8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

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8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby vicd » Sun May 11, 2014 10:06 pm

(patching time :!: )

Ok, so I'm looking for a 8x8 rackmount MIDI patchbay able to merge inputs. I probably also will do with a 6 ins/8 outs.
Spec sheet:
  • Ability to run standalone is A MUST; as is standalone configurability (no computer should be used - just me and the box).
  • If it happens to have any computer connectivity, it should be USB and should be able to run on XP and Win7 - be it a full computer-to-MIDI interface, or just patch management.
  • Memory-wise: ability to store at least 10-12 patch settings. Dozens = good, hundreds = not needed.
  • User interface: something non-spartan and visual is welcome.
  • Timing stability: well, the less jitter/slipping, the better.
  • I'd prefer one with an external PSU (to avoid all the usual 110/220 hassle), but that's of less importance.
  • Channel/event filtering doesn't matter (but good as an option).


So far I have the following on the list:
  • Roland A880 (too expensive?)
  • Edirol UM880 (too expensive?)
  • MOTU MIDI Timepiece AV (with or without USB)
  • Digital Music Corp MX-8
  • JL Cooper MSB 8x8
  • Akai ME80P

Speaking of budget, I'd prefer keeping it within US$100-150 (extendable if any really good reasons).

Would you guys please share any comments, caveats or advice?
Do I miss/omit anything?
Should I look into M-Audio Midisport 8x8 or eMagic Unitor amt8 or any generation of MOTU Midi Express XT, if they happen to be properly manageable from a Windows7/XP PC?

P.S. - yes I did scan the related threads on GS.

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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby plus321 » Sun May 11, 2014 10:18 pm

kmx 16 or kmx 8. KMX-16 definitely has 15 ins, 16 outs, 2 inputs merge. Like $100-150 on ebay.
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby pflosi » Mon May 12, 2014 10:25 am

vicd wrote:Should I look into M-Audio Midisport 8x8


I like the Midisport 8x8, it's very flexible; however, you need a computer to configure the routings.
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby fh991586 » Mon May 12, 2014 3:12 pm

I can vouch for the durability and the clear & simple interface of the Roland A-880. Up to $120 won't be lost on such a module (but I personally never had to pay more than $80 for one)! No computer required: it's a stand alone rack.
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby synthroom » Mon May 12, 2014 3:51 pm

pflosi wrote:
vicd wrote:Should I look into M-Audio Midisport 8x8


I like the Midisport 8x8, it's very flexible; however, you need a computer to configure the routings.


I've got two Midisport 8x8s - they work fine with Win7. And since they are actual Midi interfaces, you can just connect directly to devices without using any merging.

That said, I used a MX-8 before and it worked nicely for a merger, and a Yamaha MJC8 before that. I was never able to really figure out the Yamaha...
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby pflosi » Mon May 12, 2014 3:59 pm

Yeah, the Midisport is totally fine, but the OP stated he wanted to be able to configure the routing without using a computer... Which you cannot do with it...
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby synthroom » Mon May 12, 2014 5:26 pm

Sorry, missed that...

MX-8 then, not too expensive.
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby Quai34 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:46 am

Hi,
Yes for the roland A880, it was my first midi interface in the 80's with my Atari computer and I still use it when gigging live...very easy, no need to run a computer, you have memories for different configuration and anyway, just push buttons and it's set...so...
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Re: 8x8 MIDI patchbay with input merge?

Postby Sava66 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:49 pm

I paid $35 for ensoniq kmx-8 on eBay. Pretty awesome
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