Once again, the NAMM Show is opening its doors in Anaheim, California, April 13-15, 2023. If you’re attending in person, please say hello at the Bome booth #10501 to check out our product line and see what’s new!
If you cannot come down to Anaheim, you can also attend virtually via The NAMM Show+. Please ask us if you need an invitation for the virtual NAMM+ event.
Happy Summer! And happy winter to folks in the Southern hemnisphere!
We’ve just released version 1.5.2 of the BomeBox firmware. It features initial MIDI 2.0 support: MIDI-CI Discovery and MIDI-CI Property Exchange. See the updated user’s manual for more information.
After 2 years, the NAMM Show will be back in Anaheim, California, June 3-5, 2022.
If you’re attending in person, please say hello at the Bome booth #10501!
We have a few badges available for free, just drop us a line if you’re interested. First come, first serve! (until May 18)
And you don’t need to travel there: you can also attend virtually via The NAMM Show+. You will still need a NAMM badge to access the virtual event.
This year, a lot of new or updated products compete in five categories. Public voting has already started — you can vote, too! But hurry, voting ends May 14th.
In the category Software Prototypes/Non-Commercial, you’ll find a new Bome MIDI 2.0 developer tool. Feel free to vote for it! We’ll release it to the public later this year.
That’s it for now! Take care,
Florian and the Bome team
Our popular MIDI networking and routing tool is now available in the Apple App Store!
Wireless MIDI workflow without a Computer
Connect your iPad or iPhone to the BomeBox’ built-in WiFi: now all MIDI gear plugged into the BomeBox can be used with and from your mobile device.
Or access the BomeBox(es) via an existing WiFi hub using WiFi or Ethernet.
Simplicity with Security
From the ground up, we’ve designed Bome Network to be very simple to use. BomeBoxes and devices running Bome Network are auto-discovered and listed on the main screen in Bome Network. To create a MIDI pairing, simply click on Connect (simple!), then confirm the pairing on the other device (secure!).
Enable Background Mode in the app, and now you can freely switch to other MIDI apps on your iPhone/iPad and use all your virtual MIDI ports set up in Bome Network.
Note: Background Mode uses more battery, so it’s recommended to turn off background mode when you’re done using network MIDI.
With Bome Network, you only need to set up pairings once and then they will stay! Re-establishing your stage setup is as simple as powering up all involved devices and you’re done.
Note: on iPhone and iPad, you need to manually start the Bome network app after a restart, because there is no auto-start functionality…
Remote Direct MIDI
Use any USB-MIDI and MIDI-DIN devices connected to the BomeBox on your mobile device. Each selected device appears as an own virtual MIDI IN/MIDI OUT pair which you can use in any MIDI-enabled iOS app.
The iOS/iPadOS app has the same additional features as the desktop application for MacOS and Windows. The Bome Network Pro add-on (for purchase) allows for direct MIDI connections to other iPhones/iPads/computers running Bome Network. And the Unlimited Named MIDI Ports add-on lets you create additional virtual MIDI ports on the mobile device for use in the integrated MIDI router.
That’s all for today. Stay safe and healthy!
Florian and the Bome crew
to celebrate the last day of May is MIDI Month, we’re doing a triple update! Oh, and regarding May is MIDI Month: this year’s fund raiser for the Children’s Music Fund raised more than $30,000! We are very very happy to have been a part of this as silver sponsor.
Bome MIDI Translator Pro 1.9
This new version allows for even more dynamic control on desktop (Windows and macOS) and in the BomeBox:
new Application Focus action: dynamic processing depending which other application is currently active
new MIDI Router action: modify MIDI routing on the fly
new MIDI Port action: dynamic processing depending on plugging in or unplugging MIDI devices
improved integration with the YouTube video tutorials
This update is free for owners of a Bome MIDI Translator Pro license. Please download the new version in your account: Bome Account
(if you don’t have an account, just create one)
A free trial version and more information is available here: Download Trial
Bome Network 1.4
Organize all your network MIDI devices! The all new user interface for Bome Network gives you much better control over your Bome MIDI network, including BomeBoxes and other computers. Plus these new features:
Feature: Remote Direct MIDI ports
Feature: MIDI Router
Feature: Unlimited Named MIDI Ports as an Add-On (for purchase)
Enhancement: Dark Mode support
Enhancement: configurable prefix/suffix for virtual port names
Enhancement: integrate Connect to IP into main host list
it’s May, and May is MIDI Month! We at Bome are a proud silver sponsor of this year’s MIDI Association fundraiser. Other sponsors include, among others: IK Multimedia, Korg, NAMM, Steinberg, Steinway, Sweetwater, and Yamaha.
