Big update for MIDI Designer

The 1.3.5 update for MIDI Designer is out, with a lot of tweaks for scaling. It is a very pretty app, and now it should stay pretty no matter how much you resize and retweak the controls.

• Sliders, crossfaders and buttons are now aspect ratio independent.
• XY pads are lighter than ever. (WTF?!)
• Our signature knobs are sharper and more sizable.

The update notes also mention improved compatiblity with two-way MIDI hardware, when using the Pedal Board feature.

Here's a short demo of the new control scaling from the developer.

Suction Cup keyboard mount for iPad

It seems I'm not the only one that has been considering keyboard mounts for iPads. TheGigEasy makes a whole bunch of different mounts for iPads, but this suction cup model looks like it should fit on anything with a little bit of clean surface area to work on.

It is a little pricey at $80, but that's not a whole lot more than other iPad stands. You might also check out their other models.

Funky Blade Runner cover on Sunrizer

Thomas Kress has put together a great live performance of Vangelis' Blade Runner theme. He's got an Octatrack, DSi Tetra, Sunrizer and a whole mountain of funk going on here.

via Synthtopia

Buy Sunrizer on iTunes: $4.99

Genome Remix Pads Demo

David Wallin, from White Noise Audio, uploaded a video to demonstrate one of the neatest new features coming soon to Genome MIDI Sequencer... The Remix Pad! This allows you to tweak note pitches as Genome is sending them, through an on-screen pitch wheel, and also play around with MIDI loops. These loops are dynamic, created by pressing two fingers on the pad to set the start and end position. All MIDI information between the start and end points will be looped, not just notes but also CC messages!

I've had a chance to play with this in the beta, and it is a lot of fun for instantly adding variety to a song! Astute readers may have noticed the Remix Pad icons in my recent tutorial, Setup to Song - A complete Guide to Genome.

Buy Genome on iTunes: $12.99

New preset packs for DXi and Cassini

Ahhh presets, I know a lot of you love them! As one reader put it, "I'm 38... somedays I just don't want to reinvent the wheel!"

I don't use them much myself, but I'm excited about this DXi one! Presets, especially professional ones, can be a great way of learning new tricks. There are also new tricks to be learned! The ones that shipped with DXi were boring; trying too hard to replicate the DX7's. Sunsine Audio's take here sounds much more modern. The demo for the Cassini presets, on the other-hand, sounds very retro.

Note: The drums, especially the shaker, in the demo are not included.

To DX With Love

• 64 presets
• 1 voicedata.plist file
• Includes easy installation instructions.
• All presets labeled with S.A. initials for easy recognition

$2.49 on Sunsine Audio


• 59 cassini_timbre files
• 1 cassini_arpeggiator file
• Includes easy installation instructions.
• All presets labeled with S.A. initials for easy recognition

$2.49 on Sunsine Audio

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