How to use your iPad or iPhone to control Logic Pro (with version 9.1.2 update)

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment


You’ve probably seen the music interface TouchOSC by now.. the iPhone/iPad/iPod software that works as a remote midi control device with customizable user interface. It’s very cool. But unless you are into downloading midi-maps and getting your hands a bit dirty in setup, they are not (yet) perfectly integrated into the studio workflow. But this is about to change – last week Apple announced support for TouchOSC in their latest update to Logic Pro. This marks a big turn for the OSC protocol which has been gaining momentum but has not (until now) seen much integration from the leaders of the industry. If you have Logic and you have an iDevice, I highly recommend picking up TouchOSC and firing up Logic to see how they work together. Below is a how-to guide from Sam Greene on setting this up.

Update your device to the latest version of TouchOSC and you should now see a layout called LogicPad or LogicTouch.  Choose that layout and Logic will prompt you to use it.  If you are not prompted for it, go to Logic Pro > preferences > control surfaces > Setup…

Dive down into the control surfaces setup:

Add a New Device:

You should now be hooked up.

A quick review of the layouts show that they can control the track volumes, pan, send levels and other more advanced aspects such as the automation mode.  You can also apply eq to each track, which will automatically enable the eq for the track, which is intuitive, but somehow still amazing.  The iPad layout has a page for instrument settings, which I’ll be investigating as soon as I can.

So very nice of them to get this working.  Works without any OSC to MIDI converters.  Start the app and it’s on.  I haven’t been able to get the iPad to transmit to Logic yet, but haven’t given it any effort aside from changing the ports to 7000/7001.  Hopefully a little prodding at it should do the trick.


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