[ Ref. http://www.mmdigest.com/Archives/KWIC/I/ipad.html
Mitchell Manger asked about how to play MIDI capable musical instruments
from an iPhone [13020 MMDigest]. He should be able to do it with the
hardware he has.
Now that my Mills Violano has undergone a complete restoration by
Robert Loeffler, I use an iPad to make playlists, tempo changes and
play music. Over the years, I have seen and heard about a dozen Mills
Violano Virtuosos play, but none sounds as good or looks as fine as
the one that just came back from his complete restoration. It has
great expression good volume and its music sounds so beautiful. Robert
completely disassembled the case and restored or refinished every part
needed. He completely rebuilt, restrung and rehammered the piano. He
restrung, polished and refinished the violin. The nickel plate has
been restored, the magnets have been restored. The fingering mechanism
has been completely rebuilt and restored as well as the spool box and
coin mechanism. It is beautiful. For icing on the cake, he added a
computer MIDI system in parallel with the roll playing spool box.
I just listened to half a dozen songs selected and played from my iPad.
The convenience of selecting songs independently and having individual
song tempo control, all from the comfort of your chair across the room,
is wonderful and amazing. This machine is now ready for the next 100
years of use.
An iRig MIDI interface is used to create the output from the iPad.
After experimenting with different MIDI players, the one I use most is
"Sweet MIDI Player". It has a free download and you can get it to work
on this free part. After it is working, you will want to upgrade so
you can play complete songs, save the Tempo changes and playlists.
There are some tricks to getting it to work:
1. Follow the directions in the help screen to upload your MIDI files
to the player via iTunes.
2. Go to settings / Output Type / and select Core MIDI.
3. Go to Settings / Core MIDI Device and select iRig MIDI.
4. Go to settings / Input Type and select iRig MIDI.
It should be working at this point.
I can't say enough good things about the restoration which was
completed on my Violano. To see photos of the restoration and to hear
it play, visit the web site at
As you can see I am overjoyed at the quality and completeness of this
restoration. The final result is a like new, museum quality music
machine, ready to perform for you at the drop of a nickel or tap on the
iPad. I believe that our hobby is lucky to have a world class restorer,
expert in these machines.