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Motu Micro Express (1996) (pc/mac) supports win3.1/win95
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:30:57 PM »

micro Express - 4 in/6 out midi interface with sync
($295 Mac/Windows)

The micro Express is a mini version of the MIDI Express XT. It has many of the same features as the Express XT - except that it is smaller and even more affordable. The micro Express is a half-rack unit with 4 inputs and 6 outputs.

MIDI interface for Macintosh(r) and Windows(r) (3.1 and 95)
Can connect both a Mac and a PC at the same time
Stand-alone MIDI patchbay/merger/processor
SMPTE tape sync in all formats
4x6 MIDI merge matrix - connects any device to any other
Front panel presets for plug-and-play convenience
4 independent MIDI IN
6 independent MIDI OUT (9 actual MIDI OUT ports)
96 MIDI channels
Supports MIDI Machine Control transport messages
Pedal input for momentary foot switch
Audio click input - converts audio click into MIDI data
16 presets with 8 programmable, battery-backed memory
Recalls setups via MIDI patch change
Includes software for Macintosh and Windows
Internal Power Supply

Specifications & connectors

Custom-designed VLSI technology
Front panel buttons and LED's for choosing presets (8 factory, 8 user)
Front panel SMPTE stripe button
Front panel SMPTE lock and tach LED's
Status lights for MIDI IN/OUT and computers
Front panel MIDI IN and OUT ports
Panic button
10 MIDI connectors
2 SMPTE quarter-inch phone (line level)
1 pedal quarter-inch phone input (configurable for switch pedal or click-to-MIDI conversion)
1 PC parallel 25-pin "D"
2 Mac mini-DIN 8 serial
1 IEC power connector (switchable 115V - 220V)

Software console for Macintosh and Windows
1 power cord
1 Mac serial cable
1 PC parallel cable

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

SMPTE time code (LTC) generater and reader
Converts LTC to MIDI Time Code (MTC) to sync a Mac, PC or any other devices to SMPTE time code
Converts all SMPTE frame rates (24, 25, 29.97 drop, 29.97 non-drop, 30)
Stripes SMPTE time code in all frame rates (24, 25, 29.97 drop, 29.97 non-drop, 30)
Converts MIDI Time Code to SMPTE time code
SMPTE "Jam Sync" with adjustable freewheeling for dropout-free sync
Supports MIDI Machine Control - serves as either an MMC master or slave, distributes MMC transport commands to all other MMC devices

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Re: Motu Micro Express (1996) (pc/mac) supports win3.1/win95
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 04:30:01 AM »
win98 install instructions

ive read of users using this interface with win98se, so it must be compatible?

Installing MOTU MIDI interface Drivers in Windows 98/ME
Click on Start > Settings > Control Panels, and double click Add New Hardware. In the first window click on “Next”. In the second window select “No, device is not in list” and then click on “Next.” ... you'll be prompted to search for drivers. Hit next, windows will search for drivers... select "No device is not in list."
The next window will offer a list of different types of hardware to install. Scroll down the list and select “Sound, Video, and Game Controllers.” Then click on next.
In the next window, Windows will list a number of manufacturers. Because Mark of the Unicorn is not listed, simply click on “Have Disk.”
Insert the driver disk or browse to the folder containing the expanded download. Click “OK” and at the next prompt click on “Finish.”
Confirm the IRQ setting and Base Address or Port and click on “OK.” That's it. The driver is now installed.

When installing a MIDI Timepiece AV (MTP-AV), a MIDI Express XT, a Micro Express, a Pocket Express or a PC MIDI flyer, you will then get a prompt to perform an auto setup. If you get a no reply from the interface it is important to confirm that the communication mode of your LPT port is set to EPP or bi-directional. This setting is established in the BIOS of your system. Your computer manufacturer can walk you through these settings if you are unfamiliar with BIOS.

You will also need to check what IRQ the LPT port is set for. Our drivers require that LPT1 is set to IRQ 7. You can check what other device may be using the same IRQ by going to the System Control Panel, click the Device Manager tab, and double-click the Computer at the top of the list. Make sure that there isn't another device set to use IRQ 7.

We've found that legacy devices like sound Blaster cards cause problems with MIDI interfaces. In the system control panel/device manager, disable any legacy emulation setting for your sound card and/or disable any "Legacy drivers" that your sound card may install (labeled "legacy" or "dos" or "emulation"). To disable a driver, right click on it and choose "disable". Typically disabling legacy emulation will not affect the sound cards operation in windows.

ECP printer port drivers are not compatible with MIDI under 98/ME. Use the normal Printer driver for the LPT port. To check whether or not you are using the normal driver, go to the device manager and click down on the ports list. Your LPT should read "Printer port (LPT 1)" rather than "ECP Printer Port (LPT1)". To update the drivers select the ECP printer port and choose properties. Hit the drivers tab and the "update drivers" button. Choose "No" for auto scan, next and "show all drivers". You should see a "Printer Port" driver on the RH side. If not, use your windows CD to install the driver.

Some network cards can cause problem with MIDI interfaces. If you've done all the steps above and still have a problems, try disabling items listed under "network adapters" in device manager.

Switcher boxes and copy protection dongles can also interfere with the scan. For troubleshooting, remove these devices.