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Sample Lab developer, fotoh LLC, have released MagMIDI. A free magnetic Virtual MIDI controller for iPad.

Magnetometer virtual MIDI controller to control pitch wheel and mod wheel of any synth app that supports virtual MIDI. Supports multitasking so you can play keys with one hand in a synth app and have fine control over mod or pitch wheel with a magnet in the other hand.

Using core MIDI, audio backgrounding, along with the Z axis readings off the magnetometer... negative pole vs. positive pole of the magnets will trigger pitch up or down. Sends pitchwheel, modwheel, and random note commands w/ poly-aftertouch.

Made during the 2012 RVA Hackathon: http://rvahackathon.com

Buy MagMIDI on iTunes: Free

What a neat little treat!

They caution against using any extraordinarily strong magnets. I'm not sure about the iPad, most devices with data storage tend not to like strong magnets. Your iPad screen will definitely not be improved by a massive neodymium magnet flinging at it.

Reader Comments (4)

That's freaking genius.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthebananarepublican

Screen should be fine, as it's not a CRT--therefore, no gaussing issues. NVRAM should be fine, too. Still, maybe skip the nomydium mags to err on the side of caution :)

I'll fart around with it as I'm still under extended warranty. I'll let you know if I manage to bork my ipad2, hehe.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWh0rules

HA! That's the spirit, Wh0rules! Warranties are only good if you use them.

August 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterTim Webb

Hmm I have stragically implanted a weak magnet proxy of my left third, err second nut, in hopes of this app... I only wish it was at a more reasonable price...Enjoy the long weekend, and remember, drink if you drive, and bet over your head whenever possible...

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChezzdog
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