MIDI Designer 1.3.7 Released

Lessons From Light

What We Learned from Lighting Engineers is Magical for Music

Lighting engineers know what they want and they're vocal about it. What they want is useful for music-makers, too. They informed these three features:


  • Avoid the light show of in-between colors (or sounds) with Send on Release Only. Knobs* that are set to send-on-release will send their values only when you lift your finger off the iPad.
  • Have a knob crawl (or snap) back to its default value when you lift your finger. Think pitch-bend wheel. Think Snap to Default.
  • Snap to Value—Press a button and MIDI Designer will turn a knob to a specific value. Choose speeds from hare to tortoise.


These features resulted from dialogues with lighting engineers, but for making music, they're magical.


* Knobs = knobs, sliders, crossfaders, and axes of XY pads.

Playable Features

Your Perfect MIDI Controller Awaits

Changes for 1.3.7

  • Send on Release for knobs and other variable controls: sometimes you just don't want to hear (or see) intermediate values, especially for program or template changes. Select this option for controls (or supercontrols), and they'll send their value (or do their work) only when you lift your finger up.
  • Overhaul of MIDI connect subsystem and the corresponding UI. MIDI Designer can also provide Virtual MIDI endpoints.
  • The "Snap" Features: Snap to Default Values and Snap to Value. These are great features in their own right, but they also hint at the future of Lemur-like "physics" in MIDI Designer.
  • Fixes, fixes, fixes: many corner cases in super-subcontrol relationships have been resolved, and many other obscure defects have been handled. See the full list here.


We hope you'll see the new expressive possibilities that 1.3.7 gives you. As always, check it out for free with the Lite version of MIDI Designer. If your experiments work and you like it, MIDI Designer Pro awaits!

Find Out More About MIDI Designer

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