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MIDI Designer Pro developer brings dedicated iPad MIDI controllers for Yamaha Reface DX

Well we always knew that Confusion Studios were pretty cool, but after the amazing work they’ve done with MIDI Designer Pro they’ve done it again with two new stand along controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX.

Here’s all the details you need …

Confusion Studios Announces Dedicated MIDI Controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX for iPad. Two new, standalone iPad editions of the award-winning professional MIDI controller platform bring MIDI control to the Reface DX, both of which will be available for download from the Apple App Store on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

MDDX1 and MDDX2
Both of the new apps are MIDI controllers for the Yamaha Reface DX. Yamaha released the Reface DX – a portable, FM-synthesis-based keyboard – in 2015 to critical acclaim. Each of the new apps is based on a user-created layout for MIDI Designer Pro 2; each has a unique approach to controlling the Reface DX.

The Editor: MDDX1 by Helfried
MDDX1: Voice Editor for Reface DX by Helfried highlights this users-author’s eye for design, a deep attention to detail, and a desire to push the underlying platform – MIDI Designer Pro 2 – to do new things. It allows for control of every parameter on the Reface DX and provides surprising new control vistas. The App extends the reface DX’s interface, providing a much-needed algorithms display, Master Tune, Transpose, Randomize and other new sections.

MDDX1 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $9.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

Performance Tool: MDDX2 by Ibo Kai
MDDX2: Performance Tool for Reface DX by Ibo Kai is an additional, performance- focused interface for the Reface DX. As the author of the layout puts it, “This layout is pretty simple, just one page shows all the available functions. It is mainly what you find in the ‘FM’ keypad of the synth: frequencies, levels and feedback settings separately per operator plus the algorithm select.” In addition, Ibo Kai added an Amp Mode section. This auxiliary controller for the Reface DX is intended for live and studio performance, where a full-blown editor is not practical.

MDDX2 will run on any iPad with iOS 9.3 or better, and will be available on March 1, 2017 for download for $3.99. The app purchase may be applied towards a bundle purchase including MIDI Designer Pro 2.

MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark notes, “Both editors show the layout authors – Helfried and Ibo Kai – flexing design muscle and pushing the MIDI Designer platform to work in new ways. Each is a dedicated tool for working with the Reface DX and each provides a surprising and useful new interface for this small keyboard. Additionally, both provide new users with an entry point into the MIDI Designer platform at a low price.”

MDDX1 and MDDX2 join the four existing standalone MIDI Designer apps for dedicated control: MIDI Designer XW: Casio XW Solo Synth Controller, MD77: Voice Editor for Yamaha SY77/TG77 by Ibo Kai, MDClav: Clavinova Controller by Craig Knudsen and MDXG: XG Sound Set Controller by Craig Knudsen.

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Helio Workstation 1.6 becomes an AU host

Helio Workstation, the free audio playground app becomes an AU host. Here’s what’s in the update:

  • added support for AudioUnit synths and plugins, including AUv3,
  • added translations to German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian,
  • polished UI and added one more colour theme,
  • fixed some bugs and added more to fix later.

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DJ Player Professional update is big, seriously big

DJ Player gets updated to 9.0.9, which is no small update at all. It’s pretty impressive. Here’s what’s new:

  • Numark MixTrack Platinum factory mapping, including full display support.
  • Plus/minus buttons can be used in Jump Preview Mode for precise adjustment.
  • New setting: invert the position of the plus and minus buttons.
  • Track overview waveform is continously visible when using SHIFT + MIDI Jog Wheel to search.
  • Gradient loop overlay on the waveform in loop adjustment mode (in/out).
  • STEM on/off state reflected on each STEM volume knob.
  • Mini Controls on Modern Layout: STEM knob has no label when muted.
  • Secondary MIDI output option for each mappable.
  • Mappable “Time Remaining” MIDI output.
  • Mappable “Beat Position” MIDI output.
  • SHIFT features displayed for each mappable.
  • Track load buttons are automatically switching deck visibility between A/C and B/D (but not changing MIDI controller deck state!).
  • Color coded A/B/C/D indicators on midi mapping. White: no output (LED) mapped or output is not available. Colored: output (LED) mapped. Colored with small circle: output (LED) mapped, but the output MIDI message is different to any input.
  • Fixed occasional MIDI LED delay when switching between deck A and C.
  • Fixed main parameter all fx, secondary parameter all fx and fader fx when used with encoders.
  • Fixed scratching/jog wheel bug when player is set to “jump back and play” and moved past the end of the track.