Johannes DÃ¶rr has provided us with details of iMIDIPatchbay – his soon to be released live midi routing app for the iPad and iPhone! The main aim of the app is to make the life of keyboardists easier allowing you to divide your keyboard into zones in order to trigger the sounds of different MIDI devices or music making apps.
It can also send volume and other control changes (MIDI CC’s) and program changes to your sound devices, transpose sounds in octave steps, filter controller data (sustain, pitch bend etc.) and much more! iMIDIPatchbay will also store your configurations as programs for later recall.
“MIDIPatchbay lets you organize your whole MIDI setup from one central point. As a keyboard player, you most probably know about splitting and layering sounds. While this can be done relatively easy on professional keyboards, it becomes more complex if your gear consists of multiple keyboards and sound expanders.”
“Let’s say you want to play the internal piano sound in combination with a string sound of an external sound expander, but the latter should only be triggered by keys higher than middle C. For that, you need to a) select the piano sound on the keyboard, b) select the string sound on the sound expander, and c) make the expander only respond to notes higher than middle C. Although this is a small example, it still can be tricky if your sound expander has a small display and tiny buttons. And when performing on stage, you definitely have to switch both devices to the right program before starting to play. Everything becomes more and more complex if you intend to use more sounds and if you want controllers like pitch bend or sustain to affect only a subset of the active sounds. iMIDIPatchbay makes building such configurations a lot easier than it has ever been before.”
iMIDIPatchbay – Unofficial Preview Video
List of features:
“iConnectMIDI offers many ports so it really is predestined to be used with iMIDIPatchbay. However, by using the THRU ports of your keyboards/sound expanders or external MIDI splitters/mergers you may also be fine with a smaller interface – it depends on your application.”
iMIDIPatchbay will be priced at EUR 49,99. A free Lite version will also be made available so that everyone can try out the main features before buying the full version.
The app has already been submitted to Apple so we are expecting a release any day now. As always we’ll let you know once it becomes available. In the meantime, take a look at imidipatchbay.com for more information.