ChordMaps2 – the iPad midi app for chords – my pick of the KW06

ChordMaps2 on the iPad Pro

First of all: I have no idea about music, but I enjoy playing with programs like GarageBand and synthesizers on the iPad. So am I too on the app ChordMaps2 encountered, which I would like to present here as the pick of the week.

Midi controller app for iPad

In principle, ChordMaps2 is a midi controller for the iPad, because the app itself does not make any sounds, but only sends midi signals to other devices or apps, which in turn take over the sound generation.

For this reason I have the app "Bismarck BS-16“ also open in the background and use it for the sound output.

In the settings of the "Bismarck BS-16" app you will find the option to let the app run in the background.

In the settings of the "Bismarck BS-16" app you will find the option to let the app run in the background.

Connect midi apps with ChordMaps2 - not quite trivial

The advantage of Bismarck BS-16 is that this app "announces" the network that it is available. Therefore, to connect in ChordMaps2, simply click on the info button at the top left and then select the "Bismarck BS-16" app at the bottom of the window.

Some apps, like GarageBand or AudioKit Synth One aren't as extroverted and keep it to themselves that they're running. Accordingly, ChordMaps2 unfortunately does not find them and does not show them in the list of available midi apps.

In order to establish the connection between the two apps here, however, you can use a small app called "FreeEWI', which is free and will do the job.

Two points are still important: In the settings of GarageBand or any other app, you have to activate "Run in background" so that the app can also play sounds in the background.

GarageBand also has an option to keep the app running in the background.

GarageBand also has an option to keep the app running in the background.

Furthermore, in ChordMaps2, you select the “FreeWI” app as the destination via the info symbol. In GarageBand you should open an instrument and play a few notes on the keyboard to make sure that sounds come out.

When I then pressed buttons in ChordMaps2, the corresponding chords also sounded via GarageBand.

Why is ChordMaps2 still a recommendation?

I just know the scale, but otherwise I don't know much about music theory. But with ChordMaps2 you have a tool at hand with which you can easily find beautiful chords and chord progressions.

When you launch the app, you're a little overwhelmed by the view, but the good thing is you don't have to understand what the whole numbers mean - you can still use the app and explore chords and see which ones go well together.

Here you can see the four most important areas in ChordMaps2: on the left the selection of the key, then a little further the possibility to change the view in the middle and the two right boxes are intended for playing chords.

Here you can see the four most important areas in ChordMaps2: on the left the selection of the key, then a little further the possibility to change the view in the middle and the two right boxes are intended for playing chords.

In the left area you set the key in which you want to work. In the 4th column from the left you can still choose different "layouts" and in the box in the middle and on the far right you can tap various touch surfaces and enjoy the chords.

The keys that are currently being played are always shown at the top of the piano view.

Since I can't explain the whole app here - I only understand a fraction of the functions myself - here is a link to the tutorial video:

Volume and tones vary on touch buttons

Most touch fields still have a small special feature: the further up you touch them, the louder the chords are played. If you can still see small subdivisions in the boxes, the chords will still differ when you switch between those subdivisions.

For me, the ChordMaps2 app is just a great tool to play with different keys and chord progressions and then see how to play them on the keyboard yourself.

If you'd also like to tinker around a bit without having to worry about music theory, then I highly recommend ChordMaps2. I'm sure that the app has a lot to offer even for advanced musicians, but I don't know enough about music to be able to comment on it here.

Just take a look at the app: ChordMaps2.

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