Finale Blog: Using your iPad as a MIDI Controller


With the announcement of the iPad 2 yesterday, I thought I would highlight a great iPad app that I have been using in conjunction with Finale.

MooCowMusic’s Pianist Pro is a feature-rich piano and keyboard app for iOS. One of the best features of the device is the ability to send a MIDI signal over your network connection (Wi-Fi) to your computer, where MIDI applications (including Finale) can receive it.

Setup is a breeze, and the full instructions for configuring Pianist Pro with your computer are available here. Once configured with your computer, launch Finale then navigate to MIDI/Audio Menu > Device Setup > MIDI/Internal Speaker Setup. Under MIDI In for Channels 1-16, select the Network option listed. Press OK, and you’re ready to start entering notes.

I have been using this as a keyboard controller with Finale for a few weeks now, and it works pretty well, even with HyperScribe. I have encountered some latency issues depending on my Internet connection; however I have been able to resolve them using the latency settings in Audio MIDI Setup (OS X Utility).

At this time, this functionality is limited to Mac OS X, however you can certainly try one of the other connection methods which are detailed in depth in Pianist Pro’s manual here if you are using a PC.

Are you using cool iPad, iPhone, iPod apps that other Finale users may enjoy? Please share them with us by clicking on “Comments” below.

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