Xequence MIDI Workstation refers to itself as an advanced linear MIDI Sequencer and Keyboard / Controller. It’s universal app, so it runs on both iPhone and iPad, and if MIDI control is your thing then it’s probably an app you should take a closer look at. Xequence’s latest update brings a wealth of new features, the biggest of which is a new drum maps IAP, but that’s not all, version 1.6 significantly improves the app in a number of other areas and makes it a very compelling controller.
Here’s all that’s new:
DRUM MAPS (In-App Purchase):
- Every instrument can now have a fully customizable drum map (up to 8×8 or 64 pads, any other sizes like 3×4 or 5×2 etc. are also supported).
- Access drum maps by tapping the former “Dual keyboard” toggle button at the bottom left of the keyboard screen, and selecting the pads icon.
- Drum maps can be edited via drag and drop
- Drum pads support positional velocity sensitivity (highly configurable), and glide from pad to pad
- Drum names are shown instead of notes in the pianoroll editor.
- Various layout editing functions like flip, compact, etc.
- Preset system: Drum map layouts can be saved and retrieved across projects and devices.
- 9 factory map presets included, more in a free update.
SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED SCALES SUPPORT:
- Over 70 new scales from all around the world added.
- Enhanced scale selector, organized into 10 categories and with visualization of current scale.
GREATLY ENHANCED CONTROL ON THE KEYBOARD SCREEN:
- Selectable linear or S-shaped velocity curves.
- New controller input mode “Key position”: When enabled, sets the controller value when a key is struck, depending on the vertical position on the key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Very useful and expressive, especially if a synth doesn’t support mapping velocity to a control.
- New controller input mode “Key slide”: When enabled, the controller’s value can be changed by moving your finger up and down while holding a key. Fully configurable modes and curves. Again, lots of expressive possibilities. This mode can also be combined with the aforementioned “Key position” for even more control.
OTHER NEW FEATURES:
- “Auto-add controllers” option (enabled by default). When recording via MIDI and receiving a controller (CC) that does not yet exist on the current instrument, it will be automatically added.
- Added “Prevent display lock” option to settings.
- Keyboard: Changed the way the keyboard mode (scroll, glide, locked) is selected (reduced to two toggle buttons).
- Keyboard: Added Undo and Redo buttons in the bottom toolbar, no more switching back and forth while recording.
- Various user interface improvements.
- Various optimizations to make the app even faster and more resource efficient.
- Controller editor: Velocities sometimes didn’t update immediately while playing after changing them in “Draw” mode.
- Keyboard: Fix occasional wrong note velocities when playing chords.
- Fix wrong display of project names that contain dots.
Xequence is available on the app store and costs $4.99 (IAPs for Drum Maps, unlimited tracks, and up to 12 controllers)
It’s worth checking out this video of the very first version of the app to get a feel for it, although it has moved on from there quite a bit now.