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PUC Indiegogo - WIFI MIDI Gear from the Makers of JamStik

Following the huge success of Zivix's JamStick Indiegogo campaign, they're back with a new product and a new appeal for cash. The PUC offers MIDI In to your iPad via a WIFI connection. PUC itself has a 5-pin MIDI connector, for plugging in your keyboard and wirelessly controlling your apps. You can grab one for $69 if you back them before the 11th. After that the price increments up in batches, ultimately ending at a retail price of $129.

Specifications:

  • Wireless MIDI connection via WiFi
  • 1 MIDI Port: In/OUT

  • Power / reset button

  • Micro USB auxiliary power input
  • Power and Battery
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • 
Micro USB auxiliary power input

After receiving $170,000 of their $100,000 goal on JamStik I can hardly blame them for wanting to milk more of that sweet sweet free money. I have to question the timing of this though, when they haven't actually shipped the JamStik yet. Nor even the grab-bags of swag they promised early-backers would receive in June.

I spoke with Zivix's Christopher Heille about this, and he assures me that JamStik is still on schedule for the December release promised in their campaign. He went on to explain how PUC came about during research and development. As an in-house prototype of the WIFI MIDI in JamStik, some of their guys got so excited about the prospect that they decided to spin it off on its own. The PUC is scheduled for release in December with the JamStik.

I further asked why they decided to go with just a single MIDI jack on PUC, rather than a complete In/Out solution. Christopher responded:

The PUC is actually bi-directional - it can be switched to a wireless MIDI output from iOS in firmware - but that complicates the messaging. Diehard MIDI guys will appreciate that, but early users might scratch their heads. We'll tell the output story next week.

Christopher did have one bit of good news though! Zivix have severed their relationship with Engage, the PR company that went rogue and threatened me with "very unconventional methods" earlier this year.

Reader Comments 8

Ah! Finally, the mystery of "very unconventional methods" is solved. Their synester plan for you was to get themselves fired. Well played, Engage... Well played!

September 09, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

"Synester"? That is not even close to anything resembling proper spelling. I wish I could edit right about now :(

September 09, 2013  | person_outline ZenLizard

For the record, I don't think this is a great idea!

Who the hell wants a 'waiting to fail at just the wrong moment' battery powered wifi dongle on the back of a keyboard, presumably some distance away from their iPad? Surely you want the two together so you can play and tweak? Only midi in or out - not both, because it's complicated? :-/

And as for the selling point of not pulling your ipad onto the floor with wires? Hehe... Okaaay :D

Each to their own I guess, but naaaaaaaa!

September 09, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Synyster Gates is one of the guitarists for Avenged Sevenfold. Don't ask me how I know that.

Is this thing really using WiFi MIDI? If it were running Bluetooth low energy mode, that would be interesting. But the latency and jitter for regular WiFi. No thanks, man, no thanks. And what's the problem with having a couple of wires connecting stuff? Back when I was a boy, living in a hole in the middle of the road, we were lucky to have rocks, and thankful when we did.

September 09, 2013  | person_outline Fessaboy/Secret Base Design

@fessaboy yeah that too!! Midi over wifi is a great idea in theory but in practice it generally sucks!

By the way, I finally got round to hooking my bass guitar up through Midimorphosis over the weekend - loads of fun! I found it a little tricky to trigger rhythmic/arpeggiated sounds in time with the beat but soon got the hang of it, pads are easy, routing several midi destinations is great fun too! Good work - cheers :)

September 09, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Triple fail .
I wouldnt trust playing live over wifi , because of 1. Latency 2. Risk of disconnection .
And regarding "the look" of the mess of cables coming out my gear ..3. Thats what tells my audience I'M PLAYING LIVE !

September 09, 2013  | person_outline sparkle

dunno if this is abandoned or not but it shows a comparison of latency via wifi vs. bluetooth low energy.
http://www.jaycoggin.com/home/ios-midi-over-bluetooth/

September 09, 2013  | person_outline a1

@a1 -- cool. I think that you might be able to shave all the numbers down with small audio buffer sizes (the best case of about 30ms seems high to me -- I *know* you can do a little bit better than that). If we cut out some of the audio latency across the board, the relative difference between WiFi and Bluetooth gets even bigger.

I've got a Fishman TriplePlay, which uses Bluetooth between the guitar and a USB receiver dongle -- hard to measure exactly, but I'd put it around really-freakin-fast or so. Bluetooth LE is the bomb. A Bluetooth MIDI gadget *is* something I'd want to buy.


@Baddcr -- glad you like the app! Update has been submitted, and I expect the new version to be out in a couple of days (a little bit faster tracking, and much much much better handling of chords. And getting ready for iOS 7, which I am actually kind of enthusiastic about).

September 09, 2013  | person_outline Fessaboy/Secret Base Design
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