Arduino MIDI Bluetooth Source Code Released

bluetooth-low-energy-wireless-midiDeveloper Matthias Frick (MIDI LE) let us know that he has released the source code for his Arduino MIDI over Bluetooth project, Blidino, at GitHub.

Blidino is an Arduino project, designed to allow you to add wireless connectivity to standard MIDI devices, using the recently added MIDI over Bluetooth protocol on iOS and OS X.

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mi.1 + mi.1 connect Let You Get Your Wireless MIDI On

mi.1-connectQuicco Sound, creators of the mi.1 Wireless MIDI interface, have released mi1 connect – an iOS app that lets you wirelessly connect with your iOS music software.

It’s a free download from the App Store.

The mi.1 wireless MIDI interface, below, was introduced earlier in the year. It a pair of MIDI plugs that have a built-in Bluetooth transmitter, so you can plug them into any MIDI keyboard and turn it into a wireless MIDI controller:

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Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!

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Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker.

It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you up at 7am or ask what the weather is going to be like, and Echo will handle it.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine an App Store for a device like this, where you could download new types of music applications for it. Brian Eno has already done this on iOS, turning his classic Music For Airports album into a generative music application. An audio ‘smart device’ could be a perfect platform for generative music making.

But, while the Amazon Echo has some super cool aspects, it’s also a little creepy – because it’s always on and listening to you. Even in your bedroom.

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Retronyms Intros Wej – A Hub For iOS Music Making

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Retronyms – developer of iMPC Pro, iMini, iProphet and other iOS apps – has announced their first venture into music hardware,Retronyms.

Wej is a non-skid performance platform that lets you connect your USB MIDI controllers to your iOS music apps, wirelessly, over the new Apple Bluetooth LE MIDI protocol. It’s designed to be a connectivity hub for iOS music making.  Continue reading

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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Tascam Intros 2 Digital Audio Recorders With WiFi

dr-22wl_i_01Tascam has introduced two new digital audio recorders with WiFi support, the DR-22WL Portable Recorder With WiFi and the DR-44WL Portable Recorder with WiFi.

The DR-22WL, right, s the first portable recorder to include WiFi for transport control, file transfer, and audio streaming to your smartphone or PC.

Features:

  • WiFi transport control for remote start
  • File transfer and streaming to smartphones or computers over WiFi
  • Free control and transfer app for iOS and Android
  • Free file transfer software for Mac & Windows
  • New stereo condenser microphones arranged in close XY pattern
  • New mic preamp and A/D converters for better sound quality and longer battery life
  • High volume recording – up to 120dB SPL
  • 8-position Scene Dial for typical recording situations, including full manual setting
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit recording (WAV/BWF) or MP3 recording
  • 1/8” stereo mic input with plug-in power
  • 128×128 graphic LCD with backlight
  • Supports up to 128GB microSDXC card (4GB microSDHC card included)
  • Variable Speed Audition changes speed without changing the pitch for transcription or learning new music

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