This app will help you to come up with chords, to practice your instrument and to get to know the circle of fifths, even without knowledge of music theory!
FOR SONGWRITERS & PRODUCERS:
Stuck for new ideas? You're not sure which chords will sound good together? This app will help you!
▶ Chords of a key are highlighted, they will sound great together, just combine them.
▶ Learn how chords are played on the piano or guitar!
▶ Export songs as MIDI file and use it in Ableton, Garage Band or any other DAW.
▶ Thirds? Fifths? Mixolydian??? Don't panic! You don't need to know or learn any music theory!
AS PRACTICE TOOL:
Practice and learn songs, chords, scales and get easy access to music theory!
▶ Compose songs or practice chord progressions. Check out the chord relations within the circle of 5ths.
▶ Check out how chords are played on your instrument with the expandable piano or guitar fretboard.
▶ Check out chords of popular songs, analyze and practice them.
▶ Practice scales in different keys and clefs. Basic scales are included — Unlock more than 80 scales if you are hungry for more!
▶ Playback scales and train your ear.
▶ Display the traditional circle of fifths with parallel minor chords.
FOR PROS AND TEACHERS:
▶ Display and playback 4-note chords in the circle of fifths. Have fun with modal interchange or customized chords! Check out chord statistics related to the currently active key.
▶ Use the app to teach your students the circle of 5ths and let them practice chord progressions and scales.
Easily pick chords out of the circle of fifths. Create custom chords, change time signature (4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 7/8, 5/8), change the tempo (40-320bpm) and adjust the flexible song structure.
Once you've composed a song, you can quickly change the key to find the right one for you.
▶ A continuously growing list of popular songs
Check out what popular songs look like in the circle of fifths. Practice and analyze them, see directly which chords are off key.
▶ Piano & Guitar fretboard
Check out how chords and scales are played on the piano or guitar. Check out melodies or practice scales on the go with the interactive keyboard.
▶ Share & collaborate
Share song links with your friends, your teacher or band colleagues. Receivers can open and work on them in their Ultimate Circle Of Fifths app.
▶ MIDI export
Export songs as MIDI file and work with them in Ableton, Garage Band or any other digital audio workstation.
▶ Save songs
Save your favorite compositions on your device! Work on them later, share or export them as MIDI.
▶ Traditional circle of fifths
As the Ultimate Circle Of Fifths highlights the key in the "Songwriting" mode. You can also display the traditional circle of fifths with the parallel minor chords in the "Scales" mode of the app.
▶ Learn scales in any key.
▻ Ionian (Natural major)
▻ Aeolian (Natural minor)
▻ As well as Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Locrian.
▻ more than 80 scales with the optional "Scales Pack" Add-on.
▻ G clef
▻ F clef
▻ C clef
▶ Display Chords, roman numerals, and colors of your song
▶ Different playback sounds:
▻ Grand Piano
▻ Acoustic Guitar
▻ Synth Pad
Practice, compose with our without a click. Adjust volume levels individually.
▶ App settings:
▻ Transposed playback for Bb or Eb instruments.
▻ Four color themes, including a color blind theme.
▻ Display minor chords in small letters.
▻ Display 4-note-chords.
▻ Display german note names (B will be H).
▻ Chord symbols and chord structures are explained.
▶ No registration (account) needed!
This version contains a big update with a lot of new features and great design improvements.
The design was optimized for better readability and better usage. Bigger font sizes and more contrast all over the app as well as some new design patterns which will make composing and practicing much easier and more efficient.
New in 2.1.1:
▶ FINALLY! Two chords per bar! You can now split a bar and assign two individual chords with individual lengths. Either long press on a selected bar or tap on the "expand" icon next to the arrow navigation in the footer when you're in composition mode.
New in 2.1.0:
▶ Introducing a third, new "app mode" especially for scales.
▶ Undo and redo feature for changes on chords in the song.
