WIDI Master: What can it do for you?

WIDI Master Bluetooth MIDI
WIDI FAMILY

WIDI Master: The wireless MIDI over Bluetooth adapter.

With WIDI Master you can connect all your MIDI devices without wires. No matter if they are master or slave. For instance, you can connect two standalone MIDI hardware devices by using two WIDI Masters. Furthermore, you can pair your Bluetooth MIDI controller with any standalone MIDI hardware device with one WIDI Master. Also, you can play your standalone MIDI hardware with any iOS device or Mac by using one WIDI Master. In this last case WIDI Master will switch automatically to slave mode using our smart algorithm.

In addition, for Windows and Android users, you can use our previous WIDI BUD to fully enjoy these benefits or wait for the next member of the WIDI family to arrive: WIDI uHOST!

What is so special about this MIDI over Bluetooth solution?

We offer a complete solution that will save you time and expand your opportunities with MIDI. For instance, you can pair your MIDI devices automatically. Also, we have built a secure connection implementing the Bluetooth MIDI standards as approved by the MIDI association

Bluetooth MIDI has originally been developed by Apple, WIDI will operate with Apple seamlessly. On Windows PC Bluetooth MIDI requires your music software to implement Microsoft’s new UWP API which includes BLUETOOTH MIDI class compliant driver. You need to be able to set that functionality in the software you use.

How will Bluetooth MIDI and WIDI Master work for Windows and Android?

Is WIDI Master and Bluetooth MIDI reliable?

We have tested and selected the most advanced Bluetooth module with optimized antenna design to get reliable connectivity. Therewith WIDI Master delivers ultra low latency. Our dedicated BLE MIDI protocol is directly embedded in its firmware. Now you can bypass your computer's operating system (OS). And benefit from fast and reliable MIDI connectivity.

That is why in the eventual design the WIDI Master turned out to be a bit larger compared to the initial drawings. This had to be done to ensure that WIDI Master can take over the full control and function without any computer or other operating system that is is capable now of replacing.

WIDI Master is in essence a point-to-point solution. It is like a ‘virtual MIDI cable' allowing you to connect one device with one other. That said, technically it is possible to connect one master (or central point) and connect multiple slaves. But, we will need to test it more to ensure we deliver a suitable solution before we can make an official statement on this.

Also, we are working on a controller app, that will make it a lot easier to pair and control more complex WIDI Master setups. This will make life much easier when looking at these kind of setups. We will keep you posted on the progress on this matter.

I am excited that you are planning to make a tiny Bluetooth MIDI device that will be able to connect a controller to a synth. Quote as provided by a new registrant

The WIDI Master is a Bluetooth MIDI adapter. It implements BLE5 (Bluetooth 5) which improves the performance compared to our previous products that implement BLE4. In short, you are now able to enjoy an improved connection, lower latency, better reach and more stable jitter.

We offer a fully standalone wireless solution. Therefore, there is no need for an external power source or battery. WIDI Master uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. That is why it is completely powered by your MIDI hardware. Now, you just power up your device and enjoy the freedom of WIDI Master.

What can WIDI do for you?

  • Point to point MIDI connectivity: Simply replace your MIDI cables. Rearrange your studio and enjoy the freedom of WIDI
  • Bluetooth 5: Go Faster, Go Further: Trusted technology for live and on stage. Secure connection with twice the speed and four times the range
  • Ultra low latency: Go pro with ground-breaking latency reduction as low as 4ms. Automatic transmission optimization with smart algorithmic technology
  • Automatic pairing: Setup instantly. Connect easily. Intuitive plug ‘n play with automatic master/slave switch and default pairing memory
  • MIDI Clock and SysEx: Sync your drum machines, step sequencers and arpeggiators. Transmit all MIDI messages over Bluetooth

How many WIDI Masters do I need?

  • MIDI to MIDI: You can pair two standalone MIDI hardware devices bu using a direct connection between two (2) WIDI Masters.
  • Bluetooth (BLE) to MIDI: You can connect your bluetooth MIDI controller with any standalone MIDI hardware device by using one (1) WIDI Master that connects with your Bluetooth MIDI controller or or other similar device.
  • MacOS/iOS BLE to MIDI: You can play your standalone MIDI hardware (automatic switch to WIDI Master slave mode) and pair it with your iOS device or Mac (For Windows and Android we suggest to use with our WIDI BUD or our future WIDI uHOST by paring it with one (1) WIDI Master.
  • Frank says:

    This can make things so much easier since we always have too many cables at the studio.

