[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.
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!