Midi patchbay - - Midiman or MOTU?

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by JR, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. JR

    JR Guest

    Hello everyone!
    I'm in the market to upgrade my current midi interface, a Midiman Midisport
    2x4 (USB) to a midi patchbay type of device (I'm running on a PC, WinXP and
    SONAR). I'm looking at used units and have narrowed down to the Midiman
    Midisport 8x8 and the Motu Express XT, both USB units. Anyone have
    expreience, good or bad, that would recommend one of these over the other?
    I've owned other Midiman products and all have worked flawlessly, but Motu
    seems to have a good reputation also (and it looks cooler, too.....) but
    I've heard that their products don't always perform well on a PC. It's also
    troubling that I can't download a manual from their website, whereas I can
    from Midiman...... I have 4 midi modules and two keyboards and would like to
    be able to route any of them to each other or together without having to
    constantly reaching behind and reconnecting cables!! Any experiences or
    recommendations for a midi patchbay for use on a PC under WinXP (and with
    SONAR) would be greatly appreciated- - - thanks in advance for your help!!
    Jim
  2. "JR" <jeray31@comcast.net> wrote in message news:<K_GdndSEfJOeBaOiXTWJkw@comcast.com>...
    > Hello everyone!
    > I'm in the market to upgrade my current midi interface, a Midiman Midisport
    > 2x4 (USB) to a midi patchbay type of device (I'm running on a PC, WinXP and
    > SONAR). I'm looking at used units and have narrowed down to the Midiman
    > Midisport 8x8 and the Motu Express XT, both USB units. Anyone have
    > expreience, good or bad, that would recommend one of these over the other?
    > I've owned other Midiman products and all have worked flawlessly, but Motu
    > seems to have a good reputation also (and it looks cooler, too.....) but
    > I've heard that their products don't always perform well on a PC. It's also
    > troubling that I can't download a manual from their website, whereas I can
    > from Midiman...... I have 4 midi modules and two keyboards and would like to
    > be able to route any of them to each other or together without having to
    > constantly reaching behind and reconnecting cables!! Any experiences or
    > recommendations for a midi patchbay for use on a PC under WinXP (and with
    > SONAR) would be greatly appreciated- - - thanks in advance for your help!!
    > Jim

    jim, i have two separate rigs (keyboard rig and guitar rig - the
    latter routed from roland gr-30); 14 modules total, and i was thinking
    about getting a midi patchbay, too
    but after a while i decided to buy a submixer (more audio inputs) and
    simply silence modules i do not need at the moment( still connecting
    synths "out- to thru- to out"..... no latency detected)....simple,
    easy and cheaper
    krzysztof duszkiewicz
    http://www.soundclick.com/krzysztofduszkiewicz
  3. J.A.

    J.A. Guest

    I've got the MIDISPORT 8x8 and love it! Never had a problem with it and is generally easy to work
    with.

    On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 15:45:53 -0500, "JR" <jeray31@comcast.net> wrote:

    >Hello everyone!
    >I'm in the market to upgrade my current midi interface, a Midiman Midisport
    >2x4 (USB) to a midi patchbay type of device (I'm running on a PC, WinXP and
    >SONAR). I'm looking at used units and have narrowed down to the Midiman
    >Midisport 8x8 and the Motu Express XT, both USB units. Anyone have
    >expreience, good or bad, that would recommend one of these over the other?
    >I've owned other Midiman products and all have worked flawlessly, but Motu
    >seems to have a good reputation also (and it looks cooler, too.....) but
    >I've heard that their products don't always perform well on a PC. It's also
    >troubling that I can't download a manual from their website, whereas I can
    >from Midiman...... I have 4 midi modules and two keyboards and would like to
    >be able to route any of them to each other or together without having to
    >constantly reaching behind and reconnecting cables!! Any experiences or
    >recommendations for a midi patchbay for use on a PC under WinXP (and with
    >SONAR) would be greatly appreciated- - - thanks in advance for your help!!
    >Jim
    >
  4. JR

    JR Guest

    Thanks everyone for your feedback - - I'm getting the Midisport 8x8!

    "J.A." <nospam@blackhole.com> wrote in message
    news:pn08kvos9mss6au55srih88rqhft5vg6bl@4ax.com...
    > I've got the MIDISPORT 8x8 and love it! Never had a problem with it and

    is generally easy to work
    > with.
    >
    > On Sat, 16 Aug 2003 15:45:53 -0500, "JR" <jeray31@comcast.net> wrote:
    >
    > >Hello everyone!
    > >I'm in the market to upgrade my current midi interface, a Midiman

    Midisport
    > >2x4 (USB) to a midi patchbay type of device (I'm running on a PC, WinXP

    and
    > >SONAR). I'm looking at used units and have narrowed down to the Midiman
    > >Midisport 8x8 and the Motu Express XT, both USB units. Anyone have
    > >expreience, good or bad, that would recommend one of these over the

    other?
    > >I've owned other Midiman products and all have worked flawlessly, but

    Motu
    > >seems to have a good reputation also (and it looks cooler, too.....) but
    > >I've heard that their products don't always perform well on a PC. It's

    also
    > >troubling that I can't download a manual from their website, whereas I

    can
    > >from Midiman...... I have 4 midi modules and two keyboards and would like

    to
    > >be able to route any of them to each other or together without having to
    > >constantly reaching behind and reconnecting cables!! Any experiences or
    > >recommendations for a midi patchbay for use on a PC under WinXP (and with
    > >SONAR) would be greatly appreciated- - - thanks in advance for your

    help!!
    > >Jim
    > >

    >

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