    Also master and slave can be switched easily.

    Looking forward to getting one!

  • Ryan Hanifl says:

    I look forward to being an early adopter of this new tech. Kuddos CME!

    • Thomas Gerbrands says:

      Thank you so much for your ongoing support! It is highly appreciated!

      • Matthew Chouinard says:

        I cannot wait. I currently live loop in a d’n’b band and syncing using I connectivity midi 4+ an iPad launchpad app and audiobus is kinda finicky. Hopefully this will solidify the connection with less complications.
        Also, my pedalboard currently uses 9 midi cables so I’m hoping this will clean up my wiring to

  • Gary says:

    Sounds like a great device! Count me in!

  • Mr. Fancypants says:

    What flavors does it come in?

  • Kriss Viconte says:

    I’m using Bluetooth Midi for almost a year now. Your device has an advantage over the competitors including the attractive price and I’m looking forward to try it out. Hope you reach the 3000 goal soon and everything works out fine.

  • Robin Firth says:

    As a live performer I’m very interested in Widi. I use a midi keytar and two midi guitars. Not only would this system allow me to finally be free of trailing cables (and the associated trip hazards which I desperately need when working with dynamic performers and dancers! it would allow me to control signal processors from the master computer that runs the click track and A/V freeing me from my pedal board and enabling me to solely concentrate on performance.

    Additionally this system would give me more freedom in studio setting to place keyboards, modules and synthesisers in positions more favourable to my workflow. Without extra batteries and power supplies.

    I’m genuinely excited to obtain one and put it through some rigorous tests!

  • Starsky Carr says:

    I’d love to demo these on my channel. Cabling kit I present can be a health and safety nightmare!

  • Willie says:

    Hi,
    I’m using a another Midi over Bluetooth Dongle, which has the disadvantage, that I need a special app for connecting…
    But the main advantage is, that it fits on a Line6 HX Stomp, which have the both Midi jackets very close together. The adapter is only a few mm larger than the Midi connectors itself. To replace the current solution, the WiDi master must be as small as the other device, so that it fits into my stomp and should not need an extra app on every day usage.

  • Omar Opus says:

    I’m hoping it will support devices that only have ONE midi 5 pin din out ports, such as the KORG vocal series.

  • Gerrit says:

    I see so many applications: connecting my line 6 helix to an iPad to allow extra control. Connect my Casio Midi Guitar to a Roland FA06 to bring great new sound to the stage, multipoint Connection FA06, midi guitar and DAW at the same time. Even running the fa06 thru the helix and control it with patches etc. etc. You should consider to offer 5 packs of WIDI Master 🤓

    • Zhao Yitian says:

      Thanks for your comment. We will provide same discount for multiple units purchasing (which is $30 off from $59). This project was requested by our users, we plan only make the certain quantity which is same as pre-order. 🙂

  • Terje Solbakk says:

    To make it clear:
    Does that mean $30 off from $59 = $29 for each and every item?

  • Gav says:

    Fantastic initiative Thomas, thanks for going for this, having this tech at such a reasonable cost will be groundbreaking for many of us. I’ve been a keyboard player in a semi professional capacity since the mid 1970’s and bought, sold and borrowed almost all stages of keyboard/midi development over the years. The value of always having a day job over the years has really made sense in hindsight and kept the wolf from the door at times so to now be able to fully indulge with undiminished passion and energy for the muse is magic. On board and ready for the next update….

  • Glenn Frey says:

    Hi CME, I’ve got your XKey Are 37 and love it. But playing piano is not possible without a sustain pedal. I really don’t get it, why the older version without bluetooth has this possibility but a newer version doesn’t. Anyway: Please make a wireless sustain pedal. That would be so awesome and I would only carry my XKey, this pedal and my iPad with me and I can make music everywhere. I travel a lot in the train so this would be like a 10 year christmas and birthday present together for me. 😉

    Thanks guys, keep up the great work
    Glenn

    • tgerbrands says:

      Hi Glenn, many thanks fro your comment. You are officialy the first person that comments on our new website we launched last night! Also thank you for the kind words. We always appreciate feedback from our community. Especially when it is based on the actual experience. I can tell you that we are considering to make a Bluetooth pedal for Xkey series with a partner (that is a big secret). Also our WIDI PED3 can convert any pedal to wireless. You can read more about the WIDI PED 3 here: https://www.cme-pro.com/beyond-bluetooth-midi-controllers-the-widi-family/

  • Wayne says:

    This looks great I haven’t seen anything about how much this is likely to cost?

