vurt wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:33 am
will a usb hub power so many synths at once? or would there be dropouts?
When you over-tax the power, your PC will tell you it cannot power all the currently connected devices and at least one thing will stop working, although usually everything stops working. All you need to sort it, though, is a powered USB hub and everything will work. Up to the point of overload, though, unpowered hubs work perfectly well (or mine does, at least). I had no trouble having my audio I/O, Roli and Uno connected at the same time. I was extremely skeptical at first but I gave it a go and it worked out OK for a while, until I wanted to add the Ultranova. Now I have an Elektron OVERHUB so it's smooth sailing for up to 8 devices.
Mushy Mushy wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:35 am
Personally I'd go old skool analogue MIDI. It just works and has been tried and tested for decades.
First of all, there is no such thing as anal
ogue MIDI, MIDI is a digital protocol and always has been. Secondly, MIDI splitters have existed for 30-odd years because MIDI has never "just worked", linking long chains of devices has always been problematic. If anything it's USB MIDI that "just works" because it simplifies the whole process. I can have the following all connected to my PC at once, via USB, and it all just works -
Yamaha AG-06 (mixer/audio device) (USB power)
Roli Seaboard Rise 25 (USB power)
IK Uno (USB power)
Novation Ultranova (USB power)
Elektron Analog Keys
The only thing I need a MIDI cable for is my MicroMonsta, everything else works via USB and it all works as reliably as any MIDI set-up I ever had in the 1980s or '90s, with the added benefit of supplying power to most of the devices without extra cabling. It's really cool.