Hughes & Kettner WMI-1 Wi-Fi MIDI Interface for GrandMeister
You asked for it, so here it is: introducing the WMI-1, a bidirectional, wireless MIDI interface optimized for use with the GrandMeister 36 and the matching GrandMeister remote app for iPad!
The WMI-1 can serve as an access point for stages and rehearsal rooms where Wi-Fi is not available, or as a client connected to a router in a network, such as a home network.
The GrandMeisters MIDI port provides phantom power to the WMI-1, so it does not need an outboard power supply or battery.
Rüdiger Forse, our Senior Product Manager, says: Ever since we released the GrandMeister remote app for iPad, the fans have been crying out for a wireless MIDI solution. And not just because iPads and cables arent cool. A wireless solution would offer so many more options: imagine being able to watch and touch your tube tone from the front of the stage with an iPad on your microphone stand and then being able to adjust reverb levels, gain or EQ settings without having to run to your amp five meters behind you.
At first, we hesitated to develop a wireless MIDI interface ourselves, because the technology was completely new to us. But, after a year of waiting for a solution from other manufacturers, we decided to do it on our own, enabling us to perfectly match the needs of Hughes & Kettner players: no battery, latency-free, and the option to include your MIDI foot controller in your setup!
So there it is. The WMI-1 offers an additional MIDI input that merges the commands from the iPad and from a MIDI foot controller.
To use the WMI-1, all you need to do is select the WMI-1 as a Wi-Fi network in the Wi-Fi settings of your iPad, or connect it to your home network using the WPS function. Both the necessary apps GM36Remote and WMI Connect are freely available from the Apple App Store and work with any iPad with iOS 7 or later.
The WMI-1 is in shops from May 2015, and heres a quick explanation video we shot at the recent Frankfurt musikmesse