BomeBox

BomeBox™: the MIDI Hub for Stage and Studio

The BomeBox is the solution for connecting and mapping devices via MIDI, Ethernet, WiFi, and USB (without the need of a computer). Cross-connect USB-MIDI devices (powered by the BomeBox), MIDI 5-pin DIN, other BomeBoxes, and computers.

MIDI Translator Pro in a Box

The BomeBox can run basic or complex mappings and scripts on the MIDI data in realtime: load and execute Bome MIDI Translator Pro project files for all your MIDI needs (MIDI Translator Pro is sold separately).

The ultimate Plug-and-Map Experience

BomeBox Overview

Key Features

  • Robust, reinforced ABS case
  • MIDI-DIN: 1x input, 1x output. You can add more via the USB Host
  • USB Host Type A: supports USB-MIDI devices, USB hubs, multi-port USB-MIDI devices
  • Built-in MIDI Router: unlimited virtual MIDI patch bay
  • Quick reconfiguration via tablet, smartphone, or computer
  • Create long distance MIDI connections via Ethernet
  • MIDI Networking: centralized access to all MIDI devices connected to the Ethernet network
  • Built-in 2-port Ethernet switch
  • Wireless MIDI connections via built-in WiFi
  • WiFi works as Hotspot, hub, or client
  • Connects to Windows and macOS using Ethernet or WiFi (Bome Network tool)
  • Unlimited mappings/splits/scenes/conditional routing and MIDI processing with built-in MIDI Translator Pro engine
  • Standard power supply: 5V micro-USB
  • Extra robust power supply: Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) with 48V
  • Pass on PoE and MIDI connections using PoE Out port
  • Small and light: 180g / 6.3oz

Product Brochure

BomeBox brochure

Downloads

Bome Network

For creating Network MIDI connections via Ethernet and/or WiFi to a computer, use the Bome Network tool.
→ Bome Network Tool

BomeBox Firmware

Currently, there is no new firmware available, but in future, we will offer firmware upgrades for the BomeBox to add new functionality.

Photos

(for press-ready high quality photos, see bottom)


Press-Ready High Quality Photos

Download product photos in high quality: BomeBox_Photos.zip.

See the BomeBox in Action

These clips were recorded at the Bome booth at the NAMM Show, January 2015, and in January 2016.

You can also watch the clips on YouTube.

Many thanks to Nan of the midifan.com (Chinese) and to Sean Pappalardo for recording these video clips!

BomeBox Web Config

To configure the BomeBox, simply connect any computer, smartphone, or tablet to the BomeBox’ built-in WiFi and invoke the web config in a standard browser like Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.

BomeBox Instructions

BomeBox Quick Instructions Brochure


See also our FAQ.

BomeBox Specs

  • Define arbitrary MIDI Thru connections (routes) from/to all connected MIDI devices
  • Web Config for easy configuration from any WiFi enabled device
  • For advanced mappings, load & execute MIDI Translator Pro project files
  • MIDI Connections to computers using high-speed network protocol via Ethernet or WiFi using Bome Network Tool
  • MIDI in & out with very low latency
  • USB 2 Host (Type A receptacle) for connecting MIDI controllers, synthesizers, serial ports, USB Hubs, etc.
  • 2x Ethernet 100MBit/s
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz
  • Power: uses approx 150mA, either
    • via Micro-USB Type B: standard cell phone charger, or
    • via Power over Ethernet (PoE): Ethernet In port
  • Provides power for
    • connected USB-MIDI devices (max. 1A)
    • other daisy chained BomeBoxes via PoE Out (if powered via PoE)

  • New Features will be made available via firmware update
  • Dimensions: 121mm x 96 mm x 38 mm (4.8″ x 3.7″ x 1.5″)
  • Weight: 180g
  • Product available since August 2016

BomeBox™ FAQ

General

When is the BomeBox available for purchase?

It is available in our web shop.

How much does the BomeBox cost?

The introductory price is EUR 199 (incl. VAT where it applies).
This corresponds to approx. 222 US Dollars.

Where can I purchase the BomeBox?

Initially, we sell the BomeBox exclusively from our web shop and ship to almost the entire world.

MIDI

Can I connect a USB-MIDI device and a 5-pin DIN MIDI device and they work together?

Yes, that’s standard functionality. By default, all ports are forwarded to all other MIDI ports. But in the web config, you can define fine grained MIDI Routing.

Can I use one MIDI controller to control 5 other devices?

Yes, the web config allows unlimited routing, duplicating and merging of MIDI ports. And in conjunction with MIDI Translator Pro, the BomeBox will do all the filtering, mapping, translation, and processing you can dream of.

Can I have more MIDI DIN ports?

Yes, use a USB to MIDI adapter. We recommend high quality MIDI adapters from e.g. Roland, or Yamaha because we have seen MIDI data loss with cheap MIDI adapters. Use multi-port adapters or a USB hub to get even more MIDI DIN ports.

Does the BomeBox support MIDI System Exclusive?

