MIDI Mobilizer Inspires MIDI Apps on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

By Chris Grigg, Mobile Products Manager

As you may have heard, Line 6 makes the first – and so far, only – real hardware MIDI interface for Apple® mobile devices: the MIDI Mobilizer™.

Ever since we first announced the MIDI Mobilizer, MIDI-using musicians everywhere have been really excited about the possibilities of using their Apple mobile device together with their MIDI gear.  Imaginations ran wild about using MIDI to drive pro-quality software synths on the affordable iPod touch, or real sequencers and control surfaces on the iPad’s large touch screen, or just the convenience of using your iPhone as the world’s most portable MIDI bulk dump device.

Well, the reality is arriving now.  Following the announcement earlier this summer of the free MIDI Mobilizer Third Party Developer Program, we now have over 50 app developers around the world working on adding MIDI Mobilizer support! Great new MIDI apps are starting to go live on the App Store all the time.  So we thought you might enjoy a quick snapshot of what’s available today, and a sneak peek at what’s coming soon.

Available now on the App Store:

MIDI Memo Recorder – Free – Line 6
Record and play back any MIDI information in real time (music ideas, sysex dumps, etc). Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Watch the video

MIDI Surface – $5.99 – Line 6
Real-time MIDI keyboard, slider, drum pads, or XY controller surface. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

MIDI Live – $39.99 – Garren Langford
MIDI file playback sequencer for live performance. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Pianist Pro – $9.99 – MooCowMusic
88-key virtual piano. Designed for iPad. Watch the video.

bs-16i – $3.99 – bismark
16-voice SoundFont sampler/synth with SMF player. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Watch the video.

NLog MIDI Synth – $8.99 – Tempo Rubato
Professional virtual analog synth. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Watch video #1. Watch video #2.

NLogSynth PRO – $14.99 – Tempo Rubato
Pro version with more powerful synth features. Designed for iPad.

Little MIDI Machine – Free – Synthetic Bits, LLC
Analog-style MIDI step sequencer. Designed for iPad.

S1MIDI Trigger – $2.99 – Miura Acoustic
Totally configurable MIDI control surface. Designed for iPad.

NanoStudio – $14.99 – Blip Interactive Ltd.
Techno-styled, full-featured music workstation. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Coming Soon:

Music Studio – Alexander Gross
All-in-One music creation and performance environment. Designed for iPad.

We think you’ll agree that developers are doing an amazing job of harnessing the power of the Apple devices and turning them into serious music-making MIDI machines – all made possible by the MIDI Mobilizer.

Today, the MIDI Mobilizer is the only gate between the world of iOS apps and the world of real hardware MIDI devices.  It’s a great time to think about adding a MIDI Mobilizer to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch – just prepare to be completely amazed at how much you can do with such tiny, affordable gear… and how great it can sound!

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