Post-NAMM Announcement: Confusion Studios Announces MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.8

Latest iteration of the award-winning professional MIDI controller platform brings side-by-side multitasking, pan-and-zoom and portrait mode to the iPad

Anaheim, CA – Confusion Studios announced version 2.8 of MIDI Designer Pro 2 (MDP2) will be available for download from the Apple App Store for iOS on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Since MIDI Designer Pro launched in 2012, MIDI Designer users have been creating and sharing layouts to control other music-making apps on iPad. Side-by-side multitasking brings this experience to the next level, allowing users to see and manipulate a controller in MDP2 alongside MIDI-target apps.

MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark commented, “Half the story we know about side-by-side multitasking: Users have already shared layouts for many iOS apps, including Animoog, Galileo, and Loopy HD. They will control these apps better – and make new, better controllers – thanks to side-by-side multitasking. The other half of the story is about what’s next: our users will discover and share other use-cases for side-by-side multitasking. That real-world feedback is always exciting. Also, the inclusion of portrait mode in this release fulfills one of our most-popular user requests.”

Slide Over, Split View and Portrait

Slide Over: MDP2 v2.8 lets iPad users take advantage of Slide Over. While not every app can be slid-over app, Slide Over can work with all other iPad apps. With Slide Over, users can make changes to their MIDI Designer layout without leaving another app. Slide Over works on most iPads: iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, and iPad mini 2 and later.
Split View: Split View allows for true, shared-screen multitasking with MDP2 v2.8. New controllers will be possible for music-making apps that support this feature, including Infinite Looper, Frobulator, Metarecorder, VoiceRack, and Thumbjam. By combining multiple apps in one controller, users can view one app in Split View while controlling several others (including apps that do not yet support Split View). Beyond apps for music, it can be used with compatible apps for reading, writing and communicating. Split View works on newer iPads: iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4.
Portrait Mode: MDP2 v2.8 brings the powerful two-up page to a vertical orientation. This is especially useful for use in conjunction with apps that tend to be used in a portrait mode (like forScore) and physical spaces and stands where the iPad will not fit in landscape.
Pan and Zoom: This pair gives users greater flexibility in managing their screen real estate. Zoom lets users move between several magnification modes: fit width, original and fit half-width. Four-button pan provides scrolling, which is particularly useful where part of the view is obscured by the magnification level or side-by-side multitasking.

MDP2 v2.8 + Frobulator

MDP2 v2.8 + Frobulator

MDP2 v2.8 + Infinite Looper

MDP2 v2.8 + Infinite Looper

MDP2 v2.8 + Metarecorder

MDP2 v2.8 + Metarecorder

MDP2 v2.8 + Frobulator

MDP2 v2.8 + Frobulator

Press Contact

Dan Rosenstark, Author & CEO
Email: dan [at] midiDesigner [dot] com

About MIDI Designer

Released by Confusion Studios LLC in 2012, the award-winning MIDI Designer Pro 2 has been lauded by Music Industry publications and used on stage and in the studio by world-class musicians, producers and DJs around the World. MD boasts a large Community of users creating and sharing virtual MIDI controllers for a multitude of different MIDI targets. Used by everyone from VJs to robotics experts, MD has also recently made inroads into television and film in both lighting design and camera control.

MIDI Designer Pro 2 will run on any iPad, iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 9.3 or later.

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MIDI Designer 2.5: More Tools

Service Release MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.5.1 is now out. It fixes two minor issues in MDP2 v2.5.
See details in the Change Log.

MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.5 is coming this Saturday, December 10, 2016 for MDP2*. More tools! We’re adding new features and fixes to make the best MIDI controller experience for iOS even better. It’s a medium-weight upgrade, providing more flexibility for your rig design and editor creation.

Big New Features

  • Movable Panels: put controls on panels, move them around, and even use “make similar.” This feature is very useful as is, and we’ve got big plans for it.

  • Display Zero for Knobs, Sliders and Crossfaders: now the LED ring (knobs) or LED track (sliders/crossfaders) can extend out from any point along its path. Two typical cases are pan knobs (Display Zero is 50% up) and Hammond-organ bars (Display Zero is 100% up). Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for all.

  • Rotary action for knobs: This is useful to place knobs near the top or bottom of your pages. It also means we’re compatible with gadgets that stick on your screen and rotate, if that’s your thing. Requires Extra Features Pack to include in a layout; free to use for anybody.

Medium-Sized New Features

  • Pedalboards Expose Down: Now you can slide your pages down or up to expose pedalboards. And if you don’t allow pedalboards in Play Mode, they’ll snap shut when you exit Design Mode.
  • Default Value Experience Upgrade: Default Values work properly with Named Ticks, even if your ticks’ MIDI values are out of order (e.g., 5, 127, 2).

Xcode 8, iOS 10

Lots and lots and lots of code changed in the upgrade to iOS 10 (Swift 3 and Xcode 8). See something, say something! Please report all bugs to wtf [at]


  • Fixed: Now no MIDI values are sent on MIDI Designer start, layout load, page load, nor reset to default template (Config -> Actions -> New)
  • Fixed: Default values for named ticks
  • Fixed: Bluetooth popup bug for iPhone introduced in 2.4.6
  • Fixed: Smaller bugs, and lots of under-the-hood improvements to make MD even better.

*For existing users of MIDI Designer Limited and MIDI Designer Lite, it’s going to be coming in the middle of next week.

MIDI Designer Pro 2 & MIDI Designer Player

Just in time for NAMM 2016, Confusion Studios LLC is proud to announce two new apps: MIDI Designer Pro 2 and MIDI Designer Player.

MIDI Designer Pro 2.0

MIDI Designer Pro 2 is a fully customizable performance-oriented MIDI controller platform for iPad (optimized for iPad Pro), iPhone and iPod.

MIDI Designer Pro took the music-making world by storm, and Pro 2 is set to do it all over again.

MIDI Designer Pro 2.0, Features

  • Complete redesign of MIDI Designer Pro — all controls have been reimagined for greater clarity and a more pleasing look
  • New Control Type: Picker for longer lists, e.g., for program changes
  • New Control Type: Meter. Will work with track-volume output on most major DAWs (including Ableton, with no scripting) on Windows and Mac
  • New Control Type: Image Panel. Includes Image Manager functionality and powerful display controls
  • MIDI Designer Community In-App Browser and Upload
  • Preset Packs for sharing of global presets
  • iCloud Support
  • Full backwards compatibility with all existing layouts
  • Several more fixes, enhancements and features

MIDI Designer Pro 2.0, Pricing, Availability

  • Bundle-Priced for Upgrade from MIDI Designer Pro
  • Available for purchase as a Universal App on the App Store in Q1-2016

MIDI Designer Pro 2 is currently available for beta testing: Users who want early access should shoot us an email at mdp2beta [at] midiDesigner [dot] com.

MIDI Designer Player

First-class, ultra-low-latency MIDI controller player. Comes with several general-purpose MIDI controller layouts. Users can access Community and Professional MIDI Designer Pro layouts via in-app purchase.

Available for download from the App Store in Q1 of 2016.