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Motu Pocket Express (1995?) PC parallel / MAC serial
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:18:30 PM »
motu pocket express
http://web.archive.org/web/19961018010514/http://motu.com/pages/PktExp.html
http://web.archive.org/web/19961017233825/http://motu.com/pages/DownloadWinConsoles.html

http://web.archive.org/web/19991128070738/http://motu.com/english/hardware/pokxprss/pocket.html
http://www.motu.com/techsupport/technotes/document.2002-11-14.5350860138

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Single 2x4 MIDI/SMPTE interface ($165 Mac/Windows)

This 2 IN, 4 OUT, 32-channel MIDI/SMPTE interface works with either your Macintosh or Windows computer at a great price. Installs in seconds and opens your computer to a world of music software.

Fully independent, paired outputs provide 32 separate MIDI channels. And the Pocket Express's unique advantage in its price range: a computer bypass button allows you to play your MIDI gear even when the computer is turned off.

Compatible with all Mac and Windows MIDI software. Includes full SMPTE synchronization capabilities in all formats, including jam-sync for trouble-free synchronization. And another Pocket Express unique advantage at its price: front panel SMPTE controls for fast, convenient striping and lockup.



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pocket express info from the driver update file
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Unicorn PC-MIDI Flyer,
Pocket Express and Desktop Express MIDI Interfaces


Hello and thanks for choosing Mark of the Unicorn!  Please take time to read the following information before using your new MIDI interface.


System Requirements

To use the PC-MIDI Flyer, Pocket Express or Desktop Express MIDI interfaces, your system must meet the following requirements.

Computer      Intel 486 (or equivalent) processor or better is highly recommended
      At least one available parallel (LPT) port

Operating system   Windows 95, Windows for Workgroups or Windows 3.1

If you are using Windows 3.1, you must run it in "386 enhanced" mode; the driver will not work in "standard" mode.  Note that Windows 3.1 defaults to enhanced mode and Windows for Workgroups and Windows 95 always run in the equivalent of enhanced mode.  See your Windows documentation for more information on Windows modes.

The MIDI applications you intend to use with your interface may have additional hardware and software requirements.  For more information, consult the documentation that came with the application software.


Changes From Previous Versions

With previous versions of the driver, some users of the PC-MIDI Flyer interface may have experienced strange MIDI output problems under rare circumstances.  The following problems may have been encountered.

•   Output working from port A, but not port B (or vice versa)
•   Output LED(s) flashing, but output not actually working from port A and/or B
•   Output actually working from port A and/or B, but output LED(s) not flashing
•   No output at all
•   Incoming MIDI time-stamps not working correctly with some MIDI programs
•   "Invalid open callback" error messages and garbled MIDI port names when using 32-bit MIDI programs under Windows 95

These problems should no longer occur with the current verison of the driver.  However, we expect that most users have never experienced these problems.

A "reset" feature was added to the driver setup dialog in version 1.02.  For more information, please see the "Driver Setup Dialog Overview" section below.


Preparing for Installation

Before proceeding, make sure the Computer Bypass switch is NOT in the bypass position (if you have a PC-MIDI Flyer) or in the "Mac" position (if you have a Pocket Express or Desktop Express).  While using the interface with your computer, it's very important that the switch remain in the non-bypass or "PC" position.  If it is not, the interface will not function correctly.

   NOTE  For the PC-MIDI Flyer, the switch is in the bypass position when it's pushed in.

Use a standard printer cable to connect your MIDI interface to your computer's printer (LPT) port.  If your computer has more than one LPT port, you may use whichever one you like.  When connecting the interface, make sure each end of the cable is securely attached. 

With everything properly connected, you are ready to install the driver.  Be aware that the driver installation procedure is slightly different depending on your version of Windows.  Please follow the directions in the appropriate section below.  For additional help with driver installation in general, consult your Windows documentation.


Driver Installation for Windows 95

1   If you currently have a previous version of the driver installed, close any MIDI applications that might be using it.

2   Open Control Panel (by choosing Settings|Control Panel from the Start menu), double-click the "Add New Hardware" icon and click Next.

3   When the Add New Hardware Wizard asks if you want it to scan for new hardware, click No (clicking Yes won't work---the Wizard does not know how to automatically recognize your Mark of the Unicorn MIDI interface hardware).

4   Select "Sound, video and game controllers" and click Next.

5   When the Wizard asks for the manufacturer and model of your new hardware, click the special Have Disk... button.  Make sure your Mark of the Unicorn driver diskette has been inserted into your computer, enter the appropriate drive to scan and click OK.

NOTE  If you are installing from a location on your hard disk (because you downloaded the setup files to your hard disk or uncompressed them from a .ZIP file, etc.), you must enter the appropriate drive and folder to scan when using the Have Disk... button.  In this case, you won't need a diskette, just the files on your hard disk.

6   After the Wizard has scanned, it should present you with a single choice for "PC-MIDI Flyer/Pocket/Desktop Express" hardware.  Click OK and then click Finish to have the Wizard install the driver software onto your computer.

