About Amos

Amos is a multi-touch physics-driven MIDI-sending chaos machine for studio musicians and other weirdos.

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In Amos’ physics-simulated room, collisions between objects trigger MIDI notes. There are five note discs, two keyboards and two walls that encourage movement. Amos sends its MIDI notes via USB, WiFi, or the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer.

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Configurable Out The Wazoo

The keyboards share configurable note arrangements, octave settings and MIDI channels. Choose which notes to send, what octave to start on and how many octaves to cycle through.

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Mmmm, Multi-touch

Amos supports full multi-touch control as well as being optimized for auto-running, hands-free operation. As a disc moves around, it sends a MIDI note for each collision between it and other objects in the room. When a disc strikes a keyboard key, it takes on that key’s note value and emits that value for each subsequent collision. The top and bottom walls repel the discs.

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Amos Demo Video

Amos 1.2 Demo

This video shows Amos sending MIDI notes to Ableton Live and a Korg Electribe via CoreMIDI WiFi and the Line6 MIDI Mobilizer. Operation of the settings menu is shown along with the ability to specify independent MIDI channels per disc. Later in the video, disc note length settings and MIDI-out to both Live and the Korg are demonstrated.

MIDI Setup

App Requirements

  • iPad
  • iOS 4.2+
  • For WiFi MIDI: a WiFi network connection to a host computer
  • For hardware MIDI: a class-compliant USB MIDI interface or Line6 MIDI Mobilizer interface
  • MIDI-capable software or stand-alone MIDI compliant hardware (you need something to make noise)

MIDI Out Support

  • Class-compliant, bus-powered USB MIDI interfaces via the Apple Camera Connection Kit
  • CoreMIDI over WiFi (only tested on a Mac)
  • DSMI WiFi. You must download and install the free DSMI Server for Mac, PC or Linux to use this.
  • Line6 MIDI Mobilizer Interface

Mac OS X WiFi Setup

  • Start Amos
  • Open the Audio MIDI Setup app on your Mac.
  • Go to Window->MIDI Studio
  • Double click the large Network option
  • Select your iPad from Directory list and click Connect
  • You should be receiving MIDI from your iPad over WiFi to your Mac.

DSMI Setup

  • Download and install the free DSMI Server for Mac or PC
  • Start the DSMI server application on your Mac or PC
  • Start Amos
  • Start your MIDI capable desktop app (Pro Tools, Logic, Live, etc.)
  • In that app, select DSMIDIWiFi-out from the list of available MIDI inputs
Release History

1.0

Nov 12th, 2010
  • Initial release!
  • 3 Keyboards
  • 3 Discs
  • DSMI MIDI Out

1.1

Dec 12th, 2010
  • CoreMIDI USB Support
  • Minor Interface Updates

1.2.1

March 21st, 2011
  • 3->2 Keyboards
  • 5 Discs
  • CoreMIDI WiFi Support
  • Line6 MIDI Mobilizer Support
  • New Disc Settings
  • Individual MIDI Channels Per Disc
  • Redesigned Keyboard Settings

1.3

Unknown

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