Similar to MSA Remote, we mentioned few days ago, TouchOSC is one of the first iPhone / iPod Touch application that let you send and receiveÂ Open Sound Control messages over a Wi-Fi network. The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implements the OSC protocol such as Pure Data,Â Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing,Â OSCulator,Â VDMX,Â Resolume Avenue 3,Â Plogue Bidule,Â Reaktor,Â Quartz Composer,Â vvvv and others.
I have been following the development over the last few months and excited to see that the just released 1.3 version now includes editable layouts. What this means is that you can create your own layouts depending on the perfomance/desktop application you are interfacing with. This is made possible thanks to Touch OSC editor, available for Mac and Windows and downloadable standard layouts that come with the iPhone application. You can use those as templates or you can create your own from scratch. The editor includes all the elements you see on the iPhone app and you can rearrange and scale them as you like. Once they are done, all you need to do is sync the layouts with the iPhone and you are ready to go.
Different to MSA Remote, TouchOSC is slightly more targeted towards music creation, not providing as much multitouch information as MSA Remote. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a simple, customizable interface to send and receive OSC messages, TouchOSC should be a great start.
The editor application is a free download whilst TouchOSC for the iPhone costs $4.99 and you can purchase it from the AppStore here.
You can find more information about TouchOSC as well as many examples on hexler.net.
Posted on: 04/07/2009