I’m old enough to remember when MIDI was steam powered, well practically! My first MIDI experiences were using Studio Vision Pro with my trusty Mac Quadra 700 and a Juno 106… While digital audio has made quantum leaps in fidelity, methodology, UI and processing, it feels not that much has changed with MIDI. Recording and editing MIDI in ableton LIVE or ProTools doesn’t feel different enough to warrant the decades since I was doing the same in StudioVision but at last I feel a bit like the hardware has made a development worth mentioning…
Someone mentioned this on MW Forum a few months back and after being on a waiting list with the Australian distributor for 2 months (who couldn’t give me an actual ship date but required prepay for product + freight!?!) I finally requested a refund & bought one off eBay & had it here a week later! So what exactly is it – another MIDI interface? Well yes and no… It is an iConnect MIDI4+ and it expands MIDI connectivity in a number of unique ways – unique enough that it made me order one!
First of all, it is a multi-host interface. So for example I have a Mac Pro Tower running alongside a MacBookPro and I use both Macs all the time. Both have ProTools, ableton LIVE, Numerology and a bunch of other apps installed, but ideally I want to share all my controllers and keyboards between both computers and this new interface can handle not only that, but it also connects to my ethernet network and can wrangle MIDI over ethernet from/to any device from/to either Mac. Excellent! But wait, theres more!
It also has a dedicated iPad USB port so I can incorporate my iPad as a controller… It also does some things I am not sure I need eg “Audio passThru™ technology which routes audio between devices, simply appearing as an audio interface to the operating systems.”
Expansion-wise if 4×4 isn’t enough MIDI/USB connections, you can also hang a powered USB hub off it and add another 8 MIDI devices..
So I am sold on the idea of what it represents, what I remain to be sold on (and will soon find out) is how its all configured. But over the next few days I am going to find out… So I’ll post a few screenshots once I have my studio set up and functioning…. here is what I am juggling:
Korg SV1 88 key
Yamaha SK1XG mini keyboard
novation LaunchPad x2
Korg SV1 88 key
Doepfer A190 MIDI to CV
Analogue Solutions MT16 MIDI to Trigger
Sequential Circuits SixTrak
Oberheim Matrix 6
Roland Juno 106
Akai Z8 Sampler
& no doubt some other stuff I’ve forgotten…
the iConnect MIDI 4 plus costs US$249 which actually seems a fair price, presuming it all works & I don’t lose days of my life configuring it all 😉