iPad and iPhone MIDI Controllers for the Yamaha reface CS by Ibo Kai

Most MIDI Designer layouts are for iPad, and few have been ported to iPhone. Ibo Kai has broken this rule with his new layout for the Yamaha reface CS [ see all of Ibo Kai’s layouts ]

iPad Controller for Yamaha reface CS Screen #1

iPad Controller for Yamaha reface CS Screen #2

iPad Layout, Author’s Notes: Remote Editor for Yamaha Reface CS

To avoid the complicated procedure for system settings in Reface CS (switch off, press + hold a certain key – remember which key to use for which function -, switch on again) I made this layout for quickly and easily changing things. Because they are all controllable via MIDI sysex! I can switch the internal speakers on and off, engage or disengage local control, change the pitch bend range etc. remotely from the iPad. Additionally I added two (green) buttons at the top for what I use most often: switching on both the internal speakers and local control, when I want to play Reface on its own, or switch both off, whenever I play it via my DAW.

This layout is based on Reface firmware 1.30, which introduced a number of new functions: for example in the looper you can now switch between the Guide Sound (currently set sound) or a Click Sound. Furthermore you can quantize your recordings to either 8th or 16th notes. Naturally if your firmware is older, you will not be able to control these, however the other controls should still work fine.

The second page is doubling the Reface onboard sliders for setting the sound. This is simple MIDI CC and I added it mainly for use when I want to record changes on the PC, while the synth is out of reach of my hands.

[ iPad Layout on Our Q&A Site ]

iPhone Layout, Author’s Notes: Reface CS System Editor for iPhone

I made another version of the Reface CS editor for my iPhone. The layout is slightly different due to the small screen. Also I skipped the second page, the sound controls would´t really make sense in this size. Apart from that it´s all there, including the two additional buttons I made for quickly changing according to the playing situation: locally with local control and speakers on and playing via DAW, with local off and speakers off. Now I can use my iPhone for quick changes of system settings even when my iPad is away, busy with other things.

iPad Controller for Yamaha reface CS Screen #2

[ iPhone Layout on Our Q&A Site ]

MIDI Designer Controls Jaws Piano!

I spoke with Craig Knudsen — MIDI Designer Core Test team member and Top Yamaha Consultant — about the amazing video he made with Tony DeSare and Robbie Vicencio.

…[we’re using] a YAMAHA Disklavier and an EZ-220 for the underwater shot! Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of JAWS release on June 20th, 1975.

I used MIDI Designer Pro (MDP) to enter the aftertouch codes to hold the Disklavier keys into special positions to create the “teeth” on this 88-toothed shark. Tony played the piano and I created these “animations” around his playing, bringing this shark piano to life.

With MDP I was able to create the special After Touch codes and test them out wirelessly, and see what they looked like. This was connected via a Quicco Sound MIDI device to turn the Disklavier into a wireless receiver to test the patterns. Then, using an iConnectivity midi4+ model, I isolated Tony’s MIDI performance data and switched between the two.

Disklavier Key Animations by Craig Knudsen using MIDI Designer Pro!

MDP was literally the only app I found to send these unpublished MIDI codes wirelessly to the piano during development.

Disklavier Layout for Jaws Piano in MIDI Designer

Disklavier Layout for Jaws Piano in MIDI Designer (Left Side)

Tony and Robbie used several LCD projectors to broadcast the video directly on the piano. By the way, for the piano arrangement, Tony created all the sounds using the acoustic piano… or rather all the sound effects

I’m really grateful for the shoutout, and very excited to be collaborating with such high-caliber artists. For more information:

Craig on Facebook @craigaknudsen

Tony on Facebook @tonydesare

Robbie on Facebook @robbievicencio

Layout Refresh: Antares Auto-Tune Guitar

The MIDI Designer Community has been producing many great-looking and highly functional layouts over the last year. One of the Community’s most prolific authors is Chris Gretton (popup). His best-known and most-used layout by far is his JD-990 layout (which got a refresh for MIDI Designer 1.6 for all expansion packs!). He’s also worked on the Casio XW layout; his beautiful refresh came out in version 1.1 of the XW app. And he’s worked on quite a few other MIDI targets as well.

We’re very grateful to have Chris in the Community, and we are very glad to award him the Rainer Award for Design Innovation for 2014.

Chris was an instrumental force behind the design changes in MIDI Designer 1.6, and he’s used them to refresh the Antares Auto-Tune layout (for the Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar)… Here are the results… amazing!


























MIDI Designer User on the Peavey AT-200

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We’ve been dialoging with a user about the Antares/MIDI Designer integration. As a small startup, we learn a lot from our users. Here is user Marty, educating us on the Peavey AT-200 integration.

Antares writes their instrument emulation software in three ‘packages’ … Essential Pack ($99), Pro Pack ($199) and Complete Pack ($299) … each of which features various instruments, tunings and features.

The instrument samples are truly amazing, being taken from some very expensive guitar models costing tens of thousands of dollars, each. You really have to hear the sound produced by this software’s instrument samples to understand what this means for average guitarists like me.

Basically, I purchased my Peavey AT200 guitar for $420 from Amazon (they’ve since raised the price) plus $45 for a special midi Y-cable and $50 for a particular midi converter (that will permit two way midi and let software be transferred from the Internet and into the guitar) and $20 for the MidiDesigner software for my iPad 3. First, I had to emulate a Windows PC on my 15″ MacBook Pro since their software won’t be loaded on a Mac (yet?). Then their Internet software purchase and transfer into the guitar. I purchased the top $299 Complete Package and I’m hoping they add even more instrument samples, eventually.