    • tgerbrands says:

      When registered you will receive a coupon code for $30 discount. We will open up for pre order on the 6th of April. Then you will only pay $29 instyead of $59 per unit. We expect to deliver end of May.

  • Love this!!!!! Can’t wait to use this product one day. As long as it’s accessible for everyone to enjoy and use, no matter what disbility he or she has, this product will be amazing!

  • rada says:

    ma int.la ce distanta poate sa functioneze

    • tgerbrands says:

      We are currently testing our prototypes. With Xkey Air (2015) and BLE4 we could get 10 metres. We expect with WIDI Master and BLE5 to double that to 20 metres. That said, we do not have official results for you. It will also depend on the surrounding you use it.

  • Seems like you going to release a great product. Looking forward testing it

  • Bill says:

    I’m hoping to use a few of these for both pairing v-drums to a digital mixer driving virtual plug in sounds and also keys to pair up to Logic Pro X to record.

    • tgerbrands says:

      Sounds good! Especially when we will deliver the mobile app, it will be easy to pair multiple units and set those memories for future usage. We will keep you posted on those developments.

  • Tricia says:

    Looking forward to owning a few of these, currently trying to use out dated Roland keyboards with iPad programs has been a nightmare.

  • Lukas Pearse says:

    Super excited about this for many reasons!

    I’m curious if it will be possible to have a single Master setup send to multiple clients, for example a controller keyboard to a rack of synths. Would they be able to have their own receivers and all simultaneously get the same signal? Or is it 1 to 1 ?

    • tgerbrands says:

      In essence WIDI Master was designed to be one-on-one or point-to-point. Like a virtual MIDI cable. That said, technically we can do one master and multiple receivers. We are currently testing the stability. But yes we can do it. And we will inform you on future tests to ensure it works properly. Also, we will take this idea into future developments and considering to design a product specifically aimed at this kind of usage. Like the WIDI HUB 4 as shown here: https://www.cme-pro.com/beyond-bluetooth-midi-controllers-the-widi-family/

  • Here are the applications i’m interested in and also some things i want to test.

    Using the WIDI Master for:-
    – The obvious linking of synth to synth capability, especially using sequencers such as the Square Pyramid and Synthstrom Deluge.
    – Working with MIDI guitar and ability to link to synths from the YouRock guitar
    – MIDI Controller to Synth i.e. Arturia Keystep, NI Komplete Kontrol.

    Im interested to test:-
    – Latency for MIDI when in a simple or multi device set up.
    – The use of the WIDI Master with MIDI Dongles i.e. Arturia, Zoia, OP-Z
    – Simplicity of set up, draw backs and benefits.

    I test a lot of MIDI configurations especially when i’m researching what to include in the Synthdawg producer guides as examples.

    Looking forward to this.

    • tgerbrands says:

      Thanks Neil. This looks really interesting for all of us. Looking forward to study the outcomes together and where needed improve our firmware and interaction design. Many thanks for sharing this! Let’s keep in touch!

  • David M says:

    I would like to send a wireless midi signal FROM a on-stage hardware midi interface TO a Grand MA lighting desk at the back of the theater. I need only ONE direction of midi: MIDI OUT from the stage to MIDI IN on the lighting desk. How many Widi Masters do I need for UNI-DIRECTION midi?

    • tgerbrands says:

      This is cool! Nice way to use it. You will need two WIDI Masters, one is for on-stage hardware MIDI interface (big connector), one is for Grand MA lighting desk (both bigger and small connector). Although you only needs MIDI IN for lighting desk, you still need connect MIDI OUT for getting power on the WIDI Master. Hope this helps!