7   At this point, the newly installed MIDI interface driver setup dialog should appear. 

NOTE  If an older version of the driver was already installed, the setup dialog will still reflect that version.  The setup dialog will display the new version after Windows has been restarted.

   Use the dialog to configure your MIDI interface (click the Auto Setup button to have this done automatically; see the section "Driver Setup Dialog Overview" below for more information).  When you are finished, click OK.

8   Finally, the Wizard should inform you that Windows must be restarted before you can use your new hardware.  Make sure your MIDI interface is properly connected.  If you have a Pocket Express or Desktop Express, also make sure the interface is turned on.  Then, restart Windows and test that it is working correctly with all your MIDI applications.

NOTE  Should you ever need to reconfigure the driver settings for your MIDI interface, open Control Panel, double-click the "Multimedia" icon and click the Advanced tab.  In the list of multimedia devices, click the + sign next to the "MIDI Devices and Instruments" entry.  This will expand the entry to show sub-entries for all your installed MIDI devices.  Double-click any sub-entry that appears to be for your Mark of the Unicorn MIDI interface (more than one may appear) and then click Settings....  Windows will display the driver setup dialog again.


Driver Installation for Windows for Workgroups and Windows 3.1

1   If you currently have a previous version of the driver installed, close any MIDI applications that might be using it.

2   Open Control Panel (by double-clicking its icon in Program Manager's Main group) and then double-click the "Drivers" icon.

NOTE  Windows will not let you add a new driver version until you remove the old one.  If a previous version of the driver is currently installed, select it and click Remove.  After it has been removed, restart Windows, repeat this step and continue on to step 3. 

3   Click Add and select "Unlisted or Updated Driver" and click OK.

4   Make sure your Mark of the Unicorn driver diskette has been inserted into your computer, enter the appropriate drive to scan and click OK.

NOTE  If you are installing from a location on your hard disk (because you downloaded the setup files to your hard disk or uncompressed them from a .ZIP file, etc.), you must enter the appropriate drive and folder to scan.  In this case, you won't need a diskette, just the files on your hard disk.

5   After the files have been scanned, you should be presented with a single choice for the "PC-MIDI Flyer/Pocket/Desktop Express".  Click OK to install the driver onto your computer.

6   At this point, the newly installed MIDI interface driver setup dialog should appear. 

NOTE  If the setup dialog does not appear and Windows instead asks if you want the "new" or "current" version of the driver, click New.  The setup dialog should then appear.

   Use the dialog to configure your MIDI interface (click the Auto Setup button to have this done automatically;  see the section "Driver Setup Dialog Overview" below for more information).  When you are finished, click OK.

7   Finally, Control Panel should inform you that Windows must be restarted before you can use the new driver.  Make sure your MIDI interface is properly connected and turned on.  Then, restart Windows and test that it is working correctly with all your MIDI applications.

NOTE  Should you ever need to reconfigure the driver settings for your MIDI interface, open Control Panel, double-click the "Drivers" icon, click the entry for your Mark of the Unicorn MIDI interface and then click Setup....


Driver Setup Dialog Overview

This section explains each of the settings in the driver setup dialog, pictured below for the Desktop Express interface.  This dialog is same for the PC-MIDI Flyer and Pocket Express.

Auto Setup
   Searches for your MIDI interface and automatically sets the port Name and IRQ settings when it is found.  Normally, this is the most you'll need to know how to do in the driver setup dialog.  If Auto Setup displays a message indicating success, simply click OK and you are done!

Port name   The name of the parallel (LPT) port your MIDI interface is attached to.  For most computers this will be "LPT1", but for computers with additional ports, it might be "LPT2" or "LPT3".  To set the port yourself, click this item to see a list of parallel ports in your computer and select one.

Port IRQ   The IRQ (interrupt request) number your MIDI interface is using to communicate with the computer.  Typically, the correct IRQ setting depends on which LPT port is selected.  If you leave this item set to "Default", the typical IRQ for the selected parallel port will be used automatically.  To set the IRQ yourself (usually only required if your parallel port uses a non-standard IRQ), click this item to see a list of possible IRQs and select one.

Verify setup when Windows starts
   When this option is checked, the driver will make sure your MIDI interface is connected each time you start Windows, displaying an error message when something is wrong.  Normally, you'll want to leave this option checked.  However. you may want to uncheck it if you often disconnect your MIDI interface without removing the driver (for example, if you have a laptop computer which you routinely use away from your other MIDI gear).

Force interrupts
   This option is intended for trouble-shooting only.  If you MIDI interface is working properly, you should not check it.  However, if you experience trouble receiving System Exclusive messages (especially if your computer has a slower 486 processor) try checking this option.

Send full Note Offs on port close
   Windows MIDI drivers are supposed to send a Note Off message for every note on every channel when the last application using the interface is closed.  However, this process is time-consuming. 

