MidiFire launched – new iOS MIDI utility app from Audeonic Apps

Download from iTunes App StoreAudeonic Apps – and their main man Nic Grant – are likely to be well known to most long-standing iOS music makers through apps such as MidiBridge and MidiBus, both of which I’ve reviewed here on the blog in the past.

MidiBridge has been with us a long time and, like Audiobus, perhaps was first conceived to overcome some genuine limitations of iOS itself and the way it handled MIDI data. It provided a utility app that allowed you to make – and manipulate/monitor – virtual MIDI connections between your iOS music apps and external MIDI hardware. And, at the time of release, it was pretty much as essential utility given that MIDI support in the OS and within individual app was….  well….  often a bit flakey.

MIDIFire – Audeonic App’s new MIDI utility app is available for both iOS and OSX.

MidiBus provided us with a stable MIDI Clock source…  again, tempo sync via MIDI was (heck, still can be) unpredictable and MidiBus provided a well-designed solution. Nic has also made contributions elsewhere. He provides the MidiBus library for other developers to use in their own apps and is one of the team of developers that contributed to MusicIO, the app that allows you to pair your iOS and desktop music systems for easy integration of the two.

All your live MIDI inputs and outputs become visible within MidiFire.

Anyway, Audeonic have today launched a new app; MidiFire. And, as well as being available for iOS, the app is also available for OSX on the desktop via the Mac App Store. In part, the app is a replacement for MidiBridge which, as a 32-bit application, will no longer run for anyone moving to iOS11. However, the new app, while building on what MidiBridge provides, also adds brand new elements and this includes the extended/expanded Steam Byter II feature that allows you to build your own MIDI processing modules within the app.

The app included a useful manual to get you started….

A number of such modules are included already (including some interesting ones aimed at MIDI guitar). In addition, a community system for ‘scenes’ (MidiFire preset configuration you have created) is going to allow users to learn from each other. Scenes can easily be ported between system and the iOS and OSX versions are fully compatible.

The app ships with a number of ‘starter’ modules…. and Stream Byter allows you to construct your own based upon some simple rules.

The app also supports MIDI over Bluetooth….  so, if you want to send MIDI between multiple iOS devices, or iOS and OSX, in real-time, then you can….  and the vast bulk of the MIDI data routing, monitoring or manipulation can be controlled from within a single app; MidiFire.

Each Module offers configuration options to control just how it operates.

Anyway, a full review (hopefully of both iOS and OSX versions) will follow as soon as I’ve had more time to explore. Like MidiBridge or MidiBus, MidiFire will not be an app for every iOS musician. However, if you are a MIDI geek under iOS and like to build your own MIDI routings for particular app configurations (and then instantly recall them), then MidiFire will undoubtedly be of interest. And, as it is on special launch pricing – just UK£4.99/US$4.99 – for just a few days. This is over 50% off what will be the eventual price. The OSX version is also on ‘special’; just UK£14.99/US$14.99 on launch. Check out Tim Webb’s excellent demo video of the app in action and that shows some of the interesting ways MidiFire can help with your iOS music workflow….  then hit the App Store download button to find out more.

MidiFire for iOS

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MidiFire for OSX

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    1. Meh, no PC version.

    2. Thanks for the tip Darius. ;)

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