MiditinaXL is a WiFi-based wireless 48-button English Concertina MIDI control surface for the iPad.
The button layout is identical to the real instrument, and the built-in note guide makes it easy to learn to play!
If you currently play the English Concertina, you will quickly be playing tunes on the app. The main difference is that you must use one finger per button, you can't play multiple buttons with one finger.
To play, simply touch the buttons. Buttons light up when playing.
Multiple buttons may be touched at the same time to play chords.
You may slide between the buttons.
Touch the '?' icon to show the note names for each button.
Touch the MIDI connector icon to show the MIDI controls.
You may select the volume, MIDI channel, attack velocity, and semitone transposition (+/- 12).
Multiple iPads can run MiditinaXL on the same wireless network, each sending messages on its own set of MIDI channels to the hardware or software synthesizer.
All MIDI settings are saved when MiditinaXL quits and restored the next time it is run.
Touch the '!' icon at the upper right to quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur.
Rotate the iPad to portrait orientation to display the instruction screen. Rotate back to landscape to continue playing.
MiditinaXL doesn't produce any sound on it own, it is designed for controlling hardware or software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a WiFi connection to a Windows or Mac OS X based computer.
MiditinaXL requires two pieces of software to do its job. The first is the MiditinaXL app itself, running on your iPad.
The other is a small free open-source DSWiFiMIDI server application that you run on your PC or Mac before launching MiditinaXL.
The server application receives the MIDI messages from MiditinaXL via WiFi, and sends them along to either an external MIDI interface or a loopback MIDI driver to talk to software synthesizers running on the same computer.
Please visit the app website for information on downloading and installing the open-source DSMIDIWiFi server application for your system.
For the most reliable performance with the lowest possible latency, I highly recommend that you connect the PC or Mac to the wireless access point that will be used by the iPad via a wired ethernet cable rather than use wireless for both the computer and the iPad. The computer and wireless gateway that the iPad is connected to must be on the same network.
To get the full benefit of using MiditinaXL, you should be familiar with the use of MIDI control surfaces, hardware and/or software VST synthesizers.
If you have any concern about the compatibility of MiditinaXL with your own MIDI setup, I recommend first testing with one the other free DSMIDIWiFi-based apps available on the iTunes App Store before purchasing MiditinaXL.
You may play along with tunes in your iPad's music library by starting a track using the iPad iTunes app, then launching MiditinaXL.