Velocity Keyboard

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App History

Version 1.3
Aug 18, 2020
Version 1.2.10
Feb 13, 2020
Version 1.2.9
Dec 17, 2019
Version 1.2.8
Oct 31, 2019
Version 1.2.7
Oct 16, 2019
Jul 21, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 19, 2019
Version 1.2.6
Jul 11, 2019
Version 1.2.5
Jul 10, 2019
Version 1.2.4
Jun 18, 2019
Version 1.2.3
Jun 11, 2019
Version 1.2.2
Jun 07, 2019
Version 1.2.1
Jun 06, 2019
Version 1.2
Jun 04, 2019
Version 1.1.1
May 29, 2019
Version 1.1
May 17, 2019
Version 1.0.3
May 14, 2019
Version 1.0.2
May 10, 2019
Version 1.0.1
May 08, 2019

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App Store Description:

Velocity Keyboard is a powerful velocity-sensitive MPE compatible MIDI controller.

- unique velocity sensing algorithm that tracks touch force like no other app
- Four interface layouts: Keyboard, String, Scale, and Drum Pad
- runs as an Audio Unit or as a standalone app
- 8 simultaneous sources of MIDI CC parameter control: touch area, touch force (on devices that support 3D Touch), touch Y-coordinate, velocity to CC and up to four MIDI CC control knobs
- smooth MIDI pitch bending between notes in both string and keyboard layouts
- highlight custom scales in any key
- dedicated MIDI modes for maximum flexibility when controlling non-MPE compatible synthesizers
- pitch bend correction algorithm plays more in-tune with more freedom of expression when bending between notes (compared to similar MIDI controller apps)
- can output velocity as a MIDI CC or aftertouch message to better support synths that aren't designed with velocity sensing in mind

What does this app do differently from our iFretless apps?
- It uses much less RAM because it doesn't load any audio samples
- It has MIDI aftertouch controls, so changes in touch pressure and location that occur after after the start of a note can control MIDI CC parameters
- It supports highlighting notes in custom scales
- It has piano keyboard, scale, and drum pad layout options
- It has updated velocity sensing and pitch correction algorithms
- It has better visibility, making it feel more playable on smaller screens, or with a larger number of rows and columns

What's new in v1.3

1. Fixed crashes.
2. Fixed display glitches.
3. Fixed error of not showing up in cubasic 3.
4. Added a pitch correction rate slider.

iPad Screenshots:

iPhone Screenshots:

here is demo video for this app:
May 10, 2019  | person hyatha
I decided to pick this up. As much as I'll always prefer a real keyboard, I can see there are a couple of distinct advantages to this approach. And it will just take some experimentation to get more familiar with the feel of it.
Amazed at how this responds. Had been skeptical of physical performance on iPads for YEARS. But I find myself practicing on this almost daily. The ability to resize the grid has caused me to play much more melodically than I would have thought possible and I hardly touch my Ableton Push 1 these days.

Usually run through AUM as AU, wish there was an option to specify the absolute size instead of relative size, but I've been able to keep it consistent between patches. Running on 11" Pro 2018 with a matte screen protector.
May 31, 2020  | person RubyRhod
On May 31, 2020 - @RubyRhod said:
Amazed at how this responds. Had been skeptical of physical performance on iPads for YEARS. But I find myself practicing on this almost daily.
As with anything, practice is key.
And the ability to switch layouts is quite neat. Same with KB-1. In fact, I might have a hard time recommending one or the other. Even tougher when you include GeoShred.
(I typically use any of these in a layout reminiscent of the Linnstrument or ROLI Lightpad: rows a fourth apart, typically 5x5 or so…)

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