midiSTEPs is a powerful and fun MIDI step sequencer app that sends MIDI note and CC messages to other music apps and external synthesizers. It was designed to be super easy to use in a way that's similar to the SH-101 sequencer, where you can just quickly enter a few keyboard notes and you're ready to hit play and hear your sequence. At the same time, it also incorporates many ideas from other classic and modern sequencers, allowing you to set control values per step, mute and skip existing steps, switch between multiple patterns and parts, sync and link patterns in various ways, and modify your sequences.
midiSTEPs was designed from the ground up as a touch-based iPad sequencer app, so it's super easy and intuitive to enter, edit and play sequences.
64 step sequencer based on the classic SH-101 sequencer
Set note, chord or rest per step
Set accent and tie per step
Set CC, velocity, length parameters per step
Mute and skip individual steps
Probability options for individual steps
Set start and end points within sequence
Edit individual steps
Transpose, loop or one shot, start and pattern sync options
Four independent sequencer parts with 16 patterns each per set
Parts can have different speeds, lengths, sync and trigger options
Pattern Mix page with clip-launcher style pattern triggering
External MIDI clock sync with clock shift adjustments and swing
Ableton Link syncing support
Audiobus 3 MIDI support
Easy to set up CoreMIDI configuration and MIDI mapping
AB3 and IAA audio output per part
Audio Unit instrument and effect hosting of external apps for easy, powerful synthesis within midiSTEPs
Easy to use touch interface designed specifically for iPad
Tempo sync with AU plugins
Misc bug and stability fixes
Ratings and Reviews
The idea is great and the app has a nice, simple look. I bought it to sequence chords on my DeepMind12 and it...almost...works. It crashes after working beautifully for a few moments. I'll stick around for an update because the potential is huge. When working properly it will keep me from purchasing something like the kordbot. I'm hoping the issues get sorted out. Godspeed developers!
Definitely NOT a “toy”!
I have had this app for a few days, and I just can not leave it alone! The title calls it a toy, but it doesn’t feel or behave like one. I have some minor issues with it, but mostly I really like it.
There are lots of possibilities here, especially working with a multi-timbral synth like the Korg iM1 or the bs-16i. It’s extremely flexible, with lots of options for variability. I especially love the ability to randomize the notes, or the velocity, or the note gate length. Being able to do this allows the sequences to sound a lot less mechanical and boring.
The one feature I’m still getting used to is the file saving system; it just doesn’t operate the way you think it does. There’s no option to just save the “set” you’re working on, or at least I can’t find it.
It would also be really nice to have a good assortment of scales to pick from; the app provides only major & minor.
Nevertheless I still give it 5 stars; VERY interesting app.
Very, very cool app, but needs some explainer modules!
I make a lot of music on the iPad and have tons of apps all linked together through Audiobus, and with MIDI control of other apps through studiomux (app), so one could say I've got a pretty good handle on things. But for whatever reason I have had the hardest time figuring out how to make this app work and have it be fully integrated into my workflow. I've fiddled around a ton and have managed to figure out a thing or two, but it's gotten to the point where I end up wasting so much time trying to figure out how to actually get everything to work. I'd like to think its intuitive - the UI is clean and beautiful - but it's just not...for me.
This app is FOR SURE awesome, and I know if has a ton of potential that I am just not tapping into yet, but it definitely needs some walk through tool tips or an explainer video to show you how to control other apps / synths etc.
The feedback above also applies to midiLFOs. Looking forward to more tuts / explainer vids because I'd love to have this be a go-to app in my setup.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.