Connect through WiFi to your PC
Connect the iPad to a PC 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 PC.
Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
Select “Setup a connection or a network”.
Select “Setup a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network”. Click “Next”.
Choose a Network Name, a Security Type & Key, and click “Next”. You’re done.
If you need more info on how to set up an ad-hoc network (but really it should be straightforward, don’t worry), check the walkthroughs here.
2 : Connect your iPad to the newly created network.
3 : Download rtpMIDI.
Install rtpMIDI. If you’re asked to install Apple’s “Bonjour”, accept.
4 : rtpMIDI settings.
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.
5 : Select your iPad in the DAW settings.
- For Ableton Live
Open the preferences of ableton (ctrl + ,) and go to the MIDI/Sync section.
In your Inputs (middle part of the panel), look for your rtpMIDI 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.
- For FL Studio
Go to Settings > System > MIDI.
In the Input Panel, choose the “generic controller” that spells your “Session name” in rtpMIDI (here it’s dpy-PC).
Switch ‘Enable’ ON.
You should now see the MIDI icon on the upper-left corner of FL Studio blink when you collide with an object in Beatsurfing.
If you’ve tested other ways to connect to a PC or to a specific DAW,please let us know! We’ll add them to the list.
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