iPad Music App Lets You Play MIDI Pong

iPad Music Software: Developer Justin Rhoades has updated his $2.99 “reactive MIDI instrument”, Amos, adding CoreMIDI support.

In Amos’s physics-simulated room, collisions between objects trigger MIDI notes. Up to three duration discs (half note, quarter note, eighth note) can be grabbed and thrown around the room, sort of like “MIDI Pong”.

There are three 6-octave keyboards that can be configured via the Settings menu. When a disc strikes a keyboard key, it takes on that key‘s note value and emits that value for each collision until a new key is struck. Tilting the device controls the gravity in the room.

Amos sends MIDI notes through a USB MIDI interface or over a wireless network to trigger sounds from software synths, MIDI-capable hardware or desktop DAWs like GarageBand, ProTools and Live.

USB MIDI Requirements:

  • iPad
  • Apple iPad USB Camera Connection Kit
  • Class-compliant USB MIDI interface

WiFi MIDI Requirements:

  • A Mac, Linux, or Windows computer on the same WiFi network as your iPad
  • A copy of the free DSMI Server running on your Mac, Linux, or Windows computer
  • Some kind of MIDI capable desktop app (Garage Band, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Sonar, etc.)

If you’ve used Amos, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!

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