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Kitara + iRig MIDI

Posted by Mikers On November - 14 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

Just thought I’d post some quick thoughts on Misa Digital’s Kitara which I’ve been playing with for a few weeks now.

 

For those that haven’t heard, it’s the latest electronic instrument to bring the action of playing a guitar into the synth world, well sort of anyway. It features 6 rows of buttons on a two octave neck, where the strings would normally go, and it has a touch screen in the area where you normally strum. There’s an onboard synth with a few dozen sounds, along with comprehensive sound and effects parameter editing so you can create and save your own patches.  It also features MIDI out, so you can use it as a MIDI controller with just about anything.

 

This past weekend, just for a bit of fun in the name of experimentation, I’ve had it hooked up to my iPad via the iRig MIDI interface, and tried out a few synth apps, plus SampleTank and GarageBand. And I have to say, it works incredibly well, especially having the flexibility to edit the X/Y parameters of the touchscreen to change different aspects of the sound simply by moving your finger around the touch screen.

 

I’m not going to say this is the ideal instrument for either a guitarist or a keyboardist, as it’s almost like relearning to play an instrument from scratch, although guitarists do have the advantage of knowing already where to place fingers to get certain chords. The twist for them however is having to break old habits, like ‘strumming’. I’ve let a few professional guitarists try it out while I’ve had it on load for review, and they all automatically go to strum the touchscreen, which is ideally not how it is meant to be played most of the time. There is a mode where it can have virtual strings for stumming, but the rest of the time it’s just meant to be ‘tapped’ with fingers. This is where I think keyboardists might have the slight edge in picking it up faster. The bottom line is, you’re going to need to dedicate a few months at least, before it becomes second nature to play.

 

 

Anyway, as I said, that’s just a quick take on my initial thoughts on how the Kitara has been going, and how well it works with iOS apps. I hope to prepare a more detailed review of the iRig MIDi interface and the Kitara in the near future.

If you, or any one you know has picked one of these up, I’d love to know your thoughts, so post something below.

iTar needs funding

Posted by Mikers On October - 27 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

It was only a matter of time before someone came out with the idea of a guitar style controller that utilises an iPad.

The guys at Starr Labs who have been creating some pretty unique MIDI controller that resemble all shapes and sizes are currently running a kickstarter project for their new iTar controller. Here’s a brief rundown on what it will do –

“Our project is designed for musicians, guitar heroes, electronic artists, iPad junkies and hackers looking for a fun and easy way to take their show on the road.  At it’s heart the device is a button-based guitar fretboard (Starr Labs patented fingerboard) integrated with a dock for the iPad which will transform the tablet into a 21st century musical instrument we call the iTar ™.”

If you like the concept and want to support it financially, head over to their kickstarter site and donate some cash – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/starrlabs/itar-turn-your-ipad-into-a-guitar

For those with even a fleeting interest in digital guitar products, make sure you check out Misa Digital’s new Kitara which could be grounds for a new genre of musical instruments. Check misadigital.com for all the details.

MidiBridge

Posted by Mikers On August - 23 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

MidiBridge is a utility that interconnects all MIDI interfaces (external and network) on an iOS device.

Supported external interfaces include Line6 Midi Mobilizer I and Midi Mobilizer II, IK Multimedia iRig MIDI and all other CoreMIDI devices that are compatible with iOS via the USB camera kit on iPad. For CoreMIDI support, iOS 4.2 or greater is required.

Use MidiBridge to:

– Connect any external MIDI equipment to a remote computer or other iOS device (iOS > 4.2) wirelessly
– Clone MIDI data from any input to any set of outputs
– Filter incoming MIDI data on each input
– Filter outgoing MIDI data on each output
– Merge incoming inputs to one or more outputs
– Split incoming MIDI data (using filters) across any set of outputs

Other features:

– Events can be filtered by type (Note/Program/Controller/Sysex/Aftertouch/TimeSong) and MIDI channel
– MIDI interface ports can be given a user friendly name
– Initiates CoreMIDI network connections from your iOS device
– Visual indication of what is connected to where at all times
– Visual indication of MIDI events received, sent and blocked
– Visual indication of CoreMIDI network connections
– Highlight all connections to/from any MIDI input or output.
– Keeps track of your MIDI interfaces and restores connections/filters automatically
– MidiBridge is delivered as a universal binary so purchase once and run on all iOS devices you own
– Streamlined efficient code passes/filters events very quickly

Suggested uses for MidiBridge include:

– Connect your battery operated keyboard/drum controller into your iOS device and connect it wirelessly to perform on stage with no cables.
– Connect a MIDI transport surface wirelessly to your computer and move around your studio controlling your DAW transport with no cables.
– Duplicate MIDI events from one external device to another and to a remote MIDI destination wirelessly at the same time.
– Use as an inline MIDI filter, cloner, merger or splitter

get the latest on this app – http://www.audeonic.com/support/#midibridge

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xMix – Logic Edition

Posted by Mikers On August - 9 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

From the makers of VTI Pro and LiveRemote, comes another virtual control surface, this time aimed Logic Pro 9 users. Here’s the general rundown on what you can expect from this one.

xMix – Logic Edition is an interactive, user friendly MIDI DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Control Surface specifically designed and optimized for use with Logic Pro 9.

