Free apps can be great. Let me start with that, they can be great. Not all free apps are great, and sometimes they can hide expensive IAPs that you need to get even the most basic functionality. So I’m always slightly sceptical about a new app that I know very little about. So when I decided to download expressionPad I didn’t have high expectations at all. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got the app open. To begin with the app’s interface seemed way to small to work on an iPhone 6s in portrait mode, but when you switch to landscape it becomes much easier to use entirely. As such I will be giving the app a bit more room on my iPhone and a bit more time to explore it.

So you might be interested to know just what this app is all about. Here’s the app’s description:

expressionPad is a new kind of musical instrument. Continuous multi-touch support means you can control pitch bend, dynamics, and modulation with each touch, even as you change notes.

We’ve created a flexible and intuitive interface so you can focus on music. Watch our video and see for yourself!

Tune your expressionPad in fourths, fifths, or in guitar tunings such as standard or Open C.

expressionPad features a built-in polyphonic synthesizer/sampler so you can start making music right away. Experience the flexibility of polyphonic portamento — an electronic music first!

Connect to your music studio via Core MIDI, Apple’s inter-app music protocol. With expressionPad, you can play Reason, Ableton Live, Logic, Garage Band, and Logic more expressively than ever!

A clean interface, a flexible synthesizer/sampler, and lightning-fast MIDI response. Push your musical ideas to new limits with expressionPad.

expressionPad is free on the app store now:

  • Lex Vanderwal

    It’s a nice idea and I like the different keyboard modes, but found the MIDI implementation a bit underwhelming. No Pitch Bend, Aftertouch etc. Just Note On followed by 127 Note Off messages for all notes. So “more expressively than ever”?
    And I know it’s free, but 127 times a Note Off? Come on…