Connect through WiFi to your MAC
Connect the iPad to a MAC using WiFi is quite simple and inexpensive.
Before you start though, keep in mind that connecting the iPad to your computer via WiFi will not give you the best latency, especially compared to what wired MIDI offers. You’re also not immune to a WiFi disconnection. Therefore, we would not recommend performing live or doing any kind of ‘front stage’ stuff with just a WiFi connection to your iPad. Use responsibly!
1 : Create an ad-hoc network on your mac
2 : Connect your iPad to the newly created network.
3 : Configure the MIDI settings in OSX
(Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup).
Reveal the MIDI configuration window, hidden by default.
Double click on the Network Icon.
Create a new session in the ‘My Sessions‘ panel.
You’ll see your newly connected iPad appear in the ‘Directory‘.
Select it and click ‘Connect‘.
At this point, your iPad will show up in the Participants list on the right side.
Make sure the Session is Enabled on port 5004.
To check that your connection is well established, go to Beatsurfing, surf on any scene and look at the “Latency” graph in the MIDI Network Setup.
You should see red lines showing your current latency, which proves that your ipad is now talking to your computer.
4 : Select your iPad in the DAW settings.
Basically, on any DAW that accepts MIDI control (most of them nowadays), the only thing you should do once the the controller is connected is look for it the MIDI settings of your DAW and activate it.
- For Ableton Live
Open the preferences of ableton (cmd + ,) and go to the MIDI/Sync section.
In your Inputs (middle part of the panel), look for your OSX MIDI Studio session name (here dpy-PC).
Activate ‘Track’ & ‘Remote’.
You should now see the MIDI activity monitor on the upper-right corner of Live blink when you collide with an object on Beatsurfing.
If you’ve tested other ways to connect to a MAC or to a specific DAW,please let us know! We’ll add them to the list.
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