I’m not a reason user, so I can’t comment on if this is a good tool or not, but it looks like it’s got a lot going for it. Here’s the app’s description:
OrangeAid turns your iPad into a control surface for Reason and Reason Essentials, giving you seamless integration with all your favorite Rack devices. Whether you’re tweaking away in search of that new synth lead, making beats, recording or performing OrangeAid is ready to help.
- Create your own layouts to control your Rack devices, song files and play instruments the way you want, all from within the app.
- Parameter mapping is a breeze with OrangeAid. Just browse the built-in lists and tap to map!
- OrangeAid can follow the Master Keyboard input in Reason. Change tracks in the Sequencer and your rack layouts automatically change to match the new device.
- You can also use Reason’s surface locking to stay focused on a specific instrument or effect.
- Handy Transport, Track & Patch controls are always available.
- Super-fine parameter control for Knobs, Sliders & Pitch Wheel.
- Designed to take full advantage of Propellerhead Software’s Remote technology for complete, two-way communication with Reason.
- Works alongside your existing hardware MIDI control surfaces & keyboards.
- Connect to Reason using Wi-Fi, MIDI over Bluetooth LE or with a wired connection using class-compliant equipment.
SUPPORTED RACK DEVICES
- Redrum Drum Computer
- SubTractor Analog Synthesizer
- ID8 Instrument Device
- Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player
- NN-XT Advanced Sampler
- Scream 4 Distortion
- RV7000 Advanced Reverb
- Line 6 Guitar Amp
- Line 6 Bass Amp
- MClass Equalizer
- MClass Compressor
- MClass Maximizer
- MClass Stereo Imager
- DDL-1 Digital Delay Line
- CF-101 Chorus/Flanger
- Matrix Pattern Sequencer
- Mixer 14:2
- Line Mixer 6:2
- ReGroove Mixer
AVAILABLE WITH THE PRO UPGRADE
- Kong Drum Designer
- Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
- Malstrom Graintable Synthesizer
- NN19 Digital Sampler
- External MIDI Instrument
- Pulveriser Demolition
- The Echo
- Alligator Filter Gate
- BV512 Digital Vocoder
- Neptune Pitch Adjuster
- RV-7 Digital Reverb
- D-11 Foldback Distortion
- ECF-42 Envelope Controlled Filter
- PH-90 Phaser
- UN-16 Unison
- COMP-01 Compressor/Limiter
- PEQ-2 Two Band Parametric EQ
- RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
Support for individual Rack Extensions is available with separate In-App Purchases
- Audiomatic Retro Transformer
- A-List Acoustic Guitarist
- A-List Electric Guitarist – Pop Chords
- A-List Electric Guitarist – Power Chords
- Parsec Spectral Synthesizer
- Polar Dual Pitch Shifter
- Pulsar Dual LFO
- PX7 FM Synthesizer
- Radical Keys
- Radical Piano
- Rotor Rotary Speaker
- Softube Amp
- Softube Bass Amp
- Synchronous Effect Modulator
That’s only the beginning – support for more and more Rack Extensions will be added with regular updates.
WAIT – WHAT ABOUT THE MIXER?
Mixer support is coming soon, and there are many other features in the pipeline. If you have suggestions for new features or ways to improve OrangeAid, please get in touch!
Or you can use the feedback form in the app.
Compatible with iPad 2 or later and iPad mini or later. Requires iOS 7 or later.
Requires Reason 6.5 or later, or Reason Essentials 1.5 or later, with the accompanying OrangeAid Remote Codec installed (download from http://www.soundzest.com/support/).
Wi-Fi connection to a Windows PC requires 3rd-party software.
MIDI over Bluetooth LE requires a compatible iPad running iOS 8 or later, and a compatible Mac running OS X Yosemite v10.10. or later.
Wired connections require MIDI interfaces that support SysEx.
Visit http://www.soundzest.com/orangeaid/ for more information.
Reason, Reason Essentials and Remote are trademarks of Propellerhead Software AB. References or use of logos or trademarks do not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Propellerhead Software.
