MIDI Designer Reference Manual
MIDI Designer Reference Manual
The first time you open MIDI Designer, you will see two sets of three pages on either side of the screen and a “more” button placed directly in the middle. The more button will display a set of other buttons that bring up more advanced pane, and give access to saving and loading presets.
1. more Button: The more button is the gateway to all MD features. When you are connected and playing your rig, it's small and unobtrusive, but it's the key to all the power of MD.
By convention, the more button is rarely mentioned in this manual. However, on iPad, most functionality starts with more
On certain iPhone models, there is an additional pair of Page Up/Down buttons on the Toolbar.
Starting from Scratch: New Layout
Use Config → Actions → New to create a new layout
Controls are the basic building blocks of your layout. In MD, a control can be of two types:
Each control has multiple display properties like LED color, name and label properties. In addition, dynamic controls have:
Dynamic controls can also be in more than one place in your layout via Control Copies.
MD, like most MIDI controllers, does not itself produce sound. Instead, it controls one or more MIDI targets. A MIDI Target can be any hardware or software you can control via MIDI. Examples include:
Each MIDI Designer layout controls one or more MIDI targets. It consists of Page Banks containing Pages, and Pages containing Controls like knobs and buttons.
Layouts may be saved, loaded, and shared in a variety of ways.
Examples of layouts are a layout for the Roland JD-990, or a layout that a guitarist uses to get through a two-hour performance using MD.
Controls are organized into Pages
Pages have a name and other decorative properties including background color, background texture, and LED color for all controls on a page.
To switch between pages:
iPad Only — MD uses a Two-Up Page Design, meaning that it shows two pages at once: one on the left side and one on the right side. Being able to display any two pages together makes your rig modular and flexible.
iPad Only — For some layouts, you may choose not to use the Two-Up Page Design. You can use the One Big Page feature to see a single page instead of two separate ones.
Pages of controls can be further organized into Page Banks. Each Page Bank can hold as few as one page, and a maximum of 6 pages.
In Play Mode, two principal methods may be used to change Banks: the Page Bank selectors and Bank Jump Buttons.
Presets represent all the values in your entire MIDI Designer setup. For example, a knob called “Sweep” might be set to 45° (or an outgoing MIDI value of 32). When you store a preset, that value is saved. When you recall a preset, all controls snap to the value they had at the time the preset was saved.
So your sweep knob would snap to 45° regardless or what position it's in, and that value would be sent out to all connected MIDI targets.
There are two types of Presets in MD:
Design Mode is used to create and modify your layout.
The main functions performed in Design Mode include:
In Play Mode, your layout controls your MIDI target or targets and responds to external MIDI controllers.
The Config button brings up the Config Pane. The Config Pane contains MD-wide and layout-wide configuration options and actions. The Config Pane has the following tabs:
iPad Only — Press the red LED in the top right corner of a Pane to make it “sticky”
Panes are the small “dialog boxes” in MD for iPad:
Normally, when you touch outside of a Pane, it disappears
Press the red LED in the top right corner of a Pane to make it “sticky”