Midinous is an interesting audio tool for creating MIDI sequences that launched today on Steam. Midinous enables you to create songs easily by creating a sequence of notes on a grid, which can either be played using the built-in synth or as a MIDI control device for your DAW of choice.
Midinous is described as:
This looks fun, what is it?
Midinous is a non-linear MIDI sequencer allowing users to create expansive looping complex sequences which don’t subscribe to a definite timeline. Meter is determined only by a user’s imagination. Midinous can, however, still send MIDI clock messages to sync up devices and software.
That sounds confusing. How does it work, really?
Midinous emulates a hardware MIDI controller by creating its own MIDI Input/Output port on a computer, throwing away the need for any 3rd party software. Launch Midinous, and it can start sending MIDI data within seconds!
Still lost. MIDI?
Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is the technical standard Midinous adopts to send data to other applications (usually, but not limited to, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)). Although Midinous can make simple sounds on its own, it is best used with a DAW.
Grid Based Editing
Midinous works on a grid system where the distance between each tile is a quarter note. Arrange objects called ‘Points’ and connect them together with ‘Paths’ to quickly create complex looping or branching sequences of MIDI data. Branch to points randomly or instantly, split signals, or have signals travel in order of Path creation. Turn snapping mode off for complex meters and odd timing!
Customization and Accessibility
Most keyboard controls have been made accessible by way of remapping, and the interface can be recolored as desired. Make Midinous as friendly as it needs to be.
Midinous provides a virtually infinite scrollable canvas for creations. Though technically not limitless, Midinous can support the wildest of creations with full support for scrolling, panning, and zoom.
With Midinous’ scale snapping functionality, set a group of Points to a certain scale, or ensure the entire project aligns with a desired mode. Choose a key and a scale to quickly change the way a sequence sounds.
Carry MIDI data across multiple pathways with relative assignments for every attribute a Point object may have, such as MIDI Note, Channel, Velocity, Duration, and more. Good for ascending sequences and arpeggios.
Support For Other Operating Systems
Midinous is being developed in a cross-platform framework that will allow it to run on either Linux or Mac operating systems as well as Windows. However, currently, Midinous is only available on Windows. More operating systems will be supported in the future.
You can learn more about Midinous and see it in action in the video below.