MOTU MIDI Express XT USB Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
I added a MIDI Express XT USB for all of my MIDI outboard. I wanted to have SMPTE and MMC capabilities as well, but didn't need all the clocking and video capabilities of the MIDI Time Piece AV. This MIDI interface has been nothing less than fantastic. It operates in standalone mode as a MIDI patchbay/router even without the computer attached when I need to take a rig out to a show! There are even presets in case there are different studio configurations or workflows.
from Akron oh
April 24, 2013Music Background:
Electronic punk musician
Solid!Built to last bottomline!
April 10, 2013Music Background:
Professional Music Composer , Arranger & Studio Owner.
Fantastic Gear.Previously I was using MIDI Timepiece mk2.
Now I have switched to MIDI Express XT, and cascading two devices of MIDI Express XT simultaneously, it works and synchronizes perfectly with all my keyboards and synth modules, without any time delay while recording and reproducing.
The best Midi interface available in the market for professional studios.
from Valley City, ND USA
March 27, 2012Music Background:
Life long musician (keyboards, guitar, bass, trumpet, drums) and sadly just another joe trying to make a buck for a living. Sometimes that means not being a musician for awhile.
MOTU MIDI Express XT USBThe MIDI Express XT USB was exactly what I needed. It functions exactly as the user's manual says. Very simple installation of the driver on the computer and then plug and play. I've had no problems at all. This is a very well thought out and simple to run device. All my 8 MIDI devices now sit in order where they are supposed to be and run exactly how I program them to run. Keyboards talk to other keyboards (if you want them to) and every one of them talk to the computer. Perfect. I would have built one myself but I'm glad someone else had the same ideas about MIDI communication that I did. They did it right with the Clockworks software. Set it up, save it to a user preset and you are done. If you really need it to change something later, it's there for you on your computer. Really, a tremendously powerful device with very deep software. It's like before I didn't have one, the orchestra was unruly and unorganized. Now, the orchestra is truly mature and follow directions flawlessly. Yeah, a director's dream ! Thank you MOTU and Sweetwater for selling a great product. It's really amazing to shop somewhere for a musician's needs that are so detailed and technically advanced and find exactly what you want.
from Crewe, VA
March 22, 2012Music Background:
MIDI Production Artist, Hobbyist, Beat Head.
Way better than anticipated!I purchased this item last week because I recently bought two more keyboards to go along with my Yamaha Motif ES, as well as two Emu synth rack modules. I didn't have the patience for daisy chaining, and this seemed like the best deal. With the 8 ports, you have plenty of room for your gear. I simply ran my Motif's MIDI OUT to my audio interface's MIDI IN, and then the Motif's MIDI IN to the Motu's MIDI OUT port 1. The rest of the keyboards I did the same thing, running the MIDI IN's to their own port on the MOTU's MIDI OUT board. This gives me flawless syncing with my software sequencer, using the Yamaha Motif as my main MIDI controller. I was worried about latency issues being that it is USB and not Firewire, but everything syncs up seamlessly. It may be a bit on the expensive side, but I would recommend this interface to anyone who wants to have total control (without the drawn out thought process) over their keyboards and modules.
The MIDI Express XT gives you a rock solid package at the right price. This wonderfully practical and easy to use interface has been living in my rack, and working hard for the past 8+ years. The drivers and clockwork software run great on Mac and PC, making compatibility fears fade away while bringing your attention to production to the forefront. This 1 rackspace unit has easy to read front panel metering, and soft touch buttons allowing for easy navigation when routing & storing presets with or with out a host computer. With 8 total Ins and Outs, you have plenty I/O to keep your gear patched, and they even left one pair of ports on the front for easy access. Don't forget, that MOTU didn't leave out SMPTE and MMC, which are the Sweet icing on the cake! Now you can have your cake and eat it too!