iConnectMIDI Connects iPhone, iPad, iPod touch To Your MIDI Hardware

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This set of videos offers an introduction to iConnectivity’s iConnectMIDI, a new device that lets you connect your iOS Application – running on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad – to MIDI devices or computers running other MIDI applications.
iConnectMIDI does everything that a standard MIDI interface does plus it enables direct iOS Application connectivity, no more special translation programs or network configurations to work with. It also connects standard MIDI DIN to USB MIDI 1.0 in the absence of a computing device, bridging old to new MIDI technologies.
Note: The iConnectMIDI shown in this clip is an early prototype and may not exactly represent as released.
iConnectMIDI is officially “coming soon”. Pricing is TBA. More info below & see the iConnectMIDI site for details.
iConnectMIDI – iOS Application MIDI to Mac
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iConnectMIDI – USB MIDI Bridging and Patching
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iConnectMIDI – Standard MIDI Interface
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iConnectMIDI – MIDI into your iOS Applications
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iConnectMIDI Details
iConnectMIDI incorporates an advanced MIDI data management engine, enabling the single device to perform several advanced functions and features currently only available in computer software applications or multiple peripheral boxes. The MIDI Data Management system is capable of handling tens of thousands of MIDI events per second and is fully configurable by the user or applications to provide several advanced MIDI data handling features.
MIDI Route
A configurable routing engine enabling routing of MIDI data from any port to one or many output ports. Capable of standalone operation, with routing configuration stored in non volatile memory – no computer necessary.
MIDI Merge
Multiple MIDI sources can be routed to a single output port.
MIDI Bridge
Connect devices with traditional MIDI DIN ports to devices with USB MIDI ports. Sometimes referred to as a patch. Can also bridge between multiple USB MIDI ports.
MIDI data from one port passed through to any other port or multiple ports including USB MIDI ports.
MIDI Filter
A configurable MIDI event filter (MIDI Mute) that allows muting of MIDI data on either input or output ports. Mute unwanted system exclusive, real time, controllers, pitch-bend, active sensing and more.

GuitarJack iOS Guitar Adapter Now Available, Limited To Older iPhone, iPod touch

Sonoma Wire Works has released the GuitarJack audio adapter for iOS devices. Unfortunately, the $199 unit is limited to previous-generations of the iPhone and iPod touch.
GuitarJack connects a wide range of instruments, microphones, and other audio hardware to the iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs.
Addressing the most frequent request from musicians who use FourTrack, GuitarJack makes both level control and input monitoring possible when using a GuitarJack enhanced app. FourTrack has been updated to include a GuitarJack control panel, where users can select an input and set the recording level. FourTrack 4.0 includes the new TaylorEQ Song Tool, which allows Taylor Guitar players to hear and adjust the tone of their guitars playing through the GuitarJack using EQ settings custom designed by Taylor Guitars. A free TaylorEQ app with similar features, including a GuitarJack control panel, is coming soon.
GuitarJack works with most third party audio apps like tuners, amp models and other recording apps.
Note: GuitarJack Model 1 is not compatible with iPhone 4, iPad™ or iPod touch 4th generation. The fact that it’s a higher-end device and that it’s got built-in obsolescence is going to make it a hard sell for a lot of people.
Details below.

  • 1/4 inch instrument input with configurable pad, Lo-Z and Hi-Z modes
  • 1/8 inch stereo mic/line input with pad, normal and boost modes
  • Each input has 60dB of continuous level control
  • 1/8 inch stereo output with increased drive for headphones
  • Sleek and rugged metal shell
  • Dock connector compatible only with iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation), iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

GuitarJack Controls in FourTrack Allow Recording in these Modes:

  • Instrument (1/4 inch) mono
  • Mic/Line (1/8 inch) mono, dual-mono or stereo
  • Both inputs, with the instrument input and the mic/line input (right channel) recording to separate tracks

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G are compatible only in airplane mode, so they will display the following message: “This accessory is not optimized for this iPhone. You may experience noise caused by cellular interferance and a descrease in cellular signal strength.” Sonoma Wire Works recommends that you turn on airplane mode whenever recording on an iPhone.

MIDI Support Coming To iPhone, iPad, iPod touch In November

The next version of iOS – the operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – will have an unexpected surprise for musicians: real MIDI support.
Apple’s iOS 4.2 update, due in November, includes some interesting new features that didn’t make Steve Job’s official announcement.
According to a report in AppleInsider, beta testers have found that iOS 4.2 adds support for the CoreMIDI framework to the operating system’s application program interfaces.
CoreMIDI could be huge for iOS music apps, because it provides standardized MIDI support. It is a built-in system that supports MIDI devices and how they communicate with other applications.
MIDI support means that the iPad could be a touchscreen control surface for any MIDI device; developers will be able to create multi-touch sequencers that control MIDI hardware; and you should be able to plug your MIDI keyboard into an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and play your iOS software synths.
CoreMIDI on iOS 4.2
CoreMIDI support should help make MIDI more plug-and-play on iOS devices.
Here’s what Apple has to say about CoreMIDI:
In Mac OS X, Apple provides a new set of system services, so that applications and MIDI hardware can communicate in a single unified way, using a single API.
MIDI services, which are low level, provide high-performance access to MIDI hardware devices. There is a driver model in the MIDI world that “talks” directly to IOKit, so your application has a direct path from the MIDI services API to the hardware.
Using this driver model, third-party manufacturers can create driver plugins that talk to IOKit. Those can then be loaded and managed by a server, which applications talk to through the Core MIDI framework.
The CoreMIDI framework provides the client-side API that applications use to interface to MIDI devices.
The primary goal of MIDI services in Mac OS X is to have interoperability between applications and hardware, so that everyone is working to the same standard. Other goals include providing MIDI I/O with highly accurate timing, as required by professional applications. This means from a musical point of view being able to get a MIDI event into and out of the computer within one millisecond, i.e., to keep latency under one millisecond, and also to keep jitter –– i.e., the variations in I/O –– under 200 microseconds.
Another goal is to provide a single system-wide configuration, i.e., knowing what devices are present, and being able to assign names to those devices, manufacturer names, and what MIDI channels they’re receiving on and so on.
The MIDI services are designed as an extensible system. Toward that end, a device can have any number of properties attached to it. And a device manufacturer can publish their particular properties of their device.
Developers should be able to code apps with MIDI support, rather than having to support individual interfaces. CoreMIDI could also open up using the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit for connecting existing USB MIDI devices.
Developers are already starting to support MIDI hardware on iOS, with devices like the Line 6 MIDI Mobilizer interface, This trend is likely to explode, though, with CoreMIDI support.
It’s not clear yet how “baked” MIDI support will be in iOS 4.2. If you’re an iOS developer or if you’re testing the iOS 4.2 beta, let us know if you’ve done any MIDI testing yet.
iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Getting MIDI Support
With this news, iOS 4.2 just got a lot more interesting for musicians.
What do you think of the promise of standardized MIDI support on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch? And, if you’ve got one of these devices, what MIDI gear are you interested in connecting?

MorphWiz Trio iPad Synth Jam

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Sunday Synth Jam: The creators of MorphWiz, Kevin Chartier and Jordan Rudess, along with chief technical guru Richard Lainhart, jam at Richard’s studio, in a rare in person meeting.
MorphWiz (App Store link) is a multitouch synthesizer application for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

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