This year’s donations will go to the Children’s Music Fund. Every dollar is matched 10x: for every dollar you donate, the MIDI Association sponsors will donate an additional $10!
Watch Lisa Harriton from Smashing Pumpkins, Serj Tankian from System of a Down, Scott Shriner from Weezer, actress/singer/songwriter Minnie Driver, and others explain the important mission of Children’s Music Fund:
We hope that you’ve had a nice, safe, and healthy start into 2021!
Here at Bome we’ve been safe and healthy… and very busy! We’re currently finalizing updates to Bome Network, MIDI Translator Pro, and the BomeBox firmware… (sorry no release yet!). Here are some related news.
NAMM Believe in Music Week
Next week is this year’s NAMM show — an all-virtual event: Believe In Music Week. Organizations and manufacturers present their products on the Believe In Music’s Swapcard site, and you can schedule virtual meetings. There are also a lot of streamed video sessions, performances, and concerts. The best part: it’s free to attend for everyone!
There is also a virtual Bome booth, we’d love to see you come by 😉 … or schedule a meeting!
Follow this link to register now: https://attend.believeinmusic.tv
MIDI Innovation Awards
This is a new award for innovative MIDI products. Of the many very interesting contestants, 10 finalists were selected by a panel of industry reviewers (which included yours truly). Now, public voting has started, so you can vote, too!
The grand finale will be streamed next Thursday in an awards show, including a high profile jury, MCs, and live performances.
Check out the finalists, vote, and attend the live stream here: https://musichackspace.org/mia2021/
Streamed MIDI Sessions
Organized by the MIDI Association, there are 4 interesting sessions on January 18 as part of the Believe In Music week:
Session 1: 9am: MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE)
Session 2: 10am: MIDI 2.0 Profiles and Property Exchange
Session 3: 11am: Bluetooth LE (Wireless MIDI)
Session 4: 1pm: MIDI 2.0 Protocol
All times are in the Pacific time zone. See the midi.org web site for more information: https://www.midi.org/midi-articles/the-midi-association-at-namm-s-believe-in-music-week-2021
Now I’m going back to implementing (some) MIDI 2.0 features in the BomeBox firmware…
Florian and the Bome team
We hope that you are safe and healthy during these troubling times in many parts of the world.
How about some nicer news?
BomeBox with Flange
This version of the BomeBox is widely available now. While functionality and connectors are the same as for the normal BomeBox, the mounting bracket allows affixing the BomeBox with screws:
We usually don’t have Black Friday sales, but we want to celebrate this additional BomeBox form factor with an introductory offer: for a limited time, it’s on sale for the same price as the normal BomeBox: www.bome.com/shop/bomebox-with-flange
And while we ship world-wide from our web shop, we continue to expand our global network of distributors: www.bome.com/distributors
When we retired our traditional forum in 2017, we hoped to provide a modern solution for improved user support and community discussions. Unfortunately, that Q&A-style forum continued to have technical deficiencies and seemed more confusing than our own products 😉
Joking aside, this new forum is powered by Discourse, and for me, it’s pure joy to see the community feel coming back — in just 5 days already! Check it out:
These are great times for MIDI! In the MIDI Association, I am participating in the development of new standards for the MIDI 2.0 ecosystem. And at Bome, we’re also working on first MIDI 2.0 implementations in our products.
Here is a new introductory MIDI 2.0 video by the MIDI Association (maybe you can spot a Bome signature product?):
Now back to translating some MIDI…
Florian and the Bome team
We have just released a new BomeBox firmware version 1.4.2: Download and Upgrade Guide
This is a maintenance release with small enhancements and some stability improvements. Major new features will come later this year as a firmware upgrade.
Stay safe and healthy!
Florian and the Bome team
PS: Have you wondered what MIDI 2.0 will bring for you, the musicians, artists, creatives? Then don’t miss today’s MIDI Association webinar, Saturday May 30, at 10am PDT (1pm EDT / 19:00 CEST). Sign up here: https://www.midi.org/live
I (Florian) will be on the experts panel, too 🙂
May is MIDI Month is the MIDI Association’s yearly fund raiser. Because many MIDI users are severely affected by COVID-19, this year’s proceeds go to the Grammy/MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The fund provides help for musicians and other creatives affected by the pandemic. Maybe you are lucky enough to be able to donate? All donations via the MIDI Association are matched by factor 10 by MIDI Manufacturers Association sponsor companies. As a silver sponsor, we are happy to have pledged $500 in matched donations.
