MIDI Designer Pro 2 Version 2.3300 Released

This is our 88th update.

Our Product and Engineering Teams went through the user requests and took no prisoners. Meaning we implemented a lot of stuff.

Enhancements That Make More Things Possible

  • MIDI Message Feedback is now possible: see midiDR.com/qa/9524 for more details
  • Randomize Subcontrol: have any subcontrol switch to a random value on button press
  • Enable/Disable Button midiDR.com/qa/8783: allow a control (or subcontrol) to be turned OFF dynamically
  • Shorter “Snap to Value” times for returning to default or snapping subcontrols to a value (midiDR.com/qa/8908, thanks 5din)
  • Allow for wider labels and add option for bold Multiline labels

Other Enhancements

  • On iPad and iPhone, Swipe Up and Swipe Down will no longer interfere with your performance
  • Mac: lots of enhancements and polish including a fix for the glaring window-size issue
  • iPad: finally, a better fix for 3-dots More-button issue since iPadOS 15. Now swipe-down to access More menu
  • Mac, iPad, iPhone: Open layout from Files menu when App is not open is fixed
  • And many smaller enhancements, fixes and under-the-hood changes prepping for the future of MIDI Designer

More details about the updates in our user manual.

This demo layout walks you through the new features.

12+ years, 88 updates, still going strong, and more to come!

Thanks!

MIDI Designer Team

Stand-alone MDs now available for MDP2

The former stand-alone MIDI Designer applications MDXG and MDClav are now available as layouts to use in MIDI Designer.

MIDI Designer XG (MDXG) provides easily access the often hidden YAMAHA XG sounds built-into YAMAHA’s XG compatible instruments, including all CVP Clavinovas, and certain top end CLP Clavinovas, Avant Grands, Portable Keyboards and Workstations.

MIDI Designer CLAV (MDClav) provides convenient access many of the voices and functions available in the Clavinova’s built-in LCD screen located to the left of the keyboard. MDClav brings these functions (and many HIDDEN ones) FRONT AND CENTER on an iPad placed on the instrument’s music rack.

These layouts are provided courtesy of thepianoguyspianostore.com contact: craig [at] thepianoguys [dot] com

Update to a classic layout – RD 2000 Manager

The RD 2000 layout has been one of our classics since the first version was uploaded in 2018.  There were multiple updates until the layout was mature (and completely full) in 2020.

Usually, when a board gets to ~ five years old, you do not expect much new content from the manufacturer.  However, Roland recently released a V-Piano expansion pack for the RD 2000, based on a German Concert Grand.  It includes 17 new tones built on the German Concert Grand model.  (The supporting software update for the RD 2000 has two new expansions slots, so hopefully we will see another V-Piano expansion.)

The original update intent for the RD 2000 Manager was simply to add the 17 new tones to the picker.  However, the improvements in MDP2 since the last Manger release meant there was lots of opportunity to improve functionality of the layout.

Updates include:
– Support for German Concert Grand
– Sound Chain Functional View
– Sympathetic Resonance Editor (from the RD 2000 Piano Manager)
– Interface Upgrades and simplification

Sound design capability with the V-Pianos is nearly unlimited.  While Roland provides 17 new tones, you can use the V-Piano Designer and Individual Tuning to create your own sounds based on the German Concert Grand.  The RD 2000 Piano Editor layout provides a set of tools to simplify customizing your piano design.  (Check back – we expect an update to the Piano Editor based on the new German Concert Grand content.)

See more at midiDr.com/qa/6548

Learn about the Roland V-Piano


— New sound chain functional view

And don’t forget, MDP2 now runs on Apple Silicon Macs.

MIDI Designer 2.9 Announced!

New York, NY – May 13, 2017 — Confusion Studios announced MIDI Designer Pro 2 v2.9, which will be available for download from the Apple App Store on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

This new version brings greater maturity and stability along with new features for builders to work more efficiently during initial layout build and subsequent revisions of layouts.

NEW FEATURES

Panel Grouping and Panel Channel — Panels can now be used to group controls. This behavior is optional. Panels can also be assigned a Channel and/or CC Offset for member controls, allowing users to build and modify pages and layouts quickly in a modular fashion.

Timing Rework — In addition, Snap to Value (and Snap to Default Value) have gotten reworked to allow for smaller timings and more frequent MIDI-value sends.

More MIDI — New on the MIDI side for 2.9:

  • Song Select MIDI message (for interaction with Songbook)
  • 4-byte device ID Roland Sysex Checksum (for the Roland Boss GP-10).

FIXED ISSUES

Dozens of issues — some notable, some minor — have been fixed in 2.9. See the Change Log for more information.

NEW WATERMARK

MIDI Designer Pro 2.9 is the 45th update of MIDI Designer since launch in 2012. MIDI Designer Author and Confusion Studios CEO Dan Rosenstark notes, “This release brings additional coherence and stability to an already mature platform that users trust and love. But it’s Panel Grouping and Panel Channel that are most exciting. Musicians, lighting users and others tweak and refine their layouts over months and even years. These panel features facilitate fast workflow and allow users to organize complex layouts easily. Let’s see what users do with it!”

The MIDI Designer Community provides a multitude of layouts for popular MIDI hardware and software targets. Those that have been rated by the MIDI Designer Team can be seen here.

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. The standalone, dedicated versions of MIDI Designer all require an iPad running iOS 9.3 or better.

Visit midiDesigner.com for further details.

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.

Visit midiDesigner.com for further details.

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] mididesigner.com

Fixes

  • 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.