- Layout auto-switching. Set OrangeAid to follow Reason’s Master Keyboard input, or use surface locking to control a specific device, and your Rack layouts automatically change to match.
- Layout Quick Picker. Open or add another layout without having to navigate to the Layout Organizer and back again.
- Super-fine parameter control for Knobs, Sliders & Pitch Wheel. While touching a control, move your finger off to the side (or above/below for the Horizontal Slider) to change the parameter value more precisely. The further away you move, the more precise it gets.
- Filter by Parameter. Mountains might be mountains in Zen, but buttons are not always buttons in the Rack. Sometimes they’re really switches (yes, I’m looking at you Mr Combinator!) Use ‘Filter by Parameter’ in the controls list to find control types guaranteed to match a particular parameter.
- Bluetooth LE MIDI. If your iPad supports it, you can use Bluetooth LE MIDI to connect to a Mac running OS X Yosemite v10.10. or later.
- Transport, Track & Patch controls always available in the toolbar.
- Someone pointed out there are other colors besides orange. Yes, it’s true! And, as it happens, they’re quite handy for telling your Oscillator 1 from your Oscillator 2.
- Improved syncing between OrangeAid and Reason.
- Added support for devices in the full version of Reason with the OrangeAid Pro Upgrade In-App Purchase.
- Added support for Propellerhead Rack Extensions with individual In-App Purchases.
- iOS 9 compatibility.
- A thousand other little fixes & tweaks that all add up to make things better.
OrangeAid costs $9.99 on the app store, plus IAPs as described above.
So, Marc Weidenbaum from Disquiet (you might remember he wrote a very nice interview with me) emailed me a question about using some old Palm PDAs. In fact the three palm devices in question were, a Palm IIIxe, the Clie SJ20, and the Tungsten T3. Marc suggested that I reply to him in the form of a post, so here we are with “there are some very cool things you can still do with an old Palm device”.
Let’s start off with the Palm IIIxe.
The IIIxe is actually a very interesting device. Even though it’s old, it actually has a lot of potential, especially for anyone who wants to use it for MIDI. There are a few MIDI apps available for the older Palm OS. But before we go there, just a little history about the Palm OS and devices.
Palm devices like the IIIxe used Palm OS 3 or 4 and these devices used serial outputs which are generally speaking very good for old five pin MIDI. After Palm OS 4 came Palm OS 5 (not a big surprise there), and OS5 was more USB focused and not quite so good at MIDI either. However, it did have its other benefits and we’ll see those in a while.
For now let’s have a little look at the different possible MIDI apps you could find for a Palm IIIxe:
For starters there’s MixPad:
MixPad is great if you want to play MIDI files and mix them. It came from miniMusic who were real pioneers in the mobile music world. MixPad works well, but doesn’t allow you to change the MIDI file unfortunately. There were plans to do this, but sadly it didn’t come about.
Next let’s look at BeatPad. This is a Palm OS app that will be a bit more familiar. It has a drum part and a bass or mono part too. However, there’s a lot you can do to control what BeatPad does.
BeatPad is pretty cool and lots of fun to and gives you some nice control if that’s what’s important to you, but we don’t end there.
So those are the miniMusic apps. But before we leave the IIIxe, and I hope that I’ve proved so far that there’s life in the old dog, there’s another group of apps that I need to mention. These are the Capers applets or demos. These are a group of apps that were meant to demonstrate some of the functionality for a replacement OS for the Palm OS which would have been a musical operating system. Sadly, it never saw the light of day,
The last video here bridges the gap between Palm and iOS with the old IIIxe driving an iPad app, Magellan. That about does it for the IIIxe. If you do take a look at the applets from Capers you’ll also find a PDF on how to use Hedgehog. Hopefully it’ll be useful.
Next we move on to the Palm Tungsten T3, and now it gets really interesting …
So, what can you do with a Tungsten T3 these days. Well, it’ll come as no surprise to many that I’m going to mention Bhajis Loops. Bhajis is still one of the most versatile and complete mobile music apps around, even though it has been out of development for years and years now.
I went looking for a few videos of Bhajis, but couldn’t find too much actually. However, this video from artist Transient.
