IK Multimedia’s first foray into hardware synthesizers has recently hit the shops but at the time of writing the proposed PC/Mac editor is not yet available. So iPad musician and YouTuber Jakob Haq decided to take matters into his own hands and design an iPad editor for UNO.
UNO iPad Editor
Jakob has used the power MIDI Designer Pro 2 to develop a template to hook into the UNO. It uncovers all the parameters and gives you touch control access over the entire synthesis engine. Some of those hidden parameters include the Swing setting on the sequencer, LFO modulation for the oscillators and full ADSR envelopes for both the amp and filter, not just the AD and AR envelopes you can access on the hardware. You’d think these things would be available as standard on the front panel! There’s access to the Scales, the Arpeggiator, gate length and the presets. One quirk is that the presets are numbered 1-100 on the UNO whereas in the editor it’s 0-99. Jakob says he could correct it but it will take longer than he can be bothered with at the moment. For performance control he’s added a pair of XY pads for cutoff/resonance and envelope/drive.
The MIDI Designer Pro 2 connects and sends data over MIDI so you need to make sure you have the right adapter for your iPad to achieve MIDI or USB MIDI connections.
Jakob is quite rightly very pleased with the results. In the video below he goes enthusiastically into all of the features and possibilities that his editor has brought to the UNO. It’s a great piece of work. It looks the part, is easy to use and will undoubtedly breathe some extra depth into the little UNO. The editor is free but Jakob would very much like your support on Patreon.