Modstep is a fully-featured MIDI sequencing environment for the iPad where anything it’s possible if you can wrestle with its learning curve. It’s a place to jam and make music with your favorite Inter-App Audio apps, Audio Units, external MIDI hardware, or the internal drum sampler and synth.
Version 1.2 saw the app updated with AUv3 user preset support, 8 new MIDI templates, 35 new Sample Kits, several workflow improvements, and integration with the recently released Audiobus 3 – among many other things! The app also ceased working on iPads running iOS versions older than 8. All iPads, except the original 2011 iPad can run iOS 8, so consider an upgrade to the latest iOS version available for yours.
The 8 new MIDI templates cover machines like the Roland TR-09 and TB-03, the OTO BIM and BAM, the Modal CRAFTsynth, the Meeblip triode, the Korg monologue, and the Elektron Analog Heat. Improvements to workflow include the possibility to disable Auto Save, change time display on Auto Save to minutes and seconds, the addition of BPM info for exported audio files and folders, and clearer distorted audio indication in the Mixer. Modstep is being actively worked on, and it shows.
With version 1.2.4, the latest update to Modstep, a bunch of bugs have been fixed in addition to all of this. An IAA loading bug has been killed off, and AUv3 presets are now handled according to Apple guidelines. Several smaller fixes have been introduced as well. The complete list of bugs squashed with version 1.2 is as follows:
- Several issues with AUv3 under iOS 10.x
- Fixed a bug that caused MIDI Settings to be ineffective/wrong after reloading a project
- Fixed a bug that could lead to a crash when importing via AudioShare
- Fixed a bug with copying Scenes and Loop Settings
- Fixed a bug that caused exported audio to be too loud / distorted
- Fixed a bug that disregarded new clip colors when they were changed after reloading
- Fixed a bug that would cause the navigation window to be stuck in Step Sequencer and Piano Roll