Now that Link is nearly here, what will happen to WIST?

It’s something that struck me the other day that Korg are going all out to add Link to their iOS apps, but that made me realise that it was Korg that pioneered WIST, which was the original sync standard over bluetooth. I’m pleased that Korg are going down the Link route. It already feels like Link is going to be a defacto standard for sync with mobile apps, and it also feels like a very smart move for Ableton. However, what happens to WIST?

WIST always had its problems, it would only sync at the start and didn’t maintain any time sync after that, which was a real pain. It also only worked over 2 devices, which always seemed strange as bluetooth will connect 9 devices. Anyway, there’s already lots of apps who’ve removed WIST, and I’d like to think that most if not all will add Link.

So WIST will fade into the long term history of mobile music making and only a few of us will remember it and remember how tricky things were back then!

Goodbye WIST and thanks for all your help!

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