What's New

Fixes for iOS 8

App Description

MIDIFlute is an Irish Flute/Whistle CoreMIDI control surface for the iPad.

The fingerings are based on those used for the 6-hole keyless Irish flute or whistle.

MIDIFlute doesn't produce any sound on its own, it is designed for playing hardware and software VST-style MIDI synthesizers via a CoreMIDI compatible interface connected to the dock connector or virtual MIDI instruments like IK Multimedia SampleTank® for iOS or Sonosaurus ThumbJam running on your iPad.

You first absolutely must turn off "Multitasking Gestures" in your iPad Settings to use this app. When they are turned on, when you put four fingers on the screen, Apple takes over the system, stops all the sounds, and assumes you want to start switching between apps.

Please visit the app support website to see some live demo videos and for the settings you will need to enable in the synth app you are using to have it work with the control surface.

To get started playing, first show the on-screen fingering chart and hole labels by touching the '?' icon at the lower right corner of the screen.

Start by touching the top half of the flute starting with the tips of your left index, middle, and ring fingers on holes #6, 5, and 4. The holes light up when touched.

Next touch the bottom half of the flute with the tips of your right index, middle, and ring fingers, on holes #3, 2, and 1.

Using the fingering chart as a guide, play each note of the scale starting from the low-D and working up to C#.

To play the second octave, touch the bar next to the flute with your left little finger while using the same fingerings as the first octave.

Touch the bar at the top of the screen with your left thumb to stop the sound while fingering a note. This can be used for repeated notes in the place of doing a cut or tap.

Finger vibrato may be done with the middle finger of the right hand on many notes. The amount of vibrato is adjustable using the MIDI control sliders.

Touch the MIDI icon at the bottom left corner of the screen to show/hide the MIDI controls. All settings are saved and restored the next time the app is run.

You may select the volume, attack velocity, vibrato depth and MIDI chanel using the sliders.

The entire range may be transposed up or down up to one octaves (zero transpose is "C") in semitone increments using the transpose slider.

All MIDI settings are saved when the app quits and restored the next time it is run.

Touch the '!' icon at the top left to quiet any "stuck" notes if they occur.

Here's the settings changes required for two popular synth apps:

IK Multimedia SampleTank:

- In Settings (touch the gear icon), enable "Background Audio"

Sonosaurus ThumbJam:

- In "Prefs", under "MIDI Control", in "MIDI General Options" enable "Use CoreMIDI" and "Active in Background"

Other CoreMIDI compatible synth apps will have similar settings.

iPad Screenshots

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MIDIFlute - Irish Flute/Whistle CoreMIDI Control Surface screenshot 1 MIDIFlute - Irish Flute/Whistle CoreMIDI Control Surface screenshot 2 MIDIFlute - Irish Flute/Whistle CoreMIDI Control Surface screenshot 3

App Changes

  • November 22, 2012 Initial release
  • November 27, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $4.99
  • November 30, 2012 Price decrease: $4.99 -> $0.99
  • December 05, 2012 Price increase: $0.99 -> $2.99
  • December 06, 2012 Price decrease: $2.99 -> FREE!
  • December 11, 2012 Price increase: FREE! -> $2.99
  • March 03, 2013 Price decrease: $2.99 -> $0.99
  • July 09, 2015 New version 3.0.1