SynthStation 25 support

duckee75
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SynthStation 25 support

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i love thumbjams but adding support for synthstation 25 would be amazing :) here's a link to the dev site thanks and thanks so much for making the best music app ever http://www.synthstationapp.com/sdk.php

Tellurico
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+1!!!!!!!!! I absolutely

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+1!!!!!!!!! I absolutely agree!!!!!!!!!
I own a Synthstation25 and would be the happiest man on earth if I could use it with my beloved Thumbjam as well!!!!

Please please please think about it!!!

Thank you very much!

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Jesse
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I've just requested the SDK

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I've just requested the SDK from Akai and will order an SS25 soon.

I recently implemented support in my development version for CoreMidi in/out (wifi for all devices, and wired via iPad camera connector for iPad), and am currently waiting for the SDK for the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer.

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Jesse
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Got my SS25 today, support

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Got my SS25 today, support is now implemented for it in my dev version.

If you have any creative suggestions how the other buttons might be used, please post them here.


Tellurico
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Atteched the screenshot with

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Atteched the screenshot with (very rough) ideas for the landscape mode layoutImageImageImageImageImage

Tellurico
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Wowww, great news

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Wowww, great news Jesse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!

What follows is just a wish list, of course I don't know what can be done or not (or, at least, what can be done without wasting too much time for programming).

First of all, since the iPhone is placed horizontally on the SynthStation25, it would be cool to have a switch to a custom landscape mode where the main "keyboard" is displayed small on the bottom of the screen (exactly as when you are in the Scale selection screen) and all the main commands useful for use with an external keyboard (this could be useful for use with Core MIDI and MIDI Mobilizer as well) are displayed. In my opinion, the best option would be to have a menu on top of the screen to choose pages with the various options for Instrument selection, Loop controls, Effects setup, Controls setup and Sample setup.
I will make some sample screenshots with Photoshop later to explain this idea better.

KEY MAPPING

For a live use I would love to have the SynthStation25 keys mapped this way:

Wheels:
- Pitch bend: defaults to pitch bend, but user can select to assign it to other expressions

- Expression wheel: defaults to primary instrument expression, but user can select to assign it to other expressions (for exaplme in Electric Guitar defaults to vibrato but could be assigned to tremolo).
For instruments like Grand Piano, for example, I think it would be great to have the possibility to assign the expression wheel to Release Time, since of course the SynthStation25 doesn't have a sustain pedal, it would be useful to "simulate" it. The best thing would be to have the lower setting of the wheel set to the instrument default release to avoid super-short useless release times during modulation. For exaple, with Grand Piano: wheel at 0 = default Release Time 446 ms > wheel at 100% = Release Time 5000 ms (or even better if the user can select a custom range).

Keys on the right hand side:
- Drums: defaults to Drums, if pressed again switches to next drums/percussion instrument (and so on, so you can cycle all drums and percussions with one key)

The three synth selection keys could be used in two ways I think, but I can't figure out what would be the best, my various options for each key could be:
- Key "Synth 1":
1) selects the first User instrument - if pressed a second time (blinking key light) chooses the second user instrument (as already happens in other apps with the SynthStation25)
2) (or) switches Reverb on/off

- Key "Synth 2":
1) selects the third User instrument - if pressed a second time (blinking key light) chooses the fourth user instrument
2) (or) switches Delay on/off

- Key "Synth 3":
1) selects the fifth User instrument - if pressed a second time (blinking key light) chooses the sixt user instrument
2) (or) assigned to Record Loop Stop (Finish Record in the top right corner of the app)

- Program Prev and Next: selects Instruments in the Defaults category
- Octave Down/Up: switches octave on the SS25 keyboard

If something else comes to my mind I will be happy to add it ;)

Thank you very much for your attention!!!

Tom Munch
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So I'm unclear. Is there

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So I'm unclear. Is there support for Synthstation in 1.3.1, and if so, how do I activate it?

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Jesse
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No, synthstation 25 and other

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No, synthstation 25 and other new midi support will be in 1.4. 1.3.1 was just a long overdue bugfix release.

The good news is that I have a lot more time to dedicate to TJ now, so its release will not be far off.

Tom Munch
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Thanks, Jesse! I really look

Post by Tom Munch »

Thanks, Jesse! I really look forward to using SynthStation with ThumbJam.

larkob
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Please consider that

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Please consider that SynthStation 49 has been released and features a sustain pedal input. That's way better than using the expression wheel.

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