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Starr Labs Announces MIDI AirPower wireless MIDI link

6th January 2011 — The Starr Labs AirPower is the only professional wireless MIDI solution you’ll need for music or multi-media performance. Send/ recieve MIDI information between instruments and controllers at wired speed up to 300 feet with a solid no-dropout link.

The AirPower MIDI transmitter operates in the 2.4GHz range, giving the instrument an unobstructed range of 300 feet. In contrast to other MIDI wireless transceivers, the Starr Labs MIDI Wireless has excellent dropout protection and recovery in settings where obstructions and reflections are a problem.

The AirPower MIDI Wireless Transmitter/Receiver pair offers a low cost solution with a solid no-dropout communication link that you might expect to find only in transceivers costing twice as much.

The AirPower system is designed to recover from momentary dropouts in transmission without stuck notes or shutting off notes needlessly. Other MIDI wireless links often will shut off a note if the link goes down before a Note-Off message can be sent. Often the link only drops out for a small fraction of a second. Some manufacturers of low-cost MIDI wireless systems rely on MIDI Active Sensing being sent from the keyboard to the Receiver. In that case, if either the transmitting keyboard or the receiving synthesizer does not support Active Sensing, or it has been turned off; a disrupted wireless link will not be detected. This is not a problem with the AirPower wireless.

16 user-selectable channels are available, spaced across the available 2.4GHz band to allow several AirPower links to operate on the same stage. The AirPower receiver is equipped with both MIDI and USB output for direct connection to PC or Mac. Both USB and MIDI outputs can be used simultaneously. The AirPower Reciever may also be upgraded to transmit MIDI out from your computer via USB. The creative applications of such an upgrade are vast and not solely for musicians alone, enabling visual/media artists to create, perform, and control any number of MIDI controllable instruments, lights and lighting consoles, video tools, and software.

The AirPower MIDI link is well suited to embed inside MIDI keyboards and battery-powered MIDI guitars such as the Ztar MIDI controllers from Starr Labs.

For complete wireless operation, we offer a 9V rechargeable battery pack that can be worn on a belt clip, attached to a guitar strap, or adhered to your keyboard or percussion controller. The battery pack may be fitted with a standard DC plug to replace a 9 Volt wall wart, or a MIDI connector to provide phantom power to the controller.
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