Instrumental turns your iPad into a flexible MIDI input device that you can use with any MIDI software running on your Mac or Windows PC. (Reason, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Reaper, Cubase, etc).
With additional hardware such as IK Multimedia’s iRig MIDI you can also control MIDI hardware.
Instrumental provides drum pads, mixer consoles, a hexagon keyboard, a piano keyboard, and generic control panels, all highly configurable with unlimited user presets.
Note that Instrumental is not a synthesizer or a sequencer – it does not make any sound on its own.
Instrumental provides a variety of control surfaces, each designed for a different purpose, and all are highly configurable. Drumming, composing, jamming, mixing, tweaking and just plain mucking around. You can do all this and more!
The complete manual, server programs for Windows and Mac, drivers, presets and control maps are all available on the Download Page.
16 drum pads, and space for up to 32 additional controls.
Each pad can be customized individually, from the velocity response curve to the colour.
The drum-pad selector panel allows for access to the MIDI controls of each individual drum.
The fantastic isomorphic hexagonal layout. This makes so much more sense than the traditional Piano keyboard.
I recommend the Wikipedia article on Wicki-Hayden; Instrumental supports all the colouring schemes described there.
Use the Instrumental Scale Modes to see how different scales and chords look in this layout – it’s a great way wrap your mind around the Wicki-Hayden layout.
Almost as flexible as Generic-R and Generic-S, the Mixer page was designed specifically for Mixing. The layout accommodates for up-to 16 channels; you can sacrifice mixer panels for more per-channel controls.
The standard mappings for Reason/Record use the Next/Previous patch buttons to scroll through the available mixer channels.
A full 130 key piano keyboard, at a variety of sizes, including almost full size.
Features the same control panels used in Generic-R, providing plenty of combinations of rotaries, switches, buttons, faders and XY pads.
The powerful Scale Mode system can show you the notes in the current key, or can even change the key for you.
Generic-R and Generic-S
Two styles of generic surface full of control panels. Useful for controlling effects and equalizers, can also be used to provide access to all your synthesizer controls while you play notes on your regular USB piano keyboard.
The modular panel system lets you create new, dynamically labelled layouts in seconds.
Controls can be labelled in three ways:
- Control labels and display ranges can be customised per preset
- A MIDI Control Map that specifies the MIDI parameters for every available control. You can create a MIDI Control Map that defines the messages supported by each device you own, and label them there.
- MIDI SYSEX Message. Plugins for DAW packages can send the labels and text readouts for all controls via MIDI SYSEX messages. This allows the controls to be accurately labelled even when controls are being dynamically remapped.
Integration with Reason & Record
The Codec for Propellerhead’s Reason & Record provides a tightly integrated experience. Instrumental can automatically change its active surface and preset as you lock Instrumental to different devices in your Rack, updating control labels and readouts on the fly.
The RemoteMap provides mappings for nearly every control on nearly every device in Reason & Record, including the giant Record Master Section.
If you’ve ever been annoyed by the controls on your USB keyboard not having feedback or accurate labels, Instrumental will delight!
Control anything with a MIDI port
In addition to presenting virtual MIDI ports on your Mac or Windows PC via Wi-Fi, you can use an iPad MIDI hardware adapter to use Instrumental with any device that has a real MIDI port.