Once the software is loaded (one time) into the guitar, you won’t need the computer except for upgrades. After that, you can use either what they call “fret control” … basically pressing one knob on the guitar and activating a feature by striking a particular string and while pressing down a particular fret in combination and then releasing that special knob … for instance, to activate the Acoustic Guitar model, press the guitars volume knob and strike a bass G note (sixth string, 3rd fret) and while it is ringing, release the knob.

Obviously, using the iPad with Midi Designer makes these tasks much faster and easier to accomplish than the “fret control” method does. The same midi box, Y-cable but now the iPad (with USB adapter) controls the guitar’s features simply and effectively. It also makes it simple to combine many features into pre-sets … you can select a guitar model’s pickups, select the pickup switch position, the tuning, string doubling style, capo setting, etc. and setting this in Midi Designer as a Preset which can then be activated either by tapping a ‘fret control preset’ or just pressing one of the available, numerical presets in Midi Designer.

The only reason I would like to have an iPhone version of the software is that I always carry my iPhone with me. But, I can easily live without it.

Actually, Marty found one and emailed us back! [link]

I hope this explains how the Midi Designer fits into this amazing guitar package?

Huge thanks to Marty for the help!

Antares tried out all the MIDI controllers for iPad and chose the very best.
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MIDI Designer User on the Peavey AT-200

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We’ve been dialoging with a user about the Antares/MIDI Designer integration. As a small startup, we learn a lot from our users. Here is user Marty, educating us on the Peavey AT-200 integration.

I’ve worked with Macs since 1984 and attended all of the Boston (and even the Washington DC) MacWorld events and later the ones in NYC (nowhere nearly as good!). I miss the oldest MacWorlds which were dominated by small startups showing off (and usually selling) their amazing ‘NEW’ stuff! We used to take the entire week off, just to attend all of the impromptu events that would happen after the trade show ended. Later, all of these small companies got swallowed by a few giants which led to the end of these wonderful shows. Too bad because you would see the most innovative and amazing things there. So it goes.

Anyway, the Peavey AT-200 guitar is shown in a lot of great YouTube videos so you might want to start there. Your Midi Designer software is a real cornerstone of the Antares expansion packs for this guitar.

Here are some YouTube linked videos to watch …

Here’s a demo showing your iPad software controlling the guitar models:

Here is the original press, pre-release demo and explanation:

Here is a current Peavey AT200 sales demo and explanation:

Here’s a Sweetwater Sound demo by Rich Galagher:

This new guitar, Antares Software’s guitar model packs and your iPad software combine to make the most amazing system I’ve used in years!

A huge thank you to Marty for the quick lessons!

Antares tried out all the MIDI controllers for iPad and chose the very best.
Try MIDI Designer Lite for free to find out what’s so special about MIDI Designer.

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MIDI Designer Spotted in Berlin: Electro Band!

Electro Band

Video reviews aside, this is one of the most professional videos of MIDI Designer that I’ve seen. First, who is Electro Band? Here’s a description of the band’s Facebook blurb translated to English. But make sure to check out their interesting, interactive website.

When the violin hits in this video (at about 0:33) you’ll understand just how awesome it is. While I’m glad that it’s a pro video using MIDI Designer, I’m even happier that it’s really fun to watch and listen to. The video:

Is That Really MIDI Designer?

So, the views of the iPad in the video are pretty quick, to say the least. It does look like MIDI Designer Pro (or Lite unlocked, which is Pro), but I wanted to see the layout. Glad I asked! Here’s a beautiful photo of the setup. Note the presence of the Korg KP3 Effects Sampler, which I’ve been in love with since about 2007. It’s not that unlikely a coincidence, but it’s still a very cool coincidence.

Thank you Electro Band for chosing to use MIDI Designer your setup, and huge congratulations on this fun video!

MIDI Designer is the go-to professional MIDI controller platform for iOS. Electro Band fuses technology and art.

MIDI Designer 1.3.5 Beta at Jam Session

MIDI Designer 1.3.5 is moving through beta testing right now with flying colors! Here’s me playing three Korg Wavedrums at last week’s THroNG session. THroNG is improvised ambient electronic music.

MIDI Designer is the locus of control for my entire rig (along with Line6 FBV Shortboard MKII), of course:

Alto Cumulus

There are two other players on this session: Mike Rosenstark on guitar and the amazing Kevin Brown on bass. Mike’s rig also has MIDI Designer as the centerpiece. He’s using an iPad 3 with MIDI Designer Pro, two Behringer BCR2000’s and two Line6 FBV Shortboard MKIIs. There’s a reason that Mike Rosenstark is called “User #1.” Here’s a pic of his rig.

If you’ve got pics or experiences with MIDI Designer that you want to share, please drop me a line!

THroNG Session with MIDI Designer

My brother Mike has posted about Thursday’s THroNG session here, including excerpts one, two and three.

Two of the rigs are using MIDI Designer extensively. Here’s a photo of my drum rig (with Chris Dragotta in the background):

I’m using MIDI Designer 1.3.1, in conjunction with a Line6 FBV Shortboard Mark II (via USB -> Wifi -> MIDI Designer) to control my “rig” in Ableton Live 8. In this jam, I’m using three Korg Wavedrums and one Native Instruments Battery instance as the sound sources. These go through a a mix of Ableton and Guitar Rig effects (using lots of cool signal routing, of course). I’m also using my own custom “lookahead loopers” which use Ableton’s Simple Delay and track routing (trick: a track that feeds back when you turn the looper on).

The other rig is Mike’s guitar setup. Tonight we’ll be going over that setup and incorporating a BCR2000, via the pedalboards feature, with MIDI Designer. The exciting thing is that the BCR2000 is two-way MIDI, so… this’ll be very cool. Photos and/or videos soon!

More pics:

Thanks for your reading!