5 Alternatives Of iRig MIDI 2

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

The iRig MIDI 2 is the first mobile MIDI interface that is Lightning/USB compatible and works with all iOS and Android devices. This is through an optional OTG to Mini-DIN connection. 

Additionally, it also works with mac and PC. Every element you liked about the iRig MIDI is now more advanced, portable, connected, and controlled than ever before. Put another way. It’s the ideal MIDI option for a traveling musician. In this article, we’re going to talk about the alternatives of iRig MIDI 2. 

M-Audio Midisport UNO USB Midi Interface

USB Uno is the smallest and most basic USB MIDI interface available in M-Audio. It provides essential 1 x 1 operation as well as bus-powered mobility, and it even has its own set of USB and MIDI cables built-in. There’s nothing simpler than this.

Features and Specifications

  • 1-in/1-out MIDI interface
  • 16 MIDI input channels
  • 16 MIDI output channels
  • Bus-powered—requires no external power supply
  • Extremely compact and lightweight for mobile or desktop use
  • Built-in USB and MIDI cables
  • Size: Size/weight: 3-1/2” (w) x 7/8” (h) x 1-13/16” (d) x 116″ (cable); .075 lbs.
  • Compatibility: MME, Mac OS X Core MIDI
  • Minimum System Requirements (PC): Windows 98SE / Me / 2000 (SP4) / XP (SP2)* / Vista (32 bit) / Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 (* Home and Professional Edition only. Windows Media Center Edition is not supported.)
  • Minimum System Requirements (Mac): OS X all instances up to 10.12.1

Roland UM-ONE mk2 USB MIDI Interface

The cheap UM-ONE mk2 is portable, accessible, and quick, and it offers high-performance FPT processing for low latency and precise timing control. In addition, the bus-powered MIDI interface is suitable for Macs and PCs and is now compatible with the iPad, thanks to the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit!

Features and Specifications

  • Connectors: MIDI IN Cable (connect to MIDI OUT) x 1 (16 MIDI Channels) MIDI OUT Cable (connect to MIDI IN) x 1 (16 MIDI Channels) USB Cable
  • Switch: COMP/TAB switch
  • Indicators: USB Indicator, MIDI IN Indicator, MIDI OUT Indicator
  • Power Supply: Supplied from the computer via USB cable
  • Current Draw: 70 mA
  • Accessories: Owner’s Manual, UM-ONE CD-ROM
  • Width: 60mm, 2-3/8 inches
  • Depth: 30 mm, 1-3/16 inches
  • Height: 14 mm, 0-9/16 inches
  • Weight: 100 g, 0 lbs. 4 oz


This is a generic-looking ‘Amazon exclusive’ product and brand receiving positive feedback since 2017.

Other midi interfaces that look incredibly similar to this are available on Amazon, and the ‘FORE’ brand is most likely just printed on by the Chinese producer for the re-seller. However, many believe it to be effective, and they offer enough support for their product.

Features and Specifications

  • Compatibility: Class Compliant and compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS (via CCK/Lightning adaptor), and Linux. Sysex messages are not supported.
  • Number of MIDI Ports: 1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out
  • Power Supply: USB
  • Length: 6.5ft
  • Weight: 3.84oz

Yamaha MD-BT01

The good thing about Yamaha MD-BT01 is that it’s a Bluetooth wireless MIDI interface that includes MIDI In/Out for Mac and iOS computers.

Bluetooth MIDI is a technological standard created by Apple. Thus it has been highly compatible with any Apple devices only, but other operating systems, like Windows 10, have provided support as well.

The MIDI connection powers the device. Thus no wires are needed, allowing for a fully wireless arrangement. In addition, Yamaha includes an application that makes it simple to utilize several MD-BT01s in your configuration.

Features and Specifications

  • Compatibility: Bluetooth LE MIDI. Compatible with iOs 8 or later and Mac OSX Yosemite or later with Bluetooth 4.0 installed.
  • Number of MIDI Ports: 1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out
  • Power Supply: Powered by MIDI Connection
  • Size: 0.67″(W) x 2.63″ (D) x 0.67″(H)
  • Weight: 0.81oz

MOTU micro lite – 5×5 USB MIDI interface

The MOTU micro lite 5×5 is a professional MIDI interface with 5 MIDI In/Out and 80 MIDI channels that works with all Mac and Windows devices. It features a metal shell that makes it portable as well as suitable for desktop use.

It also has detachable rack attachments and a unique center-joint fastener, allowing you to install two side-by-side interfaces in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.

By connecting it to additional MOTU MIDI interfaces, you may increase the number of MIDI ports.

Features and Specifications

  • Number of MIDI Ports: 5 MIDI In, 5 MIDI Out
  • Compatibility: Proprietary Drivers Supplied for Windows and Mac (Not Class Complaint)
  • Power Supply: USB
  • Size: 9.5″(W) x 7″(D) x 1.75″(H)
  • Weight: 2 lbs