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“Metagrid has become such an important part of my work flow that without it, I’m not sure I’d be able to do the things that I need to do on a daily basis. Whether it’s a film for the Hallmark Channel or a Disney project, Metagrid is a part of the process." read more…

Rob Pottorf - film composer

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KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS. TEXT. MIDI. MACROS. RIGHT FROM YOUR iPAD.

WIFI/USB

Metagrid can communicate with your computer through WiFi and/or USB. The wireless connectivity option enables you to place your iPad in any location in your studio and control your application right from your piano, mic booth or console away from the computer. The USB connection on the other hand ensures minimal latency and enables you to conveniently charge your iOS device while working.

EXPANDABILITY

Metagrid on one iPad, especially iPad Pro, is a powerful workflow enhancer. If you need more space for your controllers, you can create multi-iPad configurations and take advantage of unique Metagrid features simultaneously on up to 4 iPads. You can also use Metagrid on your iPad and Metapad on your iPhone connected simulatanously to one computer!


MIDI

Metagrid can send MIDI Note, CC and Program Change messages, which make it a perfect tool for music creation. You can easily create control surfaces for DAWs like Ableton Live, articulation switchers for your favourite orchestral sample libraries and controllers for your virtual instruments.







STREAMLINE YOUR WORFLOW

FOCUS

Metagrid automatically detects the application in focus on your computer and displays dedicated viewsets, ensuring seamless transitions between programs you work with. You are no longer limited to one application-specific controller - quite on the contrary, Metagrid is a touchbar on steroids that can control any application available on your computer.

APP-LOCK MODE

You can use app lock functionality to control your application even if it is in the background. It is particularly useful in multi-iPad setups - with one iPad locked for example to a DAW application, and another one dynamically detecting the change of application in focus on your computer.




ICONS

With over 1600 icons including dedicated sets for Cubase, Logic Pro, Studio One, Digital Perfomer, Final Cut, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Metagrid enables you to create buttons that are extension of your familiar working environment. Dedicated set of music notation icons makes Metagrid a perfect companion for music notation software like Dorico, Sibelius and Finale.

FAMILIAR ICONS FROM
YOUR FAVOURITE
APPLICATIONS

  •  LOGIC X PRO

    LOGIC X PRO

  •  CUBASE

    CUBASE

  •  DIGITAL PERFORMER

    DIGITAL PERFORMER

  •  STUDIO ONE

    STUDIO ONE

  •  PROTOOLS

    PROTOOLS

  •  FINDER

    FINDER

  •  FINAL CUT

    FINAL CUT

  •  ILLUSTRATOR

    ILLUSTRATOR

PREDEFINED WORKSPACES FOR POPULAR APPLICATIONS*

*the current workspaces set for Windows is limited to Cubase, Studio One and Digital Performer. We will be adding more content as soon as Import/Export functionality is available in Metagrid 1.5.



DEEP INTEGRATION
WITH POPULAR DAW SOFTWARE

ACTIONS & MACROS

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KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Control your application with any combination of function keys like SHIFT, CMD, WIN, CTRL and ALT, alphanumeric keys and special keys like arrows, Enter, Tab etc. Create unique and most exotic key combos and assign them to commands in your apps. And here is the best part, you don’t have to remember them - Metagrid will do it for you.
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TEXT
Create predefined chunks of text and assign them to your buttons. From short text, like track names in your DAW, to whole paragraphs for predefine email responses.
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MIDI
Send MIDI Note, CC and Program Change messages to your DAW or virtual instruments. MIDI setup is very easy and hassle free - no coding, no complex MIDI routing. Finally, you don’t have to waste your life on designing your MIDI controllers.
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APP-SPECIFIC COMMANDS
Control leading DAW software (Cubase, Logic X, Studio One and Digital Performer) like never before with thousands of DAW-specific commands directly on your iPad. And the best part is that you don’t have to assign any MIDI messages or keyboard shortcuts in your DAW. Just search and choose a command on your iPad and your are ready to go.
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PAUSE
Metagrid also features Pause command much needed for multi-step macros which require some waiting time between the steps.
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MACROS
Macros enable you to combine multiple actions into complex sequences that can be triggered with just a touch of a button. Automate complex actions and save time and tens of clicks. Much needed pause commands ensure right execution time for each action in your macro, providing right flow and stability.

BUTTONS

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CONFIGURABLE BEHAVIOUR
Touch a button to trigger your action queue. If your actions are time-based you will see progress bar until all the actions are executed. But for single actions, you can also use the repetitive mode - touch and hold the button and Metagrid will continue triggering the action as long as you want. That’s great for zooming, scrolling, scrubbing and other navigation-related functions.
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TRIGGER ACTIONS
From a single trigger to complex multi-step macros - anything that makes you work easier and less-repetitive. Send text, keyboard shortcuts, MIDI messages, app-specific commands for supported DAW applications and pause commands and watch Metagrid doing the job for you.
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LAYOUT OPTIONS
Each button can be created with 3 layout options: text only, icon only, icon with text. Icons, background and border can be assigned with different colours, which will make your button stand out from the rest.
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DISPLAY NEW VIEW
Apart from triggering actions, each button in Metagrid can also display views. Imagine this - you press the button, Metagrid executes complex macro that saves you 10 clicks, and opens a subview reflecting your workflow stage. This way you can create complex interconnected menu systems with various function-related work areas.
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GO BACK TO PREVIOUS VIEW
Each button can also take you back to the previous view for you, which makes navigating between views in Metagrid even easier. Anything that saves a press or click counts, right?
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SMART COPY/PASTE
Double touch with two fingers on any button to copy it, and long press with two fingers to paste the copied button. Additionally, you can use selective paste functionality. In edit mode, perform left edge swipe to display the selective copy and paste pane. Select the content you want to paste - like colour, action or text - and hide the pane. and swipe with two fingers across the buttons to paste only the selected parameters.

VIEWS & VIEWSETS

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LOGICAL ORGANIZATION
Views are basic containers for your buttons in Metagrid. They allow you to organise your buttons in logical functional units that can be displayed at various stages of your workflow by pressing action buttons or scene bar buttons. You can create as many views as you need for any app.
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USER-DEFINED GRID SIZES
With 9 available grid sizes, you can create views that can hold from 12 up to 110 buttons. This enables you to adjust button size to available screen estate and needs. You can easily modify grid size at any time if needed.
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EASY REORDERING
You can easily reorder buttons in views. Long touch a button in Ddit mode and drag it to the new position. You can also swap buttons: in Edit mode swipe down on a button you want to move and touch the target button, which will make both buttons change their position on the grid.

SCENES

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ACCESSIBILITY
Scene bar is conveniently located in the lower part of the screen. It enables you to switch between various views configured for your app. You can create as many scenes as you need for any app. Each scene can be be configured with custom text, color and icon. You can also easily reorder scenes to match your workflow.
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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY VIEW
Each scene can be configured with primary and secondary view, which can be easily toggled with SHIFT buttons. This is an convenient way to quickly display complementary views.
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VIEW LOCKING
When you enter a subview, you can lock it to a scene and temporarily overwrite the assigned primary view. Go to a subview and long press the respective scene button - a lock icon will appear informing you that the subview is temporary assigned to a scene. To remove the lock, long touch the scene button again.