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Remember the days of clicking laboriously to add notes to a piano roll editor? Well, that’s a bit silly nowadays if there’s a touchscreen sitting next to your desk. You probably want to make use of it – and maybe without stumbling around helper apps and wifi configuration.

We’ve already seen how Auxy, the iPad pattern editor, reduced a widely-known music process to its simplest elements. The recent addition of MIDI opens it up to external hardware.

But it also makes a nice example of what the new utility midimux can do: connecting this app to the wealth of sounds and production tools on your computer can make for a useful pair.

The first ingredient is midimux, which alongside the forthcoming audio companion audiomux, can link up apps and hardware on your iPad or iPhone to apps and hardware on your Mac, all the sync cable you already own:

Now, Across iOS and Mac, Everything is Musically Connected [Video]

Fab from ANR (audio news room) has already illustrated a specific example. He takes Auxy, the pattern editor, and then augments its sonic capabilities by adding in Apple’s own Logic Pro. And he’s made some nice video tutorials that make it all clearer. First, on the iPad:

Next, on the Mac side of things:

More sound samples:

One big caveat. I don’t mind paying for MIDI in Auxy – I bought that the day it came out. But there’s no sync support yet; I hope the In App Purchases support development of that. (You do want to implement it right, and it isn’t easy on iOS – trust me, have this conversation with developers all the time.)

Then again, this is just one example. Apple already makes controller tools for Logic in its own iOS Logic Remote app, but when you think of cool instruments like Sculpture, I can imagine a lot of other interesting sources to use. And we’re looking forward to the ModStep sequencer – which does, by the way, support sync. (You’ll see what I did there: subtle hints to the developers of ModStep. We’re really looking forward. Just … hugely excited. On our seat with anticipation. La, la, just can’t wait. Finish and submit that thing, darnit.)

Thanks to ANR for this one – good enough that it was, ahem, worth ripping off directly!

How-To: Auxy Meets Logic Via midimux – Video Tutorial

And more great reading there; just added this one to my feed in Reeder!

audionewsroom.net

  • anr

    Thanks for the post Peter, exciting times for interoperability indeed…

  • anr

    Thanks for the post Peter, exciting times for interoperability indeed…

  • anr

    Thanks for the post Peter, exciting times for interoperability indeed…

  • kobamoto rin

    Peter could you give us a comparison of all things for this one and midi iO, …. with trust comes responsibility πŸ™‚ … just saying

  • kobamoto rin

    Peter could you give us a comparison of all things for this one and midi iO, …. with trust comes responsibility πŸ™‚ … just saying

  • kobamoto rin

    Peter could you give us a comparison of all things for this one and midi iO, …. with trust comes responsibility πŸ™‚ … just saying

  • MartinH76

    I was doing this the other day with the Genome sequencer & Ableton, via midimux. Absolutely awesome workflow. Can’t wait for the arrival of audiomux. πŸ™‚

  • MartinH76

    I was doing this the other day with the Genome sequencer & Ableton, via midimux. Absolutely awesome workflow. Can’t wait for the arrival of audiomux. πŸ™‚

  • MartinH76

    I was doing this the other day with the Genome sequencer & Ableton, via midimux. Absolutely awesome workflow. Can’t wait for the arrival of audiomux. πŸ™‚

  • Will

    This is very very cool. Thanks @ANR for making it.

    A request to all fine makers of desktop capture videos: make the resolution of your monitor lower before capturing! I almost laughed when in the video it said ‘Make sure not to miss this very important step!’ and I couldn’t see anything. πŸ™‚ Yes, I made it full screen and could then see it clearly but that’s because I’m on a big monitor. Low resolution first means it’ll work on any monitor. For instance, if watching this on an iPhone there’s no way someone could read/see it.

    • I think YouTube defaults to lower resolution when watching on iPhone, so hard to get details right there.

      • Will

        Indeed. Precisely why I’m suggesting making the resolution lower to begin with! πŸ™‚ Even 1024×768 or similar will translate better to both inline YT videos and smaller screen mobile devices.

  • Will

    This is very very cool. Thanks @ANR for making it.

