MIDI interfaces are making a come back and here’s a natty box from MeeBlip. The cubit duo offers 4 MIDI Outs over USB or MIDI Thru.
It wasn’t long ago when it looked like MIDI interfaces were becoming a thing of the past. Everything connected up via USB and so they seemed less necessary. However, thankfully we’ve woken up to the idea that not everything needs to be connected to a computer or, indeed, should be and MeeBlip has come up with a great little box that gives you two ways of looking at it.
First of all the cubit duo is a USB MIDI interface giving your computer 1 MIDI Out sent to 4 separate ports to plug into your external synths that may not have USB connections or ones that you don’t want to have to install on your system. While each output shares the same MIDI port all you have to do is set tracks in your DAW or sequencer to different MIDI channels and you can use them independently. It’s important to reinforce that this is a single MIDI port offering 16 MIDI channels and not 4 MIDI ports offering 64 MIDI channels as you might assume from looking at the picture.
Secondly, it’s a MIDI Thru box which mirrors whatever is coming into the MIDI In port to the 4 MIDI Out ports. It’s acting as a MIDI splitter to allow you to address up to 4 different synths or devices from a single MIDI controller. Again, setting up different MIDI channels is going to allow you to use the 4 ports independently.
Cubit duo is small, lightweight, requires no installation drivers and has a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortext processor for ultra-tight timing. Being both a Thru box and a USB interface means that it replaces MeeBlip’s cubit splitter and cubit go boxes which they have now discontinued.
This perfectly useful box works with Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS and Android and is on an introductory offer of €79.95.