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written by: EdisonRex

Seems to open up a lot of lightweight, literally, options. Good to know.

written by: EdisonRex

Thu, 17 May 2012 00:49:51 +0100 BST

I picked up a camera connection kit for my iPad (who actually uses those for cameras anyway?) and hooked up my old Edirol UM-1X to it (works fine apparently). Then I fed it midi from the Alpha.

Turns out a lot of my music apps just plain work. I got Animoog and it works really well, no latency I can feel at all. And Camel Audio has Alchemy player for free on iPad now too.

So that's a nice lightweight addition to my lightweight traveling rig.

Has anybody else tried this?

-Paul


written by: carvingCode

Thu, 17 May 2012 02:41:22 +0100 BST

I have tried this, although I did presume that MIDI out from Eigenharpnshould work.. Happy for conformation.


written by: Larryheil

Thu, 17 May 2012 12:18:37 +0100 BST

Good. I just got my iPad3 a week ago and I want to use my Alpha to control apps . How do you get usb midi from the Alpha to the "camera connector" on the iPad ? right now I am using a Mac Book Pro with a Saffire Pro 24 audio i/o connected to the Mac Book by firewire. This i/o also has a midi din 5 output which I used to send midi to my Yamaha TX81z. however I do not think that the midi din can go into the camera connector. Maybe if I drove over the din and made it flat it would fit ? (i do have an iConnect midi unit ordered , but i would like to know my other options)
Larry (trying to be the oldest and dumbest Eigenharp owner, pls vote for me :-) )


written by: EdisonRex

Thu, 17 May 2012 19:21:41 +0100 BST

The Camera Connection Kit has two dongles, one is an SD reader, and the other a USB interface. I plug a USB midi interface (in my case Edirol UM-1SX) into the USB port (there is a little switch for "Advanced Driver Mode", that needs to be off). Then midi cables to my MOTU Ultralite.

So what's missing from your equation is a $30 USB to MIDI adaptor, maybe cheaper now.

I'm going to play more with this tonight. I'd also love to hear about how well the iConnect works if someone's got it. The drawback to this setup is the power is on battery and does drain over time on the iPad.

-Paul


written by: Larryheil

Thu, 17 May 2012 20:33:26 +0100 BST

Thanks. I have a Axiom Pro 49 midi keyboard/controller that I plan to connect to my iPad the same as you did with your Edirol. (my Axiom has a AC power supply so there should be no drain on my iPad usb power)
So the midi out from the Motu goes to a midi in on the Edirol and then into the iPad. Do I have that correct ?
Just got the iConnect an hour ago, I will post here when I get it working, may be a few days. (iConnect has its own power supply)
(it takes me a bit of time to finger out all these new devices and connection setups)
Larry


written by: EdisonRex

Fri, 18 May 2012 19:31:26 +0100 BST

@larry

Yes, midi out from MOTU to midi in on Edirol. There was no discernable latency in my testing with Animoog, Camel Audio Alchemy or iMS-20 to name couple of apps, there are others that also worked well. Given how much I'm beating up my macbook with Alpha 3 derived setups, offloading some cpu cycles onto other devices seems prudent now for me, and keeping with the "light and simple" philosophy for the amount of kit I want to travel with.

-Paul


written by: carvingCode

Fri, 18 May 2012 22:08:48 +0100 BST

I picked up an iRig MIDI today. Was able to play iPad-based Alchemy with my Pico without any extra setup (other than making sure the interface's port - in my case, M-AUDIO Fastrack Pro - was selected in EigenD. Also, played/recorded iPad MIDI and audio into Reaper.

I routed the iPad's audio into the FT Pro. The iRig may have a bit of a buzz in its audio out - don't recall the FT Pro having that.


written by: EdisonRex

Mon, 21 May 2012 00:16:48 +0100 BST

Seems to open up a lot of lightweight, literally, options. Good to know.



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