Vista Lighting Remote: Getting Started

Thanks for picking up my Vista Lighting Remote for iOS! Before this little App will do anything worthwhile you have to do a bit of work to get remote MIDI control of Vista's Byron:

1. Setting up MIDI networking

Mac OS X

a) Opening Audio MIDI Setup

To get started on Mac OS open "Audio MIDI Setup" which you should find under /Applications/Utilities. Once it's open press Window->Show MIDI Studio (or press ⌘-2). You should see something like this:
Mac OS MIDI Studio

Double-click the "Network" icon. Now you should have the MIDI Network Setup window:
Mac OS MIDI Network Setup

b) Creating a network session

Click the "+" button to add a session and then ✓ that session to enable it. Now you'll see an address and port show up, like this:
IP and Port for your MIDI network device

c) Connect the App

At this point your Mac is ready to receive MIDI show control commands over the network. You can go ahead and add this IP and port to the Vista Lighting Remote App on your iOS device.

Adding a server

Once you do, you'll see your iOS device show up as a "participant" in this session, like this:
We've got signal baby!

Windows

Unlike Mac OS X, Windows doesn't come with native support for RTP-MIDI, which is the protocol Vista Lighting Remote uses to send MIDI show control messages over the network.

a) Install rtpMIDI

...fortunately, there is a great free Windows application called rtpMIDI. Start by clicking here, downloading, and installing the latest version.

b) Creating a network session

Once you have rtpMIDI installed, open it and click the "+" button to add a session and then ✓ that session to enable it. Now you'll see an address and port show up, like this:
rtpMIDI address and port

c) Connect the App

At this point your Mac is ready to receive MIDI show control commands over the network. You can go ahead and add this IP and port to the Vista Lighting Remote App on your iOS device.

Adding a server

Once you do, you'll see your iOS device show up as a "participant" in this session, like this:
We've got signal baby!

Linux

Coming soon... Sorry!

Vista I3

The Vista I3 is essentially a Linux computer with a hardwired Vista console. Sadly, I don't have access to one so I'm not sure if there is a way to set up RTP-MIDI on it. If you find out please let me know!

2. Configuring Vista

Now that you've got a MIDI network session up and running it's time to enable network control for Vista.

First, click File->User Preferences...

Opening user preferences on Jands Vista
...and open the MIDI tab: The MIDI tab for Jands Vista

In the list of External MIDI Ports you should see your network session. ✓ it and click "OK".


That's it. You can now send MIDI show control messages from the Vista Lighting Remote for iOS to your Jands Vista lighting console! To test it, create a simple cue shortcut and make sure you can fire the cue from your iOS device.