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MIDI Timepiece AV (1996) MTP AV : 8x8 MIDI interface
« on: November 21, 2015, 06:52:29 AM »

Midi Time Piece AV - 8x8 MIDI interface/synchronizer/patchbay/merger
(originally $595 Mac/Windows)
macintosh pdf guide: https://mpe.berklee.edu/documents/studio/manuals/midisynth/MOTU/MOTU%20Timepiece%20AV.pdf

later revised to support usb, quick way to differentiate is the buttons on the right white vs black


http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997_articles/jan97/motumtpav.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970113172637/http://motu.com/pages/MTPAV.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19961018005454/http://motu.com/pages/MTPAV.html
this page states compatibility with windows 3.1 + windows 95 ^^
IF ANYONE HAS THE ORIGINAL WINDOWS INSTALLERS FOR COMPATIBILITY WITH WINDOWS 3.1 + WINDOWS 95 PLEASE UPLOAD THEM TO THIS PAGE - THE FILES CAN BE ATTACHED TO A POST
(http://web.archive.org/web/19961017233825/http://motu.com:80/pages/DownloadWinConsoles.html)

https://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/articles/installing-motu-midi-devices-windows-xp/
http://web.archive.org/web/19970113173202/http://motu.com/pages/DownloadMacConsoles.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19961017233825/http://motu.com/pages/DownloadWinConsoles.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19970113173301/http://motu.com/downloads/MTPWin/avcon_se.exe
http://web.archive.org/web/19991127184611/http://motu.com/english/hardware/mtpav/mtpav.html
http://madamebutterface.com/assets/documents/ClockWorks%20Windows%20MTP%20AV%20User%20Guide.pdf
http://www.mikecollins.plus.com/PUBLICATIONS/PDFS/MTP%20AV.Sound(Aus).pdf
http://cdn-data.motu.com/manuals/midi/MIDI_Timepiece_AV_USB_User_Guide_Mac.pdf
http://cdn-data.motu.com/manuals/midi/MIDI_Timepiece_AV_USB_User_Guide_Win.pdf



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Mark of the Unicorn introduces the MIDI Timepiece AV. Combine MIDI with ADATs (tm), ProTools (tm), or video. The MIDI Timepiece AV takes our world-renowned MIDI Time Piece II and adds synchronization that you really need, like video genlock, ADAT sync, and word clock sync. Even Digidesign superclock!
Slave ADATs, Digidesign hardware or word-clock compatible devices to SMTPE and video. Drive your ADATs from your sequencer without an Alesis BRC (tm). Or control everything from an MMC controller like JL Cooper's CuePoint (tm). The MTP AV pulls it all together for stable, centralized, hassle-free synchronization and MIDI networking. For Macintosh (r), Windows (r), and stand-alone setups.

The MIDI Time Piece AV provides eight discrete MIDI cables (in and out) for your computer. This allows you to use 128 independent MIDI channels. To expand beyond this, you can network up to four MTPs for a total of 512 MIDI channels. You can even connect two computers to an MTP AV network.

The MTP AV is also an 8x8 merger and router. You can merge any combinations of the eight inputs simultaneously to any combination of the eight outputs. Because the MTP AV's internal memory can be programmed from the front panel, the MTP AV is the perfect choice for live performance applications where fast and flexible MIDI patching is essential. You can take the MTP AV on the road because it can operate with or without a computer. The MTP AV can be set to change scenes in response to patch changes, allowing remote control from any MIDI controller.


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there is no pdf manual for the non-usb manual i dont think so use this version as its very similar minus the usb connectivity, but it looks like the USB version requires win98+ or OS8.6+ for compatibility, this is probably different on the non-usb MTPAV model!!!! because of timing/release date, etc

windows: http://cdn-data.motu.com/manuals/midi/MIDI_Timepiece_AV_USB_User_Guide_Win.pdf
> COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS
Your MOTU MIDI interface will run with any
USB-equipped PC compatible running
Windows 2000, Windows Me or Windows 98.

mac: http://cdn-data.motu.com/manuals/midi/MIDI_Timepiece_AV_USB_User_Guide_Mac.pdf
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Your MOTU MIDI interface will run with any
USB-equipped Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6 or
later. If you are attempting to use your MOTU USB
interface with an older Macintosh model equipped
with a USB adaptor card, contact Mark of the
Unicorn for compatibility

