Some BM3 MIDI Controller Testing...
Just some quick testing of various MIDI Controllers with BM3.
FYI, I’m using an iPad Pro 12” (1st Gen) running iOS 11 PB2 (which may explain some oddities here - it’s a Beta...). All connections made with Apple's Camera Connection Kit with both Lightning for charging and USB A for data.
IK Multimedia iRig Pads:
Pros: Solid ‘MPC-ish’ pads. Comes with Lightning connection cable. Assignable slider, 2 knobs, and 2 buttons. 16 Pad Banks. Has usable Computer editor software, and can be programmed standalone. Pad selected in BM3 can be pitched with keyboard.
Cons: Pads only - no keyboard. Limited number of physical controllers.
Korg NanoKey Studio:
Pros: Bluetooth MIDI (which works really well). 2-octave keyboard with octave up/down control. 8 pads. 8 Controller knobs. XY Pad. 8 Scenes for Pads and Knobs. Battery powered and very portable. Has usable Computer editor software (and needs it for programming the NanoKey). XY Pad doubles as Pitch/Mod controls. Pad selected in BM3 can be pitched with keyboard.
Cons: Weird issue with hitting anything below it’s lowest E key - those first four keys will disengage the chosen Pad and you’ll have to reselect what you want to play - octave buttons do not change this behavior. No Transport Controls.
Arturia MINILAB MkII:
Pros: 2-octave keyboard with octave up/down control. 16 pads (8 physical Pads, but has button to make them 1-8 or 9-16). 16 Controller knobs. 16 Scenes for Pads and Knobs. Battery powered and very portable. Has usable Computer editor software (and needs it for programming the MINILAB). Pad selected in BM3 can be pitched with keyboard (with no issues like NanoKey above).
Cons: In the Bindings, the MINILAB shows as . Requires Camera Connection Kit to connect via USB. No Transport Controls.
Arturia Beatstep Pro:
*Have to save this for another time. Direct USB connection (via Camera Kit) requires too much power, and I can’t find the little ‘Y’ adaptor that will power it... Mathieu Garcia has a quick test running here.
Arturia Spark LE Controller:
Pros: Might be a useful Controller... 8 pads (not sure if this can be expanded in MIDI Mode). Multiple buttons. The 16 ‘Step’ Select buttons can work as MIDI Notes (keyboard). 8 knobs. Transport Control.
Cons: Could not get it’s MIDI Mode to stick from Arturia’s (required software) MIDI Control Center, so all the Pads and Step Selects stayed in Toggle Mode - which is completely useless... Needs Camera Connection Kit for USB.
Novation Launchkey 25 Mk2:
Pros: 2-octave keyboard with octave up/down control. 16 pads. 8 Controller knobs. Pad selected in BM3 can be pitched with keyboard. Has Transport Controls.
Cons: The first one I tried said it requires too much power. Plugged in another one and it worked fine - Caveat Emptor! Requires Camera Connection Kit for USB.
Novation Launchkey Mini:
Pros: 2-octave keyboard with octave up/down control. 16 pads. 8 Controller knobs. Pad selected in BM3 can be pitched with keyboard.
Cons: Mini Keys (not a big deal, but some hate them...) Requires Camera Connection Kit for USB.
Bonus (just for fun):
iConnect MIDI Interface:
Pros: Can connect via USB or Lightning, Cross-Platform, Class Complient USB. Works with anything with standard 5-pin DIN MIDI jacks.
Cons: None, but it’s just an interface - you need an external MIDI Controller to work with it.
Will add to this in the future. Feel free to add your own thoughts as well.