MIEM Play: touch, geometric-based interpolation and control of presets for OSC devices


MIEM Play is an innovative OSC controller app for touch interfaces. Based on your favorite presets, it allows you to create, interpolate and discover new presets from touch interactions with shapes on the screen.

For artistic purposes such as sound synthesisers and filters, lights control or VJing, controllers are usually made of faders and control knobs, sometimes of X/Y surfaces. Each fader, knob or X/Y distance is then linked to a specific OSC or MIDI message, such that each element controls a specific parameter of your synthesiser, filter or DMX light. This allows precise control of independent parameters, but does not allow you to control numerous parameters in live situations.

Instead of controlling separate parameters – for example, the cut-off frequency and resonance of a filter – MIEM Play allows you to create, interpolate and discover full presets. Based on your favorite presets linked to geometric shapes, it computes new presets in real-time.

Short demo of MIEM Play app (for iOS, Android, Windows and macOS) used for controlling Ableton Live 10 and Resolume Arena 6.

While your touch gestures control the interpolation, MIEM Play sends the interpolated presets in real-time by OSC messages. It allows you to focus on the output of your system, instead of focusing on the values of the parameters.

Get the app

Download version 1.2.0 for Windows
Download version 1.2.0 for macOS

Important: to build and upload your own custom sessions to mobile platforms, please check and download the MIEM Editor desktop application.

MIEM Editor

Because MIEM Play is designed as a robust and stable controller for live performances, it does not allow you to edit the sessions (the .mcs files) that you will play.

To create and edit your OSC controller sessions, you must use a desktop application called MIEM Editor. This application creates session files (with the .mcs extension) that MIEM Play can read and play

To transfer files from Windows/macOS to an iPad or iPhone, you can use a cloud service such as iCloud.

To transfer files from Windows/macOS to an Android tablet or smartphone, you can use a cloud service such as Google Drive, or connect the Android device directly to your computer via USB.

MIEM Editor is required to create, modify and configure your MIEM Play sessions for OSC control

To get MIEM Editor for Windows or macOS, please go to the downloads page.

Within Editor, you can draw custom shapes for touch interactions.

Simple example of three shapes for exploring and creating synth presets

Then, each shape will represent a particular preset. For example, it is possible to start from your favorite presets, to define them within the Editor, and to link your presets to the shapes. When moving your fingers on the screen, you can now create and discover new presets from your favorite ones!

Example of a custom preset named “Hard Saw” and linked to the yellow shape above
Example of another custom preset, named “Soft Synth” and linked to the purple shape above

In the Editor, each line is a particular parameter of a whole preset. The two previous examples show presets (or states) with six parameters. Each parameter is sent to a precise OSC address, such as “/synth/waveform” or “/filter/cutoff”.

If you do not define custom OSC addresses, MIEM automatically assigns a “/miem/N” address to the parameter of line number N+1.

Example of mixed parameters, with custom (1st parameter) and default OSC addresses

In the screenshot above, parameter number 1 has a custom address : it will be sent in OSC messages to address “/custom_address” with value 0.5. Other parameters do not have a custom address, such that:

  • Parameter on line 2 will be sent in OSC messages to address “/miem/1” with value 0.3
  • Parameter on line 3 will be sent in OSC messages to address “/miem/2” with value 0.1
  • Etc…

For more information, or to participate in the research project as an artist, tester or developer, please contact us.