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MIDI Time Piece AV Feature Highlights

MIDI interface for Macintosh(r) and Windows(r) (3.1 and 95)
Stand-alone MIDI patchbay/merger/processor
Synchronization for ADAT, digital audio, and video
ADAT Sync Out, Word Sync Out, and Video Sync In
8x8 MIDI merge matrix
Fully programmable from the front panel
8 independent MIDI IN
8 independent MIDI OUT
128 MIDI channels
Fast/1x mode for high-speed MIDI data transfer
128 scene, battery-backed memory
Recall setups via MIDI patch change
Includes software for Macintosh and Windows
Works with Alesis LR(tm) remote control unit
MIDI Processing

Merge any inputs to any outputs
Route any inputs to any outputs
Mute any MIDI data on any cable
Re-channelize on input and output
Networking

Network 2 units for 16 MIDI IN and OUT and 256 MIDI channels (Mac and Windows)
Network up to 4 units for 512 MIDI channels (Mac only)
Fully network-compatible with MTP I and MTP II
Compatible with any software that supports the MTP II
Network units up to 1,000 feet apart
Synchronization

SMPTE time code (LTC) generater and reader
Converts LTC to MIDI Time Code (MTC), ADAT Sync and word clock (1x or Digidesign 256x "Superclock")
Converts MTC to LTC, ADAT Sync and word clock (or Digidesign "superclock")
Genlocks to video or blackburst and converts to LTC, MTC, ADAT Sync, and word clock (or Digidesign "superclock")
SMPTE "Jam Sync" for dropout-free sync
Adjustable Freewheeling
Supports all SMPTE frame rates (24, 25, 29.97 drop/non-drop, 30 drop/non-drop)
0.1% pull-up/pull-down for digital audio with video Sync applications w/computer
Stripe frame-locked LTC onto video tape
Control ADATs with MIDI Machine Control (MMC) from sequencer or DAW software
Varispeed ADATs and Digidesign ProTools systems while slaving them to LTC, MTC, or video
Substitutes for Alesis BRC(tm) for synchronization and MMC transport control of ADATs
Converts LTC to word clock or "superclock" just like the Digidesign SMPTE Slave Driver (tm)
Converts video to word clock or "superclock" just like the Digidesign Video Slave Driver(tm)
Sync applications w/out a computer

Slave your ADATs to LTC
Slave your ADATs to video via LTC
Generate LTC and MTC while resolved to video
Control ADATs with MMC (e. g. Alesis LRC(tm) or JL Cooper CuePoint(tm))
Specifications & connectors

Custom-designed VLSI technology
Proprietary high-frequency phase engine
Internal Power Supply (switchable 115V - 220V)
16x2 backlit LCD display
4 programmable front-panel knobs
Status lights for MIDI IN/OUT, SMPTE and Networking
2 pedal inputs for continuous pedals or switch pedals
Front panel MIDI IN and OUT ports
Panic button
1 IEC power connector (115-220V)
2 SMPTE quarter-inch phone (+4/-10, hi-z)
2 pedal quarter-inch phone inputs (Configurable for switch, continuous, or Alesis LRC)
1 Word Clock Out BNC TTL (1x or 256x)
1 Video In BNC 75-ohm terminated
1 PC parallel 25-pin "D"
1 Mac mini-DIN 8 serial
1 Mac/Network mini-DIN 8 serial
1 ADAT Sync Out 9-pin "D"
16 MIDI connectors


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pros
• Simple user interface allows access to all functions from the front panel.
• Can be used as a stand-alone unit for stage work.
• Seamless operation from within most popular sequencer packages.
• Extremely versatile synchronisation features.
• Very good value for money.

cons
• Ideally, it ought to have 'thru' sockets and switches to let you hook
up a modem and printer without resorting to an external unit.

summary
This has to be one of the most versatile choices available for the
professional MIDI musician or studio owner. It works with either
Mac or PC, provides synchronisation for anything that moves, and
offers comprehensive MIDI patching and processing facilities too.



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MIDI Timepiece AV (1996) 8x8 MIDI interface
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 10:21:47 PM »
http://www.motu.com/techsupport/technotes/document.2000-01-28.4413716217
synchronizer/patchbay/merger

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Networking the MTP/AV USB
Any earlier model MIDI Timepiece can be networked with the MIDI Timepiece AV USB. If you are using Digital Performer, both MIDI Timpeieces will have MTS capabilities when the MTP/AV USB is connected via the USB connection. Follow the instructions below to setup the MTP/AV USB for a network.

