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connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Mood of Midas » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:17 am

Hello everyone, this is my first post here in this forum! :)
I just bought a Motu micro express midi interface pretty cheap and want to connect it to Ableton. I am running Windows 10. My question: the interface has a Parallel port only. Will any Parallel/USB cable adapter work for this purpose? Or are only certain cables able to transmit Midi to a DAW and back from the computer to the instruments? I am thinking of something like this:
https://www.amazon.de/CSL-Parallel-Adap ... rallel+usb
Thank you for your help!
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby The Elf » Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:53 am

The only version of the MOTU Micro Express that I can see is USB. I suspect that what you have is a very old interface?

It may work, but I would seriously doubt it. Personally I would use the money to buy a USB-equipped interface and do the job properly.
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Mood of Midas » Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:40 pm

Yes it is a old interface. Like i said, i got it because it was pretty cheap. So if it works out it would be great.
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby resistorman » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:04 pm

Wow. I suspect you’re one of the few people in the world that has one of these, let alone thinking about hooking it up to modern gear. You probably won’t find anyone who has tried this, so you might as well try. But I doubt it will be class compliant, so it likely won’t work. Let us know how it goes...
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby The Elf » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:23 pm

Mood of Midas wrote:Yes it is a old interface. Like i said, i got it because it was pretty cheap. So if it works out it would be great.
If you spend any more more I suspect you will be throwing good money after bad. I'm afraid that some 'bargains' are not all they seem to be...
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Wonks » Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:45 pm

Unless you were on Vista or XP, I doubt there are any drivers for the unit either. Certainly not WIN10. With the parallel interface, It sounds more like the MOTU MIDI flyer http://www.motu.com/products/midi/flyer than a MOTU micro express (which is just USB).
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby The Elf » Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:53 pm

Wonks wrote:Unless you were on Vista or XP, I doubt there are any drivers for the unit either. Certainly not WIN10. With the parallel interface, It sounds more like the MOTU MIDI flyer http://www.motu.com/products/midi/flyer than a MOTU micro express (which is just USB).
IIRC there *was* a version (ancient) of the Micro Express that was parallel. But, as you say, there's little chance of any driver that will work now.
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Mus » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:26 am

Yes, I have one too. It sits upon my Emu E5000 Ultra Sampler which serves as a coffee cup perch.

Very disappointed that such a useful piece of kit has no modern interface option :thumbdown:

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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Folderol » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:52 am

If you know the protocol and a bit programming skill, maybe use an Arduno to convert it to USB?
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Re: connect Motu micro express with PC parallel port/usb

Postby Mood of Midas » Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:07 pm

Update:

Hello everyone,
i tryed it, and it didnt work (suprise!) :D
Sold this old thing and got hold of a decent midi interface with Usb now.
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