The world of Link gets bigger

I’ve posted about Ableton’s Link before, and I doubt very much that this post will be the last time. In fact it was number 1 on my list of things to expect in 2016. As I said in that post, Link is going to get bigger and bigger and will become a standard in the not too distant future.

But what of MIDI? Well Coding Cod (makers of the excellent LoopTree)are bringing their MIDI Link Sync app soon. In fact, they’ve just announced their BETA programme:

But ahead of that Link to MIDI has arrived, and it’s free.

People are starting to do some interesting things with Link.

It won’t stop there either. Link is set to grow and grow. Other developers already have it in their sites so expect it to come to your favourite apps very soon.

In order to make it a little simpler to find out which apps have it so far, I’m going to put up a page which will list all the Link enabled apps to date, and I’ll be updating it more or less daily.

Let me know what you think, and let me know what you’re doing with Link too.

OUI – the OSC (Open Sound Control) User Interface arrives, but there’s more to it than you think …


So OUI does look like a nice middle ground between Lemur and TouchOSC, both of which I’m a big fan of, and, both of which will support OSC. However, OSC seems to have lost favour since Apple introduced CoreMIDI with iOS 4.3 I believe? Even so, it isn’t gone, and now we have OUI (app description below). However, there’s more about this app that needs to be said, but I’ll let you read the app’s description first …

OUI – the OSC (Open Sound Control) User Interface. Unlike other OSC controllers, OUI provides a dynamic multi-touch interface that does not need an external editor. Interfaces for OUI can be created through the use of OSC messages (described on the last section of this About page) or directly on your iPhone or iPad when your interface is placed into edit mode. OUI uses a wireless network connection to send control values to any client application that can listen for OSC. Many common sound environment provide the ability to listen for OSC messages, including the SuperCollider programming language, PureData and other proprietary music and sound creation environments. Since communication is network based, OUI can be used on a local area network (LAN) or even to communicate with OSC clients around the world.”

When I spotted this app on the store it looked interesting, but what was more interesting was the other apps by this developer. I scrolled down to find a bunch of apps that I know well; BBCut, Concast, RISCy, and my personal favourite Toplapapp. However, on a closer look these and OUI aren’t made by who I was expecting, which was Nick Collins. Not the Nic Collins of Handmade Musical Instruments (book) fame, but the lecturer in Music technology who’s work is very well known in academic circles.

So I have some unanswered questions. Is this a new venture for Nick? If so is he in the states now? If not has he sold his apps on to someone with similar passions? I’d really like to know, so if you have answers, please be forthcoming!

For now, here’s OUI, the app costs $4.99 (£3.99) on the app store:

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