  • Nick says:

    Hi. Will it work on all MIDI outs? I read that some few devices (like Roland PC180) don’t offer 3,3V power on their MIDI output jack and therefore the yamaha mdbt01 simply doesn’t work then. I’m hoping the WIDI Master will? B-)

    • tgerbrands says:

      Thanks for asking this question. It is much appreciated. WIDI Master will need a MIDI OUTPUT for power. Any standard MIDI 5-PIN DIN Output will provide the needed 3.3v or standard 5v. Also we will release a future accessory that allows you to use WIDI Master with for instance a USB power bank when your ports do not deliver the needed power. This will solve the issue of non-powered MIDI ports in the near future. We will keep you posted on that. Thanks

  • Chris O-J says:

    Hello, I’ve ordered one of these and would like to order a second (following the email Thomas sent out today). However, I can’t find my order number. What should I do to avoid paying two lots of shipping? Thanks in advance.

    • tgerbrands says:

      The best thing you can do, is reply to that email I’ve sent you yesterday. We can work together to locate your order and ensure you get the right coupon code through that private channel. Just simply reply to that email, and we will take it from there!

  • ChrisM says:

    When will receive our orders? I place mine early last week. I didn’t see any projected delivery dates.

  • Jean François Loza says:

    Would this work for pairing with Roli Blocks to a midi sampler?

    • tgerbrands says:

      Roli is well developed when it comes to Bluetooth MIDI. That is why all their products will communicate with WIDI Master easily. They can pair with a WIDI Master attached to the 5-PIN DIN of your MIDI sampler. The MPE MIDI messages as Roli uses are no problem for WIDI Master as it handles all MIDI messages. So the answer is yes, as long as your MIDI sampler provides power (3.3v or 5v) on the MIDI OUT or THRU to power up the WIDI Master.

  • Jeremy Paton says:

    Hi will this product work for my rjm mastermind PBC 6x, it only has one midi port which is midi in and out, I connect this to my line 6 HX stomp.

    • tgerbrands says:

      Thanks for asking this question. The basic rule is that if your MIDI hardware offers 3.3v or 5v on that MIDI OUT, it will work with WIDI Master. I’ve looked at that PBC6x and my expectation is that it will work. I cannot 100% guarantee that. The only ones who can are the people from Mastermind. Maybe you can ask their support if that MIDI port delivers power as a standard MIDI port on 5v or the more rare 3.3v?

  • Doug Theriault says:

    Hi. I’ve used a few wireless solutions before. A friend of mine built the first one called The Missing Link which used WiFi. I hooked up my iPhone to it and it worked perfectly. I’ve also used iPhone to computer solutions using Bluetooth. This has not been as reliable in the least until Touch Osc perfected their bridge wireless solution. My question for you is this:”Can I use my iPhone wirelessly to connect to 1 of your devices or do I need to plug in one into the midi out to supply power to the midi in?” Would be nice to see a video to better explain what you need. Thanks!

    • tgerbrands says:

      Hi Doug, many thanks for your comment. It is truly appreciated. We’ve also been working with WIFI solutions since 2005 when we released the X8 (https://www.cme-pro.com/wireless-midi-the-legacy-of-cme/). Also I love that Touch OSC, it is a great tool. You can use your iPhone to pair it with one WIDI Master that is attached to any MIDI hardware device. As Apple is the original developer of Bluetooth MIDI, all their devices work seamlessly with our WIDI solutions. You simply pair it like you pair any other Bluetooth device and set that pair in the app you are using. With this you can control any MIDI hardware device that is connected to the WIDI Master. It also works the other way. You can use your MIDI hardware to control any app that is connected with Bluetooth MIDI.

      About the video. We do offer all our raw test videos here. Surely we will create more sophisticated video and will 100% take your use case into account. We will be working on this in the near future when we start mass production of WIDI Master. Hope this helps!

      https://youtu.be/XIN-ANBOwPo

  • Brother Reggie says:

    Hello … I’d like to set up wireless connectivity between my Yamaha MOFX8 keyboard and my Avid Mbox for midi recording in ProTools. My keyboard is now approximately 15 feet across the room … do I need two Widi Masters once I disconnect the Midi In & Out cables?

    • tgerbrands says:

      Thanks for sharing this with us. It is much appreciated. The answer is yes! You need one for the Yamaha and one for the MBox. Next they can pair and you can transmit MIDI over Bluetooth. 15 feet will not be an issue looking at our current range tests: https://youtu.be/2PKRdVuzeAs

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