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ppayne
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Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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For everyone who is looking for a Midi controller. Today I tested an interesting alternative to Korg Nano Pad etc. The smartphone app TouchDAW and pocketMidi can be used excellently as a Midi controller on a tablet or smartphone. This is what it looks like:
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Works perfectly in Mixcraft and is really very useful. The XY pad in TouchDAW in particular works very well because you have the option to automatically center it when you no longer press it. You can also use it as a Mackie controller.

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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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I've used a couple of different mobile device mixers/controllers in the past. They can be a simple alternative to a hardware device.
ppayne
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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cactus-head wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2024 1:04 pm I've used a couple of different mobile device mixers/controllers in the past. They can be a simple alternative to a hardware device.
Yes, a good alternative if you still have an old tablet lying around. I've only just discovered the possibility via Android. I'm using a huge XY pad on an old unused tablet. I'll see if that's useful.
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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Hi, I've been testing TouchDAW to control Mixcraft via USB. It works okay. What kind of you use for XY pad?
Noted that TouchDAWs midi key is 1 octave lower than Mixcraft. TDAW C1 = C2 Mixcraft
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ppayne
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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Passionpasi wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:42 am Hi, I've been testing TouchDAW to control Mixcraft via USB. It works okay. What kind of you use for XY pad?
Noted that TouchDAWs midi key is 1 octave lower than Mixcraft. TDAW C1 = C2 Mixcraft
I use it to send two CC controller values directly. This way I control the instruments directly while playing. You can configure that in midi assignments

You can also configure the base note for launch pads if needed.
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Passionpasi
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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use it to send two CC controller values directly. This way I control the instruments directly while playing. You can configure that in midi assignments
Alternatively, you can always record or draw your CC messages directly into the track via automation. It depends on what you want to achieve.
I dont quite get what you mean by these exactly...you control what in instrument and how to draw cc message to automation?
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ppayne
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Passionpasi wrote: Thu Feb 29, 2024 11:28 am I dont quite get what you mean by these exactly...you control what in instrument and how to draw cc message to automation?
Then first a question. Is it clear to you what the difference is between Midi notes and Midi controller messages?

With Midi CC I can send values ​​between 0 and 127 on a controller number. For example on CC 14 I send values ​​between 0 and 127. When I move a knob or swipe on my pad, it sends these values.

Now all I have to do is pass this data to a plugin in my DAW so that I can control a specific parameter. For example a filter, a mix control or the volume in the plugin. There are different ways in which I can pass on this CC data in Mixcraft.
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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I would say note is like C4 and message is cc 60. If not then i dont know.

What functions you control when playing instruments?

And can you give example how to draw midi message to automation.
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ppayne
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Re: Use your Smartphone or Tablet as Midi Controller

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I really like controlling the XY pad within the Pharlight plugin. Or in massiveX the filer parameters. But you can control practically everything. I do this while playing the keys to get a lot more of expression and feeling into the sound. I also like to control the mix parameter in delay effects while I playing the keys etc.

Automation on a track is nothing other than playing back the values ​​for an automation parameter controlled with midi cc or set with the mouse.

CC messages can also be drawn directly into the MIDI clip with the mouse. This is at the bottom left of the piano roll. There are also other midi messages you can draw into a clip.

I'm not at the computer right now. I'll send you some screenshots later on how to do this in Mixcraft. Alternatively, it is well described in the manual with controller automation.
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