Kwackman wrote:The big one even has a pair of 5 pin DIN MIDI ports, almost retro these days!
You think DIN MIDI is “retro”?
Well no, 'I' don't but DINs are rather dated and MUCH though I want to see MIDI I/O on every interface (and digital mixers come to that) they are rather bulky on today's compact devices and the plugs are fragile. 99% of punters can't solder an XLR for toffee, repairing a DIN plug would totally faze them (and me these days!)
There is a move to 3.5mm jack and that would be very convenient if everyone went the same way but that is not likely so dangly breakout cables will be needed. However, the imminent (sort of) coming of MIDI 2 gives a great opportunity IMHO to go for a standard connector and I suggest the USB C reversible connector (NOT that silly flat thing with the crimp! WTF thought we needed that?) .
Yes, it could be argued that USB C already has a 'home' and using it for another purpose was wrong but, USB A is used in at least three roles, conventional power and data transfer, one way data only 'dump' and simply a port for the connection of a memory stick.
'A' ports are conventionally used in pairs and the C port could thus be even more compact in this guise (never seen a pair so far?)
I have this horrible feeling you see that unless a suitable connection standard is fixed up soon MIDI 2 will founder or at least be slowed in its implementation? There will of course need to be suitable adapter cables and breakout boxes and so the sooner there is a standard the quicker and cheaper these things can be brought to the market.