June 15
Midiman Ships 8x8 USB MIDI Interface
Company also offers ADAT for Delta 1010

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

The M Audio Delta 1010-AI, an ADAT I/O interface for Mac that operates at up to 24-bit/48 KHz.

Midiman has started shipping its latest MIDI interface for USB-equipped Macs. The MIDISport 8x8/s offers eight in and eight out ports for 128 x 128 MIDI channels. It's housed in a 19" single height rack mount chassis. It's also available in an alternate version that supports older serial Macs.

The company says the new device has full SMPTE implementation, and multiple units may be used simultaneously. The MIDISport 8x8/s also features a thru mode and a cable tester and can act as a stand-alone, software-controlled MIDI patchbay. Other features include:

  • Reads and writes 24, 25, 29.97, 30 drop or 30 non-drop frame LTC SMPTE formats;
  • Any SMPTE time write offset may be set up via included control panel software;
  • Converts LTC SMPTE to MIDI Time Code for synching any MTC-capable software;
  • Selectable "flywheel" that can be set to any value from one frame to 255 frames—or forever;
  • Performs "JAM" sync in all modes.

Midiman has also announced that its subsidiary, M Audio, has started shipping a new ADAT interface for its Delta 1010, a PCI digital audio system. The new interface, called the Delta 1010-AI, is an ADAT I/O interface for Mac that operates at up to 24-bit/48 KHz.

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The 1010-AI can be configured as a front-end and monitoring system for ADATs, allowing the Delta 1010's converters to be used to record or playback from the user's ADAT instead of using the stock ADAT converters. The Delta 1010-AI also supports four mixed modes, which are combinations of signal routing between the PCI host card, 1010 external converter box and an external ADAT. Other features include:

  • Simultaneous ADAT recording and computer playback;
  • Select between analog and ADAT optical for computer input;
  • Select between computer out and ADAT in for routing to the Delta 1010 D/A section;
  • Select between computer out and analog in for ADAT input source;
  • ADAT in to ADAT out "Thru" mode.

The MIDISport 8x8 requires any Mac running OS 8.6 or higher and Opcode OMS. Pricing was not available for either product at press time. We'll update this story when it does become available. For more information, visit http://www.midiman.com.

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