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tablets via USB-midi instead of wifi?

Postby phdcam » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:00 pm

Several of us (Vangelis, gjschipper, G3) use ipad or android tablets as HW touchscreens. These tablets run the apps Lemur or TouchOSC. They talk to the HW PC over wifi. Instead, I'd like to use Android's USB-MIDI feature: the tablet just plugs into the PC with a USB cable, and looks like a standard MIDI device to the PC and to HW. Less hardware, less to configure, less brittle, less vulnerable, less latency.
Technical example:

The TouchOSC app talks only to an IP address; its menus can't specify "just be a MIDI controller." If I try anyways, HW doesn't see the tablet. No surprise.
Can Lemur imitate a MIDI controller like this? (I haven't splurged on it yet, to try it myself.)
Or must I convince one of these two app developers to support this, or (gasp) write an app myself?
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Re: tablets via USB-midi instead of wifi?

Postby gjschipper » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:23 am

Lemur iOS can connect to your Mac with the USB sync cable that is included with your iOS device. This enables MIDI communication via the Daemon, and editing/loading templates via the Editor.
See: ... sync_cable

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) supports USB MIDI, and so does Lemur (versions 5.3.3 and up).
To enable USB MIDI, plug your Android tablet to your computer or MIDI device with a USB cable. ... re/android

However, my preference, in combination with windows, lies with a wifi connection. That is the simplest and stable connection so far.
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