Retrokits' flexible MIDI interface proves that good things do indeed come in small packages.
Sometimes you stumble across a product that seems to have been made just for you, like the Retrokits RK‑005, and that fake sun‑screen bottle for sneaking alcohol into gigs.
The idea of a USB MIDI host isn't new, but the RK‑005 stood out to me as a host that can run from USB power and act as an intelligent MIDI merger between both USB and traditional MIDI sources. It deals cleverly with clock, and even generates an analogue gate output to drive Pocket Operators, modulars or Volcas.
USB devices plug into one end of the tiny RK‑005; multiple devices can connect via a regular USB hub. The other end sports a micro-USB port for power (I used a portable battery pack) and can also attach the RK‑005 to a computer or iOS device as a MIDI...
You are reading one of the locked subscriber-only articles from our latest 5 issues.
You've only read 20% of this article, so to continue reading...
Option 1: Buy and download this single SOS article in Adobe PDF format
- Buy this article now and immediately download the PDF file to your computer.
- Single article PDFs look identical to the printed magazine layouts (but exclude advertisements).
- Note: Some shorter articles don't always have a PDF version.
Option 2: Buy the Full Issue PDF **NEW**
- From the January 2018 edition onwards, it is possible to buy a FULL ISSUE PDF 'replica magazine' (with adverts) for the price of a handful of single PDF articles, and instantly download it. More info...
Option 3: Buy a Digital subscription and open ALL web articles instantly!