To keep your iPad portable but useful, some music apps benefit greatly from being complemented by a midi sequencer app for properly composing and arranging your tunes. Luckily there are developers looking out for us in that department. Here are the three best midi sequencers that you can find in the App Store right now.

Genome Midi Sequencer

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Genome was one of the first proper Midi sequencers to hit the App Store and is still going strong today. It’s the closest you’ll find to a traditional DAW midi piano roll and is a popular choice among iOS musicians.
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  • Easy to write chords
  • Pattern performance clips

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Cons

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  • Learning curve
  • Touch midi editing can get clunky at times

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Midi Pattern Sequencer

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Don’t be fooled by the generic name of this app as it is a versatile sequencer for your drum and synth apps. Once you know your way around its interface you can write a piece of music really fast.
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  • Very fast to get going
  • Versatile

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Cons

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  • A lot of menu-diving
  • Chords are entered per note

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Sugarbytes Thesys

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The midi plugin for Windows and Mac has recently found its way to the iPad as well putting advanced features right under your fingertips. Thesys is great if you want to let go off traditional piano roll editing and get more crazy drawing in your pitch and modulation parameters.
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  • Control everything on one screen
  • Happy, random accidents
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    Cons

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    • Awkward for traditional composing

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    The Verdict

    There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to Midi sequencing apps. When you’re used to traditional ‘Piano roll’ editing in your DAW, then Genome might be the best offer. When you’re used to x0x-style hardware Midi control then Midi Pattern Sequencer or Thesys (for advanced Midi mangling) might be the better choices. Either way, you can’t go wrong picking any of these sequencer apps.

    What’s your favorite Midi sequencer?

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