No drivers required. Powered by CoreMidi Networking Technology with speeds of almost zero latency, xMix-Logic Edition connects wirelessly and seamlessly interacts with Logic Pro 9.

The xMix user interface displays the absolute state of play in Logic Pro direct to your iPad. Giving you the freedom to control your session from anywhere within wifi range, delivering a new sense of control in your studio.

*See our website www.iXimix.com for installation and user instructions*
*Please register your purchase with us on our website for personal support and to use our forums*

<<<< Featuring >>>>

Unlimited Tracks (in banks of 8)
8 Virtual Faders assignable to almost any purpose.
8 Virtual Multi-purpose Rotary Pots
Complete Channel Strip Control over Pans, Solo, Mute, Record arm.
Full VU db Meter displays for each channel.
Scribble LCD strip displays name for each highlighted track.

For a full rundown on this app head here – http://www.iximix.com/

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MIDI Fretboard Controller

Posted by Mikers On July - 26 - 2011 2 COMMENTS

MIDI Fretboard Controller: Designed to be the most playable iOS guitar, control instruments in Garageband, Logic Pro, Ableton, Reason, etc with a fretboard (guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, etc.) Hardware MIDI Guitar cost $1000+. This app gives everyone a chance to experience a MIDI fretboard.

Features
– Tilt up/down for Pitch Bend (Equivalent to whammy bar)
– Tilt left/right for key velocity (Simulates the strength with which you hit a key on the piano or a string on the guitar)
– Double tap a note to bar that fret entirely or partially
– Rub near the sound-hole to simulate vibrato (a.k.a Modulation)
– Hammer-ons and Pull-offs can be timed, enabled or disabled
– Set a timer to fade out all notes or just the open string notes.
– Green lights indicate when a note is on/off
– Supports both left and right handers
– Apply a capo up to the 8th fret.
– Hold down the BAR icon and swipe your finger on the mini-fretboard to bar any fret on the guitar neck.
– Swipe your finger on the mini-fretboard to move to any fret position on the guitar neck.
– Tune your guitar with 60+ tuning presets. Submit a tuning and I will include it in the next update.

Further details and PC software 0 http://wp.wkode.com/?page_id=78

 

 

 

 

Keyboard Arp & Drum Pad

Posted by Mikers On July - 3 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Keyboard Arp & Drum Pad is a CoreMIDI application that transmits notes to external MIDI instruments and includes a keyboard, arpeggiator and assignable drum pads. You can play the built-in keyboard, trigger arps and play various patterns of instruments like drums, keyboard or guitar. The drum pads also allow you to play drum phrases or assign multiple notes on one pad and play chords.

Set the Keyboard Arp and Drum Pad to different channels to play drum beats
and pad chords along with the sequenced phrases run by the arpeggiator.

The Yamaha MOTIF XF* offers WiFi connectivity – enabling wireless control.
If you use the Yamaha i-MX1 MIDI Interface , you can connect to any MIDI instrument.

Features
Keyboard Arpeggiator
・You can choose from 342 arps including many different instrument categories
・Each arp phrase can be modified in real time for swing, beat stretch, octave range and variation

Drum Pad
・Each of the 16 Drum Pads can have up to 5 notes with assignable velocities so you can play chords or layered percussion with one pad
・Split pads in half and assign different notes or velocities to the left side and right sides of the pad
・ A learn mode makes it easy to program the pads directly from an external device

Tap Tempo
・A Tap Tempo feature allows you to quickly set the Tempo of the arps

Ribbon Controller
・A Ribbon Controller lets you control Velocity, Pitch and 2 Assignable Parameters

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Faders & XY Pad

Posted by Mikers On July - 2 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Yamaha “Faders & XY Pad” is a CoreMIDI application that controls external
MIDI devices by sending MIDI Control Change messages from the iPad.

8 sliders each with up to 3 control change parameters can be assigned for each of 50 templates. A unique XY-Pad mode lets you control multiple faders by flicking a ball that bounces off the sides of the XY grid for vector synthesis style control. Faders & XY Pad offers truly unique new ways for tweaking and controlling any MIDI compatible product.

Use your Yamaha Motif XF along with the Faders & XY Pad app for WiFi connectivity and control.* Using the Yamaha i-MX1 MIDI Interface, you can connect and control any
MIDI instrument.