    A request to all fine makers of desktop capture videos: make the resolution of your monitor lower before capturing! I almost laughed when in the video it said ‘Make sure not to miss this very important step!’ and I couldn’t see anything. πŸ™‚ Yes, I made it full screen and could then see it clearly but that’s because I’m on a big monitor. Low resolution first means it’ll work on any monitor. For instance, if watching this on an iPhone there’s no way someone could read/see it.

    • I think YouTube defaults to lower resolution when watching on iPhone, so hard to get details right there.

      • Will

        Indeed. Precisely why I’m suggesting making the resolution lower to begin with! πŸ™‚ Even 1024×768 or similar will translate better to both inline YT videos and smaller screen mobile devices.

  • Will

    This is very very cool. Thanks @ANR for making it.

    A request to all fine makers of desktop capture videos: make the resolution of your monitor lower before capturing! I almost laughed when in the video it said ‘Make sure not to miss this very important step!’ and I couldn’t see anything. πŸ™‚ Yes, I made it full screen and could then see it clearly but that’s because I’m on a big monitor. Low resolution first means it’ll work on any monitor. For instance, if watching this on an iPhone there’s no way someone could read/see it.

    • I think YouTube defaults to lower resolution when watching on iPhone, so hard to get details right there.

      • Will

        Indeed. Precisely why I’m suggesting making the resolution lower to begin with! πŸ™‚ Even 1024×768 or similar will translate better to both inline YT videos and smaller screen mobile devices.

  • slackerluddite

    This is great but how do I do it in Bitwig? I’ve even got an iConnect2+ but can’t seem to work it out πŸ™

    • With an iConnect2 you can route the MIDI through the interface and you don’t have to use another app. Make sure it’s connected to both the iPad and the computer, and then you set iConnect2 as a destination in Auxy while also making sure you listen to that input in Bitwig.

  • slackerluddite

    This is great but how do I do it in Bitwig? I’ve even got an iConnect2+ but can’t seem to work it out πŸ™

    • With an iConnect2 you can route the MIDI through the interface and you don’t have to use another app. Make sure it’s connected to both the iPad and the computer, and then you set iConnect2 as a destination in Auxy while also making sure you listen to that input in Bitwig.

  • slackerluddite

    This is great but how do I do it in Bitwig? I’ve even got an iConnect2+ but can’t seem to work it out πŸ™

    • With an iConnect2 you can route the MIDI through the interface and you don’t have to use another app. Make sure it’s connected to both the iPad and the computer, and then you set iConnect2 as a destination in Auxy while also making sure you listen to that input in Bitwig.

  • Rocketpilot

    Auxy is terrific. It’s so smooth and fast even on a pokey old iPad 3, and the note drawing model is so straightforward that I feel it’s helped me break out of a serious musical rut.

    Midi export is a bit crap, though. At the very least it would be nice if the exported midi file could take the name of the composition, rather than auxy.mid

    And I really find myself wishing for the kind of export options that Korg’s Gadget has.

    • Thanks!

      We’ll make sure the MIDI files get better names for the next version? Anything else that we need to fix to make it better?

      What are you able to do with Gadget that you cannot do with the Auxy export? I.e. which use case are we not able to support?

      • Rocketpilot

        OK, so the specific thing that Gadget does that I really like is that it can save out files in Ableton’s native format – so you get an Ableton set file sent to Dropbox with all the clips and scenes set up correctly, as well as looped audio exports of each channel.

        What would even be cooler for Auxy to export would be the note data and a preset for each instrument that roughly corresponds to an existing Ableton instrument. Then we could really build the Auxy compositions into complete arrangements with very little extra effort.

        While you’re here, I guess I have a couple other things to note:

        1. Auxy’s grid is too low-contrast to be legible in the bright Queensland sun while working on the bus, which is where I get most of my composition done these days
        2. The export screen is a bit unclear from a UX perspective – particularly the “discard” button, which really should be “cancel” so that a user doesn’t think they’re discarding the entire song
        3. The live performance recording mode doesn’t really make it clear that you need to immediately export outside of Auxy once it’s done or be required to abandon the recording. I’d have thought the app could store recordings internally then export at leisure.

        That’s about all I can think of without the iPad directly in front of me. As I said, I love this application a lot and am really keen to see it continue to improve. Thanks for making it!

