MidiBridge update – Audeonic bring iOS8 support to their MIDI utility app

Download from iTunes App Storemidi bridge logoI first reviewed Audeonic’s MidiBridge app back in February 2013. Way back then (well, it is a long time ago in iOS music technology terms), we had only just got Audiobus and were discovering the wonders of sending audio from one iOS music app to another in real time. And while we did have Core MIDI in iOS at that stage, I think it is fair to say that MIDI communication was a bit of a mess.

While some of this was down to the limitations of the OS at that stage, the somewhat unpredictable nature of MIDI communication between apps was also down to a lot of developers all still trying to find their feet with coding for iOS and for any sort of MIDI implementation consensus to develop. As such, there were all sorts of situations you might find yourself in where your MIDI data would simply refuse to go where you wanted it to….

MidiBridge was, in part, a solution to that kind of situation in that it provided a sort of MIDI patchbay. You you gets apps to send MIDI data to MidiBridge and then, within the app, you could link those MIDI inputs to MidiBridge’s MIDI outputs which were, in turn, linked to other iOS music apps. In short, you could use MidiBridge to link MIDI inputs and outputs under iOS that, for some other reason, couldn’t be achieved directly.

MidiBridge - now working quite happily under iOS8 :-)

MidiBridge – now working quite happily under iOS8 :-)

The app does, of course, do a whole bunch of other MIDI tasks. You can use it to filter MIDI data in various ways or split MIDI data based on note or velocity values. There is also a Note Mapper tool so you can remap MIDI notes between devices if required. In essence, MidiBridge is a bit of a Swiss Army knife for iOS MIDI communications.

Fast forward to the present day and MIDI under iOS has certainly improved. However, that is not the same as saying it is now flawless and I still find I have occasions when MidiBridge is the only way I can try to work out what’s going on when a couple of my iOS music apps refuse to talk to one another.

As such, and given that I took the plunge a week or so ago and moved my iPad Air over to iOS8, I was pleased to see v.1.59 of MidiBridge appear on the iTunes App Store today. I haven’t had time to try anything too complex with the latest release but is seems to be working well on my test system and it is very reassuring to know that one of my essential ‘toolkit’ apps is now ready and waiting for when my virtual MIDI connections just will not untie their virtual knots.

If you use a lot of iOS MIDI in your music production process, then MidiBridge – at UK£5.99 – is well worth having tucked away for emergencies. It is, however, also a useful creative/corrective tool for manipulating MIDI data – and, with iOS8 support included, it is now bang up-to-date.

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    1. glad to see Nic finished his IOS8 updates. At it’s core midiBus is a great free to use library, and midibridge allows you to remap coreMidi endpoints.

    2. John Richmond says:

      Hello
      I need your help… I purchased Irig Midi… I’m using GarageBand version red for my ipad2. I have a Korg Tritton Rack sound module that I’m including in the interface…. I was told that I need the midibridge ap. so I purchased it downloaded and done the best I can with that your ap. in order to get it all devices handshaking…. I can’t get any sound. I can’t seem to configured correctly.
      The Triton works fine via midi sport cable usb out of PC to midi in and out on the Triton.
      I’ve been burning the midnight oil on this one…
      Please help..
      Thank you
      John Richmond
      831-402-5558

      Support Area: IK Multimedia USA
      Product: iRig MIDI
      Hardware: iPad 2
      Mobile OS: iOS 8.1.1

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