In an earlier article published on this blog titled “Turn Your Smartphone into a MIDI Controller” I explained how you can turn your smartphone into a midi controller. But today I am going to introduce you to some awesome smartphone midi controller apps from the Play Store worth trying.
There are so many midi apps today with lots of features and functions to match whatever functionality you may be looking for, so I intend to make your search even easier by listing the best I can find here for you to make your choice.
So whether you are looking for smartphone midi controller apps because you cannot afford to buy a standalone midi controller or you just want to be able to carry your midi app around in your pocket, you will definitely find the following smartphone midi controller apps useful.
Best Midi Controller Apps:
1. FingerPlay: FingerPlay is a smartphone Midi controller app for Android that transmits any changes made to the controller on your smartphone over WiFi to a receiving computer using either OSC messages or its own FingerPlay format. The Midi messages can also be sent to any music software capable of receiving Midi input.
Download the FingerPlay Midi Controller app from the Play Store. Visit TheSunDanceKid blog for server software and instruction.
2. TouchDAW: TouchDAW is a full-featured smartphone Midi controller app that lets you remote control popular digital audio workstation software such as Cubase / Nuendo, Live, Logic, Pro Tools, Sonar, FL Studio, REAPER, Reason, Studio One, Samplitude, SAWStudio Digital Performer (7.2+) and Vegas / Acid workstations.
Besides control surface emulation, TouchDAW brings a number of general purpose MIDI controllers, such as a multitouch MIDI keyboard, multitouch launchpads, a MIDI mixer, configureable xy-controller pads and the possibility to link a phone’s sensors to MIDI controllers.
Just as FingerPlay above, TouchDAW works with RTP or multicast MIDI over WIFI but the difference is that no computer side server or protocol conversion software is required. There are two versions – The free and paid versions of TouchDAW. You can try the free version with limited features before buying the paid version.
Download TouchDAW (paid)
You can also read the TouchDAW User Guide here.
3. Wireless Mixer: Wireless Mixer is yet another smartphone Midi controller app and one of the most advanced wireless Midi control surface for your favorite computer music application. It simply emulates a real mixer console with many functions by using Midi over WiFi to a computer with installed music program like Reason, Fruity Loops, Cubase, Cakewalk, Logic etc) or a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).
Download Wireless Mixer from Play Store.
4. EMC Racktor CK: EMC Racktor CK is yet another smartphone Midi controller app that will turn your Android device into a Midi controller. EMC Racktor CK is compatible with a lot of musical software like FL-Sutdio LIVE Reason Cubase and more.
EMC Racktor CK can connect to your computer via Bluetooth with no latency, midi mapping of controllers is fully programmable as well.
Download EMC Racktor CK from Play Store.
Do you know other smartphone midi controller apps? Did I miss your favorite midi controller app? I will appreciate if you add it to the list via the comments.
Quite a short but useful list you have here! I have used a Midi controller before, but after reading your article , I am excited to try it. Each of them seem to have MUST have functionality for mobile usage.
Thanks for sharing, and I guess I would have better understanding reading your article “Turn Your Smartphone into a MIDI Controller”
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