BlueMidi: Bluetooth MIDI for iOS is here! and it has Virtual MIDI!

[This post has been updated with some important notes]

Bluetooth is the future of MIDI on iOS.

Several weeks ago, we saw the first steps toward this, and today it’s one step further. Introducing BlueMidi: a Virtual MIDI compatible Bluetooth MIDI transmitter for iOS. This app receives MIDI from other apps running on the same iOS device and continues to send that MIDI, through Bluetooth, to your Mac via this helper app.

Note: This and the post you are currently reading are not by the same developer. So this does not correspond with this (the video embedded above).

Also note that: The second app being demonstrated in the video has pads that light up slightly after you touch them, making it not a very good latency demonstration…

Another note: This app requires a Mac running Bluetooth LE, meaning Macs released after June 2012.

One more note: the iOS app requires Bluetooth LE and is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S and iPhone 5
  • iPod Touch 5th gen.
  • iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini
  • The app also requires iOS 6.0 or later

Now, there is no need for a WiFi network (it’s been proven insignificant anyway – note that that test was done with a different iOS app) and your dock is now freed up for an audio interface or charging cable! All that’s missing now is Bluetooth MIDI hardware or an adapter!

BlueMidi - Mikkel Gravgaard

5 comments

  1. mhc says:

    I’d say it’s a bummer! Note: This app requires a Mac running Bluetooth LE, meaning Macs released after June 2012.” and only iphone 5 ipod touch 5 blah blah blah…

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  2. moi says:

    pc please !!!

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  3. JT says:

    Yes, very strange that it has to be a very new Mac. I would buy it in a heartbeat if I could run it on my MBP that is a few years old.

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  4. David says:

    We found back in the day that MIDI system latency needs to be < 5msecs for proffessional use. Drummers, for example, can hear a 5 msec delay as a double-hit. And they bitched about that. Layfolks don't start hearing it till 25 – 20 msecs. And that is for end to end latency. Datacomms elements in the way need to be around 2 msecs. So I don't expect to be seeing this on stage any tme soon. Maybe OK in the home studio off-line composition, but not for live play.

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    • Sean says:

      the post has been updated with some important notes… sorry i should have made that stuff clear from the get to.

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