▶ Arrow navigation when composing. When you tap in a bar to compose you will now remain in composition mode until you tap "Done". Skip to the next/previous bar with the arrows at the bottom of the screen. This will make composing much faster and more efficient!
▶ On/Off for repeating the whole song when playing it back.
▶ On/Off for auto-scrolling the song when playing it back.
▶ Highlight chords of your song with the appropriate color. You'll find this under the settings icon at the beginning of your song.
▶ Double tap on a chord (in a bar or the wheel) to edit it.
▶ Change the playback direction of the scale. Play the scale up, down or up and down.
▶ All song and scale related settings and actions are now located in an expandable bar at the bottom of the screen.
▶ Global actions and content like creating a new song, popular and saved songs, as well as the app settings and info are now located in a sidebar menu.
▶ Bigger font sizes, icons, and more contrast.
▶ New iPad landscape layout.
▶ Exported MIDI files do now have the correct note length when using a different time signature than 4/4.
▶ Performance optimization.
This update was tested a lot. If you still find some bugs, please report them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Have fun with this new app version!
Ratings and Reviews
Fun and super helpful for writing songs!
Great little app, very helpful for composing and actually hearing chord progressions back for those who don't have relative and perfect pitch. The only thing is that I would love for more customizations of the chords, namely inversions (even in combination with four note chords) and different rhythms that aren't 4/4. Right now, the root of the chord is always on the bottom. Inversions add a different color to the chord and are very widely used in songs and compositions. Some chords in the context of a certain progression just aren't the same sound without inversions. As for rhythms, it would be helpful for more control over how many bars a progression is and how many beats are in a bar. Right now, it's always 4 beats to a bar. Either 4 or 8 bars. I don't think adding different time signatures would be incredibly difficult nor adding custom length of bars any amount between (2-8). Also, adding chord changes within a bar would be awesome. That would add more complexity, sure, but the app for have so much value for making fully realized chord progressions for a song or composition. Other than those things, a solid app with lots of potential for improvement. I'm sure the inversions and rhythms features can be included in a future update.
Developer Response ,
Hey wckreation, thank you for your detailed feedback! The latest update of the app includes a more flexible song structure, as well as different time signatures! Enjoy!
Ideas for new updates
App is pretty good and fun to use. I recommend getting it to anyone who wants a better understanding of progressions. I would hope to see in the future options for saving chord progressions, making chord progressions that are longer than 8 bars, and possibly different instrument sounds. I think these are all relatively easy additions. I would also recommend an option to use chords from the parallel minor or modal interchange. This would be a tremendously better app if it had that. It would be worth way more money. I would even pay in app purchase for it if it worked well. I'd rather see it free but people need money. This app is good and is updated pretty regularly. I'd give it five stars if they manage to bring my suggestions to life. I'm hopeful because these don't seem like they would be incredibly hard to add to the already good UI. I would also like to point out a glitch where if you exit to home screen out of the app while having a chord progression being played it can make a horrible spazz noise. Overall really good app that's actually worth the price I'd buy it again.
Developer Response ,
Hey Freshprinceofbethel, your suggestions were brought to life 😊Check out the latest update!
A bang for the buck
I almost never write reviews for apps but this one felt like it deserves a praise. The UI is very appealing with neat colors and the makers of this app clearly did their research on user base because it caters to both beginners and professionals. I’ve been a musician for about six years now and a UX designer for three, and this is the first time I’m seeing two of my favorite things blend into one awesome entity.
At first even I thought if it’ll be worth spending the money for and now I’ve realized the vast possibilities this app has to offer. Sometimes I get writers block when trying to come up with a piece and cannot really place the next chord in the sequence and also I’ve had hard time getting my head around different modes. This app surprisingly has it all and I’d highly recommend any musician to check it out.
- Christian Hengst
- 80.5 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 - 2019 Christian Hengst
- In-App Purchases
- 80+ Scales $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.