New Gear Review: ZIVIX Puc Wireless MIDI


Zivix’s wireless link system (named PUC) connects MIDI musical instruments with iOS devices. An iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 7 loaded with music creation applications, synths or virtual instruments become “plug n’ play” wirelessly using Core MIDI over Wi-Fi with your MIDI controller or sequencer.

Not only is PUC a portable wireless MIDI data transmitter system, it is an interface with a legacy 5-pin DIN connector that’ll adapt any MIDI gear to trigger iOS Core MIDI devices.

The PUC system will work with Garageband, Moog’s Animoog, Waldorf’s Nave and Propellerhead’s ReBirth. I can now integrate these applications from across my control room and record them into Pro Tools using the iPad’s analog (headphone) output jack.

PUC connects to your legacy MIDI controller or interface with a short MIDI cable and runs on two AA-batteries. Once I programmed the proper MIDI channel out, I then set up a Wi-Fi connection from the PUC to my iPad where IK Multimedia's SampleTank started playing immediately.

I like the battery-powered portability allowing me to plug the PUC directly into the studio’s MIDI interface to play my iPad. Other uses are: conveying wirelessly MIDI controller data from drum pads, DJ controller, floor pedals or sustain pedals or basic switch closures. The PUC sells for $129.99 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com