Features:

Faders
-Universal Controller with 8 faders
-Each Fader has three assignable controls with “control change no.”, “parameter range” and “Channel Number”
-Minimum and Maximum value are assignable for each Control Change
-Learn mode will receive the MIDI signal from an external MIDI device and automatically assign the parameter

XY Pad
-A unique XY Pad that can control multiple sliders at once
-Each fader can be patched freely into the XY zone
-Touch with 3 fingers to move the ball circularly, 2 fingers to move it iteratively
-Control the speed of the ball

Customizable skins (PM1D, MOTIF XF, M7CL, DJ and Old Style) available
Choose your own look for the faders, panel, scribble-strip and scale

For more details head here – http://www.yamahasynth.com/products/synthesizers/motif_xf/

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Multi Editor Essential

Posted by Mikers On July - 2 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Multi Editor Essential is a CoreMIDI application which gives you all the tools you need to mix Songs and Patterns from your Yamaha synthesizer on iPad.
You can control volume, pan, chorus send and reverb send for each part as well as detailed editing of the Mix Effects and the Master EQ. Sequencer transport controls are also accessible via the Multi Editor Essential – US app.

*Yamaha MOTIF XF offers you WiFi connectivity which enables wireless control.

Features
Mixer Mode
・You can control all 16 parts in a MOTIF XF Mix on the iPad’s multi touch surface by switching between Parts 1-8 and 9-16
・You can quickly switch the 8 virtual faders from Volume, to Chorus Send or to Reverb Send while the 8 virtual knobs control Pan.

Effect Mode
・In effect mode you can edit the Mix’s System Effects (Chorus and Reverb) including the detailed effect parameters and select which Parts in the Mix have their insert effects enabled.

MEQ Mode
・You can edit the overall master EQ for the MIX
・There are 5 bands in master equalizer and you can control them by touching and pinching the iPad’s graphic display.

Get more details here – http://www.yamahasynth.com/products/synthesizers/motif_xf/

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Voice Editor Essential

Posted by Mikers On July - 2 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Voice Editor Essential is a simple CoreMIDI iPad editor application for editing the effects in Yamaha Synthesizers.

The editor focuses on detailed editing of Insert Effects, System Effects and EQ that are frequently modified and can take advantage of the iPad’s large graphic display.
Some essential global parameters including tap tempo and volume control are also included.

*Yamaha MOTIF XF offers you WiFi connectivity which enables wireless control.

Compatible model : MOTIF XF

Features
Effect Mode
・In effect mode you can select and edit Insert effects, the System effects and the routing and sends and returns for all the effects in a Voice.

EQ Mode
・You can edit the MOTIF XF’s Voice EQ and store different EQ setting for each of 50 Templates.
・you can adjust the Mid Bang EQ setting by pinching the band

For our more here – http://www.yamahasynth.com/products/synthesizers/motif_xf/

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Performance Editor Essential

Posted by Mikers On July - 2 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Performance Editor Essential is a Core MIDI application that enables you to edit the performances of a Yamaha synthesizer from an iPad. You can configure the MEQ and effects, which are used often in editing, in addition to arpeggiator settings, voice combinations, and each voice’s key range. Performance Editor Essential also has an XY pad for controlling parameters in real time. You can also control the tap tempo and volume.

*Yamaha MOTIF XF offers you the WiFi connection which enables wireless control.
*If you use the Yamaha i-MX1 iPhone/iPad MIDI Interface, you can connect to other MIDI instrument.
*Compatible models : MOTIF XF, MOX, S90XS, S70XS, MOTIF XS

Features
Voice Select Mode
– You can configure layer, split, and other settings by selecting the voice for each part and setting the value for Note Limit.
– You can smoothly select voices from categories.
MEQ Mode
– In MEQ mode, you can graphically manipulate a 5-band equalizer by touching a graph with your finger.
– You can also manipulate the Q by pinching and spreading your fingers.

Effect Mode
– In Effect mode, you can control the parameters of each block: Insertion Switch, Chorus, Reverb, and Master Effect. You can also control sending, returning, and panning.

ARP Mode
– In a single display, you can configure the arpeggiator settings (type, on/off, hold, etc.) for each part.
– You can smoothly select types from categories.

XY Pad mode
– You can assign up to five parameters to the X and Y axes and control the parameters at the same time.
– A MIDI Control Change message is sent to control the parameters in the actual device.
AEG Attack, AEG Decay, AEG Sustain, AEG Release, FEG Attack,
FEG Decay, FEG Sustain, FEG Depth, Cutoff, Resonance, Volume, Pan,
Assign 1,2, Reverb Send, Chorus Send, Foot Controller 1,2,
Foot Switch, A,Function1,2, Breath Controller
– You can use Ball Motion Time to control the speed at which the ball moves.
You can press Reset to move the ball back to the center.

Find out more here – http://www.yamahasynth.com/products/synthesizers/motif_xf/

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