This month we look at wireless options for passing MIDI between your iOS device and your Mac.
Last month in Apple Notes, we looked at some of the cable and interface options that can get audio and MIDI data in and out of an iPad. Much of it works for the iPhone, too (except for the stuff with Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, which isn’t supported). Now, however, while there’s no doubt that a wired connection between your Mac and your beloved iOS gizmo is your best bet for a bomb-proof link, there is another way — for MIDI at least — using Wi-Fi. For best reliability, it involves temporarily disconnecting from any wireless router you might normally use. This is a bit of a drag, as you’ll lose your Internet while working, but for many users it will be well worth that slight inconvenience. I’ll describe it here as if for an iPad.
What, Where & Wi-Fi
To try this out, you need your Mac’s Wi-Fi turned on. If it isn’t already, go to the Network pane in System Preferences, enable it, and tick the ‘Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar’ option while you’re there.