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CME UF8 MIDI Controller Through Midisport MIDI Interface
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject: CME UF8 MIDI Controller Through Midisport MIDI Interface Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Hey guys, apologies if this is in the wrong forum, if so I suppose a moderator can move it.

I have a quick question regarding my CME UF8. Ever since I've purchased a new PC (which is Windows 7 x64) my CME hasn't been working, there are no existing drivers for 64 bit systems, so I am unable to play my controller on my new PC.

However, I've found this: http://www.amazon.com/MIDIMAN-MIDISPORT-Multiplatform-MIDI-Interface/dp/B00006I5HD/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1371508343&sr=8-2&keywords=m-audio+midisport+uno

My question is if I will be able to play my controller if I purchase this piece of hardware without needing a driver for the CME controller itself.

Essentially what I'm asking is will this device allow me to bypass this 64bit incompatibility issue?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: CME UF8 MIDI Controller Through Midisport MIDI Interface Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Flagsley wrote:
My question is if I will be able to play my controller if I purchase this piece of hardware without needing a driver for the CME controller itself.

Essentially what I'm asking is will this device allow me to bypass this 64bit incompatibility issue?

I was not familiar with CME gear so I downloaded the CME-U Series manual (2005). The manual is very thin. So far as I can see, the usb port (1) can provide power to operate the keyboard, (2) communicates with computer resident software so you can set up certain buttons, and (3) sends midi data to the computer.

According to the manual, "All the MIDI messages from the UF keyboard or from USB transmission will be outputted to external MIDI devices via MIDI
OUT terminal." This tells me that in additional to sending midi data to external gear any fully functional midi interface should be able to send the midi data to your computer. Again, with any interface, you will need drivers compatible with your OS.

I have never tried the interface you are looking at, but check out the manufacturer's site for the appropriate drivers. Also if they have a user community, check that out.

I have used an E-Mu Xmidi2x2 interface successfully with a 64bit Win7 laptop. I have also used an arduino to send midi data to the laptop via a usb port using a free midi/usb serial bridge utility (Hairless-midiserial.exe). If you can't find a midi interface that meets your needs, you might be able to build a simple arduino thing that simply takes midi from the CME and sends it to your PC.

Hope this helps.

Steve

ADDENDUM: I see that Avid/M-Audio now owns the midisport line and they do list drivers for Win7 64bit as well as Win 8 64bit. http://www.m-audio.com/forums.html?do=support&tab=driver
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The midisport interfaces can be made to work with pretty much everything. There are even decent Linux drivers for them. The 2x2 is pretty venerable and does what it does well. The only midi interface I can think of that is even less effort to get working on almost any OS is the Edirol UM-8 series USB to MIDI interface.
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