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MIDI Designer without Wi-Fi—Wired Connection—Does it work with iConnect? - MIDI Designer Q&A

MIDI Designer without Wi-Fi—Wired Connection—Does it work with iConnect?

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asked Oct 6, 2012 in How does MIDI Designer work with X? by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
edited Sep 12, 2016 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)

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answered Aug 20, 2021 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
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Hardware Devices and MIDI Designer

MIDI Designer works with all CoreMIDI-enabled devices. We love the iConnect, iRig and Line6 MIDI Mobilizer II, and all others seem to work fine. Even the Alesis I/O dock works great but will not transmit sysex messages. There are some new entries that should work fine, too, like this product by Griffin.

However, this question is about getting to your computer without Wi-Fi. That's a more interesting question...


The iConnect works amazingly well with MIDI Designer 1.3.8. If you've got the funds, it's the best way to connect without Wifi.

iConnect Lite

Your other option is what I call the "iConnect Lite": use an iRig or an Line6 MIDI Mobilizer II. Then you will need some way to get MIDI back into the computer, so you'll use a USB MIDI device on that end. Something like this will work. 

iPad Camera Connection Kit with Two-Sides USB Cable: NO!

You may not use an iPad Camera Connection Kit and a two-sided USB cable to connect to your computer. However, you can connect to class-compliant MIDI devices directly via the iPad Camera Connection Kit, now called the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter 

Note on Wired Connections

Wired connections are great, but ad-hoc wireless connections are quite amazing too... unless you have some massive amount of RF interference or you're James Zabiela and worried that someone will hack in and ruin the show. If you want to play drumpads on MIDI Designer, a wired connection is probably a good idea, too: the latency is definitely lower and, more importantly, more consistent.


We now support Bluetooth in MIDI Designer Pro 2.

answered Oct 6, 2012 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
edited Jan 26, 2020 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
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Use musicIO, made by the people that make MIDI Designer in cahoots with Secret Base Design Apps and Audeonic Apps. Allows for MIDI over lightning-USB and 30-pin-USB and Mac. It's extremely fast, reliable, and convenient. 

And it has a glowing green circle, which is the hallmark of good UX.

Glowing Green Circle of musicIO

answered Mar 5, 2015 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
edited Jul 20, 2016 by MIDI Designer Team (Dan)
After using MIDI Designer via Wifi ad hoc network, I just tried this and it was very easy. As I had set up everything already for the Wifi, it was just like replacing the Wifi with a cable. That´s what I always thought a iPad-USB cable should work.
Thanks for the feedback. The nice thing is that you can also use Wi-Fi as necessary, too. More options = more!
I have just bought MusicIo. Please urgently help. I doubt it is stable I will test it. But the strangest thing is in Ableton even when I choose both MusicIo and musicIO iPhone for output and input in Ableton it does not move any fader when I click on my computer screen. It only works one way. What shall I do?
In MusicIo Midi is sent from IPHONe to MusicIO (Virtual) and to musicIO - Iphone Virtual
When I move a fader on my Macbook screen ANY fader doest not move in Ableton