Kenton MIDI USB Host MkII
USB Host to MIDI converter for 'Class Compliant' USB MIDI Devices
Your USB device is plugged into the USB MIDI Host instead of into a computer. It provides MIDI In & Out sockets for USB MIDI keyboards and controllers which have only a USB B type socket. For example, used with a USB-Solo, it allows the USB-Solo to be used in a standard MIDI setup, just like a Pro-Solo. It has a USB Host port (USB A type socket), a MIDI In and a MIDI Out (both 5 pin DIN).
MIDI data received at the MIDI In socket will be sent to the USB device. MIDI data received from the USB device will be sent to the MIDI Out socket.
The attached USB MIDI device MUST be 'Class Compliant'.
The MIDI USB HOST is powered by a regulated 5V mains adaptor (supplied), and can supply up to
500mA of buss power to the attached USB device. This product is supplied with a multi-region power supply suitable for use in most countries.
Attractively finished in brushed aluminium with black screen print
Dimensions: 110mm x 55mm x 32mm
Power: 90mA, 2.1mm plug (centre positive) – 510mA available for attached USB device
Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 32 mm
Weight: 100g (excluding power supply)
MIDI: 1x IN, 1x OUT – both 5 pin DIN
Power Supply: 5V DC (regulated) – use only the supplied adaptor
(never use an unregulated supply as unregulated supplies typically give a
higher output than shown).
This product is supplied with a multi-region power supply suitable for use in most countries.
Look for a ‘generic driver’ setting, your device must be class compliant. Some devices (notably Roland devices) have a setting for an ‘advanced’ driver, if your device has this setting turn it off. Most EDIROL products have this setting on by default and can be made to work by changing it – refer to the manual.
Check for firmware updates. Some Novation controllers/keyboards can have their firmware (software) updated and will work with the new version. This may only apply to the the Remote Audio, LE or SL series, and not the 25/37 models.
Novation Launch Control XL can be updated to work with the MIDI USB Host. Novation Launch Control (not XL) (and probably most Novation products) will work with Host firmware (v2006) which can be downloaded from the our website.
The Novation Launch Key series should now work with the (v2006) firmware for the MIDI USB Host although this hasn't been tested yet. However the same issue was affecting these as the Launch Control, and that now works with (v2006) firmware.
Yamaha products first placed on the market in 2012 or later are class compliant and should work. Designs prior to that date relied on their own drivers and will not.
We have seen a recent tendency for a few keyboards to incorporate a USB hub. You can usually recognise a device with a built-in USB hub as it will have one or more USB "A" (rectangular) sockets as well as the "B" (square-ish) type normally found on a device. The "A" type sockets are the same as those found on your computer. Devices with only a "B" socket will normally be OK if they are "Class Compliant". The latest firmware for the MIDI USB Host mkII will work with USB hubs but earlier MIDI USB Host mkIIs can be updated; a free download is available from the support section of our website. Serial numbers N6-2421 already have the hub compatible firmware. Serial numbers N3-0541and upward can be updated.
The following keyboards are known to incorporate a USB hub and therefore will only work with the latest firmware for the MIDI USB Host:
Korg Microkey 61
Korg Microkey 49
Korg Microkey 37
The following keyboards, although "Class Compliant" do not work with the MIDI USB Host:
M-Audio Keystation mini 32 (we haven't yet got to the bottom of why this one won't work)
To the best of our knowledge all other "Class Compliant" USB MIDI keyboards do work. We get a lot of enquiries about the Yamaha P-105 piano and the Teenage Engineering OP-1, both of these definitely work fine.
As a rule-of-thumb, if a device will work with an iPad (using camera connector lead - iPad to USB), then it should work with the MIDI USB Host.