Power Trio has released Music IO 1.4, an update to the audio + MIDI over USB solution for Mac, Windows & iOS.
The update adds support for mulltiple devices, chains o fIAA effects, support for Windows & more.
Here’s what’s new in Music IO 1.40:
- Support for multiple devices on the Mac; now connect as many iPhones and iPads as you like, to stream both audio and MIDI to any destination you wish (audio is limited to 4 iOS devices)
- Support for chains of up to four IAA effects apps on each track (up to 16 effects total)
- Support for PCs is now out of beta; connect musicIO to your PC desktop DAW, using the free VST available on the musicIO web sit
- Bug fixes, stability improvements and performance enhancements
Here’s what they have to say about it:
- 1) The iOS app now supports up to four effects apps per track — so the setup now is 4 tracks, up to four instruments per track, and four effects per track, so maybe 32 apps running simultaneously (yeah, more than pretty much any iOS device can handle….).
- 2) Audio is sent at 44.1khz floating point, four stereo channels, and this is bidirectional if you want it. Audio is automatically up sampled or down sampled as needed, for both the Mac and the PC.
- 3) BIG ITEM: On the Mac, we now support multiple devices — up to four at a time, depending on how much power the Mac has (and the DAW, of course). The Mac has a separate server that handles all the connections, and then you get audio in and out of DAWs using either VST or AU plug-ins.
- 4) On the PC, it’s still one device at a time — but we’ve improved the MIDI back end. We’ve licensed the MIDIloop library from Tobias Erichsen, so there’s no need for other MIDI loopback applications. Start up the VST, and a “Music IO” virtual MIDI port should appear. The DAW should be able to see that port, and connect directly. This was one of the big headaches for the Windows users.
- 5) The plug-ins for both PC and Mac have been updated — we’re out of “beta” for Windows; almost everyone we’ve talked to has been able to get things running. The Windows gotchas have been the iTunes install, network firewalls, and a few sketchy USB cables.
- 6) The Windows side now offers better MIDI jitter management. Nic has designed what we’re calling “BridgeClock,” which gives us rock-solid clocking on iOS+Mac, and I’ve hacked that in to the Windows side as well — things should be very stable. Did I mention that Nic is a freakin’ genius? Anyway, we’ve got some voodoo magic, and it’s voodoo magic that works best with apps that use the MIDIbus library.
- 7) And speaking of MIDIbus….. Nic has a companion app under way. It’s slick. It’s very very slick.
- 8) And finally…. we didn’t get it in to 1.40, but we will have 1.50 rolling out shortly, with something I don’t think many people will expect to see. More on that in a week or two….
Music IO is available for US $9.99 in the App Store. A MIDI only version is also available as a free download.