Developer Geert Bevin has been working closely with Roger Linn on the firmware for the new LinnStrument, and is testing a new mode that lets it be bus-powered by devices like an iPad.
In the video above, Bevin tests out using the LinnStrument to control ThumbJam on the iPad.
Here’s what he has to say about the demo:
Last night I made a lot of progress adapting the LinnStrument firmware so that it runs off of bus power from my iPad Air.
This is a demo with ThumbJam’s Bass Bowed sound, played with note-per-channel MIDI, recorded straight into Auria over Inter-App Audio.
The LinnStrument bus-powered mode is still experimental, but there’s a good chance it will end up in the next firmware update. Note that this will only work with iOS devices that have lightning connectors, 30-pin connectors don’t provide enough power.
Bevin use of note-per-channel MIDI control is what allows him to slide individual notes around while he plays, unlike traditional MIDI Pitch Bend, which affects all held notes.