   When this option is checked, the driver will perform the complete, lengthy Note Off sequence.  When this option is not checked, the driver instead sends an All Notes Off message on every channel (as well Reset All Controllers and a Pitch Bend reset).  For most MIDI devices, this has the same effect as actually turning off each note individually, but is much faster.

   You'll usually want to leave this option unchecked.  However, if you have older MIDI devices or experience trouble with "hung notes", try checking this option.  These kinds of problems will usually be attributed to poorly behaved MIDI applications, not the MIDI interface or driver.  The driver can only help by making sure all notes are off when it's closed.

Allow multitasking during SysEx
   Allows other applications to continue executing in the background while System Exclusive messages are transmitted.  Checking this option may slow down System Exclusive transmission, but it may also make your system more responsive to user input.

Allow unterminated SysEx
   Checking this option will cause the driver to "fix" (automatically terminate) unterminated System Exclusive messages from MIDI devices that do not properly terminate them (the Casio CZ-101 is a classic example).  This allows some MIDI applications to work which might not otherwise.  When this option is not checked, MIDI applications will instead receive an error code from the driver when unterminated messages are received.

   While this option is intended as a trouble-shooting option, it is checked by default since it does not affect normal (properly terminated) System Exclusive messages. 

Reset   Clicking this button will restore the interface to its factory-default configuration.  For the Pocket Express and Desktop Express, SMPTE striping will stop (if active) and revert to 30 FPS.  Also, for the Desktop Express, MIDI output routing will revert to...

      Source   Routing
   
      A      to 1, 2 and 3
      B      to 4, 5 and 6

   If your interface ever behaves incorrectly, or if other trouble-shooting measures haven't worked, try clicking this button. 


Note that the setup dialog is accessible only during driver installation or when no MIDI applications are currently using your MIDI interface.  If you can't access the dialog, close any open MIDI applications using the interface and try again.


Special Note for MOTU FreeStyle for Windows Users

If you own Mark of the Unicorn's FreeStyle for Windows MIDI sequencer and find that your new PC-MIDI Flyer, Pocket Express or Desktop Express is not yet recognized, you should also update the DRIVERS.DAT file located in your WINDOWS\FREEMIDI folder.  This will allow FreeStyle to properly identify your new MIDI interface.  The updated DRIVERS.DAT file is included on the driver diskette.  To use it, complete the following steps.

1   Close FreeStyle if it is currently open.

2   Using Explorer (in Windows 95) or File Manager (in Windows for Workgroups or Windows 3.1), copy the DRIVERS.DAT file from the driver diskette to your C:\WINDOWS\FREEMIDI folder (the name and location of your Windows folder might be different).  The DRIVERS.DAT file is usually installed as a read-only file, so you may need to specially confirm overwriting the existing version on your hard disk with the updated one.

NOTE  Make sure the DRIVERS.DAT on your hard disk is indeed older than the one on the driver disk.  If it's newer, you shouldn't overwrite it.

3   Reopen FreeStyle and make any necessary adjustments in the Studio Setup dialog, where you should find your new MIDI interface correctly identified (see your FreeStyle User's Manual for more information on the Studio Setup dialog).


Troubleshooting

•   Carefully read the descriptions of each of the settings in the "Driver Setup Dialog Overview" section above.  Some settings are helpful for troubleshooting.

•   When the Computer Bypass switch is in the bypass position, the driver will not detect any problems with the interface, but MIDI input and output to and from the computer will not function.  To correct this problem, return the switch to the non-bypass position.  For the Pocket Express or Desktop Express, the same problem also occurs when the switch is in the "Mac" position.  When using your Pocket Express or Desktop Express with your computer, the switch should always be in the "PC" position.

   NOTE  For the PC-MIDI Flyer, the switch is in the bypass position when it's pushed in.

•   Since your MIDI interface connects to your computer's parallel port, you will not be able to print from the port while you are using the interface. 

   When using MIDI applications, the above will be true even if you unplug your interface and reconnect a printer.  This is because the driver "claims" the parallel port while any MIDI applications are accessing the MIDI interface and does not know to release the port simply because you've unplugged the interface.  Before attempting to print, close any open MIDI applications that are using the interface.  This will release the parallel port for printing.  If the application you want to print from is a MIDI application, temporarily reconfigure the application so it no longer uses the interface.  Then, disconnect the interface and connect a printer.  When you are finished printing, reconnect the interface restore the previous application configuration. 

•   The IBM ThinkPad 700C PS/2 is currently not supported by the PC-MIDI Flyer, Pocket Express or Desktop Express MIDI interfaces.  We do not expect that owners of all ThinkPad models will experience problems, but we are sure the 700C is currently incompatible.  We are working to address the incompatibilities.  If you own a ThinkPad 700C PS/2, please contact Mark of the Unicorn technical support for further information.



We hope you enjoy your new Mark of the Unicorn MIDI interface!


Sincerely,

PC-MIDI Flyer/Pocket/Desktop Express development team
Mark of the Unicorn, Inc.
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