Let’s face it, when you begin building out a fleet of synths, cable management may become an issue, with those wires connecting everything creating an inescapable rat’s nest. Enter Roland using its new WM-1 Wireless MIDI adapter. It’s a mix 2.4GHz and Bluetooth dongle you plug into your MIDI-compatible instrument which allows it to wirelessly talk to other MIDI hardware (so long as instrument includes a wireless connection aswell) as well as your computer or iOS device. No wires needed. Besides note data, the WM-1 can transfer MIDI sync for tempo, effects, Loops and lfos.
If you get access to a macOS computer or an iOS device, it is possible to hook up to the WM-1 over Bluetooth. With Windows computers, you’ll have to choose the $80 WM-1D USB dongle. You can even utilize the WM-1D to make sure you get the cheapest possible latency when playing your instruments. Utilizing the included Fast mode, Roland claims there exists a 3ms delay transferring data between devices. That’s much better than the inner speed of several hardware devices, based on the ongoing company.
Wireless MIDI adapters aren’t a fresh concept, but it’s seldom you visit a large, well-known company like Roland dabble in the category. Before today’s announcement, one of the primary companies creating a wireless adapter was CME using its WIDI Master dongle. At $59, the WIDI Master is less expensive compared to the $70 Roland WM-1. Needless to say, both will set you greater than a simple cable back, but also for some musicians, the excess cost will be worth it.