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help me connect my gear
Old 22nd October 2013
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help me connect my gear

so,i must connect my kawai q80 with roland alpha juno,akai s 2000 sampler,microkorg and mfb 522 with midi cable.
how? midi out from kawai to alpha juno? then juno thru to sampler? how many cables i need?
Old 22nd October 2013
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Save yourself headaches and get a patchbay. You need two cables for AJ to Q80 and one for each next device.
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Save yourself headaches and get a patchbay. You need two cables for AJ to Q80 and one for each next device.
but i only need to connect 3 synths with the sequencer
Old 22nd October 2013
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Even then, patchbays make things easier . For one thing you don't have to carefully set up each device to ignore a certain channel because it's sent to the next machine instead, and if you ever plan to get a DX7 it won't react to every message since it can't ignore certain channels. Also, you'll be able to deal with gear that (for budget reasons) doesn't have a thru port.

So:

AJ2 MIDI out -> Q80 MIDI in
AJ2 MIDI in -> Q80 MIDI out
AJ2 MIDI thru -> S2000 MIDI in
S2000 MIDI thru -> MFB MIDI in
MFB MIDI thru -> MicroKorg MIDI in
Old 23rd October 2013
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Even then, patchbays make things easier . For one thing you don't have to carefully set up each device to ignore a certain channel because it's sent to the next machine instead, and if you ever plan to get a DX7 it won't react to every message since it can't ignore certain channels. Also, you'll be able to deal with gear that (for budget reasons) doesn't have a thru port.

So:

AJ2 MIDI out -> Q80 MIDI in
AJ2 MIDI in -> Q80 MIDI out
AJ2 MIDI thru -> S2000 MIDI in
S2000 MIDI thru -> MFB MIDI in
MFB MIDI thru -> MicroKorg MIDI in
I guess then I need some midi patchbay,right?
Old 23rd October 2013
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The downside of daisy-chaning is twofold:

- every message has to pass through another device, adding delay
- every message has to be filtered out explicitly on the other device; i.e. monotimbral devices need to be told what channel to listen to, multitimbral devices need to be told what channels to ignore.

Patchbays have the following advantages:

- if you were to change the order between either device or if you're dealing with a device that has a fixed channel - 10 for drums, for instance) daisy chaining means carefully choosing what to put where, patchbays don't
- each connection is at most 2 MIDI cables long

By using a patchbay you can use both the MicroKorg and AJ as controller keyboards instead of how it's set up right now. Any self-respecting hardware-only studio or hardware-only live setup should have one, because it turns a bus-configuration into a star-configuration, and because it saves you a lot of effort.
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