Yes, the BomeBox supports any valid MIDI message. For mapping e.g. control change message to Sys Ex (or vice versa), use a MIDI Translator Pro project (see below).

Can I use the BomeBox to map channels or controller response?

Yes. For such processing functionality, use a MIDI Translator Pro project (see below).

USB

Does the BomeBox power USB devices?

Yes, the BomeBox provides up to 1A at the USB Type A port.

Can I attach multiple USB-MIDI devices?

Yes, the BomeBox supports powered and passive USB hubs.

Does the BomeBox expose MIDI ports on a computer when attached using the Micro-USB connector?

No. The Micro-USB connector is for power only. You can use Ethernet or WiFi for connecting to a computer: see section Connections below.

MIDI Translator Pro Support

How does MIDI Translator Pro work in the BomeBox?

The BomeBox contains a runtime of MIDI Translator Pro. So you will use the MIDI Translator Pro software on a PC or Mac to create your project file(s), and then use the web config to upload the project. The BomeBox stores up to 8MB of project files, and the web config makes it easy to select the project you want to run. Note: Bome MIDI Translator Pro is not included with the BomeBox, see the next questions, too.

Does the BomeBox keep the uploaded MT Pro Project Files when powered off?

Yes, and that’s very important! There’s up to 8MB available for your project files, and when you power cycle the BomeBox, it just continues where it was when powering off and starts the last loaded MIDI Translator Pro project.

Which features of MIDI Translator Pro are available in the BomeBox?

It supports all features not related to a desktop computer: MIDI in/out, unlimited MIDI ports, MIDI routes, MIDI aliases, Rules, timers, enable/disable presets. Not supported is e.g. keystroke input or emulation, AppleScript, mouse emulation.

Does the BomeBox include a license of MIDI Translator Pro?

The BomeBox is priced very competitively, so it does not include a MIDI Translator Pro license. The BomeBox has a lot of functionality available in the web config, so for many use cases, the advanced mapping capabilities of MIDI Translator Pro are not even needed. And if you’ve downloaded or received a Bome MIDI Translator Pro project file, you can run it in the BomeBox without owning a license of MT Pro.

Do I need a license of MIDI Translator Pro for running a project on the box?

If you got a MIDI Translator Pro project file, for example from your technician or downloaded on the Internet, you can upload it to the BomeBox and it will run even without a license of MIDI Translator Pro. You only need a Bome MIDI Translator Pro license if you want to create or modify project files. Project files created with the Trial version cannot be uploaded to the BomeBox.

Does the BomeBox support Keystroke-to-MIDI translation?

I.e. you attach a USB-QWERTY keyboard to the BomeBox and use it to trigger MIDI messages. This is currently not supported. We plan to add support for attached USB QWERTY keyboards in the future with a firmware update.

Does the BomeBox support MIDI-to-Keystroke translation?

I.e. you connect the BomeBox to a computer via USB and there, it appears as a QWERTY keyboard which can be triggered via translators in a MT Pro project in the BomeBox. This is not possible, because the micro USB connector is for power only. Maybe BomeBox 2… For now, you can do this by using the Bome Network tool (see next section), and running MIDI Translator Pro on the computer for emulating the keystrokes.

Connections

Can I connect the BomeBox to a computer?

One of our goals for creating the BomeBox was to get rid of the computer… However, you can use our Bome Network tool for Windows and macOS for creating MIDI connections to and from a BomeBox via Ethernet or WiFi. See also the following questions.

Can I connect to the BomeBox from iPad, iPhone, Android,…?

The built-in WiFi makes it very easy to connect to the BomeBox from a smart phone or tablet. This is very useful for accessing the web config. In future, we’ll provide the Bome Network tool as an app for mobile devices. Note that currently, the BomeBox does not implement RTP-MIDI (as used by macOS and iOS). See also next question.

Why doesn’t the BomeBox support RTP-MIDI (as used on macOS and iOS)?

When we needed a networked MIDI protocol years ago, RTP-MIDI did not fulfill our requirements of performance and ease of use. So we developed an own protocol which is very easy to set up, has built-in security, and has very low latency. But we’re considering to add RTP-MIDI support in future with a firmware update.

Does the BomeBox support OSC?

Currently not, but we’re working on it and have shown a prototype in January 2017, featuring TouchOSC being connected to a BomeBox, converting OSC to MIDI, and driving a MIDI device connected to the BomeBox. So you can control real MIDI gear from TouchOSC without a computer! OSC will be available as a firmware update.

Web Config

How can I configure the BomeBox?

The BomeBox is configured via the Web Config, accessible from a browser via Ethernet or WiFi. This works similar to how you configure an Internet router. Can I access the Web Config from a computer?

Yes, just open the browser and enter the IP address of the BomeBox. When connected via WiFi, the IP address is 192.168.153.1. When using the Bome Network tool, it displays a menu entry for directly opening a browser with the corresponding BomeBox web config page.

Can I access the Web Config from a smartphone or tablet?

