Midi Quest For iOS Lets You Manage 600+ MIDI Devices

Sound Quest has released MidiQuesti, an iPad version of its MIDI Quest editor/librarian.

Midi Quest supports over 630 of the most popular MIDI instruments and devices, from over 50 different manufacturers, including Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Kurzweil, Alesis, Waldorf, Kawai, Akai and E-Mu. It lets you store, organize, and edit patches, banks and more.

Midi Quest “talks” to each MIDI device individually, so it can simultaneously send SysEx to as many as 250 different instruments and still edit another instrument – all at the same time. 

Midi Quest natively reads and writes industry standard .syx and .mid files. Midi Quest for iPad imports Set, Collection, individual Patch, and individual Bank files from Mac and Windows versions of Midi Quest, so existing SysEx can easily be stored and edited on an iPad.

Pricing and Availability

MidiQuesti is available now as a free download. Support for individual devices, though, is added via In-App purchases. A list of supported devices, along with info on In-App pricing, is available on the Sound Quest site.

If you’ve used MidiQuesti, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!

38 thoughts on “Midi Quest For iOS Lets You Manage 600+ MIDI Devices

  1. This is fantastic news. Having device compatibility as IAPs is reasonable. I wonder what functions it will perform with none (i.e. out of the box).

      1. I installed it on my iPad 4 (32bit) running 10.3.3.

        The list of devices is extensive. The $ icon was greyed out, so I couldn’t see IAP prices. I added a K2500R device, and immediately got an “Insufficient Memory” message that the editor requires 2 GB of RAM (and I only have 987MB of RAM).

        That might mean that some of the device editors require less memory (?)– not sure. I didn’t have any other apps running, and it didn’t seem to matter, as I tried opening another app in the background and Quest still reported my RAM as 987MB.

        I didn’t get far with it.

        It’s weird that it would require so much memory to handle things like MIDI and sysex. I wonder if they are using stupid amounts of RAM for high-res graphics? I don’t know enough about programming to think about why this editor would be so memory extensive.

        As it was, I couldn’t really test with my iPad 4. There are a couple 1-star reviews up, so far. Not a very graceful roll-out. Perhaps they’ll get it dialed in for their x.1 release.

        1. The “$” is active now for almost all instrument modules. We were in the rather unusual situation of Apple saying that the software had to be released before they would review and allow in-app purchases. They also needed a production environment so Midi Quest was released and everyone had access to the instrument modules so Apple could do their review process. This is not how we would have chosen to do things but it wasn’t our call.

          Memory requirements vary widely based on the instrument but Kurzweil’s K-series is certainly one of the largest because of the number of banks the unit supports along with the number of data types that must be managed. MQ isn’t using high res graphics but the program, in the case of the K2500R is managing thousands of parameters. Every parameter needs space for a name, location, read/write to memory, display management, editing messages, and so on. Unless you would like more detail I’ll leave it at that however, each editor does have a lot of information to store and manage in order to display and work properly. This is also an editor so we do things like maintain backups during the editing process so you can back out of changes. All of this takes memory.

          It may be ambitious but we are trying to take a desktop application and put it on an iPad with as much of the functionality intact as possible. Yes, there will be some growing pains but we will address these as quickly as possible.

    1. I think they may be trying a quick port of their existing app to pull in more revenue. With the devices as IAPs, they can more directly track which devices are most used and direct their updates to where they are most needed. It’ll be interesting to see how much they charge for their IAPs. I wasn’t able to see this when I tried the app.

      The trouble appears to be that they didn’t do an adequate apha and beta test before rolling this out. I think their timing was off.

      Also, it seems they didn’t adjust the program to allow older devices to use it.

      1. I realize I am biased but this was by no means a “quick port”. Frankly, we are not expecting that Midi Quest will be used on an original iPad, iPad 2, or 3 except for maybe instruments out of the ’80’s. These iPads simply don’t have sufficient memory.

  2. Doesn’t work on iPad Pro 9.7. Can’t get it load menus or options to select a synth like the desktop version. Would love to use with an Ensoniq TS10.

    1. We did a large part of our development and testing on iPad Pros so I am surprised to hear this. Hopefully you have have enabled reporting so we will see information on whatever problems you are having. I’m not going to attempt to do support here but if you want to contact Sound Quest’s support email, we definitely was to resolve as many problems as quickly as we can. (Most issues we are seeing are memory related from using older iPads. This shouldn’t be an issue with an iPad Pro)

    1. Depends on the instrument. Browsing the site I saw prices from 19.99 to 129.99!

      I can’t find an ‘All’ IAP yet – as stub said, the dollar sign doesn’t seem to work.

