You wait for a bus and two come a long at once..... 19/06/03
The Midi Express 128 (top) and Micro Lite USB interfaces
MOTU Inc. continue to release news products at quite a pace (see their recent 828 MkII announcement) by
shipping two new bus-powered USB MIDI interfaces for Mac OS 9/X and Windows
Me/2K/XP. These two additions expand MOTU's line of cross-platform USB MIDI interfaces to a total of five products covering a variety of needs at prices ranging from $149 for the affordable 5x5 micro lite to $595 for the flagship MIDI Timepiece AV MIDI interface and universal AV synchronizer.
MIDI Express 128
Built from the same technology found in MOTU¹s flagship MIDI Timepiece, the rack-mountable MIDI Express 128 (US MSRP $249) is a professional MIDI interface that provides plug-and-play connectivity to any USB-equipped Macintosh or Windows computer. The MIDI Express 128 provides 8 MIDI IN, 9 MIDI OUT, 128 MIDI channels and compatibility with all Macintosh and Windows software. Large front-panel LEDs illuminate to indicate MIDI activity.
The MIDI Express 128 takes full advantage of USB, giving users high-speed MIDI throughput, sub-millisecond timing accuracy, support for ³hot-swapping² and plug-and-play expansion. For expansion, users can simply add another MOTU USB MIDI interface via any available USB port. The MIDI Express 128 is powered by USB no wall wart or AC plug.
The MIDI Express 128 includes drivers for Mac OS9, Mac OS X and Windows Me/2000/XP, making it compatible with virtually all MIDI software on these supported platforms.
The affordable micro lite (US MSRP $149) shares all of the same features as the MIDI Express 128 in a more compact and portable half-rack format. The micro lite provides 5 MIDI IN, 5 MIDI OUT and delivers 80 MIDI channels to a Mac or PC via high-speed USB connection. With its attractive yet rugged metal casing, the micro lite slides easily into a shoulder bag or briefcase for ultra-compact portability and convenient desktop operation. Removable rack attachments, as well as a custom center-joint fastener, are included
and allow users to easily mount two micro lites side by side in a standard 19-inch equipment rack.
Both the MIDI Express 128 and micro lite are now shipping and join the 4x6 micro express interface/SMPTE synchronizer (US MSRP $295), the 8x9 MIDI Express XT interface/SMPTE synchronizer (US MSRP $395), and the MIDI Timepiece AV interface and universal AV synchronizer (US MSRP $595) to address any user's needs for MIDI I/O and synchronization at just the right price.