On the MTP/AV USB, turn the Window knob until you see GLOBAL HARDWARE SETUP.
Turn the cursor knob to the right until NET PORT=MAC is blinking, and turn the valure knob to set this to NET PORT=MTP.
Make the same settings on the second MTP in the network.
Turn the cursor knob to the right until THIS BOX ID is blinking on the second MTP in the network. Use the value knob to set this to BOX 9-16.
Under OS9: Open FreeMIDI and select Update Interfaces from the Configuration menu. Press the scan button for the port that the network is connected to. Under OSX: Open Audio MIDI Setup and click "Rescan MIDI".
If you experience any problems with FreeMIDI or Audio MIDI Setup recognizing the network, turn off all connected MIDI devices, and reset the MTPs by holding the Panic button in as you turn the power off, and then back on. You will need to repeat the above procedure for networking the MTPs. Please note that you need ROM 2.01 in your MTP/AV USB for networking. You will see the ROM version displayed on the MTP/AV LCD when you first power the unit on. If you have a ROM earlier than 2.01, please cotact MOTU technical support to request the latest ROM.
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Re: MIDI Timepiece AV (1996) MTP AV : 8x8 MIDI interface
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2019, 12:40:13 PM »
https://web.archive.org/web/20150607080404/http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1997_articles/jan97/motumtpav.html


MOTU MTP AV
MIDI Interface/Patchbay/Synchroniser
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MIKE COLLINS studio-tests a versatile new interface, which works with both Mac and PC and provides professional-level functionality at the right price.
 

The MIDI Timepiece AV is a professional 8-input, 8-output MIDI interface, MIDI patchbay, SMPTE-to-MIDI converter and digital audio/video synchroniser for Macintosh or PC. You can connect it to a Macintosh serial port -- modem or printer -- or to a PC, either via a serial or a parallel port.

The MTP AV can be programmed from either its front-panel LCD or from the Console software provided, and you can store your setups in the MTP AV's internal memory locations. Using the Console software, you can call up and modify any of the preset 'Base Setups' supplied as starting points. Setups can also be stored to disk on your computer, so the Console application is basically an editor/librarian for the MTP AV. Once you've edited and stored your setups, you can use the MTP AV as a stand-alone, customised MIDI processor, with no need for an external computer. On the other hand, if you intend to use the unit with a MIDI sequencer, such as Performer or most other popular software, you don't actually need to use the Console software, as you can control the unit directly from within the sequencer.

NETWORKING
For those of you with larger MIDI rigs, the MTP AV's Network serial port can be used to connect a second MTP AV to provide connections 9-16, or even to link up to a standard 16-channel MIDI interface. It can also serve as a second connection to the Macintosh, although this is not normally necessary with most applications which can use the multi-port capabilities of the unit. This capability is provided for compatibility with software which does not support the multi-port MTP standard.

It's actually possible to connect up to four MTP devices to your Mac, using two on each serial port -- modem and printer. In this case, there would be a free Mac port on each box providing connections 9-16, as the pairs of MTPs are connected using the network socket. You could use these to hook up a second Mac, which would then have equal access to the complete MIDI system. You can even connect both a Macintosh and a PC to the MTP AV at the same time, connecting the PC to the parallel port and the Mac to the network port; with this setup, the computers can even send data to each other.

THAT SYNCING FEELING...
An ADAT Sync Out port is provided for those who would like to control ADATs; several can be chained from this. Performer and Digital Performer (as well as other popular sequencers) offer MMC control of ADAT via the MTP AV, and you can arm your ADAT tracks from within the sequencer software, as well as controlling the ADAT via the sequencer's transport controls. It's worth noting, though, that the MTP AV doesn't extract the ADAT's own internal timing information and turn it into a MIDI Time Code output.

If you're working to picture, you can sync the MTP AV to any incoming video signal -- whether a standard video signal or a blackburst video sync signal -- to achieve frame-accurate sync however long your video cue is.

 

"If you have a small project studio using an Alesis ADAT and Digidesign Pro Tools, maybe sync'ed to video or to an analogue multitrack, this has to be just about the most perfect choice of interface for your Mac or PC."
 

