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Using the MIDI Designer Pro Layout for Auto-Tune for Guitar

Note: As of Version 1.5 of MIDI Designer Pro, the Auto-Tune for Guitar layout is built in to the app, so there is no need to separately download and install it. We're leaving the instructions on how to do that here for anyone who, for whatever reason, might still be using an earlier version, but we really encourage you to update to the latest version.


While Auto-Tune for Guitar features can be controlled by any MIDI source, we've found MIDI Designer Pro to be a flexible, stable and well-supported app that gives us the features we need to create an easy-to-use graphic interface. (It also offers powerful control of just about any other hardware or software that accepts MIDI as a control source.)

Here's what you'll need:

- An iPad. Any model, back to the very first, will do.

- For iPads prior to the fourth generation, the USB adapter that is part of Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit.

- For fourth generation iPads and the iPad Mini, the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

- A class-compliant USB MIDI interface (there's a list of ones we've tested here).

- A copy of MIDI Designer Pro for iPad. Get it here.

- If you're using a version of MIDI Designer Pro earleir than Version 1.5 (and if so, why?), you'll need our Auto-Tune for Guitar control layout. Download it here. (Safari users: Option-Click to download.)

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should plug your MIDI interface into your iPad before launching MIDI Designer. If MIDI Designer doesn't initially recognize your MIDI interface, close MIDI Designer, double-click the Home button to show recent apps, touch and hold the MIDI Designer icon until it starts wiggling and the little minus sign appears, touch the minus sign to kill the app, then relaunch MIDI Designer. It should now recognize your interface.


A third generation iPad connected to the Peavey AT-200 with the Camera Connection Kit and USB MIDI interface

How to Load the Auto-Tune for Guitar Layout

• Launch MIDI Designer Pro and touch the "more" button

• Select "Config"

• In the Config window, select "Actions" and then "Load a Layout"

• Select the "Auto-Tune Guitar (built-in)" layout

 

The remainder of these instructions cover loading the layout into older versions of MIDI Designer Pro. Again, we strongly recommend that you simply upgrade to the latest version, which eliminates the need for the following.

How to Load the Layout into the App

Once you have MIDI Designer Pro installed on your iPad and have downloaded the layout file to your computer, there are two options for loading the layout into the app: by email and by Dropbox (there's also iTunes file sharing, but honestly, it's too arcane to be useful).

Email

Step 1. Create an email and add the template file as an attachment. Mail the email to an account that you can receive on your iPad using Apple Mail.

Step 2. Receive the email on your iPad. Open the email to display the attached file. Touch and hold the file icon until the "Open With" dialog appears. Select "Open in MIDI Designer."



Step 3. MIDI Designer will open with the Auto-Tune for Guitar layout active. Before doing anything else, save the layout as described below.

Dropbox

Step 1. Place the MIDI Designer layout file in your Dropbox folder.

Step 2. On your iPad, open Dropbox and navigate to the MIDI Designer layout file and select it. (You'll get a message that the file type can't be viewed.) Touch and hold the Download icon at the top right corner of your screen until the "Open With" dialog appears. Select "Open in MIDI Designer."


Step 3. MIDI Designer will open with the Auto-Tune for Guitar layout active. Before doing anything else, save the layout as described below.

Saving Your Layout

Now that you've loaded the layout, you should immediately save it, so that it can be recalled at any time. Here's how:

Step 1. Touch the "more" button at the top of the MIDI Designer Screen. Touch "Config" in the dropdown menu. Then touch the "Actions" icon at the bottom of the Config window.

Step 2. In the Config - Actions window, touch the "Save Layout" button to bring up the Save Layout window. Touch the name text field at the bottom of the Save Layout window to bring up the keyboard. Type a name for the layout (e.g., "Auto-Tune for Guitar").

Step 3. Touch the "Save" button to save the layout with your selected name.

Now that it's saved, you can reload it at any time by repeating Step 1 above, selecting "Load Layout" in the Config - Actions window, and then selecting your saved layout in the resulting chooser.