I am trying to have 2 Midi Controllers. I have a keyboard and my MPC2000XL that I would like to control different synths. Sometimes I want to be able to use the MPC to play (record) drums, sometimes I want to be able to use my keyboard for pad, horn, synth sounds basically.
I don't want to have to change midi cables every time. I have a Midi Thru Box and I have a Terratec EWS88MT soundcard. I also have the Planet Phatt, Alesis D4, Orbit, ESI200, Nanobass, Dr 5, and some other synths.
How exactly would I set up my Midi Cables to do this. My keyboard has one out, one in and thru. The MPC has in/out A & in/out B. I believe the MPCs in/outs are totally independent.
One cheap box (of many) is a DMC (Digital Music Corp) MX-8. I've often seen these still in stores and eBay. It has 50 programmable presets, 6 in, 8 out with 2 MIDI processors and the ability to merge 2 inputs.
There are other good ones out there as well. Personal experience with MX-8s (and communication with the engineers who designed the MX-8 has proven it to handle a lot of MIDI traffic (more than some).