Product Review: PUC – the wireless MIDI interface for iOS devices

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Any musician or DJ that uses MIDI instruments for either recording, practicing, or live performance knows the super highway of cables that it sometimes takes to connect everything. Well, thanks to Minneapolis based company, Zivix, there is now an easier way. The PUC is a MIDI interface that was specifically designed with iOS devices in mind (must be running iOS 6 or higher). You can use it to connect your midi controller wirelessly to your MAC device via wifi connection.

Before I could start using the PUC I received for testing, all I had to do was a few simple steps. First, I downloaded the free PUC app from the iTunes store (QR code was included with the instructional booklet for very easy app access). Once the app was installed, I made sure my MIDI controller was plugged into the PUC, and I powered the PUC on using the power button located on top. Inside the app, there were very simple, and easily explained steps on how to connect my device to the PUC wifi. Finally,  I opened up Garage Band on my MAC device as usual.

The whole process only took a minute or two to do, and I was ready to bring on my jams. One thing, among many, that I really did appreciate during my testing, was that there was no latency delays or problems. I also liked the ease of use the PUC app offered, and all the information it provided. Even if you are just considering the PUC, you can download the free app on your device and learn so much about its features, see a diagram of the PUC, and view compatible software that is downloadable at a touch of the screen.

The PUC has a standard 5 pin MIDI jack input (standard 5 pin MIDI cable is included) and can be powered by the 2 AA batteries (included) or by the micro USB port (cable not included). It measures 3 inches (7.6 cm ) in diameter and 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) tall, so it fits in any bag and is easily transportable. I had a lot of fun testing the unit, and the lack of extra connection cables made my set up much more organized. I will definitely be adding a PUC to my bag of tricks, and can’t wait to use it down the road in my MIDI studio and live performances.

For more information on cost, where to buy, specifications, and more visit www.mipuc.com
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Born and Raised in Miami, FL, Vanessa started playing music at a young age. Progressing through high school, Vanessa was playing and performing on multiple instruments including guitar, piano and trumpet. She was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During her time there, she studied the guitar playing of such influences as Pat Martino, Slash, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Eric Johnson and many others. After graduating with a degree in Music Business, she went on to work with such artists as Pat Metheny and Christian McBride. After years in the business end of the industry, she decided to pursue her own performing career and moved to Atlanta, GA. Once in Atlanta, she was playing with several groups, and doing recording sessions.  A year later, she was chosen as a finalist by Beyonce to audition for her all-girl backup band. Vanessa has traveled the world playing guitar, visiting countries such as France, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Japan, South America and the Caribbean. She has performed on the bill with such renown artists as Darius Rucker, LA Sno, KISS, Skid Row and Paramore. She is currently recording and performing as the front woman for rock trio, BAST. www.vanessaizabella.com

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