2018
04/26
Pen2Bow Controller Update
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Pen2Bow is a violin bow MIDI controller using the Apple Pencil on the iPad. It recognizes linear as well as circular pencil motion and generates bow movement from the user input. Circular motion enables the infinite extension of the bow that otherwise would be limited in length. This frees the user from constantly thinking about performing bow changes in order to prevent the bow from running out. Intended bow changes are accurately recognized and included in the midi output. We are calling this type of device an infinity bow controller and believe it is one of the very few, if not the only practical MIDI input device for bowed instruments. For more information please watch the videos on the App Support website.

What’s New
Apr 22, 2018 Version 1.0.2

– Added a settings page. It includes sensitivity and range adjustment for the 4 MIDI controllers.

– Added a touch piano keyboard. Virtual instruments can now be played without the need for an external MIDI keyboard.

– Added a refresh button for the MIDI device list. Pen2Bow no longer needs to be restarted in order to detect new MIDI devices.

Pen2Bow takes full advantage of the sensors in the Apple Pencil and generates 4 continuous MIDI controllers: Velocity, Force, Tilt and Orientation. These can be used to drive virtual instruments such as violins or synthesizers.

Pen2Bow is CoreMIDI compliant. It can control virtual instruments that run on the same iPad as well as virtual instruments that run on a separate computer. There are various ways to connect the iPad to a computer. This can be done either with an external MIDI interface, wirelessly over WiFi, or directly over USB. Please consult the App Support website on how to establish a MIDI connection between an iPad and a computer.

The software is optimized for minimal latency which amounts to about 10ms on the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch(2.gen) and 20ms on the iPad (6.gen), iPad Pro 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch(1.gen). Pen2Bow fully utilizes the high resolution positional information at 240Hz provided by the Apple Pencil to estimate robust bow velocities.

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2018
04/02
Pen2Bow Pencil Controller iPad Pro
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Pen2Bow is a violin bow MIDI controller using the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. It recognizes linear as well as circular pencil motion and generates bow movement from the user input. Circular motion enables the infinite extension of the bow that otherwise would be limited in length. This frees the user from constantly thinking about performing bow changes in order to prevent the bow from running out. Intended bow changes are accurately recognized and included in the midi output. We are calling this type of device an infinity bow controller and believe it is one of the very few, if not the only practical MIDI input device for bowed instruments.

Pen2Bow takes full advantage of the sensors in the Apple Pencil and generates 4 continuous MIDI controllers: velocity, force, tilt and orientation. These can be used to drive virtual instruments such as violins or synthesizers. The software is optimized for minimal latency which amounts to about 10ms on the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch(2.gen) and 20ms on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch(1.gen). Pen2Bow fully utilizes the high resolution positional information at 240Hz provided by the Apple Pencil to estimate robust bow velocities.

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2017
06/16
iPad Pro 10 Inch Screen The Verge
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The Verge, a popular technology news site, has done a review of the new iPad Pro 10.5 inch screen size. It’s a great review but what makes it really cool is they used my song “God Knows” in the video.

My song comes in here at the 1:30 mark https://youtu.be/-Hf5prRZIeg?t=95 and it plays through out. FUN FACT: this song also appears in Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Ep “Beirut”

Get the new iPad Pro direct from APPLE here https://www.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The iPad Pro 10.5 isn’t available on Amazon yet but you can get a 12″ Pro or a 9.7″ Pro from Amazon right now.

BUY Apple iPad Pro (128GB, Wi-Fi, Space Gray) 12.9″ Tablet (Certified Refurbished)

2016
12/20
Faster Charger For Your iPad Pro 12 inch
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Faster charging for those power users out there. Great for music producers who are using their iPad Pro 12.9 for extensive amounts of time.

The Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter offers fast, efficient charging at home, in the office, or on the go.

This adapter is compatible with MacBook computers featuring a USB-C port and requires a USB-C Charge Cable (sold separately).

ORDER FROM AMAZON Apple Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter (MJ262LL/A)

Use the cable with an Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter to take advantage of the fast charging feature on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Two meters in length
Genuine Apple product

ORDER FROM AMAZON Apple MKQ42AM/A USB-C to Lightning Cable (2M)

2016
10/17
Connect iPad Pro To Focusrite iTrack Dock
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iTrack Dock Extension Cable

Folks trying to connect their iPad pro 12.9 to a Focusrite iTrack Dock might notice that the iPad just won’t fit. No worries! Get your self a nice extension cable like the one shown here. The problem is the adjustable connector on the iTrack Dock does not move up high enough to accommodate  the iPad Pro size. This lightning extension cable (6 foot, Black) is for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6S / SE / iPad Pro, and all Lightning Accessories; Pass video, data, and audio through male to female 8-pin cable.

You can purchase this one from Amazon here on this link

Lightning Extension Cable (6 foot, Black) for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6S / SE / iPad Pro, and all Lightning Accessories; Pass Video, Data, Audio Through Male to Female 8-pin Cable. dockXtender for Lightning by CableJive.

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