Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
MIDI FOOT CONROLLERS (Mega Thread).👀🔥👎👍🦶👣🧀🤮
I’ve just bought an Actition usb midi foot controller and couldn’t be happier about the purchase. It is small yes switches are well spaced out, usb powered, does pc, cc (momentary or toggle) and modes can be switched from the device. Also has an TRS input for an expression pedal. The switches are smooth, make noise but not excessive.
I’m not in any way affiliated with this Hungarian guy who makes and sells them but I thought I’d give him a bit of a shout out since his product is in my top 2 of all of the controllers I’ve used.
I thought I’d start this thread to gather all of the opinions of foot controllers out there and which ones are worth considering and why.
My other contender is McMillen’s Softstep 1 but after some modifications.
I suffer from codophobia and always try to avoid using software that requires coding to redirect/change midi messages but all suggestions are welcome.
So far I’ve owned several foot controllers most of which I’ve sold as I’ve evolved my set up. I’m including all of those in the poll and hope you can add yours if not there and give reasons for why you like it. Cheers
Actition (12, 8, 4 button versions) also with available Bluetooth. I have a 8 button, no bt one. Seems great with Loopy. Some of the pedals cheat with momentary by implementing double toggle which Loopy doesn’t like.
Behringer FCB 1010 Very flexible but steep learning curve. Can be programmed from the unit. very big and heavy. No usb or bt midi. Requires power cable (kettle lead).
Roland FC 300 has both PC and CC modes. Quite big. Can be programmed from the unit. Battery or mains powered.
Softstep 1 and 2 Very flexible, like with all other McMillen products it is very customisable, every switch can be an X/Y controller with pressure. While this sounds great in theory it is extremely hard to control. It is light and powers via usb. Flat form factor might not suit everyone. Comes with a flimsy case and a very long usb cable. Needs software to program.
Harley Benton (or midi commander) MP 100 well built, battery powered, can be programmed from the unit. PC and CC messages. Loopy doesn’t like its fake momentary implementation.
IK Multimedia BlueBoard light, battery powered (4xAAA), bt enabled. Has standalone mode (no IKM app required) but it needs firmware update, which requires registration. So be mindful when buying used as it may be a hassle if already registered (come on IKM!!). Switches don’t provide much physical feedback but do light up.
ICon G-Board small 8 switch unit. Solid feel and stays put while on the floor. Usb powered. Needs software to program. Switches are cheap and prone to breaking. Theres also reports of USB port breaking if not careful. Uses fake momentary so not ideal for some loopers.
Air Turn BT 200 S light and portable.
Line 6 FBV MK flexible, powers off the usb!
Yamaha MFC 10
Positive Grid BT 2 (4) 4 switches, BT enabled. Software glitches and latency have been reported on online reviews.
Digitech RP 20 Multieffect pedal that can also be used as a midi controller via 5pin midi out.
RFX (Nobels) Midi Buddy solid construction, midi PC only, power adapter required, MIDI din out.