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!)

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.

MIDI Designer Pro 2.5 is another massive step forward for the excellent MIDI interface creator

If you use MIDI then you need to use MIDI Designer Pro, and if you’re not then you should check it out as soon as possible. Version 2.5 is another big step forward for MIDI Designer Pro. But you’d expect nothing less from this app and its excellent developer. Here’s what they say about version 2.5:

MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.5 is a heavy upgrade, providing more flexibility for your rig design. The app is light and blazing fast, as always, whether you’re designing your first rig or you’re a veteran onstage touring act.

NEW FEATURES

  • Moveable Panels: put controls on panels, move them around, and even use “make similar.” This feature is very useful as is, and we’ve got big plans for it.
  • Display Zero for Knobs, Sliders and Crossfaders: now the LED ring (knobs) or LED track (sliders/crossfaders) can extend out from any point along its path. Two typical cases are pan knobs (Display Zero is 50% up) and Hammond-organ bars (Display Zero is 100% up). Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for all.
  • Rotary action for knobs. This is useful to place knobs near the top or bottom of your pages. It also means we’re compatible with gadgets that stick on your screen and rotate, if that’s your thing. Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for anybody.
  • Now you can slide your pages down or up to expose pedalboards. And if you don’t allow pedalboards in Play Mode, they’ll snap shut when you exit Design Mode.
  • Choosing the default value: the experience has been upgraded in all ways. And now, Default Values work properly with Named Ticks, even if your ticks’ MIDI values are out of order (e.g., 5, 127, 2)

Lots and lots and lots of code changed in the upgrade to iOS 10 (Swift 3 and Xcode 8). See something, say something! Please report all bugs to wtf [at] mididesigner.com

FIXES

  • FIXED: Now no MIDI values are sent on MIDI Designer start, layout load, page load, nor reset to default template (Config -> Actions -> New)
  • FIXED: Default values for named ticks
  • FIXED: Bluetooth popup bug for iPhone introduced in 2.4.6
  • FIXED: Color-tab-only not refreshing bug
  • FIXED: Automatic panel colors now reflect page background: dark for light and light for dark. As Jarabe de Palo says, “la pureza está en la mezcla.”
  • FIXED: Smaller bugs, and lots of under-the-hood improvements to make MD even better.

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