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MIDI Mobilizer (I & II) FAQ

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MIDI Mobilizer II™ Specifications
MIDI Mobilizer II™ Quick Start Guide

Q: What is the difference between MIDI Mobilizer II and the original MIDI Mobilizer™?
A: MIDI Mobilizer II provides support for CoreMIDI, which is the Apple® standard for MIDI on iOS Devices. It works on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad 2, iPod Touch 4th Generation and iPod Touch 3rd Generation models.

The original MIDI Mobilizer is still the perfect choice for older-generation Apple® iOS devices. It’s compatible with all generations of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, for the 50 Apps that have been written to support MIDI Mobilizer. MIDI Mobilizer does not support CoreMIDI.

Q: Will CoreMIDI support be added to the original MIDI Mobilizer™?
A: No, this is not possible for technical reasons. The original MIDI Mobilizer lacks hardware needed to communicate to the iOS Device via USB on the 30-pin dock connector, as is required for CoreMIDI interfaces.

Q: What is MIDI Mobilizer™?
A: MIDI Mobilizer is a MIDI interface that connects your MIDI gear to any Apple iDevice. It was the first of its kind and still lets you play, record, and backup MIDI information any time, any place on the most portable platform ever.

Q: What iOS app do you use with the MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II hardware?
A:. There are 50 apps that support the original MIDI Mobilizer. Many apps support Apple's CoreMIDI standard, with more coming all the time and they all work with MIDI Mobilizer II.


In addition, Line 6 publishes the app MIDI Memo Recorder (free at the Apple App Store™) that allows an iDevice to play and record any MIDI data it receives via a MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II. It can capture musical ideas on a keyboard, save sounds or settings from an effects unit, or backup any MIDI device's data. Once inside an iDevice, a MIDI recording is stored as a Standard MIDI File (SMF) which includes all performance information (notes, controllers, pedals, pitch bend, after touch, etc.) as well as any special System Exclusive (SysEx) information (usually the parameter values of a keyboard or effect unit's sounds and settings. You can email any recorded MIDI file, or move files to or from your computer via iTunes File Sharing.

Q: What apps can I use with the new MIDI Mobilizer II?
A: Any CoreMIDI app available on the App Store™ will work with MIDI Mobilizer II and that includes synths, samplers, sequencers, control surfaces, lighting controllers, and many other kinds of apps that may even surprise you. Here are a few of our favorites.

Q: Are MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II compatible with the iPad?
A: Both the original MIDI Mobilizer and the MIDI Mobilizer II are officially compatible with the iPad and iPad 2, and so is the MIDI Memo Recorder app.

Q: Are MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II compatible with iPhone 4S?
A: Each Line 6 iOS accessory lists the Apple models that it's been certified compatible with. While none have been certified for iPhone 4S yet, and we can't officially claim support, our customers informally report that they all work fine. However, iPhone 4S users should be aware that Mobile In and MIDI Mobilizer II communicate with the iOS device using USB Host Mode, and some 4S customers have reported that USB Host Mode accessories from any manufacturer (not just Line 6) may affect wifi and 3G performance – so you may want to consider using Airplane Mode.

Q: What are some compatible devices?
A: A list of compatible Line 6 devices that will work with MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II is available in the "Using MIDI Mobilizer with Line 6 Products" section of the Advanced User Guide. In this section you will learn how to backup your patches, scenes, and bundles via SysEx.

Q: What connection does MIDI Mobilizer have with Planet Waves?
A: Planet Waves provided the high-quality MIDI cables that are included with MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II. Planet Waves was also a key partner in the initial development of software for the original MIDI Mobilizer, and participated with Line 6 at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference presentation in June, 2009.

Q: How do MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II connect to my iDevice?
A: MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II plug into the 30-pin connector on the bottom of your iDevice. 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 or MIDI Mobilizer II to the external MIDI device of your choice.

Q: How can I use MIDI Mobilizer to back up the settings of my Line 6 gear?
A: Most Line 6 products with MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks can back up and restore their settings via SysEx commands. Please download your product's user manual for specific explanations of this process.

Q: What MIDI data can the MIDI Memo Recorder app record?
A: 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, MIDI Timing Clock and Start/Stop/Continue), as these are not part of the Standard MIDI File format.

All received MIDI messages are time-stamped to an accuracy of one millisecond (1/1000 second) in order to preserve very accurate timing for all MIDI events.

Q: How many Memos can I have in MIDI Memo Recorder?
A: Virtually unlimited. Since the iDevices have very large amounts of memory, and since 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 via iTunes File Sharing.

Q: Can I copy a MIDI file from my computer into MIDI Memo Recorder?
A: This can be accomplished via iTunes File Sharing with the MIDI Memo Recorder app. Alternatively, you can simply play any MIDI file out your computer's MIDI interface directly into MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II, and record the data in our MIDI Memo Recorder app as a new MIDI Memo. This will capture and time-stamp all of the data, and the app can also play it back exactly as it was received.

Q: Can I use MIDI Memo Recorder without MIDI Mobilizer?
A: The MIDI Memo Recorder app will run without MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II attached to your iDevice, but it won't be possible to send and receive MIDI data (as this requires a hardware MIDI interface). MIDI Memo Recorder will temporarily display a message that no MIDI Mobilizer is connected, but after dismissing this message you can use all of MIDI Memo Recorder's other functions: emailing, renaming, moving, or deleting Standard MIDI Files (MIDI Memos).

Q: Will the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II™ work with the Line 6 KB37?
A: No. The MIDI Mobilizer and MIDI Mobilizer II send and receive MIDI messages only on standard 5-pin MIDI cables. By contrast, KB37 doesn't have standard 5-pin MIDI In and MIDI Out jacks; it uses MIDI over USB instead.

Q: Can the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II™ reflash my Line 6 device (i.e. Vetta, PODxt, etc.)?
A: No. While the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II can backup patch bundles and store MIDI data, the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II cannot install flash memory to a Line 6 device.

Q: Is it possible to import Standard MIDI Files (SMF) into the MIDI Memo Recorder app through the MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II™ as you would a MIDI SysEx file?
A: SMF's can be moved between computer and iDevice via iTunes File Sharing with the MIDI Memo Recorder app. Alternatively, you can simply play the SMF out your computer's MIDI interface and directly into MIDI Mobilizer or MIDI Mobilizer II, and record the data in our MIDI Memo Record app as a new MIDI Memo.

Q: I thought MIDI Mobilizer was for editing Variax® and Vetta™ II settings?
A: The first prototype of the original MIDI Mobilizer was shown as a proof of concept at the Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, 2009. This demonstration 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 the MIDI Memo Recorder app, 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 app, all of the control capabilities are still possible via a Mac or PC with the software applications Line 6 Edit and Variax Workbench.


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