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TouchOSC Updated on iOS & Android!

TouchOSC just got an update, including the useless Android version which should now be less useless and will be kept in parity with the iOS version! The only difference being Apple specific features like CoreMIDI, but we can finally use custom layouts!

What's new in TouchOSC v1.9:

  • Support for iPhone5
  • Support for more MIDI message types (All controls now support Control Change, Note, Program Change, Poly Pressure, Channel Pressure and Pitch Bend messages)
  • Added XY control MIDI mapping mode (Placing 2 or 3 fingers on the control will send only x or y messages)
  • New iPhone5 layout: “Automat5”
  • Fixed handling of UTF-8 encoded strings in both application and editor
  • Fixed naming issues with virtual CoreMIDI connections
  • Removed support for MIDIMobilizer Mk I (Please use a CoreMIDI compatible accessory, i.e. MIDIMobilizer Mk II, instead
Please also download the updated Editor and Bridge applications from http://hexler.net/touchosc

Buy TouchOSC on iTunes: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)

Buy TouchOSC on Google Play: $2.99 (On Sale, from $4.99)


On the hexler Blog, developer Rob shares some insights on why there hasn't been a lot of activity lately on the iOS app:

"With the release of the iPhone 5 and the iOS 6 SDK, support for building applications for anything below iOS 4.3 was (sort of silently) removed. I’ve always aimed for TouchOSC to be a rather useful application to ‘recycle’ older devices and give them a new life as multipurpose remote-controller, so this made me rather unhappy.

That unhappiness turned into a slight shade of rebelliousness when I DID manage to produce a binary that would support BOTH the iPhone5/iOS6 combination AND run absolutely fine on my ‘legacy’ testing devices (iPod touch 1st gen and iPhone 3G) and would make EVERYONE happy, but was subsequently rejected for trying to work around this ‘issue’ in the first place.

Long story short, since 1st of May 2013, it is officially mandatory for all application updates to add support for the iPhone 5 (with all the consequences for older hardware). End of rebellion."

I greatly respect the sentiment here. In fact the news today has got me presently charging up my antiquated Android phone to make use of the new update! However, if you have previously downloaded the free Android app you'll need to go buy the new one. He needs to fund all the various Android test devices he purchased!

Reader Comments 4

Does this work well with controlling multiple other iOS synths/apps via virtual midi (or whatever it uses) at the same time?

May 27, 2013  | person_outline ChrisG

Fucking apple.

May 28, 2013  | person_outline Will

Ok so I bought it and made an iPad/landscape mode controller layout for Turnado as a first try. Works really well, atleast with both apps on the same device, didn't try via wifi yet. At $2.99 there's nothing I can complain about, lot's of different controllers and all the basic behaviors etc to choose from. An in-app editor would be awesome tho, the back n forth between PC and iPad isn't fun when you don't know the correct values for everything. Anyway, seems like a great alternative to Lemur if you're on a budget, and don't need all the bells and whistles that Lemurs have.

May 28, 2013  | person_outline ChrisG

Put the Turnado controller up for download here: http://forum.audiob.us/discussion/1170/touchosc-templates-turnado-controller-by-me-available-for-dl

Please do share your own templates! Looks like there's not much of a user share community goin on with this app atm.

May 29, 2013  | person_outline ChrisG
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