KeyStage by Ali Gokturk (iPad)
Released: Oct 18, 2018
Version: 2.0.1
Size: 51 MB
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Ranking - Music (iPad)


Ali Gokturk
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KeyStage is a master controller, AUv3 host, and audio mixer app designed mainly for keyboard players. With KeyStage, you can simultaneously control any number of hardware and software instruments using any number of MIDI controllers in an organized way.

Each project consists of sections (which corresponds to sections of a song). In each section you can change sounds and sound parameters of connected instruments, create complex splits and layers of your keyboard(s), change the functionalities of sliders/knobs/pedals of your MIDI controllers by creating advanced MIDI mappings, view PDF and JPG files (e.g. sheet music) and lyrics, and much more.



•\tConnect any number of MIDI controller to any number of MIDI instruments by creating tracks.
•\tAssign any region of your keyboard(s) to any connected instrument.
•\tChange velocity curve and velocity limits, and create velocity splits and layers.
•\tTranspose notes and restrict notes to any key using pitch shifter.
•\tCreate instrument presets to easily change sounds of instruments by choosing patch names from patch lists.
•\tKeyStage can also import Cubase Patch Scripts to automatically create instrument presets for your MIDI instruments.
• KeyStage automatically detects new MIDI connections and recommends matching instrument presets from a database.
•\tSimulate auto-sustain on any connected instrument.
•\tChange or filter any MIDI signal using custom translators. Use “Relative Control” switch to smoothly change the parameters of your instruments without any jumps.
•\tUse XY control unit to send control change and pitch bend messages to any connected MIDI instrument.
• Create setlists, quick access all the songs in a setlist from a setlist bar, move to previous/next songs from live console or using external MIDI.
• Create virtual MIDI inputs/outputs for KeyStage.
•\tUse virtual MIDI piano controller to play connected instruments.
•\tView PDF and JPG files. Link any page or region of any file to any section.
•\tBackup and restore your songs and global properties to Dropbox.
•\tMap special actions (like changing octaves, switching sections, changing pages of a PDF file) to notes and controllers using custom translators.
•\tUse MPE routing to control any MIDI instrument using MPE controllers like Seaboard. Use custom translators to change the functionalities of each MPE dimension.
•\tKeyStage supports smooth transitions between sections. Pressed notes will continue to sound when you switch sections.

The following features can be unlocked via in-app purchases

•\tLoad AUv3 instruments, effects, and MIDI Processors.
•\tCreate mixer units to combine audio signals, turning KeyStage into an audio mixer.
•\tWith the player units, you can play wav, mp3, and m4a files, add marker points, automate actions (like play, stop, move to a marker etc.) using custom translators, or trigger certain events (like changing sections) when the player reaches a certain marker.
•\tInput units allows you to use the microphone input, or the hardware inputs of a connected audio interface.
•\tKeyStage has a multi-track recorder, which lets you record any number of tracks simultaneously.
•\tThe Main Mixer view allows you to control volume levels and pans of all tracks, connect effect units, and connect units to mixer units.
•\tThe transport controls allows you to play all instrument, effect, and MIDI processor audio units in sync with the built-in metronome. You can use global tempo and time signature, or assign different tempo and time signature to sections.

You can access demo videos and video tutorials on my Youtube channel.

What's new in version 2.0.1
New Features:

• Audio Unit view frame can be cycled through a set of preset frames.
• On the Main Mixer, you can now double tap on volume and pan sliders to assign their default values.


• You can now import songs directly into KeyStage.
• Audio Unit view can now be moved around by holding and dragging from the bottom bar as well as the top bar.
• "Save Changes" on the Main Mixer now applies to everything, including track states, parameters, and the master volume.• Audio Unit view frame can be cycled through a set of preset frames.
• Users have now the option to disable autosave. When autosave is disabled, changes that you make in a song is stored only if you manually save it.

Bug Fixes:

• When “Same as Incoming” is selected on a track with a AU MIDI plugin, the channels of the MIDI signals produced by the plugin remains unchanged.
• While editing track/part/section names, delete all button (x) can now be pressed.
• In player units, the loop problem for short audio files is resolved.
• Resolved possible crash when (system reset) MIDI message is received.
• Relative control of custom translator with AUParameter outputs was not working correctly when they are activated the first time. This problem is resolved.
• Hardware MIDI connections are now tracked by their unique IDs, which allows you to use multiple devices of the same brand independently.
• Problem with storing buffer size and sample rate changes is resolved.
• Some problems related to storing full states into parts and tracks are resolved.
• Custom translators with global/custom event inputs and with sysex outputs would cause a crash. This is now fixed.
• Lots of additional minor tweaks and fixes.
Our verdict: Good
  • + KeyStage is a highly rated app (5-star).
  • + It is currently 20% off its regular price.
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