Apollo MIDI Over Bluetooth Offers Low-Latency Wireless Connectivity

Secret Base Design has released Apollo MIDI Over Bluetooth Free – a time-limited free version of its Apollo MIDI app, which is designed to try out using MIDI over low-latency Bluetooth LE connections.

With Apollo MIDI over Bluetooth, you can easily connect a pair of iOS devices, or an iOS device and a Mac, using Bluetooth LE. Bluetooth LE is designed for low latency, which makes it a good option for music applications. Continue reading

$35 Gadget Adds Bluetooth Wireless MIDI To Your Electronic Music Gear

mi.1-wireless-midi

Developer Sebastian Dittmann (Audiobus) lets us know about a new gadget that adds Bluetooth Wireless MIDI support to your electronic music gear, the mi.1.

In other words, attach these onto the back of your new or vintage MIDI gear, and you’ve added Wireless MIDI capabilities.

“The guys from Quicco Sound just posted the first public screenshot thingy of their new Bluetooth Low Energy to MIDI adapter,” notes Dittman. The mi.1 “connects to your synth’s MIDI in and out ports and transmits it via Bluetooth Low Energy. This little gadget could be a really great tool, bringing together mobile devices and synth hardware.”

Dittmann adds that he’s not involved with the project, but thought it’s cool.

The developers,  Quicco Sound, have launched an IndieGoGo project to fund the mi.1 Bluetooth Wireless MDI connector. Here’s the official intro video:
Continue reading

Line 6 Intros Amplifi FX100 iOS-enabled WiFi Effects Pedal

amplifi-fx100At Musikmesse 2014, Line 6 today introduced AMPLIFi FX100, an iOS enabled, ‘cloud-enhanced’ multi-effects pedal. It lets users wirelessly control every detail of the effect.

The AMPLIFi Remote iOS app lets users control the pedal from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch*. With the Remote app, there’s no need to navigate through tiny screens and complex menus. Users can create, share, download and rate tones with a cloud-based community of musicians. Continue reading

Alesis Intros $199 Vortex Wireless Keytar

alesis-vortex-wireless

At the 2014 NAMM Show, Alesis has introduced a $199 wireless Keytar controller, the Alesis Vortex Wireless.

Plugging an included USB receiver dongle into any Mac or PC establishes a live USB/MIDI link with the Vortex Wireless. There is also a standard MIDI output (5-pin) mounted in the Vortex Wireless for connecting to hardware MIDI gear. Continue reading