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    Pci Midi cards

    Can someone recommend a good Pci Midi card for me to use along side the Lynx TWO-C?
    on a q6600 Pc

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    I don't believe anyone sells a PCI card that just supports MIDI. Some PCI audio interface cards have a set of midi ports, but you already have a good audio interface card.

    There are only a few manufacturers of midi interfaces given many music products now transmit midi over USB connections.

    Your best (and possible only) solution would be to get one of the USB-based midi interfaces. If you don't have any available USB ports (either USB 1.1 or USB 2.0), you would then need to buy a PCI USB card or PCI "Combo" card (has both USB and Firewire ports).

    Here are some USB midi interfaces, which primarily differ on the number of midi port sets (Midi IN and OUT) they have:
    http://www.m-audio.com/index.php?do=...midiinterfaces
    http://www.motu.com/products/midi/

    All USB midi interfaces only require a USB 1.1 port (though they will run through a USB 2.0 port, you won't get faster throughput).

    Regarding adding additional USB ports, you have two options:
    1. Add a PCI card with USB ports
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...CI+to+USB+Card
    2. Add a USB Hub
    http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...26&Tpk=USB+Hub


    Finally, are you sure you even need a midi port interface? What will you do with it? Most keyboard controllers these days have built-in midi support via a USB connection. Do you have a number of devices that can only be controlled via MIDI?

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    This is what a MIDI-interface looks like nowadays:



    (The one above from ESI.)
    Anders Dahnielson

    Ardour2, Qtractor, LinuxSampler, M-AUDIO Delta 1010, AKAI S2000, E-MU Proteus 2k, Roland JX-10, 4GB RAM Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80GHz Gentoo Linux 64 bit

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    Thanks guys, I had heard that a pci type midi interface was a bit faster than usb but I already have one of these midi to usb chords laying around.

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    The transmission rate of current-loop 5-pin DIN MIDI transport is always 31.25 kBaud (remember it was original developed in the early eighties).
    Anders Dahnielson

    Ardour2, Qtractor, LinuxSampler, M-AUDIO Delta 1010, AKAI S2000, E-MU Proteus 2k, Roland JX-10, 4GB RAM Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80GHz Gentoo Linux 64 bit

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    Quote Originally Posted by memyselfandus View Post
    Thanks guys, I had heard that a pci type midi interface was a bit faster than usb but I already have one of these midi to usb chords laying around.
    Nope! MIDI transmission over midi cables (DIN5) is slooooooow compared to modern speeds, at a breathtaking 31.25 kilobits/sec. USB and PCI will be able to keep up and process it just fine. I suppose you could argue the PCI is a bus closer to the CPU than USB, but I don't think you will encounter any timing issues at all.

    It'll be interesting to see what the new midi spec brings, if they ever roll one out.

    Reegs

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    Re: Pci Midi cards

    Quote Originally Posted by Reegs View Post
    Nope! MIDI transmission over midi cables (DIN5) is slooooooow compared to modern speeds, at a breathtaking 31.25 kilobits/sec.
    As a comparison, USB 1.1 is 1.5 Mbit/sec (and USB 2.0 is 480 Mbit/s).
    Anders Dahnielson

    Ardour2, Qtractor, LinuxSampler, M-AUDIO Delta 1010, AKAI S2000, E-MU Proteus 2k, Roland JX-10, 4GB RAM Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80GHz Gentoo Linux 64 bit

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