Vestax’s V-MIDI Announced; Aims To Simplify iOS MIDI DJ Setups

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We’ve just gotten word that Vestax is announcing the V-MIDI, a product designed to act as a simple central hub for iOS musicians and DJs who want to add MIDI input devices into their devices. Read on for the product specs and learn how the V-MIDI solves some of the common complaints about making and mixing music on iOS.

Manufacturer: Vestax
Price: 169 Euro (US price unknown, but that’s about $220)
Expected Launch Date:  May/June 2012
Best Feature: Uses dock connector cable to both input MIDI data and output high-quality audio!
What It’s Missing: A USB port for USB MIDI devices.

Fixing iOS DJs/Producer’s Woes

There’s no doubt that many of the music apps on iPad and iPhone are limited by the minimal inputs and outputs on those devices – with just one port for high-fidelity audio, charging, and  Core MIDI connectivity, many users have to sacrifice one for the next. There have been a few solutions attempted in the past, but it looks like Vestax might have it right with a simple no-frills solution that acts as a hub for the iOS musician.

Wait, What About USB?

Yep, it looks like keeping the device no-frills has it’s drawbacks – with such limited space, it looks like Vesax has decided to forgo putting a USB port on the V-MIDI. We’re not sure why, especially considering so many of Vextax’s products can send MIDI over USB – perhaps they’re thinking more of the iOS electronic musicians than the iOS DJs.

Vestax has instead decided to just include a Mini-DIN to USB adapter cable with each unit, meaning that you can still hook up your USB devices, but it’s one more proprietary cable to keep track of.

Amplify Your iOS Audio Out!

For many who have messed around with iOS music apps and output their audio into a mixer, it’s clear that the iPad puts out a pathetically low signal from the headphone jack. The V-MIDI solves this problem by using the same dock connector to output amplified audio, the volume of which can be easily controlled with the large dial on the unit.

Full V-MIDI Tech Specs

Features:

  • Core MIDI in/out interface
  • Connects to any USB MIDI device to control more than 100 CoreMIDI compatible apps available from the App store
  • The only CoreMIDI interface compatible with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®
  • Charges iOS devices and USB MIDI devices at the same time
  • USB host IC connector for MIDI USB devices
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Headphone amplification & volume control
  • MIDI send (iOS / Hardware) LED indicators
  • Mini DIN(6pin) to USB convert cable included
  • Headphone split cable included

Specs:

  • Size: 95(W) x 95(D) x 38(H) mm
  • Weight: 150 g
  • Power: SDC-6

Included:

  • V-MIDI unit
  • User’s Manual
  • Mini DIN(6pin) to USB convert cable
  • Power Adapter

Will this Vestax iOS hub solve problems you’ve been having with completing an iOS setup? Worth snatching up or worth passing up – talk about it below!

  • great potential, cost is too high given the features..

  • Campark43

    Good Idea, only thing I would say is no one wants to have to look at a 10 inch screen while djing.

  • But the sound is still going to be mono in a dj setup with cue, yeah?

  • Mrfreezeforce

    seems Skratchworx copied the layout of this site and created DJ WORX with exactly the same news stories, wtf y do we need 2 sites doing exactly the same?

  • Mrfreezeforce

    seems Skratchworx copied the layout of this site and created DJ WORX with exactly the same news stories, wtf y do we need 2 sites doing exactly the same?

  • looks great for a small remote party where you don’t want to carry much and also for that hotel room session.

  • oneend

    cool story

  • Goletasurfer21

    Too steep of a price for the product for my applications. Coming from a primarily traktor background I would not implement this piece of equipment into a set of mine. I am not a current owner of an ipad or ios handheld device. Even if I was I would consider this price tag absurd for just an amplifier.

  • So close…

    $220 just to be able to use the iPad _slightly_ more easily? Cool-ish concept but whack price. Apparently Vestax have been sipping the Pioneer Kool-Aid.

  • ToOntown

    This is a great first step in the right direction.
    This seems to cater more to the mobile DJ (judging by price point only) so I don’t think anyone is expecting this to replace a club rig. It’s pretty cool that a major player is putting some skin in the iOS game.Tablets are becoming more powerful by the month. Remember when Traktor DJ Studio could run on a 1.2Ghz processor with 512 MB DDR2 RAM? The new iPad is more powerful than that with better video processing. Expect tablets to become a serious player in the mobile DJ arena very soon–in hardware and software.

  • paddydj

    Wow,

    finally something I’ve been waiting for. But Vestax listen up, push it to another step and build this kinda thing with a timecode generator inside (e.g. 2khz generator for Native Instruments) so you can plug in a midi controller and define or calibrate jog wheels while your midi controller (learn function) is plugged into the V-Midi and the V-Midi in the computer. Then bypass all midi signals through to the pc and at the same let this thing generate timecode from the jogwheels (2/4 stereo out for up to 2/4 generated timecode signals) to connect to a device (e.g. Audio 10 by Native Instruments). Then your Midi Controller will send the midi signals just as regularly but with the difference that timecode goes to the software as well. Define a shift button (toggle/hold option included) that disengages actions while using the jogwheels, so you can still use the jogs for example for effects in the software. Sell this for 699$ and I’ll buy it!

  • i dont trust an IPAD or IPHONE for a DJ setup.

    • Djamesburke

      If it works for Richie hawtin!

      • 2ez

        I’ve seen RIchie Hawtin try to swallow Sven Vaths face while kissing him.. does that work for you?

    • Anonymous

      you must own neither. more stable than any pc

    • Avarice.The.Beat.Maker.

      Why’s that? do you piss on your gear after a gig or something? Or is that the technology just not good enough for you? 

      Whatever man…

  • RockingClub

    As far as I understand it just lets you integrate the IOS Device into your setup as an additionally MIDI-Controller. That’s cool but for the price I would have wished an additional option to take the IOS-Device as an additional audio source that can be routed into your set as the audio coming out of the IOS-Device’s headphone output normally is quite low in loudness…

    • DJ Segatto

      You are completely wrong. What this does is allow you to use a USB MIDI controller or instrument to send MIDI signals to your iDevice and control whatever music app you are using in the iDevice, as long as it has core MIDI support. So it actually does allow you to use your iDevice as an additional audio source that you can plug into your mixer, because it also amplifies the audio output from it.