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TECH TALK: Using iPhone or iPad as Midi Controller using TouchOSC

The folks over at Hexler seem to be pushing what we would typically consider the boundaries for what we use our iPhones or the latest i-darling, the iPad for in our day to day.

According to their website: “TouchOSC is a universal iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad application that lets you send and receive Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network using the UDP protocol.

The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data, Max/MSP/Jitter, OSCulator, VDMX, Resolume Avenue 3, Modul8, Plogue Bidule, Reaktor, Quartz Composer, Vixid VJX16-4, Supercollider, FAW Circle, vvvv, Derivative TouchDesigner and others.

The interface provides a number of different touch controls to send/receive messages:

  • Faders
  • Rotary controls
  • Push buttons
  • Toggle buttons
  • XY pads
  • Multi-faders
  • Multi-toggles
  • LEDs
  • Labels (New!)

It supports full multi-touch operation, five controls can be used at the same time. Additionally the program can send Accelerometer data. The application comes with five default layouts that are organized in multiple pages but custom layouts can be constructed using the TouchOSC Editor application.”

Granted the TouchOSC software is not for technophobes, but with the tutorials that they provide and a bit of free time, you too can be controlling your rig remotely.

Check out this example of what you can do using TouchOSC and Ableton Live:

Quick Demo of controlling Ableton Live with iPhone-Application TouchOSC.
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