Piano Motifs 4+

A Generative Music App

Fernando Morales

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 108 Ratings
    • $3.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



• Let the musical muses of Piano Motifs inspire your device to generate some original and beautiful motifs (short melodies).

• Selected as the Favorite MIDI Generator App two years in a row by the iOS Music Production community!

• Check out the music that Piano Motifs can generate at: https://soundcloud.com/azul-3d

• For Piano Motifs demos and tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/@azul3dapps

• Create original, catchy and inspiring MIDI loops at the touch of a button.

• No musical knowledge or skill is necessary to create completely new and original music. Piano Motifs is the simplest way to generate your own music.

• There are no preset melodies. Melodies are generated algorithmically. The melodic possibilities are endless.

• Set the music tempo or select the key, scale, time signature, octave range, number of bars, melody constraints, melody note frequency and accompaniment style for your motif.

• Option to generate Swing rhythm for the melody, either Shuffle or Hard Swing.

• Program your own chord progressions and let Piano Motifs generate an accompaniment and melody for them.

• Generation of a 3rd track with the option of it being a sustained chord per bar, sustained chord per multiple bars or a drone tone. Ideal for strings, choirs or pads.

• Arrange your motifs to create longer musical pieces.

• Choose from 24 different kinds of accompaniment styles.

• Define your arpeggio accompaniments.

• Choose from 13 different kinds of melody constraints.

• Major, Minor, Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Phrygian, Harmonic Minor and Phrygian Dominant scales supported.

• Loop your motifs

• Save your motifs as MIDI files so you can edit them or add more instrumentation to them on your favorite Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

• Many options when exporting a MIDI file or one MIDI file per track. When exporting a MIDI file, export with a third MIDI track with a sustained chord per bar, sustained chord per multiple bars or a drone tone (Ideal for synth pads, strings or chorus).

• Share audio or MIDI through iMessages, e-mail, Whatsapp or AirDrop. Save audio, MIDI or .motif file to your device's file system.

• AUv3 MIDI Plug-In In-App Purchase:
Incorporate Piano Motifs seemlessly in your workflow by instantiating it once or multiple times in an app that can host AUv3 MIDI Plug-Ins, for example: AUM, AudioBus 3, ApeMatrix, Drambo or EG Nodes. Please note that Piano Motifs as an AUv3 MIDI Plug-In will not play any sound by itself, it generates MIDI that can be routed to other apps and effects instantiated in a host. IMPORTANT: GarageBand does not support MIDI only Plug-ins, so the AUv3 will not work in GarageBand.

• AUv3 MIDI Plug-In features include:
- Ability to play Piano Motifs in sync and out of sync with the host.
- State saving functionality.
- Independent programmable MIDI channels for melody, accompaniment, optional third track, and optional melody harmony track.
- Interactive octave shifting for melody and accompaniment.
- Controllable Melody and Accompaniment Velocity parameters.
- Start Delay and BPM multiple with respect to the Host in Sync mode.

• MIDI Out In-App Purchase: 
Play the music generated by Piano Motifs on your favorite synthesizer, DAW, a connect/route/mix app like AUM, or any app that has Virtual MIDI Destination (MIDI In) capabilities. IMPORTANT: Before purchasing please be aware that Piano Motifs DOES NOT OFFER Ableton Link functionality.

• MIDI Out In-App Purchase features include: 
- Programmable delay for the start of a motif
- Independent programmable MIDI channels for melody, accompaniment and an optional third track
- MIDI Out settings are saved between Piano Motifs sessions

• Piano Motifs chooses a music key from many different scales and an accompaniment from a varied set of accompaniments. Piano Motifs then uses its musical theory algorithms to overlay a melody in the chosen key and accompaniment. Piano Motifs are short, they go from around 16 seconds to around 30 seconds.

What’s New

Version 4.67

• Added a Randomize Button (Dice Icon) to the Accomp Seq Accomp Style.
• Added an option to set the borders of the different sections of the Main Screen to be white.
• Fixed issue when adding sections in the Arrange Screen from scratch. After adding the first section, if you tried to add another sections, there were no motifs available to add.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Shoeless81 ,

An Inspirational MIDI Generator

This is quickly becoming my favorite musical sketching tool. It’s great for beginners trying to learn some music theory, and you can really get into some deep tinkering if you already have a handle on music theory. The app can feel a little clunky at first, but you can get pretty deep into fine tuning the melodies, bass, and chord progressions. I’m honestly blown away at the amount of inspiration I’ve found tinkering with this app.

Buying the MIDI out upgrade is a must for me, but for a few bucks it’s totally worth it. I do wish there was a more straightforward AUv3 integration. Sure, I can route the midi through AUM (or directly into most synth apps, though I had trouble with SynthMaster2) but still, it’d be sweet if I could load it in a midi channel strip and run it in AUM. Exporting the midi and loading it into Atom Piano Roll or Helium works for me for now.

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks for your review. The latest version of the app can be used as an AUv3 MIDI plugin. Hope this helps better integrate Piano Motifs into your workflow.

Jackster847 ,

Simply magical! Updated again

For my money Best in its class. Outperforms all others I’ve tried. Largely intuitive. On my wish list are more time signatures and scales/modes. But even as is, it provides hours and hours of usable material. Oh, one more wish - ability to add greater variety of sections into an arrangement. And the ability to control volume for each channel.
Addendum to wish list - ability to choose different instruments for each channel with selection going beyond Piano & guitar to strings, horns, woodwinds, percussion, voices w/o having to deal with MIDI (which I gave up on). Not sure how AUv3 would work here, but after my MIDI experience, I can’t see justifying added cost.
But, again, on its own Piano Motifs is a must-have tool to get the creative juices flowing.

Developer Response ,


Thanks for your review! I would like to know in more detail your wish for a greater variety of sections in an arrangement. I realize that you have given up on MIDI, but you should give it a second chance. I can help you get MIDI Out working easily, but communication through the App Store is less than ideal. Please contact me at azul3dapps@gmail.com so I can help you with MIDI Out and to discuss any feature requests. Also, please check the following YouTube channel for tutorials that might help: https://www.youtube.com/@azul3dapps. In there you will find examples of how to use Piano Motifs both in MIDI Out mode and using it as a an AUv3 plug-in (the AUv3 plug-in allows you to control the volume for each channel).


cmruko ,

Amazing Quality and Quantity

I purchased Piano Motifs shortly after release, and I’m very glad that I did. It is one of the best audio and/or midi semi-generative apps available on iOS. The developer is extremely responsive and has been constantly updating this app, adding newer, better features. I say semi because there are many parameters or rules you can set before it generates a motif, even add your own chord progressions. The midi out IAP is a must for someone like me. It’s easy to route up to 3 separate midi channels (Melody, accompaniment, & Chords) using virtual midi into a host like AUM and record all the midi. Almost every single motif you generate is worth saving. I like to create a few motifs in the same key and tempo then arrange them into parts, then record the midi, and expand upon it. 10 Stars!

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