MOTU MIDI Express XT - USB MIDI Interface

MOTU MIDI Express XT - USB MIDI Interface

MOTU MIDI Express XT - USB MIDI Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 8 Input / 8 Output
  • SMPTE Timecode
  • MIDI Machine Control
  • MIDI Time Stamping
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Vista/7
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MOTU 1856 overview

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The MIDI Express XT USB is based on the industry standard MIDI Time Piece. The unit rovides 8 MIDI in, 8 MIDI out, 128 MIDI channels and is "plug-and-play" compatible with all Macintosh and Windows software.

Software consoles for both Mac and Windows platforms provide comprehensive routing, merging, and muting with 16 convenient, one-touch front-panel presets (8 factory and 8 user programmable). Full Time Code and MIDI Machine Control implementation make this interface a fully professional product.

USB MIDI interface for Mac and Windows
Stand-alone MIDI patchbay/merger/processor
SMPTE time code sync in all formats (includes new support for 23.976 fps time code)
8 x 8 MIDI merge matrix - connects any device to any other
16 front panel presets
8 independent MIDI IN
8 independent MIDI OUT (9 output connectors)
128 MIDI channels
Supports MIDI Machine Control
Pedal input for momentary foot switch
16 presets with 8 programmable, battery-backed memory
MIDI Time Stamping (MTS) for sub-millisecond timing accuracy
Includes updated drivers and ClockWorks software for Mac and Windows
Internal power supply
UPC: 839128005129
In the Box
MOTU MIDI Express XT - USB MIDI Interface
  • A/C Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Software Console for Macintosh and Windows
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    MOTU 1856 specs

    Connection USB
    MIDI In 8
    MIDI Out 8
    Activity Indicators In and Out on each port
    Multiple Units Yes (USB)
    Stand-Alone Stand-alone MIDI patchbay / merger / processor
    Bypass/Panic Panic button
    Synchronizer Stripes SMPTE time code in all frame rates (24, 25, 29.97 drop, 29.97 non-drop, 30)
    Converts LTC to MIDI Time Code (MTC) to sync a Mac, PC or any other devices to SMPTE time code
    Front panel SMPTE stripe button
    Front panel SMPTE lock and tach LED's
    System Requirements Mac OS X
    Windows Vista or Windows 7
    Specialties Merge any inputs to any outputs, route any inputs to any outputs, mute any MIDI data on any cable, re-channelize on input and output
    Packaging Infobtwqecebwezvsvsr
    Package Weight 6.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.8 x 11.6 x 5.5"

    MOTU 1856 reviews

    MIDI Express XT - USB MIDI Interface is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Product That Flatters to Deceive I bought this unit brand new from B&H around May 2012 with the intention of using its reputed midi patchbay capabilities. However, repeated attempts to send sysex information (song files) to and from an external sequencer and a drum machine (both of which are working perfectly) have been totally unsuccessful. I quickly realised that I was not doing anything wrong and that it was the XT which was the culprit -- it in some way corrupts the information and renders it useless, shutting down the sequencer and drummachine in the process. (By contrast, the same sysex info. is transferred flawlessly by an Edirol UM-550, a M-Audio Midisport 8x8/s, and a M-Audio Midisport 4x4.) In my conversations with their tech support, MOTU has acknowledged that there is a software problem at the root of this issue. However, though they promised to work on a solution and to keep me informed, this is yet to happen over 18 months later. Surely customers who have forked out big bucks for their products deserve better treatment? All in all, MOTU is the worst tech company I have ever dealt with and the MIDI Express XT the worst buy I ever made. An utter waste of money if you want to use it as a patchbay / router. I would strongly advise anyone thinking of purchasing it to not do so.
    Date published: 2013-09-29
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