Yes, and that’s our recommended way: use Ethernet for Network MIDI (if needed), and WiFi for web config from a tablet. Simply connect to the BomeBox WiFi (by default SSID “BomeBox”), open your mobile browser like Safari or Chrome, where you will be greeted by a BomeBox status page. If you don’t get routed to the web config, enter the IP address 192.168.153.1.

What can I configure in the Web Config?

Settings:

  • General: name, password
  • Ethernet: DHCP client (default), DHCP server, fixed IP address
  • WiFi: HotSpot (default), Client, Access Point
  • Backup/Updates: create and apply backups, reset to factory defaults, upload a firmware update

MIDI:

  • MIDI Ports: view available ports, assign MIDI Aliases
  • MIDI Routes: view/edit/create MIDI Routes, save and load Route Sets
  • Network MIDI: connect to another BomeBox, approve incoming connection request
  • MIDI Translator: view/upload/select project files, restart or close project

Wireless / WiFi

Can I connect multiple devices to the BomeBox via WiFi?

Yes, by default, the BomeBox works like a wireless WiFi router.

Can I connect the BomeBox via WiFi to an existing WiFi router?

Yes, simply select “WiFi Client” instead of “WiFi HotSpot” in the web config.

Can I use WiFi Ad-Hoc connection?

No, and it won’t be necessary, because the BomeBox works as a full WiFi HotSpot.

Does the BomeBox support Bluetooth?

There is no built-in Bluetooth in the BomeBox, but you can plug in a Bluetooth-MIDI dongle like WIDI-Bud for connecting Bluetooth MIDI devices to the BomeBox.

Ethernet

Can I connect two BomeBoxes without a network router?

Yes, this is possible via Ethernet and WiFi. For Ethernet, simply use a standard network cable to directly connect BomeBoxes. The network ports are MDIX auto sensing and support APIPA/link local addresses. Additionally, you can enable a DHCP server in a BomeBox (Ethernet Master) and use a switch to connect even more devices. It’ll serve other devices like computers, too.
For WiFi, you can set up a BomeBox as a WiFi Client, or as a WiFi Hotspot, so you can also create connections from one BomeBox to another.

Do I need a network router for using the BomeBox in a network?

No, the BomeBox has all the functionality of a router: it features a DHCP server, so you can run all your network on your BomeBox.
However, a BomeBox will also fit well into networks with an existing router.

Why are there 2 Ethernet ports?

Apart from PoE (see below), they work like a mini network switch, so in many case you will not even need a network switch or router when using the BomeBox. Another great way to use BomeBoxes are to daisy chain them: one network cable connects to a second BomeBox, which connects a third BomeBox, and so on. In conjunction with PoE, you will not even need to attach a power adapter to the BomeBoxes.

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Why are the network ports labeled PoE In and PoE Out?

PoE In is for getting power into the BomeBox: use any PoE source for that. The PoE Out port works as a PoE source for a daisy chained BomeBox. By daisy chaining, you can, for example, connect all the BomeBoxes on a stage setup with just one cable connection for providing power and Ethernet MIDI connections.

Security

How can I prevent an intruder to access the Web Config?

The Web Config is protected by a password, which you should set up when first connecting the BomeBox. Moreover, when using WiFi, you should also set a password there to prevent unauthorized access from your neighbors or the auditorium…

Can someone connect via Network MIDI without authorization?

No, Network MIDI connections require a two-step setup: one side requests a Network MIDI connection, and the other side must approve it. For convenience, you can use the Pair button on the BomeBox to authorize an incoming Network MIDI connection request.

I forgot my password!

The BomeBox provides a way to reset the password: copy a password reset file on a USB thumb drive, plug the thumb drive in the BomeBox USB port, and then reboot the BomeBox. This will remove the password and you can access the web config without entering a password.

I misconfigured the BomeBox network and cannot access it anymore!

Similar in the way to reset your password, use a thumb drive with a special network reset file and reboot the BomeBox. This will reset the network to factory defaults (Ethernet client, WiFi HotSpot without password).

Robustness

Why is the BomeBox made of plastic?

Using a metal case would have been nice, and not even more expensive. But with a metal case, for the WiFi to work, we would have had to use an external antenna! So we settled on an internal antenna and a particularly robust non-flammable ABS plastic case, enforced with a metal bolt in the center for extra robustness.

Is there an option for a more robust power supply than Micro-USB?

Yes, in that case you should power the box via Ethernet. The Ethernet jack is protected against involuntarily pulling out the cable.
A standard 48V Power-over-Ethernet injector for $10-$15 will work fine. Or a PoE switch with multiple ports. You can use such PoE sources as a power supply even if not using Ethernet.

Open Source

Is the BomeBox Open Source?

Not entirely. But the BomeBox runs an adapted version of OpenWRT, which is licensed under the GNU Public License. As required by the license, we have published our modifications to OpenWRT on github, so it is possible to create your own version of OpenWRT to run on the BomeBox, if you wish (without Bome specific functionality).

Essentials

Can I play Pong?

Yes, and we recommend it. The BomeBox ships with a Pong MIDI Translator Pro project for use with a Novation Launchpad. It is a 4-sided Pong.

Will it blend?

Absolutely.