Knot is a standalone USB MIDI Host. It can bridge the gap between your USB MIDI controller and your old-school MIDI gear for DAWless synth control.
This is a neat little box that brings a couple of things together. Lots of MIDI controllers are designed to be used with computers. There was a time when it was assumed that all you needed or wanted was a computer and so all MIDI controllers needed was a USB port. Today’s reality is that we have a whole array of software and hardware MIDI sound sources, synths and groove boxes, and increasingly, we find we like to play outside the computer. But if we wanted to control our synths from a MIDI controller that only has USB we have to keep the computer around to do the routing. Intech, who we know from their own cool and modular MIDI controllers, is offering a solution to that problem.
Knot neatly provides the USB Host connection and lets you leave the computer off. Plug in your controller, and Knot will output MIDI from one of those annoying TRS jack sockets. But don’t despair; Intech has included a Type-A to Type-B switch, so you never have to worry about having the right adapter. You can go between annoying Korg TRS MIDI and annoying Arturia TRS MIDI with the flick of a switch – that’s so much less annoying!
There’s a MIDI In port that lets you control a synth or keyboard that’s using the USB Host connection.
Intech has also thought about power. It can be powered over USB-C by any phone charger but also via a DC input that is compatible with guitar pedal power supplies. Knot is an open hardware project and will also take new firmware versions.
Knot is available for preorder for $89, and you should get delivery before Christmas.