Music IO: MIDI over USB arrives …

Music IO: MIDI over USB

Download the Mac server from the web site. We hope to have this available through the Mac App Store shortly.

Send and receive MIDI between your Mac and your iOS device via USB. It’s simple, reliable, and near-zero latency.

Music IO is a joint effort by three of the most respected iOS music app development teams. Confusion Studios makes MIDI Designer Pro, the most-respected MIDI controller platform for iOS. MIDI Designer is adored by users, loved by Music Industry press, and trusted on stages and in studios around the World. Audeonic Apps makes the pioneering MidiBridge app, an essential tool for routing and filtering MIDI messages on iOS; they also provide the MidiBus software library, which powers dozens of successful music apps (including Music IO). The Secret Base Design team has built a range of apps providing high-speed MIDI and audio connections over Bluetooth LE and WiFi, and also develops innovative signal processing apps.

The three teams have joined forces to build the only professional USB-MIDI solution that doesn’t require additional hardware. It’s been in development for months, and Music IO will include audio-over-USB soon (iOS 7+). Music IO lets your iOS device become an integral part of a modern professional music production system.


  • Send & Receive MIDI between any CoreMIDI apps over USB (Lightning or 30 pin) with no perceptible latency nor jitter
  • Large sysex messages (eg. bulk dumps) handled seamlessly
  • Choose “send to” ports (OSX and iOS)
  • Choose “receive from” (OSX): route MIDI from anywhere to your iOS device
  • BridgeClock, a ground-breaking inter-device MIDI-clock-synchronization technology, provides jitter-free sync between platforms
  • Runs on iOS 6 or better (10.7+ on OSX)

Download the free, companion app from the Mac App Store ( and get connected in no time.

Show your support by downloading Music IO for iOS now at this low introductory price. Early adopters will benefit from these future features at no additional cost:

  • Audio over USB: low-latency audio between iOS device and your Mac (iOS 7 or better)
  • Comprehensive MIDI device interchange between devices, allow routing to and from specific iOS apps
  • Support for multiple iOS devices per Mac with the ability to route between them
  • Clocking from Mac

Please let us know what you think and how you’re using Music IO! feedback [at]

Music IO costs $2.99 on the app store

Things you can do to help the world of mobile music making: 6

If there’s something you don’t like about an app then give constructive critiscm and don’t just leave a bad review. Remember that developers can’t respond to reviews on the app store so it’s much better if you can contact them directly and explain what’s wrong.

QOTD: What are the biggest limitations you find with iOS music making?

Let’s face it, whilst the limitations are reducing all the time there are still limitations to what you can do with a mobile device. What do you think are the biggest limitations, and what do you do to overcome them? Perhaps more importantly, do you think that the limitations you find or experience actually help you in the process of making music, and in what ways?
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