iRig Blueboard functionality with Mac?

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  1. CyberFerret

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    For those of you who have the iRig Blueboard bluetooth enabled pedalboard - a question.

    I note from the sales literature that it says the Blueboard is designed to work with iOS apps (specifically Amplitube), and that it has a 'go between' Blueboard iOS app. Not sure if the Blueboard app is NEEDED to run it, or is the Blueboard recognised as a Bluetooth LE MIDI device in its own right by the iOS device?

    To extend this - I was wondering if anyone had managed to get the Blueboard working on their Mac/MacBooks at all? e.g. Using Blueboard to trigger MIDI signals to S-Gear etc.?
     
  2. jerryratpack

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    I could only get the blueboard to work with my amp sim apps, by running the blueboard IOS App. But it works well. I used it with TONESTACK, Jamup, and I think a few others ?

    Unfortunately I don't own a MAC . I really wanted to try it with my PC based amp sims... I Have to go buy a Mac soon ... I really am thinking about it.. Not just for this, but it certainly is a bonus !
     
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    Cool thanks for the clarification re the iOS Blueboard app... I might just get a unit and test it out on my Mac. It I get no luck, I can still use it with my iOS modellers...
     
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    The Blueboard app is indeed required to run it because the app also handles the bluetooth to MIDI conversion. I was sort of able to get it to work (very badly) with my bt equipped Eventide H9. It was really out of it's element when I tried it with my H9. The H9 would recognize it, but it would take two stomps to recall a preset for example, and the expression pedal response was borderline unusable IMHO. Very sluggish & glitchy - as in the opposite of smooth & even.

    I've only had luck with it when using it with iOS apps like JamUp Pro and Amp Kit+. It was slower than midi due to the bt conversion process. I thought it was fairly clunky overall, though I never tried it with Amplitube (which just didn't do it for me).

    Theoretically, it should be able to link with a bt equipped mac, I just never tried it. I was pretty much done with it after trying it with my H9 and sold it. For the kind of reliability & consistency I need, it just wasn't ready for prime time based on that experience.
     
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    There is a Mac app for it, I couldn't get it to work with my 2009 MacBook Pro though, something to do with the Bluetooth in the Mac not being right or something like that. If you have a newer Mac then you should be ok.
     
  6. CyberFerret

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    Thanks for this snippet of info. My MacBook is a 2009 model as well.

    I believe that the Blueboard uses Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) which is a new spec and not fully supported by older Macs (or older iPhones/iPads).

    I guess this is another reason for me to upgrade my hardware! :)


    EDIT: Thanks also to BCy2k for the info about working with the Eventide! Looks like this technology still needs some fine tuning...
     
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  7. Math7

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    Just to share the information:

    It works with my old MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009 - OSX El Captain). I'm using the Asus BT400 USB adapter. After you insert the adapter, you have to open the Terminal app (in Utilities folder) and type this code:

    sudo nvram bluetoothHostControllerSwitchBehavior=always

    Press enter and the app will ask for your password. After typing your password and hitting enter again, all you have to do is reboot your Mac. [​IMG]

    You just have to do it once. After that, insert the adapter whenever you want to use Bluetooth Low Energy and it's done!
     
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