Secret Base Design, in conjunction with Confusion Studios (MIDI Designer) and Audeonic Apps (MIDI Bridge/MIDIbus), has announced MidiTV, free software that brings MIDI to the Apple TV streaming set top box.
Why would you want MIDI on your television?
MidiTV + an Apple TV turn your television into a big-screen platform for music apps. This means that you can use your Apple TV to run MIDI software, use your TV as an extra screen for your DAW, use it as a platform for MIDI-controlled VJ software and more.
Or, as the developers say, “If MIDI is available, there will always be something great to do with it!”
Here’s the official intro video for MidiTV:
The video shows two client apps for Apple TV — MidiTV Clock and MidiTV Orchestra — and how to use them with your Mac DAW or with MIDI apps running on iOS devices.
All of the MidiTV apps are currently free. The developers want to see if there’s interest in using the Apple TV to run MIDI-controlled applications.
They also plan to release a software development kit (SDK) for MidiTV within a few days, so that other developers can create Apple TV apps that can be MIDI-controlled.
Here are the key components of the platform:
- MidiTV Host — a free Mac app that lets you send/receive MIDI to an Apple TV
- Apple TV MIDI applications – these first MidiTV apps are free downloads that you can search for using your Apple TV:
- MidiTV Orchestra — 16 general MIDI channels, with a SoundFont engine built in. Channel 10 is linked to standard GM percussion, but the other channels can switch to any GM instrument (and respond to program change messages). The TV app will display the MIDI played on each channel, so you can see what’s going on in a complex piece.
- MidiTV Clock — a tempo/beat/bar display, that watches incoming MIDI clock messages. There are also eight visual meters, responding to CC 100-107. This is set up so that you can map the CCs in Ableton Live, and then have a remote display of VU meters (using, for example VUplug).
- VUplug – this is a Mac DAW plug-in that will track volume levels and send that as MIDI to your Apple TV MIDI apps.
- music IO for iOS also now has MidiTV support built into it. This lets you connect your iOS devices to Apple TV MidiTV applications.
Check out the video and let us know what you think of the idea of MidiTV and MIDI-controlled apps for your television. And if you’ve got ideas for apps that you’d like to see on a big screen, let us know in the comments!