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MIDI Designer Pro 2.9 is a huge update and is worth checking out

The truly flexible swiss army knife of MIDI on iOS gets another excellent update in version 2.9. Here’s what’s new in MDP2.9:

2.9 is a major release focusing on panels, smaller new features and fixes.

  • NEW: Panel Channel and Starting CC (thanks Todd)… see midiDR.com/panelChannel
  • NEW: Panels can be grouping or not grouping (‘Panel Controls’ toggle, thanks Terry and others)
  • NEW: Changed Snap to Value and Snap to Default Value timer under the hood to allow for smaller values to work properly (thanks Steven!)
  • ADDED: Song Select MIDI message for Songbook and other apps (thanks Peter)
  • ADDED: 4-byte device ID Roland Sysex Checksum (thanks fingerstyler)
  • FIXED: Reappearing MIDI Dude
  • FIXED: Picker values not being set/shown properly on layout load (thanks Michel!)
  • FIXED: Buttons with no label showing “Distortion 1” (thanks Gary!)
  • FIXED: Page Jump buttons on other side on phone not working (thanks Scott!)
  • FIXED: iPhone 6, 6+, 7, 7+ not showing arrows
  • FIXED: iPhone default layout not centered
  • FIXED: Panel layering didn’t make much sense (Thanks Michel!)
  • FIXED: Panel selection and multiline-label control slowness. See mididr.com/qa/5820 for details (thanks Byron)
  • FIXED: Bug in Channel Changers with no presets overriding presets (thanks Giovanni)
  • FIXED: Bug on first load with controls that bridge left and right pages (iPad only, thanks Michel!)

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Midiflow Scales – Note remapper for Audiobus 3 has arrived

Another useful MIDI app from Johannes Doerr in his growing series for AB3. Here are all the details:

This MIDI effect app for Audiobus 3 lets you filter out unwanted notes or remap them to a scale. Thin out tracks from a sequencer to create a reduced variation. Prevent wrong notes when playing on a keyboard. Generate harmonies by using the app in combination with Midiflow Transposer.

  • Filter out “wrong” notes that are outside of a scale
  • Remap notes to the closest “right” note
  • Pick notes manually
  • Select from a list of predefined scales (Min/Maj Blue, Ionian, Dorian, …)
  • Use multiple instances of this effect in Audiobus

NOTE: This app requires Audiobus 3. Insert it into one or more MIDI effect ports to affect the data going through the respective pipelines.

SELECT ALLOWED TONES
In music theory, a scale is basically a set of tones relative to a root note. Building chords and melodies from a scale identifies its unique sound. The most popular scale might be the ionian scale in C, which is made up of all white keys on the keyboard. The scale of all black and white keys is called the chromatic scale.

Midiflow Scales is a note filter and remapper that is optimized for working with scales. The keyboard-style note selector lets you activate notes that should pass the filter and deactivate those that should not go through. You can also select from the list of pre-defined scales.

If you select a different root note (default is C), the app will update the selected keys to maintain the scale. So, if you have selected the ionian scale in C, and then change the root note to G, you’ll see the F changing to an F#.

MOVE NOTES INTO THE SCALE
Midiflow Scales can not only mute “wrong” notes, which are notes outside of the scale, but it can also move those notes inside. The selector at the bottom lets you choose between filtering out those notes or remapping them to the nearest note that is part of the scale. If possible, the algorithm assigns the activated notes to the keys of the ionian scale. What sounds complicated actually makes it very easy for you to play different scales just with the white keys, or transform a stream of notes into a completely different scale.

CREATE VARIATIONS AND SECOND VOICES
This note remapper has many applications and is really fun to use. If you have a melody programmed in a sequencer, you can create a bass line by sending the same track through this app and activate only one tone. Experiment with the remapping options explained above to either get bass notes on every melody note, or only when the melody reaches the root note.

Thin out tracks by removing some tones to create variations. Or use this simplified version of the track in parallel for a second, layered sound. This is also very useful when playing live with multiple sounds.

Audiobus allows you to chain MIDI effects, and doing so with Midiflow Transposer and Midiflow Scales lets you create second voices: First transpose the notes by 4 half-tones and then force them to the ionian scale, for example.

Midiflow Scales costs $1.99 on the app store:

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midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect arrives from Art Kerns

Another excellent app arrives from Mr Kerns, maker of midiSTEPs, midiLFOs and more. Along comes midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect. Here’s all you need to know …

midiFILTr-PG is a Probability Gate MIDI effect designed for Audiobus 3 but also usable with CoreMIDI. midiFILTr-PG listens to MIDI input and based on random chance mutes some of the incoming notes to make a busy, repetitive stream of notes a little more interesting and sparser. It has four modes:

Gate Mode – One set percentage to be muted for all notes. Also includes Gate On Repeats (when a note passes through unmuted, also pass through X more notes after) and Gate Off Repeats (when a note does not pass through the gate, also mute the next X notes) to make things a little more interesting.

Note Mode – Each note in the scale (C, C#, D etc) has its own percentage chance to mute incoming notes.

Sequencer Mode – Every eight notes has a different percentage chance to be muted. Can also change the sequence length to be less than eight.

