The developers at Omenie have been working on iOS 4.2 and adding MIDI support to their virtual instruments – and they say that MIDI on the iPad is “brilliant” and “ultra-responsive”.
You can see how Ellatron works via CoreMIDI above.
Here’s Omenie’s prescription for using Ellatron or M3000 as a MIDI-powered virtual instrument:
- Take 1 iPad.
- Take 1 Ellatron. Or M3000. Or Jordantron.
- Take 1 powered USB hub. The ‘powered’ bit is important
- Take 1 Apple Camera Connection Kit.
- Take 1 M-Audio Axiom 49. Or similar. But we really do like the Axiom 49 …
Instant MIDI-enabled Tron.
Omenie also says all their apps are being updated to be universal:
So M3000 for the iPhone for the first time. Jordantron universal on launch date.
And having pretty much all your controls exposed to the MIDI keyboard makes the iPhone / iPod Touch so usable as a performance instrument – no squinting in the dark and carefully positioning fingers to make changes, just move a slider or change a rotary control and you can select different voices, tweak reverb, change chordbanks – suddenly makes the iPhone a genuinely amazing performance or practice instrument.
The iOS 4.2 update is going to make the platform a lot more interesting for musicians.