I part containing continuous hi-hats on every 16th note ie. As with most software, the retail value is reflected in the license to use this product. I can see their point, but it does mean that if you want the timing of LTB with sync features, you’ll either have to buy an audio card with sync capability, or an expensive stand-alone product such as Steinberg’s Timelock Pro as well. This partly compensates for the lack of any dedicated patchbay features such as those offered by Emagic’s AMT8 and Unitor 8, though you will need to use an external PSU if you want to use this feature when the computer isn’t powered up. With the standard interfaces, timing varied by up to 2. A buss-powered hub only supplies up to mA per output, which is not sufficient, so in this case you would need an external PSU.
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Currently there are only two such applications: LTB mideex used for the first time in the Midex 8. Windows ME supports multiple Midex 8s. Unfortunately you will lose LTB support in the process — only when Cubase talks directly to the Midex 8 drivers do you get the improved timing.
That’s MIDI for you.
Holding both buttons down for several seconds causes a full reset, equivalent to unplugging the Midex 8 from USB. No Mac drivers yet. Steinberg’s Midex 8 changes all that for Cubase and Nuendo users, but do remember that although it will work fine as a standard MME interface with other music applications, the advantages of LTB timing will be completely lost. Steinberg and Emagic made headlines at the Frankfurt Musik Messe, when they announced that they would in future share certain aspects of their expertise.
Both require specially written code in their host sequencer application to benefit, which is why the Midex 8 mudex only deliver improved timing with Cubase VST 5.
MIDEX 8 | Steinberg
I had no problems at all using the Midex 8, and the timing certainly sounded very tight — but is it actually better than a standard MIDI interface?
In essence, both do exactly the same thing. This partly compensates for the lack of any dedicated patchbay features such as those offered by Emagic’s AMT8 and Unitor 8, though you will need to use an external PSU if you want to use this feature when the computer isn’t powered up. This is as you would expect, since each USB device takes some of the finite bandwidth available, but the beauty of USB is that you can unplug your other devices ‘on the fly’.
Configuring a DAW
Of course, the MIDI protocol itself still limits the density of data that can be transmitted successfully, and when I continued adding tracks full of aftertouch, pitch-bend and other controller data I could still eventually choke the Midex 8 to the point where it spat out notes with almost random timing, just like any other interface.
These convey far more information from the other side of the studio than standard LEDs, but it’s a shame that all the indicators share a common transparent moulding, since some light leaks from one to the next — at some angles this results in an adjacent inactive digit being nearly as bright as an active one. As with nearly all USB peripherals, installation is simplicity itself: Education Steinberg offers a range of products at special education pricing for facilities, educators and students.
A buss-powered hub only supplies up to mA per output, which is not sufficient, so in this case you would need an external PSU. Expansions for VST Instruments. The important thing is that until this happens, Cubase users will find that the Midex 8 keeps their timing far more solid than any other MIDI interface.
Steinberg maintain that since the LTB aspect of Midex 8 is so closely linked to Cubaseit would be foolish to compromise its timing by adding multi-client capability. Multiple Midex 8 devices can only be currently run under Windows ME.
Once the drivers have been installed, any standard MIDI application can use the Midex 8 in the normal way. This is handy when mideex want to control several synths from a single keyboard for instance, and Thru mode gets deactivated automatically as soon as any application starts sending data to the inputs or outputs.
This won’t bother everyone, but it will affect those musicians who want to run stand-alone synth editors alongside Cubase. Martin Modex checks out an interface from Steinberg which should solve this problem — at least for users of their sequencing software With VST Instruments now offering sample-accurate playback timing, musicians with hardware MIDI synths are becoming the poor relations, at least as far as timing is concerned.
Midex 8 August 4th, This inofficial driver can be installed at one’s own risk. This overcomes the sometimes temperamental nature of both the Universal Serial Buss and the operating system, since the interface doesn’t have to rely on smooth delivery of data in real time. Sadly, I suspect more people will be upset by the current lack of multi-client drivers, and anyone currently running a stand-alone synth 88 alongside Cubase will have micex discard it to use the Midex 8.
I can see their point, but it does mean that if you want the timing of LTB with sync features, you’ll either have to buy an audio card with sync capability, or an expensive stand-alone product such as Steinberg’s Timelock Pro as well. Bear in mind that just midez with VST Instruments, your MIDI timing won’t be any more precise during recording — it’s only on playback that higher precision timing mdex in — so you won’t gain anything from LTB or AMT when attempting to capture the subtleties of a live performance.
Mide beat of the VST Instrument is sample-accurate, and will emerge every mS or samples apart, so if you record the two audio signals into a stereo audio track, any MIDI timing discrepancy can be measured by examining the relative positions of the sample-accurate VST Instrument in the left channel and the MIDI drum source in the right channel of the waveform.
Current PC drivers not multi-client.