Retrokits are the masters of MIDI boxes that you didn’t know you needed which quickly become things you can’t live without. The RK-006 is one such box.
It may look like a 1990s external modem but it is in fact an awesomely useful box of MIDI stuff. It’s a MIDI hub with 10 MIDI output and 2 inputs. It handles MIDI merging and Thru effortlessly and each port can be filtered to contain only what you want it to. It also has USB for those computer type connections. It can send out sync which can also be gates if so desired.
Each output can be MIDI or Gate. They’ve adopted the can’t-believe-it’s-taken-us-so-long-to-use TRS MIDI format so it’s very easy to use the same port for either. Synths that also have the TRS-A MIDI socket can be wired in with a stereo minijack cable and you can use the same cable for sync to your analogue hardware. In MIDI Mode you can apply channel and clock filtering and also clock modifiers that uses multiple clocks in interesting ways.
Gate mode can handle Run/Stop signals and sync for the Sync24/DINSync units all triggered from the MIDI Clock signal or MIDI note messages which gives an ability to use MIDI controllers on your modular gear.
The RK-006 can also host other USB-MIDI devices, merge them all together with the other hardware ports. You can even plug in a USB drive with MIDI files (SMF) and you can have these play back through your hardware.
It can also act as a MIDI interface for your computer.
That’s a lot of MIDI in a little box and Retrokits prove themselves invaluable once again to our increasingly complex and confusing desktop hardware setups.