Kenton Interchanger

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BobDog
KVRian
959 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:41 am

Just Got some details about a new unit from Kenton, it is a new Midi Patchbay/Midi Interface which looks pretty interesting:

- 8x DIN MIDI inputs and outputs. All 8 I/Os are on the back panel, but I/O 7 & 8 are also duplicated on the front. Whether the unit will use the front or back inputs for 7 & 8 is set in the options.
- 4x USB 'host' ports - much like our MIDI USB Host product, these can host a class-compliant USB MIDI peripheral. The Interchanger supports up to 4x USB MIDI devices at once.
- 1x USB 'device' port - this allows the Interchanger to be connected to a computer and appears to the computer as 4x pairs of MIDI inputs and outputs, which can be used in the Interchanger's routing matrix.
- 16x16 internal routing matrix. Any combination of inputs can be routed to any combination of outputs; with merging, filtering, and MIDI transform operations.
- Fully programmable on the unit itself (as well as via a planned editor program). Up to 128 programs can be stored and recalled, as well as 128 scenes. The current program / scene number is displayed on its own 7-segment display for maximum visibility.
- Unit can send out a full set of program changes for each scene.
- Dual assignable footswitch inputs, can be configured to step through scenes for example.
- Names can be assigned to programs, scenes and MIDI ports.
- Planned support for linking multiple units for an expanded routing matrix.
- 1U rack unit with removable ears.
We're hoping to have these in production in 3 months’ time, and the price is currently somewhere in the region of £350 + VAT.

Sofine
KVRist
86 posts since 15 Dec, 2003 from Dublin

Post Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:46 am

Thanks for the heads up. This will be interesting to compare to the iconnectivity offerings.

BobDog
KVRian

Topic Starter

959 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Post Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:20 am

My bet is that it will be good, not that the iConnectivity stuff isn't.

I'm just a big fan of Kenton gear, it works, it is well designed, it lasts forever, support is fantastic and you can talk to the guy that designs things.

I'm going to get one.

griotspeak
KVRer
25 posts since 27 Nov, 2009

Post Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:55 am

Will there be any amount of on device routing capability? I'm thinking of the old MOTU units where you could, using buttons on the device, reroute a specific input to a new output destination.

BobDog
KVRian

Topic Starter

959 posts since 2 Apr, 2015

Post Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:09 am

griotspeak wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:55 am
Will there be any amount of on device routing capability? I'm thinking of the old MOTU units where you could, using buttons on the device, reroute a specific input to a new output destination.
- 16x16 internal routing matrix. Any combination of inputs can be routed to any combination of outputs; with merging, filtering, and MIDI transform operations.

- Fully programmable on the unit itself (as well as via a planned editor program). Up to 128 programs can be stored and recalled, as well as 128 scenes. The current program / scene number is displayed on its own 7-segment display for maximum visibility.

Mushy Mushy
KVRAF
15159 posts since 7 Sep, 2008

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:23 am

Any news on this?
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