Midi interface for USB 3?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by michaeljk, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. michaeljk macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2013
    Hi All,

    I need some help. I just bought a 2013 Mac Pro. It has only USB 3.0 ports. I also just bought a M-Audio Midisport 4x4 midi interface (I finally pulled from my boxes some old sound modules and a synth box that have been sitting there for a few years). After two days of tweaking, I found a little knowledge base note from M-Audio that none of its midi interfaces work with USB 3.0. There solution: get a USB 2.0 port (thanks). Anyway, does anyone know of any midi interfaces that work with USB 3? I also only need 4x4 ports (not planning to buy any more hardware midi devices).

  2. flyingmanatee macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2014
    Really, any USB 2.0 device should work on USB 3.0 (I installed a USB 3.0 card on my Mac Pro and have connected Midi devices to it without hitches). It sounds like a driver issue, if I'm not mistaken, doesn't the Midisport work without installing any drivers? I'd try de-installing the drivers and seeing if it works just using the OS X default drivers.
  3. MiesVanDerRobot macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Yeah, if you got the Anniversary version of the MIDISport it should be class-compliant under OSX (meaning you can run it without drivers).

    If you got the older edition, that won't work, though.

    If you can't get the Midisport working, go for the MOTU microlite. It's working on my new rMBP just fine.
  4. koban4max macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    get firewire..
  5. michaeljk thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2013
    Thanks for the suggestions. I do have a firewire audio interface that has one midi in and one midi out and that works fine. Its limited though. The midisport I purchased is the anniversary edition, it says it is "class compliant" and works in OS X 10.8 and 10.9 without drivers. In fact, the most recent drivers even listed for it on the website are many years old. So, there essentially are no current drivers. Having said all of that, even though, theoretically, USB 3.0 is supposed to be backward compatible with USB 1 and 2, in this case, M-Audio itself said all their USB based Midi Interfaces are not compatible with USB 3.0 ports. I cannot find a firewire based Midi Interface.

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