Cycling 74 has made its big App Store debut with Mira, an iPad controller for Max.
Mira automatically connects to Max and ‘mirrors’ your patch in realtime over a network connection. You simply arrange supported UI objects on top of the new mira.frame object and they appear on your iPad. You can use several instances of mira.frame to create multiple tabbed patches in Mira. Alternately, you can connect several iPads to the same patch.
When I was first introduced to Max in college, my professor was using a Wacom tablet as a controller. At the time, this was way forward thinking. Not only did the pen controller offer an alternative to a mouse, it provided a valuable third element to be used as a parameter in Max – the Z axis. By tilting the pen, you had a whole other range of control. Now, with Mira, we are not only able to use touch control, but we can also take advantage of the iPad’s accelerometer!
What’s next? Air control? Mind control? Actually, these technologies have all been around for a while, and are all usable in Max. Touching your Max patch was first made possible with Lemur. Whereas Lemur requires mapping parameters to the interface, Mira offers a seamless, easily configurable connection to your patch – no MIDI, no OSC, no fuss.
- button, live.button
- toggle, live.toggle
- dial, live.dial
- slider, live.slider, rslider, multislider, kslider
- live.tab, live.text
- message box
- number, flonum, live.numbox
- gain~, meter~
- mira.multitouch, mira.motion
- Automatically control any number of patches from your device
- New mira.frame objects create viewable regions in your patch
- Use multiple mira.frames to create any number of tabbed views in Mira
- Most UI objects in a mira.frame will appear in Mira
- New mira.multitouch object allows for gestural control
- New mira.motion object sends accelerometer data from your device
- Zoom and pan to tweak views on your device
- Multiple instances of Mira can control a single patch for collaborative performance
- Works over WiFi or an ad-hoc network
Download Mira Controller