Saturday, 18 January 2014

Music monitors for your phone

It wasn't that many years ago when my musician friend introduced me to the wonders of music sampling and monitoring via Cakewalk and undoubtedly what was a top end PC in early 2000. Moore's law is to be obeyed though and now in our pockets we are happily toting around a lot more power than a desktop could pump out ten years ago. A little caveat here though, if you really want a professional music monitor than go for something like an exciting krk monitor but if you're one the go we do recommend sticking with an Android phone if you're going to do any Midi smartphone playing around, it's a lot more open to doing things than the walled garden of IOS. There's actually not a great deal of music monitoring apps out there, but this little gem could start you off:   USB MIDI Monitor lets you view all incoming MIDI events from your USB MIDI interface. The events are timestamped and the event type, MIDI channel and values are displayed in a scrollable table. For control changes, extra information is displayed if the control change is a known type like volume or panning. Best of all it works on many modern versions of Android and has been tested with the following music devices:
Tested USB MIDI interfaces / devices:
  • Cakewalk / Roland UM-1G
  • Edirol UM-2EX
  • The 5 euro ‘Hong Kong’ interface (note: this one drops MIDI events if they are coming in too fast!)
  • M-Audio Keystation Mini 32
  • M-AUDIO Keystation 61
  • M-Audio MIDI One
  • EMU Xboard 61

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