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Hey_Steve86
What would be the best way to go about sending multiple Midi tracks from one source (my NI audio 6) via separate channels along the same cable to multiple synth sources?

I was looking at the MOTU MIDI Express 128 as a possibility.

Basically in the coming year or so I hope to acquire a couple rack/desktop synth s and maybe a Kurzweil k2xxx. Right now I only have a small modular and one poly synth. I mostly just use one per piece of music, so I just record all the parts one at a time.

I like to compose the entire track in Reason before I record anything. To save time in the future when I have more instruments at my disposable I would eventually like to be able to record multiple synth parts simultaneously.

Is something like the Motu the best approach, or is there going to be a lot of timing issues. I envision mostly just note data being sent.

Any help would be appreciated!
ersatzplanet
Any competent MIDI splitter will work. Better would be a MIDI patchbay which allows switching the MIDI source easier, say if you have more than one master keyboard or want to sync to a drum machine or other source. Many of the latest crop of MIDI patchbays also have merging capabilities which can be useful when you want to merge MIDI sources.

MIDI Solutions has a large selection of boxes able to to all of these functions - http://midisolutions.com/products.htm
Hey_Steve86
Thanks for the info! Ill definitely check that out.
foolprint
I use midi solutions thru
FraMauro
Kenton are very good, built like a tank, and they also do various MIDI to CV boxes and other MIDI utility boxes:

http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/utilities/m-thru-5.shtml
Hey_Steve86
Ill check out the Kenton's.

The Midi Solutions boxes look great but unfortunately my audio interface does not send powered midi messages...

I guess a workaround would possibly be to send the midi from my interface through my Akai Mpk49 then to the splitter. Might introduce unnecessary lag though, plus I don't known if the Akai provides powered midi either.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone!
MAXTHEDOG
+1 for Kenton boxes. Got a 1 to 4 Thru and a 4 to 2 merge. They just sit there and do their thing.
Panason
It is much better to buy a multi-output MIDI interface. Ideally one out port per synth. This gives you the best timing and simplifies the setup as you don't have to think about MIDI channels.

The Alyseum 8x8 USB 3 MIDI interface looks like a good one!

Dedicated MIDI interfaces plugged into their own USB port on the computer will likely give better MIDI clock than a combined audio/midi interface... but this is only important if you want to sync drum machines or other sequencers to the DAW.
mor4sso
+1 for midi thru box. http://midisolutions.com/products.htm
JediDJ
Most of the multi out MIDI interfaces will do the job.
Except ones that are only computer based.
Rex Coil 7
Kenton MIDI "Thru 5" ... or the "Thru 25" if you really need a ton.

I've got two "Thru 5" boxes. I also have this ancient Roland "A-110" rack mounted 1in x 5out MIDI splitter ... it also displays which notes are being sent out on any given MIDI channel (through the use of a rotary switch) displayed on a 127 note LED keyboard display. I bought it new in 1990.

But yea ... Kenton Thru 5. If there is any latency, I'm sure not feelin' it when I play a keyboard to control MIDI synths. And I am picky as hell about that.

cool
Hey_Steve86
Just a quick update since I didn't know that helpful people were still responding to this thread!

I ended up getting a Motu Micro Express I found for a very nice price on reverb.

I really like it so far, but I've been more focused on the modular at the moment to really take advantage of it. I'm trying to get a better midi controller soon, not really digging the Akai MPK249 so much no more...
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