Furthermore, the MIDI month brings you tips and weekly MIDI webinars on Saturdays. Check out midi.org for more information.
An update to our Bome Network tool is overdue! Because the next version will feature many new features, we decided to open up a pre-release version (beta). If you’d like to check out Catalina support, a flexible MIDI Router, full control over virtual MIDI ports (including an add-on for purchase to create arbitrary virtual MIDI ports), and a new GUI, download it here: https://www.bome.com/products/bomenet#downloads
And you may have been intrigued by the last connection entry in the screenshot above… yes, we’re currently evaluating if we want to publish Bome Network as an app for iOS devices. If you’d like to check it out, please ask us.
The Bome team is wishing you a happy New Year!
We look forward to an exciting year 2020.
We have actively participated in creating the MIDI 2.0 specifications in the MIDI Manufacturers Association for many years. This year, some specifications will be finalized, and the Bome products will learn new MIDI 2.0 features along that path. The main focus will be on bridging MIDI 1.0 gear with the MIDI 2.0 world: proxying and translation. Existing BomeBox owners will also benefit from these new features by way of free firmware upgrades.
Tutorials for MIDI Translator Pro, BomeBox, and Bome Network
We continue to produce video tutorials for beginners, and also for advanced users. Check them out and subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay in the loop:
We put some love into MIDI Translator Pro!
The new version 1.8.4 has more than 50 new features, enhancements, and fixes.
For example: dedicated MPE support, improved keystroke and mouse emulation, and better multi-monitor support.
May is MIDI Month! It’s the MIDI Association’s yearly fund raiser where we’re happy to be a Gold Sponsor.
You can enjoy daily tips and weekly MIDI webinars on Saturdays.
Tomorrow’s webinar is about Controllerism. And the topic of the webinar on May 25 is MIDI 2.0, with Bome founder Florian Bomers on the experts panel. If interested, mark your calendars!
Also this year, we have a small but exquisite booth at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, USA, January 25-28, 2019. Please come by and say hello, or schedule a meeting. We’re located at the entrance between halls A and B.
We do have a few free NAMM tickets reserved for our customers, just drop us a line (first come, first serve).
And now back to translating MIDI!
All the best from
Florian and the entire Bome team
We are a proud gold sponsor of the May is MIDI Month campaign by the MIDI Manufacturers Association. Please check it out! For MIDI enthusiasts, we also recommend to sign up to The MIDI Association (it’s free).
In MIDI Month, we have prepared numerous updates for you:
That’s all for MIDI Month!
Florian with the Bome Team
Just like every year, we would love to meet you this week at the Pro Light & Sound and Musikmesse 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. We don’t have a booth this year, but you can schedule a meeting to chat with Bome Software founder Florian Bomers, check out the BomeBox and upcoming firmware features, and talk shop all things MIDI!
The next chance to meet us is at SuperBooth first week of May in Berlin, Germany.
Introducing Allen & Heath professional mixer support!
We’re happy to announce that the BomeBox now provides MIDI connectivity to Allen & Heath digital mixers of the dLive, GLD, and Qu series. Now, connecting the mixer to a BomeBox via Ethernet will let you use the BomeBox’es MIDI ports to access the mixer. All advanced MIDI routing capabilities of the BomeBox are available, too, and you can even connect multiple mixers to one BomeBox.
Just upgrade the BomeBox to firmware version 1.2 (or later). The firmware is available in the BomeBox Downloads section. Every BomeBox can be upgraded using the new firmware.
We would love to meet you this week at the Pro Light & Sound and Musikmesse 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany! Please schedule a meeting to get hands-on with the BomeBox, or check out version 1.8.2 of MIDI Translator Pro. And of course, have a chat with Bome Software founder Florian Bomers!
The next chance to meet us is at SuperBooth later this month in Berlin, Germany.
We have just released a minor update of Bome MIDI Translator Pro. It mainly fixes an issue with mouse emulation on macOS and a crash when saving. This incompatibility was introduced by a recent macOS update in 10.11 (El Capitan) and 10.12 (Sierra). Thanks for that!
We’ve also improved serial port support: now you can configure the port parameters on serial port aliases and create MIDI ports from serial port aliases. All these settings will be stored in the project file (.bmtp). Like that, using such a project on a different computer will instantly configure the ports as needed. Also, it works great for using serial ports attached to the BomeBox — with the upcoming firmware!
