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Connecting your MIDI controller to Melodics on iPad
Connecting your MIDI controller to Melodics on iPad

Many MIDI controllers work with Melodics on iPad. If your device isn’t working correctly, or we can’t see it, try these steps.

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iPad compatible devices.

Please check with your manufacturer to ensure your MIDI instrument is compatible with iPad. Some instruments, such as Native Instruments Maschine, will not work on iOS.

Many MIDI devices are USB powered, but if you receive an error saying ‘Accessory Unavailable. The attached accessory uses too much power’, you may need to use a powered USB adaptor to provide the necessary power.

Note: some devices require Windows or Mac drivers or specific software to be installed. If this software is not available for iPad, it will not be compatible. E.g: Native Instruments Maschine users will not be able to connect to iPad because Maschine 2 software is required to use MIDI mode and is desktop only.

Connecting via USB – the order matters.

When you connect your controller via a USB adaptor, the order in which you connect your cables matters. To increase the likelihood of a successful connection, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your USB cable to your controller.

  2. Then connect the other end of your USB cable to your USB adaptor.

  3. If you are using a powered USB adaptor, connect this to power.

  4. Last, connect your USB adaptor to your iPad. You may need to wait 5-10 seconds.

Connecting via Bluetooth.

If your controller supports MIDI over Bluetooth, you can connect it wirelessly to play Melodics. To pair your device with Melodics, follow these steps.

  1. Power on your MIDI controller and make sure it is ‘discoverable’ or in Bluetooth pairing mode.

  2. Go to the Melodics settings screen and hit the Bluetooth Connect button.

  3. Select your controller from the Bluetooth MIDI devices pop-up menu to connect.

Connecting via Bluetooth

If your controller is a supported device it will be selected automatically. If not, you can create a mapping using the ‘Map your controller’ button.

USB hubs and adaptors.

Some devices like the iRig Keys come with a Lightning to USB cable. This can be connected directly to your iPad and used with Melodics. Otherwise, you will need a USB adaptor. There are many options available, but not all are made equal. We recommend using a powered USB adaptor from a reputable brand.

USB to Lightning Adaptor

This is a powered USB adaptor for iPads with Lightning connections. Most controllers require a stronger power source than what your iPad Lightning connection can provide, so this adaptor that will allow you to connect to an external power source at the same time to supply the required power output.

USB-A to USB-C adaptor

If you have an iPad Pro or an iPad with a USB-C connection, you can use this adaptor to connect your MIDI controller. If your controller also has a USB-C connection, you can use a standard USB-C cable.

iRig MIDI 2

f your controller has a 5-pin DIN MIDI output, you can use a MIDI interface that is made for iOS such as the iRig MIDI 2. This can be used if your controller does not have USB or if it is not working due to USB power issues.

Once you're connected, your instrument might be available to select in the "selected instrument" dropdown menu. If not, hit the "map your instrument" button to create a mapping.

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