MIDI Test Box Logger

Earlier this month we saw MIDI Test Box for iPhone, today a Universal version is available for this MIDI Debugger.

iTunes Description:

An essential app for anyone using MIDI wanting to check connectivity and find out what is and what isn't working. Designed to give feedback in real time and requiring little or no setup so that it ready to use when you need to use it.

Great for analysing MIDI and connectivity, logs all incoming messages to show what's happening in real time.

Requires little or no setup, has all the functionality of MTB when running on the iPhone.

Buy MIDI TEST BOX LOGGER on iTunes: $2.99

These sorts of debuggers can be really handy, especially in a mobile version so you actually have them at hand!

Here is the promo video for the iPhone version.

SampleTank is 50% off!

IK Multimedia's massive sampler and sample library is only $10!

Unlike some of the smaller developers, IK doesn't fuck around with sales every 2 weeks. This is only the second sale for SampleTank ever.

Buy Sample Tank on iTunes: $9.99 (On Sale, from $19.99)

I haven't played with this, but I have heard two important facts about it from readers. It is big, and will take about about a Gig of storage when fully installed. Also, the samples are seriously top notch. You can hear that for yourself in any of the many great videos from efectism.

In this video efectism is using SampleTank on an iPhone with a seperate instance of SampleTank on an iPad, being controlled by ThumbJam.

rsTouch Control Surface for Reason

There are lots of DAW control surface apps, but this is the first one I've seen for Reason!

There is no video available, but you can get an idea of how it works and if it will work for you in the manual. They highly advise you read this before purchasing, just to make sure you can get it running. You'll also need to install the support files, which Reason requires for any control surface.


  • iPad running iOS 5.1 or greater
  • Propellerhead Reason 6.5.0 (or higher), Record 1.5, or Reason Essentials 1.5 (or higher) installed on your Mac or Windows PC
  • MIDI input and output dedicated to iPad connection (either wired with MIDI interface or wireless from "network MIDI" interface)
  • If using network MIDI, Wi-Fi access to same computer where Reason is installed
  • iPad Bluetooth must be set to OFF during an rsTouch session to ensure reliable communications with Reason


  • Always available Transport controls, including "jog strip" 
  • "Big Meter" display * Timecode & bar-beat "LCD" 
  • Tempo setting & display * Undo, Redo 
  • Control Reason's "Main Mixer" and "Master Section" functions using multitouch rotaries, faders, and buttons that mimic Reason (including color coding)

Buy rsTouch Pro for Reason on iTunes: $19.99

Sonic Touch #14: Magellan & Cassini

Nick and Gaz take a look at Magellan and Cassini, as well as the new MIDI Out In-App Purchase for Animoog.

Buy CASSINI for iPad on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale)

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale)

Buy Animoog on iTunes: $29.99

Make a WIRED OSC & MIDI Connection on Jailbroken iPad

YouTuber CutterJTheAbusrdist wanted a reliable way to use OSC from his iPad and didn't want to risk using WiFi onstage. You can use the Camera Connection Kit and a USB adapter for MIDI, but there is no way to get a wired connection for OSC.

Until now! He figured out a great way to do it using the Cydia (Jailbreak) App MyWi.

Video details:

For about $30, I pieced together a way of establishing a stable connection using the basic iPad cable and a USB extension cord.

Here are the pertinent links for stuff you'll need:


If you haven't jailbroken your iPad yet, you'll need to do this to get this to work. It seems like there are many decent tutorials on how to do this, like http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how-to-jailbreak-your-iphone-ipad-or-ipod-running-ios-511.php

The USB extension cable:

Technically this is optional if you want to get this up and running today, but you'll probably need something like this if you want to use your iPad onstage.

Get the Cydia App Store and download MyWi:



I'm using the NLog MIDI Synth app in this video, but this technique should work for any synth app that accepts MIDI. And of course, the amazing TouchOSC App!

Buy NLogSynth Pro on iTunes: $14.99

Buy NLog MIDI Synth on iTunes: $4.99 (iPhone)

Buy TouchOSC on iTunes: $4.99

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