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Windows compatible midi interfaces (serial & parallel)
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:43:10 PM »
is usb too slow for midi?

MOTU serial MIDI interfaces with Logic, Cubase, Finale and other OMS compatible software on B-W G3s and G4s

Unitor 8 is a synchronizer and MIDI Interface in one sturdy 19" rack unit (1HE) for Windows 9x (prepared for Windows NT) or Mac OS computers. It is designed from the outset to perfectly complement the Logic System and offers a high level of seamless functionality. Each unit provides 8 MIDI inputs and 8 individually addressable MIDI outputs. Unitor8 reads and writes SMPTE as LTC and VITC. The advanced system design allows for accurate reading of LTC within a tape speed range from 25% to 400%, and VITC is even read correctly during reverse and single frame operations. Using the built-in S-Video In/Output, the time code display can be shown on the video monitor, even during LTC mode. In conjunction with Audiowerk8 and Logic Audio 3.0 Unitor8 allows a continuous synchronisation of audio to LTC or VITC master, meaning that even the longest audio regions remain perfectly in sync with the video. The Click Input allows synchronization to external, percussive audio signals.

emagic unitor8 MK I (1998) (mk1=no usb, mk2=usb)

osx preference pane:
as per manual; units can be stacked up to 8 daisy chained via the mac serial connection!!!
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Motu Pocket Express (1995?)

Pocket Express is a 2-in, 4-out, 32-channel MIDI/SMPTE interface.

midi timepiece av (1996) (original "AV" version, the usb revision was produced later in 2000, )
* uses standard power lead
ebay search:
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.
how to network:

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.

Motu Micro Express (1996?) (original serial/parallel version)

Motu Midi Express XT (1996) (not to be confused with the orange midi express mac, midi express pc, from 1994)

* uses standard power lead

Opcode studio 64x (1997)

windows drivers:
win xp driver:
possible to make a 1->3 merge by wiring 1BOut to 2in & using 1A+2A+2B to control 3 units from 1Ain

Opcode studio 64xtc (1998)

connects via serial | 4 in 4 out (the 2 extra outputs for the first 2 ports, allow this box to send the same midi notes to 2 devices (1 source, 2 destination) this is usefull for layering synths or possibly layering drums if using a GM kit.

re: network port featured on the 64xtc (and not the 64x)
This RS-422 serial port lets the Studio 64 XTC network to an Opcode
Studio 4, thereby allowing both interfaces to share the same computer port

Opcode studio 128X (1998)

Opcode-Studio-128x features smtpe i/o rs422 mac, thru, 8x8
xp driver:

opcode music quest 8Port/SE (may be windows 95, win98, 2k only)

opcode music quest 2Port/SE (may be windows 95,  win98, 2k only)

motu midi flyer (pc only)

connects via parallel port (report of it working in XP)

Miditerminal 4140
connects via parallel | Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000 & XP compatible

connects via parallel | 1 in 4 out


MidiMan MM401

MidiMan PortMan PC/S (serial)

MidiMan PortMan PC/P (parallel)

MidiMan Portman 4x4/s (serial)

Midiman Portman 2x4/p (parallel)

Motu Midi Express PC (1994)

ESI WaMi Rack 24

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