Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cheap USB to MID Interface


Although MIDI is old, some would argue that it is outdated. I don't believe so, and for me it is useful to have USB to MIDI interface. I think that other people in the chip, lo-fi and DIY communities would tend to agree with me. From time to time, I hear people complain about how expensive a USB to MIDI interface is. For the most part, the cheap ones can be terrible in terms of lag, compatibility and whether all data is sent or received. However, I have had a reasonably good experience with this USB to MIDI interface. The price is around US$12 including international shipping. I am running it on a Mac OS X 10.4 MacBook from a USB1.1 port hub, to which my audio interface is also connected. I have had no issues with this interface, but of course I can't guarantee that you won't have issues with your machine.

8 comments:

Ritchie said...

I reckon that's the exact same I use for interfacing with my guitar rack gear with my macbook. Works a treat and cheap!

freezedream said...

I also have one and it works well; not that I've used it much yet. :D

plgDavid said...

If I trust my experience with my _two_ such interfaces (different colors), this doesnt transport MIDI SYSEX at all in windows using the built in OS drivers.

But I admit its quite usefull and cheap for normal MIDI though, and im a sucker for cheap and usefull chinese cables :)

Would be interresting if you could confirm sysex on OSX.

XanderW said...

I have one that looks exactly the same... I usually have some issues with lag, and I have to make various reconnections in order for it to work properly, but when I connect to a 1.1 usb port, it looks like there are no problems at all.

Derick Lee said...

I just bought this for my Studiologic SL-161 MIDI controller. Works Excellent! What's better for a fifteen year old to do than sit in his bedroom and produce tracks!

Intosia said...

Hey nice to hear you use it! Saw it aswell, but didnt think it would work well... Ill buy it now :D

Ritchie said...

It's worked fine for sysex transfer for me. That's all I use it for really! Oh, this is on OSX.

0xFFender said...

Yeah, I have this too! It DOES work really good for the price! If you ever build a MIDIBOX based system, prepare for hell. It'll crap out bigtime, trying to upload the code. Otherwise, it rocks!
Also, what happened to your 8bc account? I can't seem to find it!