MIDI 101 – Part 4 – MIDI editing under iOS

Having provided a bit of a taster for the different types of MIDI sequencing tools available under iOS in the previous part of this occasional MIDI 101 series, in this instalment, I thought I might take a closer look at the sorts of things MIDI sequencing allows you to do. This will include some of the basics of general MIDI note editing – and the pros and cons of that under iOS – but also some of the other editing tools (corrective and creative) that a good MIDI sequencer can provide. While … [Read more...]

MIDI 101 – part 3 – the right sequence for iOS MIDI

In part 1 of this MIDI 101 series aimed at iOS musicians, I tried to provide a brief introduction to MIDI as a technology – its history, the basis of the technology and, most importantly, its applications for the musician… all with a bit of an iOS context - iOS MIDI in the wider world of MIDI. In part 2, I covered some of the practical basics about using MIDI and, in particular, how to create MIDI data for musical uses if your music tech platform of choice happens to be iOS. OK… so where … [Read more...]

MIDI 101 – part 2 – ins and outs of MIDI under iOS

In part 1 of this MIDI 101 series aimed at iOS musicians, I tried to provide a brief introduction to MIDI as a technology – its history, the basis of the technology and, most importantly, its applications for the musician… al with a bit of an iOS context. The history is quite important because, for those new to music technology (and especially those who are considerably younger than MIDI itself), if you have only ever encountered MIDI in its ‘virtual’ form, an appreciation of where the … [Read more...]

MIDI 101 – part 1 – an introduction to MIDI with an iOS perspective

If you are a long-standing music technology fan and what’s left of your hair is mostly grey, the odds are you might remember the birth of MIDI. And, if you have grown up with MIDI technology as it has improved and expanded over the years, whether you consider yourself ‘a MIDI expert’ or not, you may well feel pretty comfortable with the basics – it’s key features, how to use it, what it can be used for, etc. – and, whether you push the technology to its limits or just tap in where you need it, … [Read more...]

MIDI on iOS – taming the mess

If what remains of your hair (!) is mostly grey, then the odds are you might remember the wonder of MIDI’s first appearance. Having been subject to various bits of development work for a couple of years (and with a significant contribution from Sequential Circuits, makers of the Prophet synth so recently modelled from iOS as the iProphet), the first Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) standard/specification was published in 1983 after having been agreed on by companies such as Roland, … [Read more...]

MidiBus giveaway results

I reviewed MidiBus from Audeonic a couple of weeks ago and, while utility apps are perhaps not as exciting to some iOS musicians as a new synth, guitar amp sim or DAW app, they are sometimes the glue that helps us keep these other apps working together so we can get our music made. Nic Grant at Audeonic was kind enough to provide me with five copies of the app to giveaway to readers of the Music App Blog and the winning names were drawn at random out of the hat this morning. Many thanks also … [Read more...]

MidiBus giveaway – 5 copies of Audeonic’s MIDI utility app up for grabs

I reviewed MidiBus from Audeonic a couple of weeks ago and, while utility apps are perhaps not as exciting to some iOS musicians as a new synth, guitar amp sim or DAW app, they are sometimes the glue that helps us keep these other apps working together so we can get our music made. MidiBus is a classic case of this as it provides a means of sending MIDI Clock to other apps that support it so that you can lock their playback together in an efficient fashion. MIDI under iOS is, it has to be … [Read more...]

Synthecaster update – new features for Daniel Resnick’s MIDI performance app

I reviewed Daniel Resnick's Synthecaster iOS music app on the blog a while ago. Synthecaster (UK£0.69), while it includes its own synth engine, is intended primarily as an alternative performance interface that can be used to send MIDI data out to other iOS music apps (or to desktop software if you have a suitable MIDI connection). I was suitably impressed with the app and, given that the interface will feel instantly familiar to guitar players - yet makes good use of the touchscreen as a … [Read more...]

MIDI Designer Pro music app updated to v.1.6

If you like to customise and build your own MIDI control surfaces using your iPads touchscreen interface, then MIDI Designer Pro (UK£13.49) is going to be right up your street. I reviewed the app some time ago and was very impressed with just how powerful this music app utility was for the more geeky and experimental music maker. Developers Confusionists have continued to develop the app since my original review and the latest release this week takes the app to v.1.6. and is described as a … [Read more...]