There are also a number of minor improvements for macOS and Windows: check out the full version history.
Hey gals and guys, we’ve just released the Bome Network tool for connecting to the BomeBox (mainly), and demonstrated some nice new MT Pro features at the NAMM Show two weeks ago.
With the Bome Network tool you connect your favorite DAW or other MIDI software to the BomeBox from a Windows or macOS computer. It works with Bome MIDI Translator Pro, too! It’s free for connecting to a BomeBox. Bome Network Pro costs EUR 29 and lets you connect from computer to computer, too (much like Apple’s network MIDI/RTP-MIDI).
At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, we’ve shown early versions of a couple of new features for MIDI Translator Pro:
OSC actions: use OSC input and output actions in MT Pro projects for translating OSC to and from MIDI, or to mouse/keystrokes or even other OSC
OSC Router: create flexible OSC routings for multiple OSC apps
Improved MIDI Router: create routes from MIDI Output ports to another Output (duplicate MIDI output streams), from Input to Input (duplicate incoming MIDI data as if it comes from another port, too), or from Output to Input (feed it back to the router and the processing engine). This will facilitate many connection issues!
Improved Serial Ports: your serial port settings are now stored in the project file, and the MIDI-over-serial feature has been greatly improved.
The best thing is: all these new features will also come to the BomeBox with a firmware upgrade! At NAMM, we’ve shown a smartphone running TouchOSC directly connected to the BomeBox via its built-in WiFi, where we’ve been running an MT Pro project translating the OSC messages to MIDI, and playing a synthesizer connected via 5-pin DIN. No computer necessary for your performance!
Also, we will post an interim update of MT Pro to fix a few compatibility issues with macOS “Sierra” 10.12.
We’re very excited about the new design of our website! It comes with a fresh new look, a new Q&A section (phasing out the forum), single sign-on, and it’s mobile friendly.
And don’t forget to check by our booth if you’re at the NAMM show in Anaheim, starting next Thursday (booth #1088 in hall E). We’ll show some new upcoming firmware features for the BomeBox and MIDI Translator Pro. But be warned, the Bome team has not had a complete make over…
For rants or kudos, feel free to post in the Q&A section!
We have just released version 1.8.1 of Bome MIDI Translator Pro — with long-awaited new features and numerous bugs fixes *)
Moreover, our first hardware product, the BomeBox, is shipping! It is a versatile MIDI router, with USB, MIDI DIN, Ethernet, and WiFi connections. And the icing on the cake: you can load your MIDI Translator Pro projects into the box and it’ll run them with all your MIDI mappings, routes, timers,… without the need of a computer: MIDI Translator Pro in a box! Check it out.
We would love to meet you at the Musikmesse 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany! Please schedule a meeting to see the BomeBox prototypes in action, or check out the upcoming version 1.8.1 of MIDI Translator Pro, or just talk shop with Bome Software founder Florian Bomers.
For many months we’re ready to start production, and I wish we’d be able to tell you better news. But we’re having continued problems passing FCC/ce certification. Our main headache is that the test results are inconsistent. On the other hand, I’ve been told that many manufacturers have gone through such problems…”welcome to the club” 🙂
I have a very experienced electronics engineer working on it and we’re optimistic to eventually pass the tests!
On the photo you can see the test lab. Barely visible is a BomeBox on the table.
We would love to meet you at the NAMM Show 2016 in Anaheim, CA (January 21 to 24)! In our booth #1088 in hall E (downstairs), you’ll have the chance to chat with Florian Bomers, founder, and Jared Helfer, our tech suport guru!
We’ll also show the BomeBox in action, and showcase the new MIDI Translator Pro features. For scheduling a meeting, please contact us directly.
PS: we have recently discovered a new BomeBox production problem, delaying availability of the BomeBox. We’re currently working on a fix, with certification scheduled right before NAMM. Crossing our fingers!
We’re happy to present the BomeBox, a small friendly box to connect devices via MIDI, USB, Ethernet, and WiFi, using the full mapping and processing power of Bome MIDI Translator Pro. Check it out at the NAMM Show 2015 in booth #1086 (hall E)!
All the best for 2015!
Right now, we’re working on the final touches of 2 exciting product releases at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 22 to 25:
1) MIDI Translator Pro version 1.8 — an important milestone towards the long awaited 2.0 release…
2) our first hardware product… stay tuned!
Drop by at our NAMM booth #1086 in hall E.
Schedule a meeting now with Florian Bomers at the Musikmesse, Frankfurt, Germany from April 10 to 12.
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