how to connect i2M to both: PC: desktop editor AND iPad

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how to connect i2M to both: PC: desktop editor AND iPad

Postby gsax » Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:09 pm

would like to control the changes done in the desktop-editor within an external synth.
no idea how to connect both:

1 USB output - goes to computer to edit the config.
1 USB should connect to an iPad to check the changes done in the editor.

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Re: how to connect i2M to both: PC: desktop editor AND iPad

Postby james » Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:42 am

I think the only way to do this so both run together is to use a 5-pin MIDI connection between the computer and iPad. To do this you'd need two USB-MIDI interfaces (many are now available as simple "cables" that do the MIDI-to-USB conversion).

Then you would configure it as follows:

(1) i2M connected to desktop.
(2) USB-MIDI cable connected to desktop, with software configured to "echo" the MIDI from the input (the i2M) to the output (this USB-MIDI cable)
(3) USB-MIDI cable connected to the iPad (check to make sure the iPad supports the one you use).
(4) Connect 5-pin MIDI cable from the computers USB-MIDI cable "out" to the iPad's USB-MIDI cable "in".

5-pin MIDI can be a good way to link multiple devices/instruments together (why it was designed!) and can run for rather long distances too, much longer than a USB cable.
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