ProTools midi I/O interface

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by DoubleA100, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I am about to purchase the ProTools MBOX that comes wit ProTools 6.1. I want to use all of its midi capabilities, but unfortunately, the MBOX doesn't include a midi I/O. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions of midi interfaces that are cheap, and totally compatible with ProTools 6.1 I just purchased a 17" Powerbook, that I am totally in love with, and I can't wait to start mixing some music. All I need is 1 midi in, and 1 midi out. Midiman???
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    You might want to look at MOTU and thier Fastlane interface. It retails for about $75 and has 2 midi ins and outs. I haven't had any problems with mine but I do use Digital Performer.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    you should check out www.audiomidi.com

    this is what i'm saving up for:
    http://www.audiomidi.com/common/cfm/product.cfm?Product_ID=3999


    it's comes with --

    6-in/2-out USB adapter (which also acts as a hub and does some sort of midi... it's says cinch adapter?)

    Logic Gold 5 (version 6 is downloadable with version 5)

    EVB3 (good hammond b3 synth)

    EVP88 (good synth that emulates Fender Rhodes and others)

    EXSP 24 (sampler)

    Xtreme Digital (sound bank)

    for $530!!!

    It looks like a better deal than the MBOX to me.
    Also, for $250 http://www.audiomidi.com/common/cfm/product.cfm?Product_ID=3596 it allows you to mix 8 channels in Logic.

    -tyler
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Bingo. The MOTU Fastlane is EXACTLY what you want. It's the best cheap midi interface going. Don't let anyone tell you to get anything else. Buy now!

    Midiman is ****. Avoid at all costs.. terrible drivers/support.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Midiman or M-audio as it has now become is not all that bad. If you're simply in the market for a midi controller their Keystation series is none too bad (built in midi to USB).
     
  6. macrumors 65816

    alset

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    Ask yourself this: Are you getting ProTools because you want to do a little MIDI or a lot? If it's a lot, keep looking. PT is audio first and MIDI second. True, MIDI has improved a great deal in PT 6, but it's not really the path for MIDI composition.

    In that case, look to Digital Performer (good) or Logic (best). Also, look to a MOTU or Emagic interface to go with either software. Also, don't think you can't get a great deal on audio devices for both.

    If MIDI is an afterthought, I'll sell you my old MIDI-Man interface. 2X2. Contact me over private message if you are interested.

    Also, PM me if you would like to hear a few reasons why it is sometimes best to avoid DigiDesign all together.

    Dan
     

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