iPad MIDI Controller/Editor

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So, you’ve read the post on Pro Tools for iPad which was essentially a very pretty gadget to show off rather than a really great mixing tool, and here we have an entirely new take on the concept. From the people who brought you control of Ableton Live with your iPad, Liine have developed an app called Griid that allows you to build and edit MIDI parts on the iPad, as well as a mixer which all integrates together.

As yet, I haven’t tried it out myself but have a look at the video below. To me, it looks like a very slick use of the iPad, and also very easy to use. I particularly like the simple way the zoom works with the multi-touch screen because it just works exactly how you would expect it to.

The other feature that I think will work beautifully on a touch screen is the velocity editing of MIDI notes. That’s basically the information that defines how hard the piano key, or drum appears to have been hit. Being able to just sweep your finger over a series of consecutive notes will give you much more natural phrasing, instead of doing them all one by one and adjusting them into a smooth curve.

Here’s their demo video of Griid:

[image via The D34n]

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