Developer Nic Grant (Audeonic) has announced MidiBus – a C and Obj-C source code library for developers, designed to make it easy to add comprehensive MIDI support to their apps. It is based on the MIDI engine in MidiBridge.
Grant describes MidiBridge as “a tool for helping developers manage their MIDI implementations.” He adds, “It will be their choice whether to use it or not and will not lock anyone in to some sort of new MIDI bus as it is just a layer on top of CoreMIDI to help make MIDI on iOS more consistent to the end, user as well as saving developers work in making it so.”
Here are the core features: Continue reading
iMIDIPatchbay - a new iPad app that’s designed to let you organize your whole MIDI setup from one central point – is now available.
- Create split and layer configurations very easily
- Send volume and other control changes (reverb, chorus, pan) to your sound devices
- Send program changes to your sound devices
- Transpose sounds in octave steps
- Filter controller data (sustain, pitch-bend, modulation, expression, aftertouch)
- Store configurations as programs for later recall
- Switch programs of iMIDIPatchbay from another app or MIDI device via program changes
- Switch programs while holding down keys or holding e.g. the sustain pedal without getting stuck notes
- UI which is optimized for live usage
The developer notes:
“iMIDIPatchbay aims to be used on stage. As I’m a live keyboardist myself and make frequent usage of the app, a great user experience and ease of use is taken care of. While some other apps also offer routing for MIDI data on iOS, none of them addresses the needs of live musicians. For example, iMIDIPatchbay allows to switch programs while still holding down keys without interrupting the sound. Furthermore, the user interface?s artwork fits nicely to real hardware devices.”
This video, via CENTRICvideo, takes a look at using MIDI on the iPad, via the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Continue reading
Ninstrument’s Chris Blarsky contacted us to let us know about the new MCTRL – a MIDI-controlled NES Gamepad.
Why would you want a MIDI-controlled NES Gamepad?
There are many homebrew audio/video titles for the NES that can?t easily be synced with a traditional DAW or MIDI keyboard/device. The MCTRL (pronounced M-CONTROL) incorporates MIDI In, Thru & Out – making it easy to integrate the NES into your MIDI setup.
At the 2013 NAMM Show, MIDI creators and innovators Alan Parsons, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, George Duke and Craig Anderton participated in an uber-panel, discussing the past, present and future of MIDI. Continue reading
The 2013 NAMM Show was as good as any we can remember, when it comes to new synths and electronic music gear. There were new synths all over, analog made a big comeback, multiple vendors released control voltage devices, there were unique new music controllers and more.
Here are our picks for the best of the show. Continue reading