Lemur 5 Update Adds Sequencing, Custom Object Design


Liine has released Lemur 5.0 – the latest version of its MIDI/OSC control app for iOS.

Version 5.0 introduces the Canvas object, which lets you create completely custom interfaces; and the Sequencer family of features:

  • CanvasΒ is a brand new object that lets you script custom widgets with full multitouch support. The object is adapted from the HTML5 Canvas element, which means you can design widgets featuring complex shapes, animation, shadows, and transparency .The Canvas object opens the door to a completely new Lemur experience, where the appearance and behavior of objects can be designed to precisely match the demands of your project. Polygons, waveforms, circular objects and infinitely more are all possible with Canvas.
  • Sequencer – Lemur 5.0 introduces a family of new features for tight sequencing. This includes three new objects: StepNote, StepSwitch and StepSlider. Each of these provides a different flavour of sequencing and is ready to use right out of the box. The objects do the hard work for you, simple add them to your template and they are ready to control your MIDI instruments.

Here’s a video intro to Lemur 5.0:

Here’s what’s new in Lemur 5:

  • New Canvas object for creating custom objects
    • 2D drawing, animation and mono/multi-touch support
    • Based on HTML5 Canvas specifications
    • Implemented as standard Lemur scripting
    • 50 new scripting functions
  • New sequencing objects: StepNote, StepSwitch, StepSlider
    • Eight internal MIDI clocks, one for each MIDI Target
    • Clocks can run as master or sync to an external source
    • New type of script execution to trigger events based on musical subdivisions
    • New scripting functions for getting/setting clock state and bpm
  • New bundled templates
  • Numerous tweaks and improvements

Lemur 5 is available now for US $24.99 in the App Store.

13 thoughts on “Lemur 5 Update Adds Sequencing, Custom Object Design

  1. The problem of working on your computer….take a 30 min pause and then: you’ve something new to test out!!!
    stop wondering on the web and go back to work, NOW!

    1. “go back to work!”

      Yanakyl, this is a great point– that we all need to be reminded from time to time.

      While I do spend a fair amount of time here, and I have a pretty big curiosity about what is happening in music tech; there is music to be made.

      And whether folks are making things from scratch or programming robots to make things, let’s all get to it.

      That’ said, Lemur does look like the bees knees for robotic music making.

  2. How is lemur for data visualization?

    I mean, I don’t really like touching glass and like a keyboard and trackpad or to use the knobs and buttons on the device. Glass works for some stuff like drawing partials and is not bad for envelopes either, although sliders are more enjoyable. πŸ˜‰ But in terms of showing what’s going on? Say I was editing my sy77 could I make lemur show all the envelopes of all the operators or use lemur to select pages on the device itself? Or could I have it show all the machine types on each track of the MachineDrum? I already use max so maybe I’m better off looking at their app.

    The sequencers could be very cool though because you could trigger them with other hardware MIDI sequencers right?

    1. Lemur is great for data visualization! Some of the presets included in Lemur 5.0 could even be used as a starting point, have a look at “Twisted Sphere” and “Twisted Pixels” for example. Canvas can fully interact with MIDI and OSC, so it’s entirely up to you if you decide to make a Canvas widget dedicated to displaying incoming data.

  3. “50 new scripting functions
    Eight internal MIDI clocks, one for each MIDI Target
    New type of script execution to trigger events based on musical subdivisions
    New scripting functions for getting/setting clock state and bpm”

    sploosh. now I need to go home.

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