How to Use iPad as Midi Controller for Logic
April 8, 2010
Coming up on today’s epsiode:
We’re going to show you how we can use the iPad as a midi controller, this means we can use it to remotely control Logic Studio, Pro Tools, Reason, and a whole bunch of other programs, Lets take a look!
Bigger Screen Rocks
Unlike the iPhone, the iPad has a lot more room when its comes to using it as a practical surface controller. It’s feels real controller surfer, the latency bad at all, it’s very responsive and we can actually play in tempo with any DAW! So today I’m going to show you how to hook it up to Logic Studio.
First, you’ll need two programs. OSCulator for your Desktop and Touch OSC for the iPad. OSCulator will receive messages from Touch OSC and convert them into MIDI events.
Creating your own Custom Touch OSC Interface
Touch OSC Editor allows you to create custom interfaces for your iPad. You can create up to 11 different types of controllers, faders, pads and buttons. They can be styled to 6 different colors and you can label and name each controller for ultimate customization. To sync custom interfaces to iPad, simply open the interface file in Touch OSC Editor, and click on the “Sync” button. Now on your iPad, choose the interface by tapping Layout > Add. Once your host appear in the list just tap on the file.
Setting Up Touch OSC + OSCulator
Once your iPad and Desktop have joined the same wifi network, open up your favorite DAW program. Open up Touch OSC on your iPad, and OSCulator on the Desktop.
In Touch OSC, under Network, locate your local host. Now select your interface under Layout, then tap TouchOSC, and tap Done.
Assigning Controllers to Midi Events
To add controller messages to OSCulator, all you need todo is simply tap on the sliders and faders, and OSCulator will automatically add the controller messages to the template window. From here all you need todo now is assign a midi event for each controller. In my demonstration I used Midi CC’s and Midi Notes.
Controlling Sculture with iPad
In the demonstration, I’m controlling the shape of the sound with the XY Pads. To set this up in Sculpture, at the bottom of the synth under MIDI Controller Assign, change the MorhpX and MorhpY midi CCs to your liking, or just simply set your desired controller to the default 16 and 17 Midi CC.
Alright there you have it fokes, iPad works great a surface controllers, and it’s easy to do! I hope your enjoyed my performance! I hope your try it out for your and make some really cool projects! Have any questions or suggestions? Definitely let us know what you think!