iOS has matured as a music-making platform in recent years, but those of us who wish to hook-up a real MIDI controller such as a keyboard or drum machine to an iPad or iPhone generally need to use a couple of cables and adapters per device. It’s a minor issue, but one that feels distinctly un-Apple. The PUC iOS MIDI interface by Zivix promises to free iOS music-makers from this hassle by enabling a MIDI controller to connect to an iOS device wirelessly.
На первый взгляд, the PUC may be accused of offering a solution where there is no problem; в конце концов, what’s the big deal with simply plugging in your MIDI interface? But I’ve knocked my MacBook Pro and iPad off the table enough times to realize that a wireless MIDI interface could be useful. It’s also nice to reduce the number of wires in the studio where possible.
The PUC I tested arrived with a basic instruction booklet, a couple of AA batteries (though it also has a Micro USB port for backup power), and a standard 5-pin MIDI cable. The PUC is marketed as an iOS device, but PC and OS X drivers are also in the works, and there’s an OS X beta driveravailable for download от Цивикса.
A company rep informed me that the two AA batteries are good for up to 15 hours of continuous use. While I didn’t test this claim, I did use it over separate sessions for a few hours each without it running out of juice. It measures 7.6 cm (3 в) in diameter and 3.2 cm (1.25 в) tall.
To get started using the PUC, you’ll first need to download the free PUC companion iOS app. This runs in the background and interfaces between your iPad and the PUC. You’ll also need to be running at least iOS 6, and using an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with a Lighting Adaptor. К тому же, the MIDI interface needs to be packing a real 5-pin MIDI output, and not just a USB output, as is seen on many modern MIDI controllers.
Switching on the PUC using the power button on top presents some pleasant flashy green and red lights, and launching the companion iOS app then walks you through the steps of creating a new Wi-Fi network, over which the PUC and iOS device communicate. This obviously means that you won’t be connected to your wireless home network on the iOS device, so there’ll be no web browsing, social media updates or checking emails as you jam.
Первоначальная установка завершена, Я подключил PUC к моему недорогой M-Audio MIDI клавиатура с помощью прилагаемого кабеля MIDI и загорелся GarageBand на IPad. Клавиатура сразу подключается к IOS Garageband и работал отлично.
Это действительно очень проста в использовании и не было никакого отставания или проблемы любого рода во время моего тестирования. Особенно, виртуальный фортепиано Garageband работал большой, и это было приятно иметь несколько меньше проводов, чтобы беспокоиться о том, играя. Хотя я только проверил его с Garageband, the PUC is compatible with all Core MIDI-compatible iOS music-making apps.
In all, there’s not too much to get excited about when discussing the PUC – but that’s no mark against it. The PUC is a simple tool that does its job very well and with minimum fuss. So if you’re looking to simplify your MIDI/iPad setup, then it’s recommended.
The PUC is available now from US$129.99. The promo video below shows the interface in use.
Product page: PUC