Controlling your iPad synths with the on-screen keyboards can only get you so far. You can truly express yourself musically with a hardware midi controller connected through a midi interface for iPad or the Camera Connection Kit. However if you lack these accessories or you just don’t know how to play a keyboard good enough, the App Store provides more and more midi sequencing apps such as Genome that can control other apps through virtual midi. You can easily draw in your midi data and hear your synths play back your compositions. In this short tutorial I’ll explain how you can configure Genome MIDI Sequencer to control the all-new Cassini for iPad synth to demonstrate this process.
- Launch Cassini and Genome MIDI Sequencer
- Go to Cassini’s settings tab.
- Enable ‘Background Audio’ at the Bottom. This will keep the synth playing when you’ve got Genome active.
- Fire Up Genome MIDI Sequencer
- Tap the Settings buttons and the Midi tab (you can define tempo and time signature at the ‘General’ tab)
- Choose ‘Midi Outputs’ and select ‘CASSINI’ from the list
- Go back and select a pattern to edit in Genome
- When you play back your pattern you should hear Cassini producing the midi notes and expressions
- If you’d like to record your performance as an audio clip in Cassini, go back to the Cassini app and enable ‘Autopunch’ and tap ‘Record/Stop’ after that. Your recording will then start whenever you play back the midi pattern in Genome.
- When you’re done recording tap on ‘Record/Stop’ again. The ‘File’ button will show you your recorded audio and you’ll be able to AudioCopy it over to another app for sequencing.
This should get you going for the first time. Try to experiment further in Genome by setting up full songs with a string of midi patterns or by sequencing other supported apps.
If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comments below.