[LAU] Cheap USB MIDI interfaces

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Sun Mar 22 17:57:22 EDT 2009

Mark Knecht wrote:
> A friend possibly wants to set up a Linux system to teach himself
> keyboards. He's currently looking for a weighted MIDI keyboard which
> he can do on his own but needs info on what USB-MIDI intersfaces
> available online at someplace like Sweetwater or Musician's Friend are
> Alsa/Jack compatible. I'm guessing he'll set up Rosegarden and a
> couple of soft synths and be very happy.
> Does anyone have an up-to-date list of what can be purchased new today
> that works? I use a Midiman Midisport 2x2 which I can still find on
> Ebay but it's not listed at Sweetwater anymore and everything that is
> listed seems WAY too expensive to me for this task. ($80 or higher)
> What can a guy buy for $20-$30 that will get MIDI into his laptop?
> He's currently distro shopping. Probably he'll go with Ubuntu or CCRMA.
Hi Mark,

Sweetwater's Pro Gear catalog lists the MidiSport 1x1 for $39.97. It 
also lists a MidiSport 2x2AE at $69.97. I own a 2x2, it works fine, but 
I know nothing about the AE version of the box. The catalog lists the 
Edirol UM1EX at $39.97, ALSA says the snd-usb-audio module is its 
driver. Ditto for the M-Audio Uno, also in the catalog.



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