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MOTU Ships New MIDI Interfaces

Bus-powered units support Mac and Windows By Dave Nagel
Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) has begun shipping two new MIDI interfaces. Both of the new models--the MIDI Express 128 and the Micro Lite--are bus-powered and support Macintosh and Windows systems. They're available now.

The USB-based MIDI Express 128 is rack-mountable and uses some of the same technology found in MOTU's MIDI Timepiece. It offers eight MIDI in and nine MIDI out ports, with support for 128 MIDI channels and is compatible with all Macintosh and Windows software, according to MOTU. The MIDI Express 128 includes drivers for Mac OS9, Mac OS X and Windows. It sells for $249.

The Micro Lite is a more compact version of the MIDI Express 128, offering portability in a half-rack configuration (with removable rack attachments for desktop operation). It also includes a custom joint fastener for for mounting two units side by side in a single 19-inch rack. The Micro Lite offers five MIDI in and five MIDI out ports, with support for 80 MIDI channels. Like the MIDI Express 128, the Micro Lite is USB-powered and supports Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and Windows. It sells for $149.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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