The first of its kind, MIDI Mobilizer™ is the most portable MIDI system ever. Connect it to an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to play, record, and backup MIDI information any time, any place.Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions


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What is MIDI Mobilizer™?

MIDI Mobilizer is the original MIDI interface for Apple® iOS devices. It connects your MIDI gear to your Apple iPod touch®, iPhone® or iPad® so you can play, record and backup MIDI information any time, any place.

How is MIDI Mobilizer different from MIDI Mobilizer™ II?

MIDI Mobilizer supports iOS apps that are specifically written for it and Apple® iOS devices. It does not support CoreMIDI, which is the newly developed Apple® standard for iOS MIDI apps. MIDI Mobilizer is the perfect choice for older-generation Apple® iOS devices. It’s compatible with iPod touch® (iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch), iPhone® (iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS), iPad® and iPad 2®.

MIDI Mobilizer II supports CoreMIDI. Learn more about MIDI Mobilizer II.

Why do I want MIDI Mobilizer?

Because you can:

Record and play musical ideas. Watch video
Backup your patches. Watch video
Restore your settings. Watch video

I thought MIDI Mobilizer was for editing Variax® and Vetta™ II settings?

The first prototype of MIDI Mobilizer was shown as a proof of concept at the June 2009 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. This example showed that this type of product could be used to control sound settings, such as selecting Variax models or Vetta II presets.

After the presentation, we received requests to provide MIDI functionality that could be used by all MIDI gear. The result is MIDI Memo Recorder, which can be used to record and playback any MIDI messages from any MIDI product. Although the specific Variax and Vetta II editing features proposed in the demo are not part of this application, all of the control capabilities are still possible via a Mac or PC with Line 6 Edit and Variax Workbench software.

What are some compatible devices?

That's a big list. It includes every MIDI-capable keyboard, amp, effect, and miscellaneous piece of audio gear since MIDI was introduced, in 1983.

Some compatible Line 6 gear:

Amplifiers
Spider Valve™ MkII
Vetta™ I, Vetta™ II
Flextone™ II, Flextone™ III
HD147®
AxSys, AX2
POD®
POD® 1.0/2.0/Pro
POD® xt/Live/Pro
Bass POD® and Pro
Bass POD® xt/Live/Pro
Stomp and rack effects
M9 Stompbox Modeler
M13 Stompbox Modeler
Echo Pro™
Mod Pro™
Filter Pro™

POD X3 Live and Pro currently use USB for all transferring of sound presets. A future update is planned that will enable individual presets to be sent and received via MIDI sysex data, which would also be usable with MIDI Mobilizer.

Does MIDI Mobilizer come with MIDI cables?

Yes, it comes with a pair of five-foot, five-pin Planet Waves™ MIDI cables.

What connection does MIDI Mobilizer have with Planet Waves?

Planet Waves provided the high-quality MIDI cables that are included with MIDI Mobilizer. Planet Waves was also a key partner in the initial development of the MIDI Mobilizer software, and participated with Line 6 at Apple's developer conference presentation in June of 2009.

How does MIDI Mobilizer connect to my iPhone/iPad/iPod touch?

MIDI Mobilizer plugs into the 30-pin connector on the bottom of your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Two Planet Waves cables (each with a 2.5mm 3-conductor jack on one end, and a standard MIDI 5-pin DIN jack on the other) connect MIDI Mobilizer to the MIDI device of your choice.

How can I use MIDI Mobilizer to back up the settings of my Line 6 gear?

Most Line 6 products with MIDI In and Out can back up and restore settings via Sysex commands. Please download your product's user manual for specific explanations of this process.

What MIDI data can the MIDI Memo Recorder application record?

MIDI Memo Recorder will capture and record all MIDI data that can be stored within a Standard MIDI File, which includes all performance information (notes, controllers, pedals, pitch bend, after touch, etc) as well as any System Exclusive data (usually the parameter values of a keyboard or effect unit's sounds and settings). It does not record System Real Time messages, which include Active Sensing and MIDI clock and control, since these are also not recorded (or needed) in Standard MIDI Files.

All data received is time-stamped to one millisecond accuracy in order to preserve very accurate timing of all MIDI events.

How many Memos can I have in MIDI Memo Recorder?

Virtually unlimited. Since the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch have very large amounts of memory, and MIDI data is very small, running out of room is nearly impossible.

MIDI Memo Recorder makes it easy to rename, reorder and delete Memos in order to keep your information organized. You can also offload your Memo recordings to a computer via email or iTunes File Sharing.

Can I copy a MIDI file from my computer into MIDI Memo Recorder?

This can be accomplished by simply playing any MIDI file out your computer's MIDI interface and right into MIDI Mobilizer, and record the data directly into MIDI Memo Recorder. It will capture and time-stamp all of the data, and be able to play it back exactly as it was received.

Can I use MIDI Memo Recorder without MIDI Mobilizer?

MIDI Memo Recorder can run without MIDI Mobilizer; however it won't be possible to send and receive MIDI data (since this requires a hardware interface). MIDI Memo Recorder will temporarily display a message that the MIDI Mobilizer is not connected, but this can be dismissed in order to use MIDI Memo Recorder's other functions (i.e., emailing already recorded Standard MIDI Files, renaming, moving, or deleting Memos, etc).

What is MIDI?

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is what musical instruments and electronics use to communicate with each other. Drum machines, synthesizers, digital pianos, samplers, and computers can all communicate via MIDI.

How does MIDI work?

A MIDI-enabled device (like a MIDI keyboard) sends MIDI data to computers and musical instruments. This data is simply a set of instructions, not musical sounds, and it can be used to control computers and musical instruments in a variety of ways.

For example, when connected to a computer sequencer a MIDI keyboard can trigger virtually any sound and turn itself into virtually any instrument.

How is MIDI used?

MIDI is used mainly by musicians to create music but it has a wide variety of applications. Ringtones to movie scores, theme-park rides to Las Vegas fountains, MIDI affords incredible freedom and flexibility.

When MIDI data (unlike an audio signal produced by a non-MIDI instrument) is recorded into a computer, musicians have total freedom over its pitch, tempo, intensity, and other musical parameters. (Karaoke songs are commonly recorded with MIDI, which is why you can adjust the pitch without affecting the tempo.)

Guitarists use MIDI to quickly change the settings of their amplifiers (like a Line 6 Vetta II) and effects (like M13 Stompbox Modeler).

What can MIDI do for me?

Whether you're a musician, a production designer, a gamer, a network administrator, or just interested in making your life easier, MIDI can provide you with incredible flexibility.


What is MIDI Mobilizer™?

How is MIDI Mobilizer different from MIDI Mobilizer™ II?

Why do I want MIDI Mobilizer?

I thought MIDI Mobilizer was for editing Variax® and Vetta™ II settings?

What are some compatible devices?

Does MIDI Mobilizer come with MIDI cables?

What connection does MIDI Mobilizer have with Planet Waves?

How does MIDI Mobilizer connect to my iPhone/iPad/iPod touch?

How can I use MIDI Mobilizer to back up the settings of my Line 6 gear?

What MIDI data can the MIDI Memo Recorder application record?

How many Memos can I have in MIDI Memo Recorder?

Can I copy a MIDI file from my computer into MIDI Memo Recorder?

Can I use MIDI Memo Recorder without MIDI Mobilizer?

Can anyone develop applications that talk to MIDI Mobilizer?

What is MIDI?

How does MIDI work?

How is MIDI used?

What can MIDI do for me?

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