-Use an external controller or keyboard to control, record or play any given track.
-Midi mappable via external MIDI controllers
-Internal additive synth with up to 64 harmonics per voice, 3-band eq, delay, reverb, lfo and detune.
-Internal sampler with pitch, volume, reverse, fx per slot, 3 band-eq, delay and reverb.
-Integrate any IAA compatible app or Audio Unit as an instrument or effect.
-unlimited number of effects per track.
-convenient plugin management via drag and drop.
-Integrated mixer with Arm, Mute, Solo per track
-Any loaded instrument or external MIDI hardware is completely modulatable via CCs.
-Up to 128 CC modulations per track.
-Audio and MIDI streaming directly via charger cable to Mac and PC using studiomux technology
-Export sample perfect loops of audio per track. Choose which channels to record. The internal quantization will make sure they are sample-perfect and ready for any DAW.
-Import / Export of MIDI files.
-Import / Export of Audio & MIDI files via AudioShare.
-A sophisticated template system allows quick setup of tracks to control external MIDI hardware, apps or plugins.
-Includes many preconfigured templates for popular external hardware.
-Template editor to create your own templates for IAA Apps, desktop Apps and external MIDI devices
-Supports all MIDI interfaces for the iPad
-Works on all iPads (iPad 1 restricted to MIDI only)
iOS 8 or later
for audio and MIDI streaming to a Mac or PC, the studiomux server software is required: get the latest for free at studiomux.net
You can find the manual here: http://www.modstep.net/manual
- fixed a bug that could occur when loading defective AUv3 effects
- fixed a bug with sending and receiving MIDI Clock
Ratings and Reviews
Buggy but brilliant
I'm not going to lie, this app has problems, it crashes frequently and I've even had to reinstall it twice because it got stuck in a strange crashing loop. However, when it's on a roll and behaving itself this beast is exactly the sequencing app I've been dreaming of. All of a sudden I can make my IPad the powerful brain of my jamming rig and it's amazing. If you're patient and can look past the faults then there is huge amounts of fun to be had with Modstep, and when it gets patched and becomes more stable it's going to become an invaluable part of my setup.
5* for a response.
Took a while to nearly master, and after being a little daft, I get a first response on this app review place thingy. Which fixed the problem I had. It's as close to Ableton Live and my DAW Bitwig clip launching as I know of in iOS. The results were brilliant. Thank you developers.
Developer Response ,
Hi there, it seems that you have activated the audio recording functionality on each track (the tape icon). This will record audio files as long as you have your session running and therefore cause big session files. Just deactivate the audio recording on each track and your sessions should be back to normal.
So frustrating. Great potential that unfortunately doesn’t deliver. Never known an app so buggy plus can’t even get in touch with developers via website. Tried via Facebook but still waiting. That’s £20 gone for nothing
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.