Free App Brings MIDI Over Bluetooth LE To iOS Music Apps

midi-le-bluetooth-midi-ios-8Developer Matthias Frick let us know about MIDI LE, a free app for iOS 8 that’s designed to bring low-latency MIDI over Bluetooth LE to CoreMIDI compatible iOS-Synths and applications.

The advantage of MIDI over Bluetooth LE is that you can connect compatible devices wirelessly, without the need for a Camera Connection Kit and other gear. MIDI LE routes the virtual ports of supported music applications via Bluetooth.

Frick says that, if your favorite application was working with MIDI over WiFi in the past, it will most likely work with MIDI LE.

Bluetooth over MIDI is a newly introduced feature in iOS 8 and will also be incorporated into OS X Yosemite 10.10.
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Keith McMillen Debuts 12 Step Version 2

Today Keith McMillen Instruments announced their new 12 Step Version 2, the chromatic “keyboard controller for your feet.”

With an entirely redesigned Editor Software and new user interface, the 12 Step Version 2 is faster and easier to use than its previous incarnation. Additionally, the 12 Step Version 2 Firmware allows for many advanced features (see below). KMI has eight new tutorial videos and new templates for software (like Ableton Live) as well.
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Roland SBX-1 Sync Box Lets You Connect All Your Gear Together & Swing It

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Roland has officially introduced the SBX-1 Sync Box, a utility module that’s the lingua franca of electronic music gear – letting all your gear work together, whether its DIN, MIDI or control voltage gear, vintage or new, and hardware or software.

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USB MIDI Breath & Bite Controller Adds Expression To Virtual Instrument Performances

usb-midi-breath-bite-controllerTEC has introduced the TEControl USB MIDI Breath and Bite Controller – a MIDI wind controller that they say ‘enables musicians and composers to achieve outstanding realism in their performance when using computer-based virtual instruments.”

With a bite sensor integrated in the mouthpiece sensing lip bite force in addition to breath pressure, it is possible to control any two parameters of your virtual instrument, for example expression/vibrato or expression/pitch. Continue reading