Thru Mode – Nothing is muted, normally not used but there if you need it.
If midiFILTr-PG is inserted as an Audiobus 3 MIDI effect it should be setup and work automatically. If you wish to use it without Audiobus you can toggle the CoreMIDI input and output and use it that way.

midiFILTr-PG Probability Gate MIDI Effect is on the app store for $2.99 now:

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Midiflow Adapter for Audiobus 3 arrives

Another app from Johannes Doerr who has brought us so many excellent MIDI apps in recent weeks. Here’s another that looks like it’s going to make a big difference in your AB3 set ups!

Here are all the details:

This MIDI app for Audiobus 3 allows you to include music apps, which don’t support Audiobus MIDI but only Core MIDI. It creates permanent virtual MIDI ports for input and output. After distinctly selecting each of those ports in your “legacy” music apps, they can receive and send MIDI from/to Audiobus 3.

  • Connect up to 10 receiving apps (like synthesizers)
  • Connect up to 10 sending apps (like sequencers)
  • Use multiple instances of this app in Audiobus

NOTE: This app requires Audiobus 3. Insert it into one or more MIDI input and output ports. Furthermore, this adapter only works with apps that allow you to select MIDI ports for sending and receiving. It won’t work with apps that have no MIDI setup page.

IMPORTANT: Connecting apps via Core MIDI is an advanced topic. If you haven’t done it before, please become familiar with it prior to downloading this app.

CONNECT YOUR “LEGACY” APPS TO AUDIOBUS 3
Audiobus 3 has introduced a powerful MIDI routing system that makes interconnecting MIDI apps a lot easier than it was before. However, not all music apps support this new system, yet. Midiflow Adapter makes those apps compatible, by translating between the “old” Core MIDI system and the new Audiobus 3. This, however, only works with apps that let you to select MIDI ports for input and output, or at least the MIDI channel. It is not enough if these apps create their own virtual MIDI port.

SETUP FOR SYNTH APPS (RECEIVERS)
Midiflow Adapter creates 10 permanent virtual MIDI output ports. This means that you can use up to 10 music apps with this adapter. For setting it up, start Midiflow Adapter. Then, start your first synth app that you want to connect with Audiobus via this adapter app. Go to its MIDI settings and activate reception on the MIDI port called “MF Adapter Out 1”. It is essential that you deactivate reception on all other ports. Now, go to Audiobus 3 and insert MF Adapter into a MIDI output slot. In the input slot, add any other app, like Midiflow Keyboard. When you switch to Midiflow Adapter, you can select which of your synth apps the MIDI data should go. In this case, it is already set to “Out 1”, so you’re ready to go.

For your second synth app, do the same steps, but select MIDI port “MF Adapter Out 2”, and so on. Then, you can select it in the adapter app.

SETUP FOR SEQUENCER APPS (SENDERS)
The procedure is identical to the one for receiver apps (see above). However, you need to configure the MIDI output settings instead of the input settings. Midiflow Adapter creates 10 permanent virtual MIDI input ports for that purpose. They are called “MF Adapter In 1-10”.

WORKING WITH CHANNELS
Some Core MIDI apps don’t allow you to select the input/output ports, but only the MIDI input/output channel. In that case, they receive on all ports. The only way to selectively trigger them is to assign a unique channel to them. In Midiflow Adapter, you can then select this channel as input/output.

NON-COMPATIBLE APPS
If one of your music apps neither supports selecting the MIDI port nor setting the MIDI channel, you cannot use it with Midiflow Adapter.

Midiflow Adapter for Audiobus 3 costs $1.99 on the app store now:

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Both midiSTEPs & midiLFOs get AB3 and more

As a fan of Art Kerns work for a long time I’m glad to see both of these get the AB3 treatment and more in these updates. Here’s what’s new:

midiSTEPs

  • AudioBus 3 support
  • Multi-channel MIDI input via AB3
  • AB state save
  • AB mute triggers
  • Overdub mode, live MIDI note input overwrites current step
  • Easier access to no-record/thru mode
  • Misc. bug fixes and improvements

 

midiLFOs

  • Ableton Link support
  • AudioBus 3 support
  • AB state saving
  • Bluetooth MIDI configuration
  • Remove slide animation
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements

 

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Johannes Doerr brings a whole new range of MIDI apps for Audiobus 3

Johannes Doerr brought us the original MIDIflow app and now he’s brought a whole range of new MIDIflow apps specifically built to work with Audiobus 3.

Instead of giving you the details of all 8 (yes 8), I’ve listed them below together with links to the app store, and their current pricing. you’ll not that 2 of them are free and worth grabbing straight away.

So, there you have it, go take a look!

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It’s a big day in mobile music, Audiobus 3 has arrived!

It’s been a long time coming, but it’s here at long last, with added MIDI and a mixer too! So it’s a big day. We’ve been seeing apps upgrading for AB3 for a little while now, and there have been quite a few today too, and I expect that there’ll be more and more over the following days and weeks.

For now here’s the app description for AB3:

“Open up new worlds of creative music making possibilities with Audiobus, the app that lets you use your music apps together, just like virtual cables.

Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Then save your setup in a preset to be restored with one touch later on.

With a completely new MIDI routing system, support for Apple’s new Audio Unit Extensions standard, a new built-in mixer, and huge new workflow improvements, Audiobus 3 represents a big step forward for mobile music making.

Audiobus has a rich community of over 900 great compatible apps.”

Audiobus 3 is on the app store now priced at $9.99