Saitara has released a new app, AP-7, that turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a programmable wireless MIDI controller.
The AP-7 Midi Pad Controller can be used as a velocity sensitive drum controller, but it has many other applications too.
Here's how it works:
- AP-7 broadcasts MIDI messages over a WiFi network
- These are received by a host computer running the free open source DSMI Server.
- DSMI routes the signal to Logic, Ableton, Sonar or other MIDI-enabled software.
Note that AP-7 does not produce sound on the iPhone, but is used to wirelessly control music software on a computer.
- 99 user banks of 8 pads = 792 pad memory
- In play mode, the 8 pads are fully multitouch and velocity is set by the touch location - the bottom of the pad gives the strongest signal.
- In edit mode, each pad can be configured to play up to 4 notes. The pad's midi channel is also individually assigned.
- Each pad can be either momentary (for short stabs) or latched (for long chords)
- A copy/paste function in edit mode allows easier setting of similar pads.