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ESI M8U eX - 16 port USB midi interface
Old 13th October 2018
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ESI M8U eX - 16 port USB midi interface

Latest midi interface from ESI hit the stores, sadly no rack ears:

"Our stylish and very powerful M8U eX is a modern USB 3.0 MIDI interface with a total of 16 MIDI ports in one single device.

Featuring the popular MIDI auto detection technology that was pioneered by ESI, each of these 16 ports can either be used as a MIDI input or as a MIDI output, replacing not only regular MIDI interfaces like our previous popular legacy multi port MIDI interfaces with 8 inputs and 8 outputs, but providing also other possible configurations: for instance, you can use up to 16 outputs at a time or up to 16 inputs, or any other combination, like 12 outputs and 4 inputs. Each automatic input / output configuration is displayed via colored LEDs on the front panel.

If the number of ports is not enough, you can hook up multiple M8U eX to the same computer - a feature that is made easy also via the integrated fast USB 3.0 hub that allows you to connect other USB equipment like software dongles or USB keyboards and others to your computer. This literally turns M8U eX into the central hub for the MIDI and USB devices in your studio or live performance setup.

The 100% fully class compliant device can even be bus powered (or if needed for other USB devices, it is powered via the included 5V DC power supply) and it works out of the box without the installation of additional drivers on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and macOS systems (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Yet, there is more: it also works as a standalone Thru and Merge solution for your MIDI devices. Selected via a push button on the front panel, M8U eX provides various configurations allowing you to merge multiple MIDI signals and send them out to a single port or to send out signals through multiple ports that are coming in from just one - all based on your individual needs.

All this makes our M8U eX easily the most powerful USB MIDI interface existing on the market today.

If 16 ports are more than what you need, there is also the smaller M4U eX available, with 8 ports."

USB 3.0 MIDI interface
100% class compliant, works without the installation of a driver
USB bus powered
16 MIDI ports, 8 on the front and 8 on the back
automatic input and output detection, each port works as a MIDI input or MIDI output
standalone operation possible
can be used as MIDI Thru box in standalone mode to send one MIDI signal to 15 outputs
can be used as MIDI merger in standalone mode to merge 15 MIDI signals to a single output
3-port USB 3.0 hub with external 5V DC power supply to power USB devices (power supply included)
multiple units can be used with one computer at a time
downwards compatible to USB 2.0 with a USB 2.0 legacy mode
dimensions roughly 32.5cm x 14.5cm x 4.5cm"

Which one would you buy, this one or the cheaper Alyseum U3-88c?
Old 13th October 2018
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It's garbage unless they can provide me with documentation that this midi interface has extremely low midi jitter.

I'd really love a pnp USB midi interface that actually provides solid midi time, but I don't see that happening any time soon.
Old 5th December 2018
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Anybody using one of these - why is it so hard to get a midi interface, and why no rack mount, I've got to update my motu but it is not proving easy.
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