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JerryK

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Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« on: June 19, 2017, 07:26:26 AM »
I use an iPad Air2 on iOS 10.3 with BH. 
It currently connects via Bluetooth to an iRig Blueboard for song changes, position changes when my drummer isn't around to send control messages. 
When he IS around, we use WiFi of course for sync messages but I connect the bluetooth device anyway in case of anything
Can anyone assure me that I can ALSO run MIDI over USB from the iPad to control a multi effects footswitch, or is this asking too much?  I need to decide whether to spend hundreds of beer vouchers on that effects board.
Thanks
Jerry

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 08:13:32 AM »
I don't see why that wouldn't work. But it sounds like you're asking for real-world experience, so hopefully someone else can add their assurances.

(You found a place where you can buy gear with beer vouchers?!)

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 02:24:17 AM »
Yes, they come in $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 denominations. Very handy.

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 03:38:04 PM »
Just to wrap up here, My iRig Blueboard works well for me, allowing me to choose next/previous song, plus Restart and PageDown. Many other choices are possible but these suit me.
It works at the same time as 'following' the drummer's BH and also while sending Midi timing clock to my Line6 Helix guitar floor unit for delay (echo) timing.
All that's missing for me is the means to easily 'connect' the iRig Blueboard without backing out 4 pages, doing the deed and then going forward again to the setlist.  It would be great to see that widget/button/option under one of the buttons on the screen, whether Midi, Pedal, Linking, wherever.
Good job Arlo
Jerry

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 05:51:49 PM »
Are you referring to the Settings > Audio & MIDI > Connect to a Bluetooth Device button? Moving that to one of the toolbar buttons is on my to do list.

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 03:18:47 AM »
@Jerryk - question for you. Do you run the iRig Blueboard app in your setup?  I purchased two of these, one for me and one for my drummer, and it does great for me on my Air 2 but the Bluetooth won't stay connected with his iPad 2 for more than a few seconds.  I don't know enough to troubleshoot, but one difference is I run the App on my iPad and on his I haven't loaded it yet. 

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2017, 09:20:46 AM »
No, I don't use their app.  It just worked, as far as I can remember.
It does fail to connect sometimes, despite saying "connected".  It sometimes puts up the "pairing" prompt.
Have you ever 'connected' to the drummer's Blueboard? That might confuse things.

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 11:20:22 AM »
The Blueboard can operate in two modes, so it might be helpful to figure out which yours is configured to use, and make sure you're connecting the right way for that mode. More info is here:

http://forum.arlomedia.com/index.php/topic,484.0.html

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2017, 12:54:04 PM »
The Blueboard I use with my Air 2 is using mode 1, works like a charm.

The other one, I tried Mode 1 and Mode 2 - but neither would stay connected to the iPad (the Bluetooth - would connect, then drop, connect, then drop. Never got to press a button).  I did not try the native mode with the iRig app, and will do that next practice.

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2017, 01:05:30 PM »
Try switching of wifi or change to 5Mhz Band.
This a known issue with several iPads.

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2017, 06:20:20 PM »
Will give that a shot next practice.  Thanks!

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2017, 10:52:16 AM »
All that's missing for me is the means to easily 'connect' the iRig Blueboard without backing out 4 pages, doing the deed and then going forward again to the setlist.  It would be great to see that widget/button/option under one of the buttons on the screen, whether Midi, Pedal, Linking, wherever.

In the new app version released yesterday, the Bluetooth MIDI buttons have been moved to the MIDI Status window, which you can open by clicking the MIDI icon in the top toolbar. More info about the new version is here:

http://forum.arlomedia.com/index.php/topic,1785.0.html

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Re: Advice please on connecting multiple devices
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2017, 05:51:35 PM »
Nice job