Nektar has brought the MIDIFLEX4 USB MIDI interface to NAMM 2020. With four ports and flexible routing, merging and splitting, it seems to be a versatile little box for a variety of MIDI-related tasks.
Next to the new Aura pad controller and Impact GXP88 keyboard controller, the Nektar MIDIFLEX4 had a bit of trouble getting noticed at Nektar’s booth. It’s not the kind of product that makes great headlines. But there’s still a need and a market for MIDI interfaces, and the MIDIFLEX4 seems to fit the bill nicely.
The Nektar MIDIFLEX4 is a compact interface with an aluminium enclosure. It’s USB class compliant and doesn’t require any drivers on macOS, Windows and iOS. Nektar says that most DAWs recognize the ports automatically.
At the back, the MIDIFLEX4 offers four 5-pin MIDI ports, which may be used in a variety of combinations. According to Nektar, the MIDIFLEX4 can be used as a 1 in / 3 out, 2 in / 2 out or 4 out interface. There’s a single button on the front panel for switching modes. A multi-colour LED for each port tells you how the interface is configured. Nektar says that the MIDIFLEX4 automatically detects if a MIDI input or output is connected, and displays the setting accordingly. That’s really quite convenient and practical.
The MIDIFLEX4 can also be used as a stand-alone device without a computer. In this mode, it functions as a 2-1 merger or 1-3 splitter.
Price and availability
Nektar says that the MIDIFLEX4 will begin shipping in March 2020. It is priced at USD 59.99 / GBP 49.99 / EUR 59.99.