Need way to daisy chain many devices via MIDI


#1

Ok so my OT should arrive in a few days but I checked it only has 1-2 MIDI ports so how would I daisy chain 5-6 synths together that have MIDI ports to the OT? Is there a device I can get that has like 10 MIDI ports in/out and way to do this with my gear and the OT? I am sure it is common problem as many have lots of synths in their studio and want to sample/control them from the Octatrack.


#2

Midi thru box?


#3

yeah any recommendations? It would be super great to chain 4-5 synths to my OT.


#4

Quadra Thru.
I have a usefull and old Roland A880. 8x8 free routing.


#5

https://www.iconnectivity.com/products/midi/mio10


#6

thru-5

alternatively …


#7

I already ordered the MIDI Solutions Quadra but probably will eventually need another MIDI box as my synth collection grows so I will keep this in mind.


#8

When you have a few synths with keyboards IMHO a MIDI merger box is more important than a thru box. You can always daisy chain the signal coming from the sequencer, but to combine multiple MIDI streams from different keyboards into a single one so your sequencer can record whatever keyboard you play you’ll need the merger box.


#9

many thanks I will definitely keep that in mind.


#10

If you’re going to MIDI sync that many devices, is there any upside to introducing something like the E-RM multiclock for more solid sync, or is that not necessary?


#11

Basically, I have 13 synths I’d finally like to have all connected via MIDI and ready to roll whenever I want to turn a particular synth on. Constantly rewiring is a creativity killer. I want all the synths connected via MIDI and running into my mixer. What do you think is the best solution to get all this set up?


#12

Probably depends what you’re using as sound modules and what you’re using as controllers. When you want to mix synths as controllers and modules it becomes a bit of a pain. Otherwise just hard assign them to channels 1 through 13 (assuming no multipart synths) and hook them up to a midi thru box with the rest chained on the through ports of another synth. Sometimes really really dumb and simple is the best.