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Inter-Device Audio & MIDI Solves Everything!

YouTuber Logic Pro X Life did a detailed demonstration of the iDAM (Inter-Device Audio & MIDI) available in macOS with iOS 11. This new standard makes it easy for macOS DAWs to communicate with iOS apps.

Video Description:

Thanks to @Issiewizzie for pointing this out! The easiest and most reliable way to use your iPhone or iPad with Logic Pro X (or any other Mac DAW) is to use the newest version of IDAM. In this video we take a look at how it works and how to use it.

Reader Comments 6

I'm a PC user.

Does iDAM for Mac make hardware like the iConnect MIDI devices and apps like MIDI+Audio over USB out of nusiness ?
November 16, 2017  | person_outline Mick
Doh! Didn’t know this was possible. Does sound like it can replace MIDImux in my Mac-based setup (after Studiomux has been more or less sherlocked by the previous version of IDAM).
Yet another item making my iPad 4 even more obsolete (along with Bram Bos’s Odessa, some of the more recent Korg Gadget devices, recent versions of KRFT, ROLI’s Noise (after the shift from Seaboard 5D), etc.).
November 16, 2017  | person_outline Alex Enkerli
I'm a PC user too so this means nothing to me, Mick! It doesn't invalidate any technology as far as PC users are concerned. In fact it might drive demand.
The reason I never used inter-device audio is the fact it is locked to 44.1KHz. I usually run Live at 96KHz but it will force it down to 44.1 with IDAM. With musicIO I can set it to 96KHz.

So still not feeling the push to buy a new iPad just yet although the list of apps I can no longer update is growing rather quickly.
November 16, 2017  | person Bob
Why couldn't they have included MIDI support when they did this in ios9?? I don't want to go to iOS 11 until I'm sure it won't make my iOS devices laggy. Clearly Mac OS supported it at El Capitan, so it's not like this needed a new macOS version.

This is why Apple obsessing over mostly useless consumer-facing "features" is bad for those of us actually using these devices as more than chat tools. The changes we need are slow in coming and tend to come with the need to replace devices when the OS becomes slow and bloated on our existing hardware because of all the crap added in that no one needs (animated emoji???). Solution: buy a new effing device!!
November 17, 2017  | person dysamoria
Finally tried it. Sweet!

Agreed that it really does simplify my setup quite a bit. MIDImux was always a bit fiddly. In this case, though, was able to use ThumbJam on an iPhone (with 3D Touch) to drive Gadget on a Mac. You merely have to select the IDAM device as a MIDI out.
Sure, in this case, the same could be done on the iPhone itself with the iM1 purchase (or whichever other Gadget). But it’s just fun that it works and Gadget for Mac is actually easier to visualize stuff while playing on a second screen.
https://soundcloud.com/enkerli/thumbjam-flute-idam

Used a similar setup with other apps, including Audiobus with AU plugins or with MIDI effects. IDAM MIDI Host shows up as MIDI in and MIDI out and it works as well as Core MIDI does in the best of cases.
In the end, it really is like using the iOS device as a plugin host for a DAW.
And, yes, it does pretty much require a DAW. Especially for MIDI out (to the iOS device). There are some standalone synths on the Mac (say, Equator) which accept an iOS device as a MIDI input. But, basically, the only apps on my Mac which provide MIDI output to the iOS device are DAWs (Bitwig 8-Track, Traction Waveform, Ableton Live Lite…). For instance, GarageBand and Gadget for Mac don’t do MIDI out. So they can receive MIDI from an iOS device but not use the iOS device as an external plugin host. However, MainStage (which isn’t a DAW in the traditional sense) does work well in both ways, pretty much as this demo shows (though it can be in a single channel strip). Given the fact that MainStage is 30$ (USD) and has some really neat virtual instruments, it’s a very good deal.(Problem is, it doesn’t play well with other apps and can only record audio. Still, very nice for live use.)
By the by, Bob says IDAM only does 44.1kHz. Didn’t test the result but, at least in MainStage, the 96kHz setting does work with an iOS input.

The most striking thing to me about the whole thing is the very low latency. Didn’t measure it but it hasn’t been noticeable at all (to my ear). This is on a 2012 MacBook Pro so it’s not the fastest USB 2.0 controller ever. Been using MPE devices (Eigenharp Pico and ROLI Lightpad Block) which send quite a bit of data. And the audio input from the iOS device is pristine.
All in all, yes, it’s a gamechanger. Sure, there are other ways to accomplish the same overall flow. But the IDAM way works remarkably well and is much simpler than Studiomux.
November 18, 2017  | favorite_border Enkerli
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