Amos: Another MIDI OSC Source
By Anything Honest
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Amos is a reactive MIDI instrument. It sends MIDI notes to your software synths, outboard gear and desktop DAWs like GarageBand, ProTools and Live. Amos supports CoreMIDI (USB and WiFi), DSMI, and the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer.
Here's a video of Amos in action:
In Amos's physics-simulated room, collisions between objects trigger MIDI notes. Up to five duration discs (whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note) can be grabbed and thrown around the room. There are two 6-octave keyboards that can be configured via the Settings menu. When a disc strikes a keyboard key, it takes on that key‘s note value and emits that value for each collision until a new key is struck. Tilting the device controls the gravity in the room.
USB MIDI Requirements:
• Apple iPad USB Camera Connection Kit
• Class-compliant USB MIDI interface
WiFi MIDI Requirements:
• A Mac, Linux, or Windows computer on the same WiFi network as your iPad
• Some kind of MIDI capable desktop app (Garage Band, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Sonar, etc.)
See http://anythinghonest.com/amos for further setup instructions.
What's New in Version 1.3.1
- Tap walls to turn off repellent properties.
Well first of all to correct and earlier reviewers comment, it it a midi controller but if you have an iOS synth that accept midi, and most do, you can use that as your sound source, so you don't really need an external keyboard. But at the risk of sounding harsh, I'd imagine this app is really best for people with limited or no real musical ability. If you want some really random notes going on from spheres bouncing against each other and triggering midi notes this would work for you. You can also trigger note by touch some parts of the interface but I'd hardly call it an instrument. I just don't like an app doing the work for me to be honest.
Needs sound on iPad being used
It appears that this app only operates as a midi controller. That is potentially cool, but I want to be able to play around with the app and create sounds that I can hear right off my iPad without having to use another app in conjunction.
This app is a midi controller only, and is useless without utilizing external hardware or coupling its activity with another app.
If you're planning on just playing around with this on your iPad (and not plugging up to anything external or utilizing another app in conjunction), you'll be disappointed.
This app generates no sound alone.
Superior midi generator app
I perform in as a solo ambient guitarist and this app was recommend to me. It does a great job of generating pseudo random midi note information. The only drawback is that it's difficult to set the properties for each individual disk (the app refers to a long tap as the method but I'm not sure what means).