By Hexler Limited

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2008-08-18
  • Current Version: 1.9.9
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 4.06 MB
  • Developer: Hexler Limited
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.
Score: 4
From 297 Ratings


TouchOSC is a modular OSC and MIDI control surface for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad by hexler. It supports sending and receiving Open Sound Control and MIDI messages over Wi-Fi and CoreMIDI inter-app communication and compatible hardware. The application allows to remote control and receive feedback from software and hardware that implement the OSC or MIDI protocols such as Apple Logic Pro/Express, Ableton Live, Renoise, Pure Data, Max/MSP/Jitter, Max for Live, OSCulator, VDMX, Resolume Avenue/Arena, Modul8, Plogue Bidule, NI Traktor, NI Reaktor, Quartz Composer, Supercollider, vvvv, Derivative TouchDesigner, Isadora and many others. The interface provides a number of customizable touch controls to send and receive messages: Faders / Rotary controls / Encoder controls / Push buttons / Toggle buttons / XY pads / Multi-faders / Multi-push / Multi-toggles / Multi-xy pads / LEDs / Labels / Time & battery displays Additionally the program can send Accelerometer data. The application comes with example layouts and completely custom layouts can be constructed using the free TouchOSC Editor application. Please browse to for more information, video demonstrations and download the free layout editor application for OS X, Windows and Linux and the free TouchOSC Bridge utility to easily control any MIDI-capable application on your computer.



  • Incredibly flexible programmable control surface software

    By Artie989
    If you have an iPad or an iPhone you can use TouchOSC create your very own simple or complex MIDI, CC & OSC controls customised to do what you need them to do. Control your DAW, your softsynths, trigger notes or Program Change data, write automation all from your iPad (via Wifi or USB). I'm using TouchOSC to control all the above via a series of templates written to perfomr the tasks that fit my workflow. The app is regularly updated with new features, plus there's great tech support and a user forum. Definitely reccommended.
  • Fantastic

    By alexmshore
    Great application still supporting old operating systems. Infinite possibilities for MIDI control. Thanks.
  • It works.

    By Gregstar2
    Well it's taken me a long time to get working and I'm sure simple issues to point out that iTunes must be installed on your hosting PC would have helped, however it's doing what it needs to and I've jumped in and started making my own interfaces for touch Osceola, which is great in my Ableton Live set up over USB, there are some glitches in the synchronicity of the device when both Wifi and USB are being used at the same time, both interfering with the output (obvious once seen) but also sending presets, I could go on ironing out issues for new users but like a lot of these things you just have to take a leap of faith and dive in, as once understood it's not that difficult to set up. Now I'm up and running I am interested to take things further with Lemur or Konkreet performer, but Touch OSC looks to be a good default place to be.
  • Great and easy to use

    By dedwards96
    Great app for creating custom layouts to suit your needs. Easy to configure. Could be improved by allowing host ip and in/out ports to be saved along with a layout for multi purpose use.
  • Apple ruined it

    By Anustus
    This was working fine for me and influenced me buying an iPad. Apple have messed up with wifi now can't make secure ad hoc connection anymore
  • Very frustrating and unusable

    By Matty888666
    I've never used this app due to not having any success at setting it up. There is no clear guidance on the developer's website. As a customer I expect to be given full instructions on how to use a product I've paid for. How is it that I am a very competent IT user and can't get this work? Terribly frustrating. I wouldn't recommend this app to anyone till the company doesn't clarify how this app should be connected to a DAW.
  • Mr

    By A.Giscan
    One of the best apps that you could use to dj or live perfom.Very stable and flexible ,worths every penny ;)
  • Very good

    By DA1975
    This is a fantastic app. It's easy to use and very stable. I trust it on live gigs I have wasted plenty of time with other OSC apps and just ended up frustrated. One feature that makes me keep looking is that the OSC messages can't be changed on the mobile device. I wouldn't want to change the layout just the message sent. Believe it or not when on a gig (like a festival) to get access to a actual computers with a windows or Mac environment can sometimes be a task. We try to avoid taking laptops on site because they often go missing. As pro kit has to be reliable, computer driven kit often doesn't have standard Windows or Mac front end.
  • Brill

    By Martin2240
    What a great app up and running with traktor pro in under 30 mins.
  • (Mostly) Working on Yosemite

    By The real Lanzecki
    After a bit of tinkering, this works well. The available controls are a bit basic - it would be good to have some different shapes for buttons, and being able to edit common properties of multiple selected shapes would save a lot of time when creating a page. I can't get the TouchOSC Bridge to do anything on my MacBook Pro, but fortunately the CoreAudio interface works, even though you have to connect every time you want to use it. Not a fault of this app though. I'm using this for controlling Hauptwerk and it does the job well. In summary, it's still a bit raw in places, but has great potential. Worth paying for.