Photo courtesy of Highly Liquid
November 23rd, 2009 – These days, it’s all the rage to build your own MIDI controllers. After all, when you build it, you get exactly what you want. Highly Liquid throws its hat in the ring with the MIDI CPU. The MIDI CPU is a 24 input pre-built MIDI controller card.
It accepts “input from switches, switch matrices, potentiometers, rotary encoders, or digital & analog signals”; all you have to do is wire them all up. It can be battery or wall adapter powered, although you’ll have to supply the components for those yourself. As well, while it’s set up for standard MIDI in and out ports, you’ll have to get your own MIDI connectors.
So why would you want the MIDI CPU over the UMC32 or Livid Instruments’ MIDI DIY? Well, it’s half the price of the UMC32, and the Livid Instruments’ MIDI DIY is still in “coming soon” status for a while.
One thing to keep in mind is that the MIDI CPU uses traditional MIDI connectors while the UMC32 uses MIDI over USB. Of course, at half the price, I’m sure there are a lot of workarounds for those that need USB.