Part of the utility of the iPad is its power to transform into whatever you want it to be, the black, empty screen fitting any role you happen to need in the studio. Our friend Chris Stack shows off the combination of Ableton Live with the Koushion step sequencer on the iPad.

Koushion is capable of sequencing hardware as well as software, provided a compatible interface. I don’t normally copy-and-paste, but here, let’s give ourselves a break. Features:

  • 16 steps per scene (up to 128 steps in chain mode)
  • 8 scenes with independent midi channel per scene
  • 4 playback modes: single, simultaneous, chain, rebound
  • Key switching between any major, minor, or pentatonic scale
  • Adjustable quantization (1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and 1/32)
  • Quantized scene switching
  • MIDI clock send/receive
  • Tap to set tempo (great for syncing with a live band)
  • Velocity control
  • Monophonic drawing mode (only allows one note per step; great for programming leads)
  • Wireless connectivity via CoreMIDI Network Sessions or rtpMIDI
  • Automatic integration with other apps via CoreMIDI virtual ports. Open up a synth in the background and Koushion will trigger the notes!

For more Koushion action, here’s the same tool sequencing not only synths in Live, but “a variety of Moog analog synths [and] the Moog Guitar’s filter,” too.

  • noone

    I used to use my iPad as a controller for Ableton Live.
    Then I realised I could just run Ableton Live on a tablet and cut out the middleware. Much better experience. Using a Samsung tablet, but the Surface will do the same when it comes out.

    iPad is good for Borderlands mind you.

  • Umm…

    Except for the small segment with the drums, it seems the app was simply playing a premade pattern while he was tweaking with a different controller. Am i missing something? I would like to have a better idea of how quick a beat or song can be laid out from scratch. Can you save these “scenes?”, or the app’s MIDI routing as a template of sorts? I like that there are lots of rows; ideal for chromatic scales. Is chromatic an option? Cheers.