MIDI Designer Update

MIDI Designer got a nice big update, along with a helpful video demonstrating the new features.

What's new in MIDI Designer v1.5.1:

MIDI Designer 1.5.0 just grew up, and its new name is 1.5.1. New advanced features:

  • NAMED TICKS allow you to specify and name each value on a slider, knob, crossfader or XY.
  • CONTROL COPIES: put the same control on various pages, in the size you need.
  • NEW BUTTON SHAPES: piano keys and hex buttons give you some options. More will be coming soon.
  • HIDDEN CONTROLS: as you use supercontrols and subcontrols in MIDI Designer, you'll want to hide some in performance mode. When you get there, you'll know.

And beyond that, it's just a normal release with tons of new features and enhancements:
  • Use normal buttons to toggle the accelerometer or send all values from the current page.
  • Rotation of touch axis for knobs/sliders/crossfaders allows for more placement possibilites.
  • Channel changers have been reworked to acommodate button groups and values-per-channel.
  • "Relative" dynamic MIDI messages (control sends MAX for up, MIN for down, usually 65 and 63).
Changes to Design Mode
  • White LED color
  • Sysex learn. We now support learn for Control Change, Note On, NRPN [14- and 7-bit], Program Change and Bank Select
  • Mail a list of unused channel-cc combinations
Small Tweaks
  • Reworked the entire Design/Config UI: more consistent, flexible, and comprehensible
  • Long Throw has been reworked to allow hitting all control values

This update also applies to the free Lite version, which also includes the additional notes:

What's new in MIDI Designer Lite v1.5.1:

MIDI Designer Lite 1.5.1 now lets you use unlimited controls and ALL features of MIDI Designer Pro.

[NOTE: we are aware that Lite for iPhone/iPod touch is asking for you to unlock for iPad. This is a bug that will be corrected ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience.]

Buy MIDI Designer Lite on iTunes: Free


Buy MIDI Designer Pro on iTunes: $18.99

Impaktor Demo Jam

Heiko Heidemeyer put together this nice little demo jam with Impaktor. It starts off slow, but it gets going as he adds more loops!

Buy Impaktor on iTunes: $4.99

Novation Launchkey & Launchpad Updated with Sync

Novation's apps have both been updated to sync with one another, but this comes at an apparently heavy price, requiring an iPad 4! I tried to contact Novation for details on why this is, but was unable to reach anyone via phone by 9:15AM their time.

What's new in Novation Launchpad v1.0.2:

  • Novation Launchkey app V1.3 required for Sync
  • The first clip launches immediately
  • Beat Indicator
  • Bug Fixes

What's new in Novation Launchkey v1.3:

  • Arp and Tempo now sync with Novation Launchpad app
  • Novation Launchpad app V1.0.2 required for Sync
  • 10 new patches
  • Submit feature requests from in-app menu

Both apps carry the following misspelled disclaimer:

Please note, iPad4 is recommended for optimum performance when using synchronisation.

Buy Novation Launchpad on iTunes: Free


Buy Novation Launchkey on iTunes: Free

Guitarism Updated with Triple Play

Rhism's Guitarism has been updated with a new triple play mode, available as a $5 IAP. Reader Hoyas79 brought this to my attention, along with his conflicted feelings about a $5 IAP in an app that costs $3.

What's new in Guitarism v3.1:

In-App Purchase: guitarism "Triple Play" $4.99

  • Simultaneously play 3 additional instrument apps
  • Complementary roles: guitar, bass and chords
  • Configure channel, octave and velocity per role
  • Demo video and detailed help to get you going
  • Use with GarageBand or any MIDI-compatible app!

Master volume control for playing with other apps!
"Open In..." option to export recordings to DropBox, AudioShare and more

Buy Guitarism on iTunes: $2.99

Tutorial: Intro to Auria

Ryan Hemeon, from iOS MARS, has yet another tutorial video out! This time he's focusing on Auria, which he categorizes as, "Probably the most advanced DAW that we have for iOS." While technically true, on the same day fellow blogger PantsOfDeath was celebrating the removal of Auria from his iPad:

"Finally deleted Auria, it's been loitering around my 'pad like the Ghost Of $50 Lost for long enough.
Begone spirit, and trouble me no more!"

- @pantsofdeath

This was a long time coming, after his amusing App Regret: Auria article from March.

If you've already spent the $50 though Ryan will help you out here, by explaining the new method to record Audiobus. It looks like the whole process has been greatly simplified from the original input matrix.

Buy Auria on iTunes: $49.99


Buy Auria LE on iTunes: $24.99

Buy Audiobus on iTunes: $9.99


Buy Animoog on iTunes: $29.99

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