Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite?

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Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite?

My trusty MIDI interface (an M-Audio (MIDIman era) Midisport 4x4) of almost 15 years died on me this week.
Someone on the local Craigslist is selling one for cheap, I was wondering if I should replace it with that or get a new MOTU Microlite 5x5 interface? I don't really need more ports, but the Midisport, though trusty, has had some minor issues over the years, especially taking a few minutes to be recognized by Windows (Win 7 at the time, Win 10 seemed to fix that). Also, I wonder if the MOTU might be a tad bit faster? It will cost over 3x buying a used replacement Midisport does. What should I do?
 

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    SuperG
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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/02 03:53:24 (permalink)
    I use the Microlite and am happy with it. I picked it up used on ebay.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/02 14:32:34 (permalink)
    I have the Motu Micro lite and have had it for several years now.  I can connect up to 5 midi devices for both in and out use. 
     
    Keep in mind that it only supports USB 2.0, not USB 3.0.
     
    Current price seems to be $139.00 US.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/03 03:05:43 (permalink)
    Jesse G
    I have the Motu Micro lite and have had it for several years now.  I can connect up to 5 midi devices for both in and out use. 
     
    Keep in mind that it only supports USB 2.0, not USB 3.0.
     
    Current price seems to be $139.00 US.




     
    ????
    http://www.motu.com/techsupport/technotes/usb3

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/03 03:49:54 (permalink)
    I have both a MOTU Microlite and MIDI Express 128 (same driver, different DAWs). They both work great but I have had intermittent but solvable problems in the past when they were plugged into a USB 3 port -- mainly an occasional hang on boot (just unplugged it momentarily) and occasional disconnections/USB Device not found type errors (just reinstalled driver). This was with Win7. Because of this, I have just kept them plugged into a USB 2 port, even after upgrading to Win10 in June 2016.  I see the link above where MOTU says USB 3 is not necessarily a problem but I don't see a date or a reference to a specific driver version.  The latest seems to be "v4.0.5.7483 | May. 1, 2013" which is what I have been using.
     
    Otherwise I recommend both as reliable and trouble free.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/05 22:59:18 (permalink)
    Thanks, folks. Just got a Microlite, and it's now hooked up into my MIDI system. Only complaint is the little MIDI port indicator light isn't as bright as the Midisport, but I guess I'll adjust.
     
    Funeral arrangements for the Midisport are pending. 
     

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/06 04:14:35 (permalink)
    Microlite will only connect your midi gear, it won't do internal routing. That can be done by software tho. I use midi patchbay.
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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/07 00:50:53 (permalink)
    soens
    Microlite will only connect your midi gear, it won't do internal routing. That can be done by software tho. I use midi patchbay.



    That's fine, I already have a JL Cooper box that lets me do that.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/07 18:13:19 (permalink)
    elsongs,
     
    Were you able to connect the Micro Lite to USB 3.0 or were you limited to using USB 2.0?
     
    Just curious.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/07 19:18:01 (permalink)
    New MOTU 624 coming up.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/08 18:18:41 (permalink)
    My Microlite works fine on USB3 sockets on PC (Windows 8.1) and Mac (Sierra).

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2016/12/09 01:20:18 (permalink)
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    elsongs,
     
    Were you able to connect the Micro Lite to USB 3.0 or were you limited to using USB 2.0?
     
    Just curious.




    I ended up plugging it into a 2.0 jack on my tower PC just to be on the safe side. I still have a few free 3.0 and 2.0 jacks anyway so it really didn't matter. 
     
    I also have a Mac Book Pro that only has 3.0, but I'm most likely not going to use the Microlite with it (I only really use plugins via Mainstage or Reason on it anyway).
     
    I have 3 DAWs, but Sonar is the most hardware-friendly so this is the one I use when sequencing/recording my hardware synths, hence the need for the interface.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/11 16:43:53 (permalink)
    I'm looking at MOTU 624..
    More comments??

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/11 16:44:27 (permalink)
    Maybe pulling the trigger for the 624 today.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/11 18:18:09 (permalink)
    Hmmmmm...RME Babyface Pro about the same price but had two headphone outs and Midi IO. Not half rack though..... 
    Is the 624 superior in some way?

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/12 15:47:05 (permalink)
    The 624 has some features for my intention to see if it's a good fit for portable live use yet give me the tracks to later with with in SPLAT.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/12 18:45:23 (permalink)
    Seems like the same spot as the Babyface is aiming to hit. I believe that the RME does not need a power source for the USB 2 connection. No Thunderbolt however. Still wondering about the 624 advsntages though.

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    Re: Need a new MIDI Interface - M-Audio Midisport 4x4 or MOTU Microlite? 2017/03/14 00:13:18 (permalink)
    MOTU 624 is audio only.  This thread is about MIDI interface.

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