8-In/8-Out USB MIDI Interface with SMPTE and MMC
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Strategic Command Over Your MIDI Rig

Check out MOTU's MIDI Express XT USB MIDI interface if you need loads of MIDI channels and a brimful of SMPTE. Backed up by the same innovative technology that powers the acclaimed MIDI Time Piece, the Express XT delivers the kind of top level of performance and fast speed you've always wanted in your MIDI rig. A combination of 8 inputs, 8 outputs, SMPTE read/write, and 128 MIDI channels gives you the power and flexibility you need for the most demanding applications. If you need ultimate control over your MIDI system, demand no less than the MOTU MIDI Express XT USB MIDI interface.

MOTU MIDI Express XT USB MIDI Interface at a Glance:
  • Ample I/O
  • MIDI merge matrix
  • Timecode support
Ample I/O:

MOTU's MIDI Express XT gives you eight MIDI inputs and eight outputs to accommodate even the most complicated MIDI rigs. Thankfully, the easy to read front panel makes it simple to manage up to 128 MIDI channels.

MIDI merge matrix:

Use the MOTU MIDI Express XT's powerful merge matrix as a patch bay for ultimate control over your rig. The 8x8 merge matrix lets you connect any device to any other that's connected to the MIDI Express XT. Just connect all your MIDI gear to the MIDI Express XT, and change the routing on the fly. You can even program up to eight custom routing presets that can be recalled in an instant.

Timecode support:

MOTU's MIDI Express XT is also a pro-grade SMPTE time code synchronizer, in all frame formats. The MIDI Express XT also supports MIDI Machine Control, and can act as either a master or a slave to your other gear. The MOTU MIDI Express XT isn't simply a MIDI interface - it's a powerful control center for pro-level MIDI rigs.

MOTU MIDI Express XT USB MIDI Interface Features:
  • 8-in/8-out MIDI patch bay/merger/synchronizer - ultimate MIDI control in a single rack unit
  • MIDI merge matrix makes it easy to connect and re-route your MIDI gear
  • SMPTE tape sync in all formats
  • Front panel presets for customizable convenience
  • 128 MIDI channels
  • Supports Midi Machine Control transport messages
  • Pedal input for momentary foot switch, for hands-free control
  • Audio click input - converts audio click into MIDI data
  • Recalls setups via MIDI patch change
  • Includes software for Mac and Windows

Additional Media

MIDI Interface Buying Guide
MOTU MIDI Express XT USB Review
MIDI Express XT Returns

Tech Specs

Type Rack
Ports 8 x 8
Computer Connectivity USB
Compatibility - Mac OS X 10.3 or Later
Compatibility - Windows Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Power AC Adapter
Height 1.75"
Depth 7"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number 1856

Customer Reviews

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Worked like a charm

Plugged it in, installed the drivers, that's it! I operate 3 keyboards, 3 effects pedals and receive clock with ease.
Music background: Keys/Synth player


Up to this point in life, I've dreamt of a operable multi keyboard live show.This Motu Express may make it a reality.Fast, almost as fast as me, ha. I've been plugging and routing one idea after another. After a few loops and understanding, it just gets better. I even love the pedal capabilities. I must say, it's only been a couple of weeks to experiment but, I think this things a monster.
Music background: Lifetime Musician

Eliminate MIDI headaches

The MOTU system eliminated the MIDI mind bender of connecting several devices to each other and my PC based DAW. I was using a 3 midi port Roland UMG, USB connects and free wear program MIDI-OX. With that setup I had reach the manageable limit a long time ago. Plus I always had to fire up my computer and MIDI-OX to make my rig work. The 8 port MOTU midi hub and accompanying computer program really makes connecting gear a breeze. The MOTU hardware remembers the connection setup so my PC can stay off if I want. A great addition to my rack and no more midi headaches.
Music background: Amatuer Muscian


I've been using the Express XT-USB ever since they were first introduced...with a number of Kybds, Drum Machines, etc., along with Cubase, the midi interface is what makes all that necessary communication coming and going 'behind the scenes' without having to worry about making sure the right cables are connected appropriately - Once you've made sure all your cables are connected properly, which can be a bit confusing sometimes with 2 cables coming and going to each instrument and the computer, aside from the audio cables, means making the right connections initially, then you can focus solely on writing and/or recording - I recently purchased my 2nd XT-USB midi interface because of how important that one piece of equipment is...that without it, my music production would be shut down and trying to switch so many cable connections would just be unthinkable - The other reason is because that interface had been discontinued until just recently (they said the necessary manufactured parts weren't available) and after searching many of the other vendors, there seems to be a very limited selection of midi interfaces available, especially if trying to find one with 8 IN/OUTS such as the XT-USB provides, including the fact that the XT-USB also offers a few other features that the other interfaces don't provide - MOTU also makes a less expensive interface that requires it connected to your computer (being USB powered) where the XT-USB can be used stand alone (comes with it's own P.S.) if you're not planning on using the computer and just playing or controlling any of your other instruments - IMO the XT-USB is definitely the best midi interface important to music production that I wanted the benefit of having a back up...since 'back ups' are always a must whenever music is involved - I would also like to mention that the folks at Sweetwater always seem to expedite the equipment that I sometimes feel I'm in a hurry for, so the service there is undeniably as good as it gets and amongst all the other vendors, Sweetwater's service is certainly one those things they do best - There's been a number of occassions when I've needed one thing or another, that they came thru for me expeditiously !
Music background: Writing, Aranging, Engineering (since childhood)

Looking to automate your show? this is it!

This is the unit you need to control any routing among your MIDI devices. We automate our keyboard, guitars and our video projections! Just connect all of them to this unit and you are done! Need a redundant system? no problem this unit will also switch to a "B" System on the fly. Solid construction and easy to use!
Music background: Pro Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Austin Moss

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.

Gilbert Janke

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!
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