Secret Base Design has a new app, Apollo, which uses Bluetooth LE to send MIDI back and forth between iOS devices, or between an iOS device and a Mac.
Secret Base Design’s Patrick Madden explains his inspiration for the app:
“One of the things that’s annoyed me with the iPhone and iPad hardware has been limited inter-device MIDI. The hardware adapters can be really clunky. WiFi MIDI works in theory — but if there’s a little bit of WiFi traffic, the latency and jitter goes through the roof.
“[But] starting with the iPad3 and iPhone4S, Apple has put in support for Bluetooth LE — this has very low latency, and [we think] it’s a perfect fit for MIDI.”
iConnectivity has released a pair of new videos that demonstrate the capabilities of their iConnectMIDI2+ 2×2 MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS.
The iConnectMIDI2+ offers advanced features for a MIDI interface, including support for two computer devices simultaneously – Macs, PCs, and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch); and its Audio passThru technology, which routes audio between device digitally, with zero signal degradation.
The video above offers a brief intro to the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+ and its Audio passThru technology. Continue reading →
At the 2013 NAMM Show, iConnectivity introduced the iConnectMIDI4+ – an advanced MIDI interface that lets you connect hardware, software and iOS MIDI devices alike.
I had a chance to talk with iConnectivity founder Michael Loh about the new interface, and it’s a big advance over their original MIDI interface. We reviewed the original iConnectMIDI last year and came away impressed.
The new iConnectMIDI4+ is even more powerful, offering four pairs of MIDI IN/Out and support for 8 more MIDI devices via USB. The new interface now can also charge your iDevices as you use them.
And it supports Audio Pass-Through – which lets you do things like route the audio out of your iPad directly into your computer’s DAW. This effectively turns your iPad and its music apps into a tangible VST.
For example, you could use your DAW to sequence an iPad app via MIDI and the iConnectMIDI4+ interface and record the output of your app on the iPad directly in your DAW, with no need for an audio interface.
Griffin Technology has announced the immediate availability of MIDIConnect, a new MIDI in and out interface for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
MIDIConnect adds a MIDI input and output to iOS devices. MIDIConnect allows you to plug MIDI keyboards and other MIDI-capable devices into an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone.
Play your MIDI instrument straight into GarageBand or other MIDI-capable apps, or download MIDI Controller apps to use the MIDI out port and your touchscreen in performance, as a MIDI controller. Both MIDI in and out ports are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, compatible with most commonly available MIDI cables and connectors.