What is M1x ?
M1x is the reincarnation of a concept previously known as ITCHY, an iPad controller designed specifically for use with the digital DJ suite ITCH*
Why is this so great ?
Aiming to take away complexity, ITCH* only works with selected controllers all following a 1:1 mapping which means unlike with traditional systems where any kind of Midi controller could just be mapped to whatever commands, midi itself is never exposed instead it “just works” if the hardware is supported.
While this may be nice in some aspects, it’s also very frustrating as it takes away the creative freedom to build your personal setup the way you like it, leaving you with great features you cannot use because the particular controller you own is missing a few buttons.
M1x to the rescue
This is where M1x comes in, with a simple, intuitive and gorgeous UI it provides controls for a variety of features that are either limited to certain controllers, hard to use otherwise, or not present at all.
The current feature set includes:
- SP6 Sampler Controls (6 Pads)
- Waveform Zoom
- Hot Ques (5 Pads each Deck)
- AutoLoop (5 Pads each Deck)
- LoopRoll (5 Pads each Deck)
How it works
Even though ITCH* itself does not actually support additional Midi devices, M1x makes use of CoreMidi to provide a reliable and low latency midi link between an iPad and a Mac running the ITCH* software as well as a small helper app.
Because M1x is based on CoreMidi, it can be used wirelessly, using a special midi adapter or by utilizing the Apple Camera Connection Kit, with almost any Midi interface on the market .
Things are looking quite good, if everything goes as planned, the App should be available on the AppStore in Q1 this year.
Official website is now available at http://010dev.com/m1x
Update: Due to recent legal issues a public release will be delayed.
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Thank you for your support!
* ITCH is a trademark of Serato Audio Research.
This project is not affiliated with or endorsed by Serato Audio Research in any way. Serato Audio Research does not approve, test or support M1x for iPad.