USB MIDI adapter recommendations?

Discussion in 'comp.music.midi' started by Sir Master, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Sir Master

    Sir Master Guest

    Hi All,

    I'm looking for recommendations on a USB (1.1 or 2.x) MIDI adapter. I
    saw the MOTU FastLane which looked okay but I'm not exactly sure what
    to look for in terms of features and performance. Is that overkill?

    For example, what makes an interface "professional quality"?
    Gigastudio seems to want one. For a basic home set up would I need
    more than 2inx2out? I think that's a function of how many channels I
    want to have available? So two in/out would/should give me 32
    channels, and I can still daisy chain several MIDI instruments?

    I'm looking for something under $150 street price, that I won't
    outgrow a year from now when I might have an idea of what I'm doing.
    LOL.

    I'd appreciate any recommendations on adapters. I have an HP Pavilion
    running Windows XP with USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. My model has
    built in sound so there's no game port and both PCI slots are in use.

    Thanks,
    Mark
  2. Steve Nelson

    Steve Nelson Guest

    I like my Midiman 1 x 1, even use it with a MIDI patch bay, but it works
    well alone...paid around $45 for it. Midiman also makes a small portable
    USB adapter, I guess for use w. a laptop.
    Steve
    "Sir Master" <dontspam@me.org> wrote in message
    news:s051fv4dm5jprcb7i235kccnpsdvu9mtg9@4ax.com...
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I'm looking for recommendations on a USB (1.1 or 2.x) MIDI adapter. I
    > saw the MOTU FastLane which looked okay but I'm not exactly sure what
    > to look for in terms of features and performance. Is that overkill?
    >
    > For example, what makes an interface "professional quality"?
    > Gigastudio seems to want one. For a basic home set up would I need
    > more than 2inx2out? I think that's a function of how many channels I
    > want to have available? So two in/out would/should give me 32
    > channels, and I can still daisy chain several MIDI instruments?
    >
    > I'm looking for something under $150 street price, that I won't
    > outgrow a year from now when I might have an idea of what I'm doing.
    > LOL.
    >
    > I'd appreciate any recommendations on adapters. I have an HP Pavilion
    > running Windows XP with USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. My model has
    > built in sound so there's no game port and both PCI slots are in use.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark
  3. MS

    MS Guest

    Did you look at:

    www.edirol.com

    I think they have a couple fairly inexpensive. Or, as someone mentioned:

    www.m-audio.com

    (same company as Midiman)

    The less expensive ones only have one in, one out though, so if you want
    more ins and outs, it will cost you more.

    I don't know if anyone has come out with one yet that supports USB 2. They
    certainly should, as that could reduce a lot of latency problems, etc. I'm
    sure there will be some within the next year, but they might be more
    expensive at first.

    "Sir Master" <dontspam@me.org> wrote in message
    news:s051fv4dm5jprcb7i235kccnpsdvu9mtg9@4ax.com...
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I'm looking for recommendations on a USB (1.1 or 2.x) MIDI adapter. I
    > saw the MOTU FastLane which looked okay but I'm not exactly sure what
    > to look for in terms of features and performance. Is that overkill?
    >
    > For example, what makes an interface "professional quality"?
    > Gigastudio seems to want one. For a basic home set up would I need
    > more than 2inx2out? I think that's a function of how many channels I
    > want to have available? So two in/out would/should give me 32
    > channels, and I can still daisy chain several MIDI instruments?
    >
    > I'm looking for something under $150 street price, that I won't
    > outgrow a year from now when I might have an idea of what I'm doing.
    > LOL.
    >
    > I'd appreciate any recommendations on adapters. I have an HP Pavilion
    > running Windows XP with USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. My model has
    > built in sound so there's no game port and both PCI slots are in use.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark
  4. JB Seattle

    JB Seattle Guest

    Daisy chaining is a nightmare. You need a midi patch bay like the MOTU or
    the Midiman with 8 channels I/O and assignable.
    JB
    "Sir Master" <dontspam@me.org> wrote in message
    news:s051fv4dm5jprcb7i235kccnpsdvu9mtg9@4ax.com...
    > Hi All,
    >
    > I'm looking for recommendations on a USB (1.1 or 2.x) MIDI adapter. I
    > saw the MOTU FastLane which looked okay but I'm not exactly sure what
    > to look for in terms of features and performance. Is that overkill?
    >
    > For example, what makes an interface "professional quality"?
    > Gigastudio seems to want one. For a basic home set up would I need
    > more than 2inx2out? I think that's a function of how many channels I
    > want to have available? So two in/out would/should give me 32
    > channels, and I can still daisy chain several MIDI instruments?
    >
    > I'm looking for something under $150 street price, that I won't
    > outgrow a year from now when I might have an idea of what I'm doing.
    > LOL.
    >
    > I'd appreciate any recommendations on adapters. I have an HP Pavilion
    > running Windows XP with USB 2.0 and FireWire ports. My model has
    > built in sound so there's no game port and both PCI slots are in use.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mark
    >

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