  • Rocketpilot

    Auxy is terrific. It’s so smooth and fast even on a pokey old iPad 3, and the note drawing model is so straightforward that I feel it’s helped me break out of a serious musical rut.

    Midi export is a bit crap, though. At the very least it would be nice if the exported midi file could take the name of the composition, rather than auxy.mid

    And I really find myself wishing for the kind of export options that Korg’s Gadget has.

    • Thanks!

      We’ll make sure the MIDI files get better names for the next version? Anything else that we need to fix to make it better?

      What are you able to do with Gadget that you cannot do with the Auxy export? I.e. which use case are we not able to support?

      • Rocketpilot

        OK, so the specific thing that Gadget does that I really like is that it can save out files in Ableton’s native format – so you get an Ableton set file sent to Dropbox with all the clips and scenes set up correctly, as well as looped audio exports of each channel.

        What would even be cooler for Auxy to export would be the note data and a preset for each instrument that roughly corresponds to an existing Ableton instrument. Then we could really build the Auxy compositions into complete arrangements with very little extra effort.

        While you’re here, I guess I have a couple other things to note:

        1. Auxy’s grid is too low-contrast to be legible in the bright Queensland sun while working on the bus, which is where I get most of my composition done these days
        2. The export screen is a bit unclear from a UX perspective – particularly the “discard” button, which really should be “cancel” so that a user doesn’t think they’re discarding the entire song
        3. The live performance recording mode doesn’t really make it clear that you need to immediately export outside of Auxy once it’s done or be required to abandon the recording. I’d have thought the app could store recordings internally then export at leisure.

        That’s about all I can think of without the iPad directly in front of me. As I said, I love this application a lot and am really keen to see it continue to improve. Thanks for making it!

  • Rocketpilot

    Auxy is terrific. It’s so smooth and fast even on a pokey old iPad 3, and the note drawing model is so straightforward that I feel it’s helped me break out of a serious musical rut.

    Midi export is a bit crap, though. At the very least it would be nice if the exported midi file could take the name of the composition, rather than auxy.mid

    And I really find myself wishing for the kind of export options that Korg’s Gadget has.

    • Thanks!

      We’ll make sure the MIDI files get better names for the next version? Anything else that we need to fix to make it better?

      What are you able to do with Gadget that you cannot do with the Auxy export? I.e. which use case are we not able to support?

      • Rocketpilot

        OK, so the specific thing that Gadget does that I really like is that it can save out files in Ableton’s native format – so you get an Ableton set file sent to Dropbox with all the clips and scenes set up correctly, as well as looped audio exports of each channel.

        What would even be cooler for Auxy to export would be the note data and a preset for each instrument that roughly corresponds to an existing Ableton instrument. Then we could really build the Auxy compositions into complete arrangements with very little extra effort.

        While you’re here, I guess I have a couple other things to note:

        1. Auxy’s grid is too low-contrast to be legible in the bright Queensland sun while working on the bus, which is where I get most of my composition done these days
        2. The export screen is a bit unclear from a UX perspective – particularly the “discard” button, which really should be “cancel” so that a user doesn’t think they’re discarding the entire song
        3. The live performance recording mode doesn’t really make it clear that you need to immediately export outside of Auxy once it’s done or be required to abandon the recording. I’d have thought the app could store recordings internally then export at leisure.

        That’s about all I can think of without the iPad directly in front of me. As I said, I love this application a lot and am really keen to see it continue to improve. Thanks for making it!

  • We’re working on the MIDI sync features and have rewritten the sequencer from scratch so next version should make this case even better. Also working on a new sound engine and sound design to make the internal sounds a lot (!) better. Henrik, Auxy

  • We’re working on the MIDI sync features and have rewritten the sequencer from scratch so next version should make this case even better. Also working on a new sound engine and sound design to make the internal sounds a lot (!) better. Henrik, Auxy

  • We’re working on the MIDI sync features and have rewritten the sequencer from scratch so next version should make this case even better. Also working on a new sound engine and sound design to make the internal sounds a lot (!) better. Henrik, Auxy

  • Bill

    auxy lite for iphone please πŸ™‚

  • Bill

    auxy lite for iphone please πŸ™‚

  • Bill

    auxy lite for iphone please πŸ™‚