More TouchOSC + Logic Hands-on, with iPad

Since I was in Texas this weekend, I missed Synthtopia picking up an iPad example, seen below (though it’s useful to have Sam’s instructions, too). Also, our friend Joe Gore details how the whole system works with iPad, including plug-in manipulation and automatic mapping of parameters for plug-in functions. I agree; it’s nicely done. iPad + Logic + TouchOSC = HOLY CRAP! [sonicgore.com] Readers do touch upon standardization or interoperability between apps. It’s a good point, and the short answer is, right now, today, OSC doesn’t provide any way to do that. Many of the necessary facilities are there, but …

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Logic Adds Official Support for Wireless iPhone, iPad Touch Control via TouchOSC

If you’ve wished you could use your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a remote control for Logic, now’s your chance. And touch control continues to evolve as an additional option for manipulating music software, alongside good, old-fashioned knobs and faders. Handheld wireless touch control is certainly coming into the mainstream. As we see new controller integration in tools ranging from Ardour to Renoise, Apple quietly added support for iOS touch control in an update to Logic. One line in the release notes says it all: Supports iOS control surface apps that utilize the OSC protocol. Logic Pro 9.1.2: Release …

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More on MB Control, Custom iPad Ableton Live Controller Focused on Studio Work

With the iPad available now and more touch-enabled devices likely coming soon, we finally have hardware that can be both display and controller, visual feedback and input device. While tactile control will maintain its place, these devices can augment performance controls, acting as compositional brains, and can serve as studio creation tools. Yesterday, we got a glimpse of something called “MB Control,” a custom Ableton Live controller that got a number of people excited for its eminently-practical control layouts. It’s based on the popular, promising, and open source Live Control project, one we’re watching closely, but with its own twists. …

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iPad, iPhone + Music Weekend Update: Logic, Live Control, or All-in-one Music

LiveControl for the iPad/iPod from ST8 on Vimeo. It’s fun watching projects progress. Since we covered control of Ableton Live with the iPad – noting a few of the early wrinkles in the setup – we’ve gotten new reports as people work out more efficient systems. And incidentally, if you don’t own an iPad, or like handheld-sized control (especially if you prefer to reserve space for a full-sized tactile controller with actual physical controls), a lot of this works on iPhone / iPod touch, too. I’m also curious to watch how people specify OSC messages for Live, as it could …

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Want a DAW that Supports OSC? In a World of Doesn’t, Ardour Does – Free

And yes, there’s even built-in control surface support for the Wiimote. I have to give that a try to figure out how the heck that works. Why wait for The Future, when you can have a full-featured DAW that supports OSC (OpenSoundControl), right now, today? That DAW turns out to be Ardour, the open source workstation software that’s been maturing surprisingly nicely, and runs on both Mac OS X and Linux. Ardour has had OSC support for some time, but early this year, it got proper documentation. Setup is absurdly simple: there’s a single menu item to check off at …

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First Video Tutorial: MIDI + iPad + Ableton Live – But Much More to Come

That didn’t take long – there’s already a how-to video for using an iPad as a multi-touch controller for Ableton Live. Great work, Atlanta music tech wizards! You can thank RyanNoise.com. Note: See notes for why they’re using this combination of software. Code is online in GitHub. Updated: the video has been refreshed (clips needed re-arranging), and we’ve got more details and some good discussion happening in comments. Wrote this in haste and didn’t get to really point out why it’s cool: OSC provides control of clips – a feature the open source project used here will continue to develop. …

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One Man Band Watch: Gestures, TouchOSC, Pure Data, Breath Control, Oh, My

Every so often, I’m reminded of a simple fact: the greatest machine on the planet remains the human machine. So, yes, it may seem strange to one of the uninitiated to imagine strapping an iPhone to your wrist. And yes, musicianship in the digital age is partly about triggering, not just playing (though Onyx can really blow on his Akai wind controller.) But the bottom line is, the precision of movement and the genius of human musical creativity wins out. However unusual the technological solution, it can still tap into that power. In the video above, our friend Onyx Ashanti …

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TouchOSC Controller with Template Editing Coming Soon to iPhone, iPod touch

The beauty of using touch for controllers is flexibility. Sure, you give up tactile feedback – but you can also quickly make your own layouts, make touch controllers an ideal complement to your existing hardware gear (the stuff with physical knobs and faders and pads). For that reason, we’re all eagerly anticipating an upcoming version of the awesome OSC-based iPhone/iPod touch controller, TouchOSC. http://hexler.net/software/touchosc The included layouts are already fantastic, with rotaries and virtual buttons and multi-faders and toggles and X/Y pads. But custom control would be even better. Creator hexler writes CDM with the latest: The long-awaited update to …

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Resolution 09: Touch Sequencing Video Tutorial with Ableton Live, BigSeq, iPod

chromedecay studio look: TouchOSC with Ableton Live and BigSeq from chromedecay on Vimeo. New Year’s Resolution: do cool new stuff. In celebration of the coming of 2009, I’ve got a set of tutorials to post here on createdigitalmusic and createdigitalmotion, so you can get a jump start on the new year by learning some new skills and making new music and visuals. First up: our friend Bill Van Loo has a great video tutorial on working with touch control on an iPod touch or iPhone. The ingredient list here: TouchOSC, one of a handful of superb new touch controllers on …

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Video: TouchOSC on iPod touch Adds Controls to ReMOTE SL Keyboard

Tom Phillipson sends us a really lovely video in which he extends what’s possible on a ReMOTE SL keyboard from Novation by adding the touch controls of an iPod touch. This is exactly what I’ve been talking about in terms of the usefulness of the iPod and iPhone apps: they’re a perfect, reasonably affordable (US$220 for an entry-level iPod touch) means of adding interactive controls to your hardware. You can use the touch controls for parameters well-suited to touch and that layout (and see those controls in the dark onstage), and physical controls for other tasks. Tom writes: Rob from …

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