The MTP AV is also a SMPTE/MTC timecode converter and generator, and a pair of quarter-inch jacks is provided to connect to sources and destinations such as one track of a multitrack tape recorder, a hard disk recording system, or an automated mixing console. A front-panel jack, the Pedal B input, is provided for connection of an Alesis LRC remote controller or any device that emulates the LRC, such as the Fostex Model 8312 controller. You can even convert an audio click to MIDI, using the Pedal A input. As their names suggest, you can also connect a foot pedal or footswitch to the Pedal A or B inputs -- so, for instance, it would be possible to make a pedal act as a tempo source, or as a volume controller for various synths in your rig.

Finally, the MTP AV acts as a digital audio synchroniser for Pro Tools, Pro Tools III, Pro Tools Project and Session 8 (for both Mac and Windows) systems, operating with any software which works with the Digidesign hardware, such as Digital Performer, Logic Audio, Cubase Audio or Studio Vision.

IN ACTION
Adding the MTP AV to my existing rig was a cinch. I connected via the Mac's printer port, as I already have an Opcode Studio 4 working with a MOTU MTP 1 hanging off the modem Port. I also use a modem to connect to the Internet, and the Studio 4 has a 'thru' socket, switchable from the front panel, which lets you keep your modem hooked up to the Studio 4 and route this through to the Mac when you need to use it. I wanted to keep this setup in place. The MTP AV doesn't have any modem or printer 'thru' sockets like the Studio 4 -- so the MTP AV manual recommends that you use an external serial switcher box to achieve the same end. To complete my first setup, I connected a Roland XP10 multitimbral synth to the MIDI In/Out 1 sockets on the MTP AV.

With everything hooked up and all the switches in the correct positions on the MTP AV, I booted up the newly-released Performer 5.5 and chose the 'Edit FreeMIDI Configuration' from the Basics Menu. Up came the FreeMIDI Configuration window, where I could see my existing MIDI rig connected to the modem port. I opened the Interface Settings dialogue and checked the printer port at the 1MHz speed setting, then chose the 'Update Interfaces' menu command. This put up an icon for the MTP AV connected to the printer port, and I quickly created a device in the setup for the XP10 synth, which I connected to the first pair of ins and outs. I also turned on the QuickTime musical instruments in the FreeMIDI configuration.

With this done, I switched back to Performer, and everything was in place for me to use -- I could instantly route tracks through to the XP10 via the printer port, to the QuickTime General MIDI synthesizer, or to any of the other synths in my rig connected via the modem port. It was all extremely straightforward.

THE VERDICT
If you have a small project studio using an Alesis ADAT and Digidesign Pro Tools, maybe sync'ed to video or to an analogue multitrack, this has to be just about the most perfect choice of interface for your Mac or PC -- and it couldn't be much simpler to use. Its versatility is unmatched by any other device on the market, the price is right for what you get, and I can hardly fault this unit in any way. I reckon MOTU have a real winner on their hands.

 
pros & cons
MOTU MTP AV £649
pros
• Simple user interface allows access to all functions from the front panel.
• Can be used as a stand-alone unit for stage work.
• Seamless operation from within most popular sequencer packages.
• Extremely versatile synchronisation features.
• Very good value for money.

cons
• Ideally, it ought to have 'thru' sockets and switches to let you hook
up a modem and printer without resorting to an external unit.

summary
This has to be one of the most versatile choices available for the
professional MIDI musician or studio owner. It works with either
Mac or PC, provides synchronisation for anything that moves, and
offers comprehensive MIDI patching and processing facilities too.

 

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Re: MIDI Timepiece AV (1996) MTP AV : 8x8 MIDI interface
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2020, 08:00:54 PM »
MOTU serial MIDI interfaces with Logic, Cubase, Finale and other OMS compatible software on B-W G3s and G4s
https://motu.com/techsupport/technotes/document.2000-04-14.9182637522
"To use a MOTU MIDI interface with OMS, you need to install FreeMIDI after OMS is installed. There are components in the FreeMIDI install that need to go into OMS folder of the system folder (the MOTU OMS driver and the MOTU OMS USB driver). With these components present, you should be able to scan for the MOTU MIDI interface in the studio menu/MIDI cards and interfaces selection. Or when running OMS for the first time."