Z wrote:Roland MPU-104
plus321 wrote:It might be cheaper to just get a midi patchbay. It would do the same thing you want, but you would have 4 inputs and 8 outputs. I got a Kawaii one once on ebay for $10 or so that has sliders on the front for each of the 8 outputs to select the input.
Or you could try to buy a project box, 3 din jacks and a dpdt switch and wire them up.
Joshy wrote:I'm trying to find a midi switch for my setup, something like this basically:
Something cheap that is able to switch between two midi paths like the one in the picture. I just have two synths I want to control with my Maschine as the sequencer, but at different times for recording.
Any insight and suggestions would be great, thanks!
RetroSynthAds wrote:Thumbs up to MIDI patch bays too. But they usually cost a little more than smaller (non-rack) units like the Casio TB1. But so much more convenient to slot into the rack you want to use it with.
I have an Akai ME30P (4 In's, 8 Out's - programmable!) patch bay that I plan to hook up to my A-rack of synths - just too lazy at the moment.
But I do use a Korg KMP-68 (6 In's, 8 Thu's - manual switching) that I have hooked into my B-rack. Its a great unit because two of the In's and Thru's are on the front of the unit, making it easy for me to keep these less-used synths out of my MIDI system until I need to hook them in. Totally recommended if you can find one.
I've included an image below of the rack (its the third unit from the top)
cartesia wrote:Forgive me for asking this stupid question, but why can't you just sequence them on different channels?
Joshy wrote:Not a bad question at all! That would be fine but Maschine is my sequencer, and it has only one MIDI out. I'm trying to switch between sequencing two of my hardware synthesizers when I record, so that's where the midi switch is needed. Unless I've completely missed something and there is an easier way to this.. I already bought a TB-1 though, so if I did miss something I've got a midi switch coming anyway!
cartesia wrote:Yep. and if your synths only have midi in and out, most of the time the 'out' can also act as a thru.
poorass bonehead tech hacks 101 - if your gear only has an 'in' port - make a midi cable that has one plug at one end, and 2 plugs at the other end. You can only ever use the single end on an 'out' port, but the doubled up end, should work fine in 2 'in' ports. set each synth to a different channel as per normal, easy.
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