Hohner MIDI Melodeon - CoreMIDI Button Accordion Control Surface
By Michael Eskin
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This app makes no sound by design, it's a MIDI controller for other devices. If are expecting an app that makes sound, please consider one of the other Hohner Melodeon apps such as the B/C Melodeon. Please read the description before purchasing or posting negative reviews. Several recent reviews clearly demonstrate that people buy things without even reading the description of what they are buying.
The Hohner MIDI Melodeon is a Button Accordion / Melodeon CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad.
The app doesn't produce any sound on it own, it is designed for playing hardware and software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a CoreMIDI compatible interface connected to the dock connector or virtual MIDI instruments like IK Multimedia SampleTank® for iOS or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.
Please visit the app support website to see some amazing live demo videos and for the settings you will need to enable in the synth app you are using to have it work with the control surface.
The button layout is based on the iconic Hohner Erica diatonic accordion, and the built-in note guide will help you quickly learn your way around the buttons.
The app has essentially the same button spacing as the real instrument.
Touch the buttons with the fingers on your right hand to play. Buttons light up in green when touched.
Multiple buttons may be pressed at the same time to make chords.
This style of accordion plays different notes depending on whether you are pushing or pulling on the bellows.
Touch the anywhere in the bellows image at the top of the screen for PUSH notes, lift your finger for PULL notes.
The PUSH/PULL indicator shows the current bellows direction. Also, the sides of the bellows light up tracking the bellows motion
You may slide your fingers between the buttons.
Touch the MIDI connector icon at the upper left corner to show the MIDI controls.
Using the controls, you may set the overall instrument MIDI volume, MIDI modulation, MIDI channel (1-8), key attack velocity playing style (fixed or variable), velocity min/max, and transposition (+/- 12 semitones).
Both fixed and variable velocity modes are provided to allow for expressive playback. In the variable velocity modes, the X or Y touch position within the bellows sets the velocity for the notes being played. The range for the velocity is set using the Min and Max Velocity sliders.
For fixed velocity, the Max Velocity slider value is used.
You may also set the Max Velocity to less than the Min Velocity to reverse the direction for velocity mapping in the bellows touch areas.
Select between B/C or D/G based layout. Other common tunings can be achieved by setting the transposition control.
For example, for C#/D tuning, select the B/C layout and set a +2 transposition.
Touch the '?' icon to show the base layout note names for each button (without transposition).
Touch the '!' icon at the top center to send an "All Notes Off" message to silence any "stuck" notes should they ever occur.
Touch the 'i' icon to show the instructions page.
All settings are saved when the app exits.
Here's the settings changes required for two popular synth apps:
IK Multimedia SampleTank:
- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio"
- In "Prefs", under "MIDI Control", in "MIDI General Options" enable "Use CoreMIDI" and "Active in Background"
Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings.
What's New in Version 2.2
Bigger transpose and MIDI channel selector controls for use while playing live.
This app makes no sound by design, it's a MIDI controller for other devices. Please read the description before purchasing or posting negative reviews. Several recent reviews clearly demonstrate that people buy things without even reading the description of what they are buying.
- USD 2.99
- Category: Music
- Updated: 08 December 2012
- Version: 2.2
- Size: 6.5 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Michael Eskin
- © 2014 Michael Eskin
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.