[LAD] [semi-OT] midi snakes using CAT5?

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at folkwang-hochschule.de
Sun Nov 1 15:47:44 UTC 2009

hi everyone!

i'm playing with my shiny new BCF2K, and i'm going to use it some
distance from my machine, so i'm going to try a midi link instead of USB.

what is the maximum length of midi chain that you have used without
problems? i read somewhere that no more than 15 meters are recommended,
which strikes me as pretty short even if it's unbalanced.

my idea is to abuse a cat5 cable as a triple midi loom - do you think
that could work? pinout would be as follows:

1	midi 1 signal
2	midi 1 ground
3	midi 2 signal
4	midi 2 ground
5	midi 3 signal
6	midi 6 ground
7	common +5V
8	common +5V



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