Bhajis was, and still is for that matter, a unique a brilliant app for the Palm OS. I’d probably go so far as saying that it’s only relatively recently that apps on iOS have gone further, and there are still some things that Bhajis does way better than iOS. Add that Bhajis is now free, as is it’s little brother Microbe (which is also worthy of a look) and you’ve got a simple and cheap way to get a mobile music machine going. So if you want a cheap mobile music device, get yourself a Pam Tungsten T3 from eBay or a Palm Tungsten TX for that matter, then grab Bhajis for free, and Microbe of course, then, when you need some instruments and sample libraries, head over here for an Aladdin’s cave of Bhajis richness!
So Marc, does that give you enough to go on? I hope it does. In my view both your T3 and your IIIxe are very useful indeed. You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned the Clie SJ20. Well, of the three, in my opinion this is the least interesting. It was running Palm OS 4.1 which was ok, but not with serial so not much good for MIDI. It’s an ok device overall but for musical applications, not so good.
So, to recap, both Bhajis Loops and Microbe are still completely excellent mobile music making apps for Palm OS, and as you’ve already got a Pam Tungsten T3 which was arguably the best Palm for running Bhajis then you’re good to go!
I think that there are still some quite interesting things that can be done with Palm devices these days, and I hope that I’ve gone at least a little way to showing that.
Miditure is a MIDI controller app for the iPhone, it can be used to control any instruments, apps, software and hardware that accept MIDI input.
Miditure has been designed to exploit the expressive potential offered by 3D Touch capable devices (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus), but is compatible with older devices as well.
Miditure includes a pad controller for sending MIDI note messages and an XY pad (XYZ pad if used with a 3D Touch capable device) for sending MIDI control change messages.
Each of the nine configurable pads can send from 1-4 notes with velocity, and on 3D Touch capable devices, polyphonic aftertouch.
Velocity can be set to use the devices accelerometer or can be determined from the location of the touch that triggered the pad.
The XY (XYZ) pad can be configured to send control change messages for up to 3 controls per axis.
NOTE/CHORD PAD FEATURES:
- Independent polyphonic aftertouch on 3D Touch capable devices (6s and 6s Plus)
- Nine fully configurable pads for sending notes and chords
- Each pad can play from 1-4 notes
- 3 velocity modes: impact (using the accelerometer), position (vertical), and fixed
- 7 velocity curves
- The impact velocity sensitivity can be adjusted
XY (XYZ) PAD FEATURES:
- z input (touch pressure) on 3D Touch capable devices (6s and 6s Plus)
- 3 assignable Control Change outputs per axis; control up to 9 parameters at a time with one finger.
- Adjustable range for each Control Change output.
- Controls apps locally using coreMIDI, or control external software and hardware over Wi-Fi, or by using a compatible interface.
- Save and load configurations
- This is a MIDI controller, not an instrument, it does not make any sound itself.
- The app can use bluetooth MIDI on compatible devices if the connect is established by another app, it does not have the capability to establish the connect itself.
Miditure costs $2.99 on the app store:
There’s been a lot of furious comment about this and lots of people seem very impressed. I haven’t had a chance to take a look as yet, but when I do I’ll let you know what I think.
For now, here’s the app’s description from iTunes:
BACH IN A BOX.
FUGUE MACHINE is a tool inspired by composition techniques used in Baroque music and Serialism — e.g. Bach’s canons and fugues, and Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique. The idea was to design a tool to manipulate a melody’s speed, direction, and pitch, as well as play multiple variations of the melody simultaneously.
As it turned out, the best implementation for this was to reimagine one of the most fundamental building blocks of all music sequencers: the piano roll.
THE PIANO ROLL, REIMAGINED.
FUGUE MACHINE is the world’s first multi-playhead piano roll. Create a musical sequence and play it back with up to four playheads at once — each at various speeds, directions, and pitches. You see the playheads dance over the music sequence, and hear the complex patterns that emerge.
FUGUE MACHINE costs $9.99 (£7.99) on the app store (click below):
LK – Live Controller is a sofisticated remote controler application for music software and hardware, featuring a tight integration with Ableton Live. Easy costumization with 4 independent modules, intuitive use, creative tools and ways to control or compose makes LK a powerful companion for any electronic musician.
