[LAU] Outboard gear users: What MIDI interface are you using?

Gordon JC Pearce gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Sat Mar 13 03:59:04 EST 2010

On Fri, 2010-03-12 at 18:00 -0800, Rob Wentz wrote:
> Why is it madness to not daisy chain midi devices? With one device to
> a port I'm very easily able to route any midi device to control
> anything.. I prefer this in my studio.
> Any reason you find that to be "madness"?? 

You can do that with fewer interfaces and group devices by port.  Fewer
interfaces means less to go wrong - and things *will* go wrong.  As I
replied to another poster, unless something uses a lot of channels (like
a couple of my samplers) then I tend to group stuff I use together onto
the same port.  It helps me visualise what's going where.  Your way of
working might be different though.

> Certainly the days of midi is not gone and past... not my
> insinuation.. however it seems that with yesterdays r+d and todays
> computer speeds we should be finding less not more complaints
> regarding tight midi timing with midi interfaces. 

I've found PCs to be pretty crap with regard to MIDI timing, which is
why I've pretty much entirely stoppped using them for sequencing.

> Any opinions on the midi interface with the most robust driver support
> in linux?? Thanks a lot for the replies so far.

Anything that doesn't need a specific driver for Mac OSX will work
perfectly in Linux.  Generic usb-midi is a solved problem ;-)

Gordon MM0YEQ

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