When I was reviewing the rather excellent Chordion app for the blog, I mentioned that the app could be used in conjunction with a desktop DAW to transmit MIDI data to a synth track on the desktop system. Given just how good Chordion is for entering basic MIDI chord data, this is a very useful trick and something I’ve used regularly since buying the app to send MIDI data to Cubase 7 running on my iMac.
In response to my comment in the Chordion review, I received an couple of emails from readers asking how they could configure this ‘wireless MIDI’ link on their own system – in these cases though, it was with an iPad and a PC rather than an iPad and a Mac.
The request got me thinking that this might be a useful reference for newbie iPad (or any other iOS device) owners, so I thought I’d provide a little tutorial – for both Mac and PC users – here in the blog.
Before I get into the detail of ‘how to’, it is worth noting that this is not just something that (a) is useful for using Chordion or (b) useful just for sending MIDI data from iPad to desktop. First, there are lots of other apps that can be used to generate useful MIDI data worth sending to your desktop (V-Control Pro for example) and, second, it can be just as useful to be able to send MIDI from your desktop to your iPad (for example, from a master MIDI keyboard connected to your desktop, saving you having to re-patch its MIDI cables if you want to play a quick part in an iOS synth such as Thor or Nave).
So, if you think this kind of ‘wireless MIDI’ might be useful and you want to give it a go for yourself, how do you set it up?
The process is actually somewhat different on Mac and PC, so I’ll consider each separately. Depending upon your desktop platform of choice, follow the appropriate link below….
Each part includes both step-by-step instructions and a short video demonstration. Good luck and happy networking :-)