Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and noise.io developer Amidio have made a crazy-looking hexagonal sequencer for the iPhone. It comes with plenty of samples and factory sessions if you just want to play around, but I imagine the greatest draw for CDM readers is that it allows exporting your own files via a WiFi server application.

(Ahem… cough… Google Android and others don’t require any special app just to get files onto your mobile device. Sorry, something got stuck in my throat. Cough… ahem… can we have a real, live audio system in Android now, please? Whoops, throat thing happened again.)

This application also works with Beatmaker, so you now have a pretty nice studio of mobile apps on the iPhone and iPod touch. If your arms have been cramped whipping out your laptop on the Chinatown bus to Boston (now with 6″ of legroom), this could be a huge help.

More features:

  • Stutter, chorus, and bit-distortion effects
  • Seamless loop creation you can use with Beatmaker or your own favorite audio production tool
  • Cell randomization

JR Hexatone Pro is US$9.99.

JR Hexatone Pro Site @ Amidio
Via the ever-up-to-date, ever green-on-black Matrixsynth

Now, this isn’t the only way to get your hexagon on with music sequencing. See previously:
Hexagonal Sequencer with vvvv, MIDI, Ableton, and Soon Wii, Camera Input
Music on the Game Grid: Interactive Arpeggiators Al-Jazari, reacTogon
Code Your Own Sequencer? Archaeopteryx Generates MIDI with Ruby

Here are the developer’s videos:

…including some preset examples:

Lastly, from Jordan himself, here’s a tutorial on sound programming with the tool:

  • http://ideletemyselfbitbyebit.blogspot.com/ ideletemyself

    I just got Hexatone tonight and I'm loving it. It takes a little while to grasp how to use it kind of like Noise io was at 1st. For me anyways…

    Beat Maker + Noise io + JR Hexatone Pro + iSyn = Yum Yum Yum iPhone 3GS luvin'

  • http://www.protoolerblog.com stiff

    I got it yesterday. As the above commenter stated, it does take a while to grasp, even if I think part of my problem was that I didn't read the manual well enough. There are much more interesting sounds in there than you hear in some videos (especially what I think is Jordans own sounds) but sampling my own is of course what I'm waiting to get down to when time allows.

  • annoyed droid

    I think I caught your cold, Peter. I've been coughing JUST like that.

  • http://www.firesstormfilms.com.au josh@firestorm

    it definately been going around.. ive had that cough for the six months i've had my g1/htc dream..

    went to the doctor the other day and he tried prescribing me an iphone, he said it'd fix it…

  • Captain Howdy

    Rudess is such a freak.

  • http://theboringblog.wordpress.com tim

    i don't have an iPhone, but i'm happy to spot a kyma system in his rack…

  • http://www.charlesmartin.com.au Charles

    Jordan plays marimba too! Awesome.

    What kind is it?

  • http://blogdorene.blogspot.com/ Alex

    Manual? where I can find the manual? Thanx.

  • http://www.tonvibration.de tonvibration

    Thats a real cool sequencer! Very innovative. And also the exporting of files is great.

    But i wonder if there is a possibility to synchronize it with your other gear, so you can use it live? (Am I to blind to see?)

  • leslie
  • JavaJ

    Very cool app. If you use the microphone (use the headset that came with the iphone) you can record either your own samples (by creating a blank session- and hit record to record), or record the seesion WITh the microphone.

    Then, you can even load either of those samples back into the oscillator and use it as a sound source (so you could create 6 different beats and have them all going at once- using all the modifiers and effects).

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