I toured for the entirety of 2016 with a Korg MicroKontrol as my input keys and midi controller for mixing the Octatrack. Between stuck notes and the size, I decided to take a different approach when I finally got back to San Francisco earlier this year.
The Kenton USB/MIDI Host is a little box which allows us to introduce 5 pin MIDI din plugs to "modern" controllers and devices which are only equipped with a USB port. Those of us who know the joys of working free of a computer know my struggle, and will be delighted to know that provided the device at least approximates class compliant UBS/MIDI this box is a miracle.
The midi merge is for bringing the output from the midi patch bay (or sequencer) together with the output of the controller to go into the @weareelektron Octatrack.
The Korg NanoKontrol mkII is cute, so small, and works just great... But it's perhaps too small, and so poorly marked that I find I'm feeling lucky to grab the right knob or fader in the heat of the moment of a live set.
So I'm going to start over and give the old evolution UC33 a try... larger, already has midi din ports, and provides an extra row of knobs and a bonus 9th fader row as well.
Anyone use and love the UC33 or UC33e?
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