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Rating and Reviews: MOTU Micro Lite USB MIDI

Got lots of MIDI gear? This USB bus-powered 5x5 MIDI interface gives you a massive 80 channels of MIDI I/O, with large front-panel LEDs to light the way.

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"plug & play." submitted November 19, 2004

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Feature: 5 ins 5 outs no power supply needed--what more could you want? well, a bypass button would have been cool but otherwise nice little black box. the lighted activity indicators on the front are sweet, very helpfull for the inevitable midi "where's the sound? oh yeah, wrong output stupid" things that you run into to. No SMPTE or internal routing options (Clockworks) but i don't need them. Quality: solid, nice looking. Value: same or less than 4x4s and there is no comparing the design & construction of this and the other junk out there. Manufacturer Support: i've used MOTU e-mail support on two occassions for other things and they are very helpfull but it does take time for the answer. The Wow Factor: finally an affordable interface with 5 inputs and outputs! AND the box is soo nice looking and it has that heavily textured finish on the metal. i was nervous about USB but with XP it seems very stable. Overall: satisfied until Windows freezes over. i would definately replace it if stolen, i am considering buying more midi gear so that i can buy another one so that i could use the included hardware to bolt them together and rack mount them. most important for something like this, although it's nice looking, you can just forget that it's there because it's just a sweet little black box that's doing it's job--the perfect match for my m-audio delta 44, no real bells or whistles just does what it should for very little $.
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"Don't buy it- Don't waste your time." submitted August 13, 2008

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Sound: NA Feature: doesn't work. The only reason I cant say it is the worst is because i haven't used anything else. Ease of Use: What an ordeal! Plug and Play? No way~ not this baby. Go ahead and download the drivers and software for OS9 ( since they simply left it out of the CD included ), it will be in .HQX so be aware- not much opens that and you will have to go get some flimbsey trial version of stuffit etc. to open it. Oh, and the manual? Lots of words printed in a nice little book that lead you nowhere. Quality: I suppose so. Its going back to the dealer and so far it has not been smashed. Value: Worthless rip off- Manufacturer Support: Support? You mean can I stand on the unit? that must be what support means because MOTU is about as helpful as a bag of wet marshmallows when you need help. The Wow Factor: this is a dumb question~ Overall: My search continues as this empty box with a dust bunny in it gets returned.
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"Terrible drivers unload at will" submitted April 25, 2006

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Sound: it's midi so doesn't itself make sound Feature: 5 in 5 out with activity indicators. does what it's supposed to do when it works. Ease of Use: everytime I boot my PC or shutdown Sonar for a half hour, I have to unplug the USB cable and plug it back in again to get it to talk to Sonar. Otherwise, plug in midi cables and go. Quality: physically, the product is well made and does what it's supposed to do. the software is terrible, no driver updates available and the drivers seem to unload themselves whenever they're not used for awhile or the PC gets booted. Value: If the driver ever gets fixed, it's a 10. until then, it's pretty irritating to use. good thing my PC has front of case USB ports. Manufacturer Support: after several emails, they responded with useless advice. after a couple months they had me ship it back and gave me a new one. Same problem and they no longer respond to emails. Check the MOTU user forums, you'll see lots of complaints about disappearing drivers and terrible support; it's not just me. The Wow Factor: I want it to work. Overall: I'd save my money and buy something that works, definately not from MOTU.
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