Audulus Mac UI vs iOS: Keyboard & Search


Sorry I misinformed the group :frowning_face: Big ups to @stschoen for making that patch, though!


No sweat! I’m thinking about making a little macOS app with a MIDI keyboard that can be played from the Mac keyboard that could be used with Audulus on the Mac. That way we could have multitouch (Oh boy, chords at last!). I’m pretty well supplied with real keyboards so it hasn’t been a big priority but I’m teaching myself to program in macOS Core Audio and MIDI and it seems like a reasonable project.


That would be cool.

I’m thinking about buying the QuNexus keyboard, because moving around my minilogue or some other piece is not exactly portable. But if you built the Mac Os app I would use it. Just like having the cue points in Serato as keys on the keyboard is useful (even if you have a controller that you use most/the rest of the time).


The QuNexus looks like a very capable controller for such a small unit. I have a little Korg nanoPad2 that I carry with me when I’m traveling. Not the best keyboard but it gets the job done.

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:open_mouth: That’s awesome!

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oh i have one too… i didn’t realize i can use it as a keyboard… :wink: i used to use it as a secondary controller while dj-ing to set custom loops. thanks for the suggestion!

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If you’re looking for the best (what I feel is the most affordable) multipurpose controller for Audulus on the go, check out the Korg NanoKey Studio. It’s currently $129 on Amazon and it has 25 keys, 8 rotary encoder knobs/pots, 8 pads, controller based arpeggiator function, and a Kaoss Pad. Not sure if any of that is incompatible with Audulus, but I have been eying that since it came out because it seems like it would be the best all around and I have read some pretty good reviews about producing on the go with it, cuz it is BTLE and it weighs only like a pound. Just thought maybe someone else might be interested in that option, as well :slight_smile:

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I agree - I have one too, and it’s a really great control surface for just about anything on my iPad


thanks for sharing! it’s an interesting option for a super lightweight controller. the pads on my nanopad2 are a bit weird, but the ones on the studio look much closer to the ones on a maschine. i’ll try to test it in person. thanks!

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thanks for sharing this. i tried it and it works nicely.

@biminiroad i am also wondering: does audulus record keyboard (qwerty not piano/midi) strokes in a way that allows to use them in the patches?

for me this would be the 2nd best thing after having a portable controller [like the qunexus or nanokeys studio or nanopad2 etc].


do you know if there is a way to run easy midi while audulus is the active window in mac?

from what i can tell easy midi has to be the active app in mac for it to work… (as far as i can tell) which means that audulus is not… therefore i cannot be clicking with the mouse on a patch (or dragging a knob) while hitting the keyboard to get notes. :confused:


No there’s no musical keyboard for Audulus thought you can download a third party one:

I’m lobbying to add one to A4 though. Ideally you could assign any key to any MIDI note, not just limited to typical keyboard use.

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I’m lobbying for this too… ;)) Is there a feature request thread/github page where I can +1 for features like this one? :slight_smile:

I tried Easy MIDI as well as this one. The issue is that the MIDI keyboard application needs to be the active window in Mac OS for it to work. Which means that there is no way for me to modify the patch (ex. drag a knob) in Audulus while pressing keys on the keyboard. You are not aware of some clever iOS work-around for this via a script or something like that, are you?


In macOS the active window receives the keystone information. Windows in the background don’t see the keystrokes. While it is technically possible to intercept keystrokes at a system level, macOS intentionally makes this difficult to do to prevent key-loggers and the like. It requires a process running with root permissions, which normal applications do not have.


I see. And there is no way for me to give root to process of my choice to go around this? Could I write an AppleScript snippet for Audulus, which reads my keystrokes and sends them to Easy MIDI?


I’m sure it would be possible to write something that could run at that level but I’m not too familiar with the security settings on the MacOS kernel. You would need a good working knowledge of the internals of macOS, much of which isn’t public. I haven’t worked with AppleScript much but I believe that Easy MIDI would have to be in the foreground in order to receive a keystroke. In AppleScript AFAIK you basically tell the system to simulate a keystroke which is set to the active app.


I see. I will look more into this. Thanks!


If you have an iPad you could use it as a controller. There are several good iPad apps. I use TouchOSC which allows you to build your own UIs. It would give you some virtual knobs as well as a keyboard. I think there may even be some freebies out there.


I bought Touch OSC a few years ago. I can run it on my iPhone 7+. That’s a cool idea because I always have my phone with me… Thanks!

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Edit: I can setup the connection between TouchOSC on my iPhone and my Macbook Pro via the Bridge app. I’ll see if I can make the whole setup work with Audulus and report back. :slight_smile:

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