See what’s inside:
- Control almost every aspect on Ableton Live, from composition to automation, clips, tracks, devices and much more with LAUNCHPAD.
- Get the MPC feel on your touchscreen with MIDI PADS, featuring an arpeggiator and chorder.
- Extensive control through 128 parameters with MIDI Controler.
- Three dimensional parameter tweaking with X/Y pad
For detailed operation information and requirements please visit http://www.livkontrol.com
The app is free
A quick overview of the app creating random patches on the CZ101.
touchAble 3.0 arrives and it’s a big update. I’m especially intrigued by the link mode which sounds like it could be very useful and enable some new creative possibilities.
Here’s what the developers have to say about the latest version:
You can now use a simple USB cable to connect 🙂
Access to devices in racks in racks in racks in racks in racks…..!
The new Live Device Template Pack (available as an in-app purchase) provides 42 well designed layouts for nearly every device in Live.
The device module can now follow the selected device in Live (Blue Hand)
Devices can now be loaded to any place of a track’s device chain using the browser and drag and drop.
You can now play notes with the keys of the piano roll within the MIDI Clip Editor in the scales tab.
Devices can be stretched to take 3/4 of the screens real estate.
Completely recoded Server. (Goodbye Java!:) From now on, the Server is running in the background as a System Service.
New Settings, including:
- Follow currently launched scene option.
- choose and assign different MIDI channels for Drum Pads, Keyboard, Isomorphic Keyboard and Piano Roll (MIDI Clip Editor).
- iPads and iPhones Link Mode: combine several Devices to one big control surface.
- Rotary controller sensitivity setting.
- Snap and Timed Snap Mode 4 different envelopes: Exponential, Linear, Logarithmic, Hanning.
Countless of bug fixes, optimisations and enhancements.
Get the latest installer at http://www.touch-able.com/downloads/ and follow the instructions in the quick user guide included in the app.
IMISUCO is a microtonal surface controller, musical scale generator with simple synthesizer and osc (Open Sound Control)/MIDI controller capabilities.
Experience microtonal tuning in a way that was never available before.
Explore the universe of musical scales and microtonal tunings on the built in synth or on any external synth that you can connect trough wlan and a computer. The IMISUCO app has interfaces to common music software such as Max/MSP, Reaktor, puredata, supercollider. You can also control a conventional MIDI keyboard, if you have a computer with a MIDI interface. IMISUCO is able to translate arbitrary frequencies into MIDI note number and pitch values.
The IMISUCO software can also be used as a versatile touchscreen keyboard and controller and enables a maximum of the available screen for your performance.
What is microtonality?
In music normally we divide one octave in seven to twelve steps. You can see this on a piano, which has a repeating pattern of seven white and five black keys.
One form of microtonal tuning divides one octave in 1200 steps called cents. This system is used to explain fine tunings of instruments.
Another form is when you pull the strings of an instrument. Then the note is detuned in some frequency between the notes. This form of playing is essential in classical indian music but also widely found in many other music playing styles.
How can you experience microtonality with IMISUCO?
With the IMISUCO software you can play with and experience these both ways of microtonality. You can translate microtonality to regular MIDI instruments, using the free software puredata on your wlan equiped computer: IMISUCO has a microtonal scale tuner, which lets you tune each note on an octave in cent steps. Then it has a microtonal mode (mm) that blurs the space between the notes and there you can play the frequencies between, like pulling a string of an instrument. If you do not like to use any external equipment and software, IMISUCO has a simple but powerful built in synthesizer.
Last but not least IMISUCO is a browser to the newly founded scales.misuco.org online scales archive. With one click on the ?-key you get directed to the page related to the current scale on your IMISUCO where you can discuss, share and read about that scale.
Be aware that this app is mainly designed for tablets and running it on a device with smaller screen than 10″ requires good eyes and tiny fingers.
I wish you much inspiration, creativity, self development, fun and inner peace with IMISUCO.
If you like the project, please support further developments trough our website http://misuco.org
IMISUCO is free on the app store: