Awesome stuff! I’ve been a long time fan of MIDI Designer and it is great to see them go from strength to strength. MIDI Designer Pro 2 looks like it will be amazing!
“Announcing MIDI Designer Pro 2, just in time for NAMM 2016. MIDI Designer Pro 2 is a beautiful, fully-customizable and performance-oriented MIDI controller platform for iPad (optimized for iPad Pro) and iPhone.
MIDI Designer Pro took the music-making world by storm, and Pro 2 is set to do it all over again!
We’re also announcing MIDI Designer Player, a first-class, lowest-latency MIDI controller player.
Dream, create and play your perfect MIDI controller with award winning MIDI Designer: adored by Recording Magazine (July 2013), loved by Sound on Sound (June 2013), featured in Keyboard (May 2013), and awarded Sonic Touch Gold Award for Best App (Episode 11). Trusted on stage by touring acts like Todd Rundgren, POSTYR and Electroband. Used in studios to control all gear from vintage to cutting-edge, MIDI Designer has been lauded by UK’s House DJ, Shadowchild. Used in theaters, VJ and DJ booths all around the world, MIDI Designer is also the platform for community- and professionally-sourced layouts for top-flight gear, including synths by Korg, Roland and Yamaha. If you can dream it, you can create it in MIDI Designer.
Thanks to Popup, Planeshifter, and Ibo-Kai for your layouts in this video (please let us know if you’ve been omitted).
“Sidecar is designed to run in slide-over or split-view on the iPad, with iOS 9. It provides MIDI control over synths running in the background, and can take advantage of Bluetooth QWERTY keyboards and game controllers. It’s available now in the iTunes app store.”
After a not very long wait, it arrives! MIDI Link Sync!
Here are the details:
Want to use your favourite MIDI-only apps and hardware with Ableton Link? MIDI Link Sync provides an experimental tool that bridges the two.
In the future we imagine most apps will support Ableton Link natively, but there’ll still be plenty of MIDI hardware that doesn’t. Bridging MIDI and Link will never take the place of native support, but it in some setups it can work surprisingly well. Either way we hope MIDI Link Sync provides a fun, interesting and (sometimes?!) useful tool.
2 MODES OF OPERATION
▪ Ableton Link » MIDI ▪
Makes Ableton Link act as a MIDI master by producing a MIDI clock that is in sync with the Ableton Link timeline.
In this mode, the outgoing MIDI clock is able to follow the Ableton Link timeline reasonably accurately. However, we’ve noticed that quite a few apps don’t follow the incoming MIDI clock with the same accuracy.
▪ MIDI » Ableton Link ▪
Makes Ableton Link act as a MIDI slave to an external MIDI clock by manipulating the Ableton Link tempo to keep it in sync.
Ableton Link peers are able to propose new tempos to take effect at a specific point in time. We’ve combined this ability with some control theory so that MIDI Link Sync can massage the Link timeline into phase with the MIDI timeline. As a result, there are a few factors that can affect the overall accuracy: the most important being the quality of the incoming MIDI clock.
MIDI clocks and programmers both have quirks! You can find the latest known issues using the link below:
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:
Ed from Coding Cod (the clever chaps who brought us the excellent LoopTree) shows us a utility app that I think you won’t be able to live without. It’s going to be free! How about that! And I bet that LoopTree is going to work rather splendidly with it.
Introducing Modstep, Modulation Monster and the first full-blown MIDI sequencer for the iPad. Modstep allows you to create music and jam with your iPad and your favorite IAA Apps, Mac and PC software and MIDI hardware as well as the internal drum sampler and synth. Use it as the centerpiece of your setup to create and perform music on the go, in the studio and on stage. FEATURES:
Full-blown MIDI sequencer with Step Sequencer and Piano Roll
Unlimited MIDI tracks
Audio and MIDI streaming directly via charger cable to Mac and PC using studiomux technology
Up to 128 MIDI CCs per Track can be modulated
Built-in drum sampler with filter, delay and reverb, fully modulateable
Built-in synthesizer with filter, delay and reverb, fully modulateable
Templates to control external MIDI hardware
Template editor to create your own templates for IAA Apps, desktop Apps and external MIDI devices
Supports all MIDI interfaces for the iPad
Core functionality controllable via external MIDI controllers
Works on all iPads (iPad 1 restricted to MIDI only)
Integrated IAA mixer
Step Sequencer with active steps
Use third party IAAs as instruments and effects within one app
Requirements: iOS 8 or later for audio and MIDI streaming to a Mac or PC, the studiomux server software is required: get the latest for free at studiomux.net
These form a very useful series of videos for working with MIDI Designer, so I thought I should post them all together. It’s one of those apps that I know people find it difficult to get to grips with so stuff like this video series is really handy.
If you don’t know MIDI designer, you can find it here on the app store.