MidiBandFree converts an iPhone/iPad connected to a General MIDI synth into a universal accompaniment machine, with thousands of styles available from the Web. Also, with a few clicks MidiBandFree can convert most MIDI files into your own styles, letting you play your favorite songs and sound just like the original – all in no time.
The MidiBandFree app replicates and expands on the auto-accompaniment feature of common keyboards by using the standard style files (.sty) over a MIDI interface. It establishes a two-way CoreMIDI connection between the iPhone/iPad and your synth, analyzes chords played with your left hand, and sends style’s accompaniment in the key of the chord back to the synth. At the same time, the melody/voice part can be played with your right hand, and it is also relayed back to the synth for playback. The MidiBandFree app produces no sound from the iPhone/iPad speakers; it will only work in conjunction with a General MIDI-compatible synth for playback and a MIDI keyboard for changing chords (usually both are the same device). If you don’t own a General MIDI-capable synth, this app is not for you.
Note that if you own a Mac, you are not limited to iPhone/iPad hardware MIDI adapters provided by add-on devices such as iRig or MIDI Mobilizer. You can physically connect the synth to a Mac via USB and then setup a wireless session between the iPhone/iPad and the Mac using Audio MIDI Setup application for OS X – and MidiBandFree will work with that.
In addition to all the features of the free app, a paid app called MidiBand lets you:
* Play back up to 12 accompaniment sections instead of 6.
* Choose a voice for the right-hand melody play.
* Use both Type 0 and Type 1 MIDI songs as a base for your own styles.
* Create style fragments based on any position in the MIDI song.
* Rename styles.
* Assign hardware MIDI Conrols to start/stop buttons and volume sliders.
Starting Aug 21, 2013, you can find the paid MidiBand app in the AppStore.
On August - 31 - 2013