  3. “individual devices is added via In-App purchases” Yeah great if you can find out how?! haha.. I see a dollar button on the main page but its blanked out. No manual…. Hangs periodically. It’s easier to send a rocket to mars with your iPad haha…

    1. The purchase button should work properly in the 1.0.2 release which is currently available.

      There are two manuals, a pdf and a web base version. Both are accessible by tapping the “?” button then selecting “PDF manual” or “Online manual” from the popup menu. You’ll need a pdf reader installed if you want to choose the PDF option.

    1. The computer version does support VZ-1, so I imagine that this one would as well. I look forward to seeing how this goes, I tried the Mac version but was unimpressed with some aspects of it for the price they are charging. But if I can get this tom work well for my VZ-8 and K2000 it might be worthwhile.

  4. It seems like it’s not ready for prime time. Loading the device list takes several minutes on my iPad Air 1.

    I ran into devices with the 2GB limit as well. Was able to get others to load after a long while though. The device list isn’t cached so it’s several minutes each time and then several minutes to load it once you’ve selected it.

    Didn’t see anything under patches for the devices I loaded. Not meaning local patches but the description says there are patches available in the app via the ‘Patch Zone’ (that they’ve collected over the years I presume).

    Overview page is here: http://www.squest.com/Products/MidiQuest_iPad/Details.html (bad link on app store and instruments page below).

    Here are the instruments available within iOS: http://www.squest.com/Products/MidiQuest_iPad/Instruments.html If you click through to a particular instrument it will tell you the price and sometimes the RAM requirements. K2000 is $119. 🙁 Ok. But the Alesis D4 is $69?? Seems most are around $69. Hopefully there’s a desktop-competitive ‘All Instruments’ purchase that might make this worth it, particularly considering the minimum requirements (unlimited undo requires 2GB ram, no matter the instrument’s requirements).

    The instrument list is as impressive as ever with MQ but it’s missing a lot of more modern doodads folks around here seem to love. No volcas, no electribe 2s, no mini/monologue, no Prophet 6, no OB6, no Blofeld, no Circuit…

    Here’s the iOS manual: http://soundquest.org/Downloads/MidiQuesti12/IOSManual.pdf

  5. Seriously? $69 per instrument or more?! Talk about price gouging, especially for an app that looks it’s a port of an visually outdated desktop app, and doesn’t work correctly at launch. At least, the desktop app seems like it’s worth the price given the device compatibility. This is not.

  6. The stupid thing is that I might even pay $69… well, maybe $49 for each to have editors for the few pieces of gear I use. But that’s only if everything about the app, website, reviews, etc. was really tight.

    Nothing to inspire confidence, yet. Perhaps they’ll get things ironed out.

    I would guess that it would be better to have 200 people paying $30 a pop, then have 4 people paying $69 a pop. But I’m not a math person. (Well, maybe a little.)

  7. and people thought SoundTower’s pricing was steep…. this is unreal. I expect this product to go little to nowhere. Especially when they are pricing certain IAPs higher than other 3rd party ipad editors. some exceptionally poor choices made on this one….

  8. No support for my Yamaha TX816 yet. 🙁
    Well – ipads are too flimsy for that I recon. The old SoundDiver for Windows was ace for editing that synth, as it allowes you to watch and edit all 8 modules at the same time. Thus making it more doable and intuitive to build one sound utilizing all modules. As if fm-editing ever was intuitive…lols.

      1. Patch Base is excellent and works perfect on Ipad, Unlike MidiQuesti which windows can’t size down enough to have access to all parameters. I still wonder if it is possible to load patches on PatchPase.

  9. It’s on v 1.01 and they still can’t get the purchase button functioning, contrary to patch notes.. Not a great start.

    1. There was some “out of sync” between getting the editors authorized for the store and the release of the software. Apple wants to review the “production environment” but that also means that everyone has access while they do their testing. The 1.0.2 release which is available now should have purchase enabled for most of the instrument modules.

  10. Yeah, Hampton. The recent update not only didn’t do what it claimed, it broke the get SysEx feature that was at least partially working in the earlier version.

  11. Holy smokes!

    I checked the IAP prices for just three of my synths in v1.0.2

    1) DSI Evolver $99.00
    2) Casio CZ-1 $69.99
    3) E-mu Morpheus $109.99

    I’m not even going to bother checking the rest of the prices. Instant delete!

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