UPDATE – From Patrick, one of the developers of Music IO – “Just to clarify — audio from iOS to Mac is coming in the next couple of days. We’ll have audio going the other way in the next release after that (probably about 6 weeks from now), along with multiple channels of audio from iOS to Mac (probably four channels to be precise). Good times, good fun!”
Music IO ($2.99) is soon to get a stellar, and amazing, update that will send AUDIO back and forth over the USB iOS cable! Yup… you heard me right – audio! Plus if you buy the version that is currently on the app store that transmits MIDI data then you will also receive the update for free!
Music IO is one of those apps that snuck up and took most of us by surprise! Pleasantly though!
I’ve written about it earlier on my blog so if you want to know more you can search for that post but in a nutshell here it is again… With the Music IO on your iOS device and the counter installed on your Mac Computer you can send MIDI back and forth over the iOS charging cable! This is amazing news as before we had to deal with finicky wi-fi or with bluetooth connections – both of which might work and might not! (I think it had something to do with whether or not there was a full moon out – maybe not though)
Now you can run a DAW, like Logic, on your desktop and with Music IO and that one cable, you will be able to run an iPad app (like a synth or drum machine or guitar amp simulator or iMPC Pro or whatever) and that audio will be transferred with extremely low latency into your DAW! This has been possible with an interface like the iConnectMIDI 2+ ($89) or iConnectMIDI 4+ ($199) BUT here we are talking about an app that does very much the same sort of functionality for $2.99!
Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t think that Music IO is a total replacement for an interface like the iConnect MIDI but I will say that for many people it just might be! I have an iConnect MIDI 2+ and it is a bit of a pain to hook up extra wires but I do it because of the capabilities I gain! It’s very awesome to hear your iPad audio coming straight into your desktop DAW knowing that it is a pure digital signal PLUS I get to have my old MIDI keyboards hooked up as well!
Considering that PreSonus has their StudioOne Free app available for a free download on their website, this newest update for Music IO a no brainer for EVERYBODY! This should open up doors of creativity for ANYONE who sits down with an iPad, a regular computer and an app or two.