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getdunne
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July 13, 2020 3:16 pm  

TouchOSC by Hexler is an established iOS and Android app which provides for user-designed control panels and supports both OSC and MIDI-over-OSC. I'd like to hear from any users who are familiar with TouchOSC (and possibly alternatives such as Lemur by Liine), specifically about what these apps are good for, and what they may be missing for the ideal Unify remote-control experience.


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Robert Pryke
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July 13, 2020 3:52 pm  

TouchOSC - What it's good for - Cross Platform, wireless, inexpensive software, extremely configurable MIDI/General Controller.

  • Compatible with iOS and Android.  Can work via USB or wireless on PC and MAC.
  • Has out of the box support for many major DAWs, including Reaper.
  • Can completely customize your Controller interface how you want. 
    • Want 24 Rotary Dials and 16 Faders? 
    • Want an interface that's a digital version of Maschine Jam?
    • Want to have buttons that launch shortcuts in your DAW via keyboard commands?
  • Can have multiple pages of controls to click through so whatever control you need you can have.
  • The configuration software has some quirks, but overall isn't too hard to program.

 

TouchOSC - What would be nice for Unify to support

An OSC configuration, such as some DAWs have.  Could have a text file that is accessible from Unify that explains the control surfaces and keypresses available and perhaps has Bank Selection. 

This would allow a user to create or modify their own configuration control board for live play and be able to control Unify mostly through TouchOSC.

If the user had setup the MSB selection and all of the keyboard commands for Unify on TouchOSC it would allow for a live play ability where you could load your patches with a button press and be able to play a session without ever touching a laptop.

An example:

In Unify being able to go to Options/Preferences/Control Surfaces, and adding a new control surface. Select OSC as the control surface mode. The control surface settings dialog will open allowing you to enter in the OSC Controller settings.  

A popup appears that displays a map of all Keyboard Commands for Unify and all mapped CCs. You can call up this mapping from the menu in Unify at any time. (similar to how you can view MIDI CCs in Unify for ease of reference)


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Robert.P
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July 20, 2020 6:55 pm  

Sadly, there is no TouchOSC for Windows tablets. Presonus provides their Studio One Pro users with their remote control app. I'm using it and it is great (I can touch-control the Unify parameters that I assigned in Studio One channel editor), however, TouchOSC looks way more advanced, more performance-oriented and from what I see it even has some sort of clip launcher. I was using https://www.xmmc.de/touchdaw/ few years ago - it has some performance modules but I used it mostly to control my DAW. It would be nice to have a Unify touch-remote app. with transport functions, preset browser and performance module (ie. 8 faders, 8 knobs, 8 butons to mimic our physical midi keyboard controllers). And maybe a clip launcher connected to the Unify MidiBox (so you could touch-select which MIDI files to play)


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July 20, 2020 8:11 pm  

I never used TouchOSC but I did use something called "TB MIDI Stuff".  Wonderful little tool.  Set up sliders/buttons for live use.  This tool also allowed SysEx so you can access the fine details of your hardware.  I started making an editor for the Yamaha Motif-Rack XS and later expanded it for the Yamaha MOXF.  Has bi-directional communication, too.  It was really powerful, but the app never really took off.

I also got Lemur, but I was already moving away from the iPad by that time, so I have not used it much.

I moved from the iPad to a Surface Pro in the hopes there would be similar tools on Windows, but never found much.  My hope has been for a nice touch controller on Windows.  Sliders.  Buttons.  X/Y Pads.  OSC.  SysEx.  Scripting.

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getdunne
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July 20, 2020 8:16 pm  

@robert-p, @ssquared

Thank you for pointing out the need for Unify remote-control programs to be available for PC and Mac as well as iPad. I hadn't been thinking about all the Windows tablets and touch-capable PCs out there. I'll make sure to write any remote program using JUCE, so it can run identically on all these platforms!


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Robert.P
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July 20, 2020 9:39 pm  

I'm very optimistic about that. Native instruments has discontinued my beloved Kore line in 2011 and I had to wait nearly 10 years for a good replacement - nothing comes close to the Unify now in terms of speed, usability, stability. I'm pretty sure that your remote app will become an another multi-platform masterpiece:)

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SSquared
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July 21, 2020 12:25 am  

By the way, I thought it was a good start that the Unify macro knobs are multi-touch enabled.

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getdunne
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July 21, 2020 3:43 pm  
Posted by: @ssquared

By the way, I thought it was a good start that the Unify macro knobs are multi-touch enabled.

I wish I could take credit for that, but this behavior is inherited from JUCE. JUCE giveth, and JUCE taketh away, but on balance, it giveth more.


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Infinity
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July 25, 2020 4:20 pm  

Hi Just joined the Party - Picked up Ex demo Jam last week for $190  - Amazing tool - Any tips in Forum. Looking into the online Vids in YT this beast is underrated - I searched but couldn't find any info in the forum. Had been looking out for one since I witnessed Wizard of Oz stuff from Skippy on YT UNIFY live training.... Amazing & looking forward to tips to enter the Universe of the sound cosmos & mind bending midi recording 🙂

 

BTW I also bought the Komplete 32 keyboard (Again amazing value as you get a lot of software with this) which works in perfect tandem with Jam/Maschine DAW (Allows touch sensitivity missing from Jam pads, etc) & controls in Reaper. So much fun....


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