Tag: Wireless

  • Wireless MIDI controlling GarageBand

    NOTE: This post is from 2011 An updated 2023 version is available here.

    MIDI controllers control MIDI devices. They do not make sound no matter how high the volume is set.

    One of the main requirements for having an app distributed through the App Store is that the app should work as described. So one star reviews claiming “it does not work” should be ignored.

    If you have a Mac you have everything you need:

    1. Launch your MIDI app (in this case Pad MIDI on an iPod Touch)
    2. Launch the Audio MIDI Setup utility (found in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder)
    3. If you are seeing the Audio window select Show MIDI Window from the Window menu
    4. Double click the Network button to show the MIDI Network Setup Window
    5. Join a Session by connecting your device
    6. Launch GarageBand which will find all MIDI connections
    7. Play the app to play Garageband


  • Snow Leopard / Time Capsule Working!

    Having added a Time Capsule to the mix of Macs it was somewhat frustrating to find my Snow Leopardified Mac was not working while ye olde iBooks running Leopard were purring away backing up flawlessly. I was stuck in the never ending “Making Backup Disk Available” bit. A seemingly common problem.

    But today it started working and I am now backing up with the rest of them. So what changed? It would be nice to think that the return of Steve Jobs had something to do with it. Maybe installing iTunes 9 triggered something. But it was probably dropping the wireless network down to the b/g setting from the b/g/n option that made it happier. The slower setting is strangely the stronger faster setting for me.

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