Roland adds wireless MIDI products

Sunday, 27 September 2020 2:34 pm

Roland has released two new add-ons to “bring the convenience of wireless MIDI to modern music creators”.

The WM-1 Wireless MIDI Adaptor and WM-1D Wireless MIDI Dongle provide wireless MIDI communication between multiple devices, including drum modules, and other MIDI hardware, Mac and Windows computers and iOS mobile devices. In addition to MIDI note data, users can send MIDI sync for tempo, effects, LFOs, loops, and more—all without cables.

Roland’s newer modules offer audio over Bluetooth and some MIDI connectivity to a few apps, while older modules still require cables for all data transfer. So the new products extend wireless options for e-drummers.

The WM-1 connects to MIDI hardware devices with standard 5-pin MIDI I/O, while the WM-1D connects to computers and iOS devices via USB. ‘Standard mode’ provides low-latency MIDI communication between up to four total devices. ‘Fast mode’ reduces latency to 3 ms—better than the internal speed of many hardware devices, providing ultra-fast communication between two WM units for timing-critical applications. 

WM units can communicate with each other and with MIDI music apps on an iOS device and Mac computer in Standard mode via Bluetooth MIDI. The WM-1D is ideal for Windows computers, which don’t have Bluetooth MIDI support built in. Users of Mac computers and iOS devices can also use the WM-1D to gain the benefits of Fast mode. (USB connection with iOS devices requires the appropriate Apple adaptor.)

The WM-1 has a recommended retail price of $69.99 and the WM-1D will go for $79.99.