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USB to 5-pin DIN converter
#3034444 03/21/20 07:15 PM
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Hello,

I've got a Kawai ES-110, a Novation Launchkey 49, and most recently have purchased a Neutron. Bet you can guess my question.

I have no problem triggering the Neutron with a standard MIDI cable from the Kawai. The Launchkey is USB-MIDI only.
I can trigger softsynths with the Launchkey. But even with everything set to channel 1, not a peep from the Neutron. I've tried all the channel switches on the Neutron.
Does anyone have any thoughts?

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Re: USB to 5-pin DIN converter
delmar #3034450 03/21/20 07:43 PM
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Amazon is the worst place to get product info.

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In standalone mode the Midiplus unit does not provide power to the connected keyboard. If you need this feature I would recommend this one:

https://kentonuk.com/product/midi-usb-host-mkii/

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I use the Mio 2, which has 2 each of DIN in, DIN out, and USB. All routable, all filterable, and still pretty inexpensive.

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Re: USB to 5-pin DIN converter
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Originally Posted by Tom Williams
I use the Mio 2, which has 2 each of DIN in, DIN out, and USB. All routable, all filterable, and still pretty inexpensive.

And useless to Delmar, since he needs a device that works as a USB host. This piece does have some interesting features though – being able to connect two computers at once and doing onboard routing, merging and processing that can be set up on a computer, then brought to a gig to work standalone.

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Originally Posted by Reezekeys
And useless to Delmar, since he needs a device that works as a USB host.
Aw, beans; I got it backwards. facepalm


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delmar #3034782 03/24/20 07:03 AM
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To be clear, I'd like to play the Launchkey into the iMac and trigger the Neutron, running audio into an Apollo Twin and record with Logic. Maybe play with sequencing, which I have never done. Surprising that there isn't a simple cable that converts USB-C to 5-pin DIN. I have a MOTU Fastlane but I think it's unusable with Mojave. I've done a bit of research, downloaded the latest driver I could find but I can't tell if the Fastlane is working.

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Originally Posted by delmar
I have a MOTU Fastlane but I think it's unusable with Mojave. I've done a bit of research, downloaded the latest driver I could find but I can't tell if the Fastlane is working.

It definitely does work with Mojave – unless my last year & half of gigs were done in the Matrix.

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Since the Neutron does midi over USB as well as DIN, and you're triggering it via the computer, why do you need the Fastlane to talk to it?

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Reezekeys #3034963 03/25/20 06:38 AM
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That's exactly what I want to know! I didn't think it was going to be such a big deal. Guess I better educate myself. I just worked a 15 hour day - my last for the foreseeable future. Time to make music!

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Just connect the controller and Neutron to the Mac via USB. Open Logic and create an external audio that sends midi to the Neutron. You can create a template for this.
Also, If you want to play the Neutron without open logic, I recommend some free app like Midi Patchbay


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