Music Maven wrote: Stab Frenzy wrote:
Music Maven wrote:If you want to educate yourself regarding the complexity of the situation, head over to the Access site and read all about the ludicrous steps one must follow in order to avoid this issue with the Virus T1 (which transfers its data at the slower USB1 speed).
That falls under 'configuring your computer for making music' in my book.
Who wants to spend hours and hours (if not weeks) dicking around with your computer and troubleshooting your setup just to make music? Contrast this with good old MIDI - you plug it in and it works.
That should be the goal. Not this egghead fascination with "configuring" your music computer.
frankly I think MIDI is fine. time spent configuring your gear is time lost writing better music. configuration is a big waste of time.
although I think some people genuinely enjoy it because it's easier to constantly mess with your gear than try to learn how to improve your music. we all procrastinate at one point or another.
Sure MIDI interfaces will still be around for the somewhat older synths - but given the new technology, the need for those MIDI cables to be in cooperated in NEW gear is becoming quite unnecessary, no?
I think it would be a terrible move to phase out MIDI because so much MIDI gear is still being used. this is one of the reasons I never buy synths that only have USB. let's say your computer dies and you don't have $500 to replace or repair it. or what if it takes a week to order a new replacement part or board and you have a gig or band practice this weekend? guess what? you're screwed. you can't even rehearse at home until you get your computer fixed.
with MIDI gear, if one instrument fails, it's ok since you can swap it with temporary backup and keep using your setup. most of us will have more than one drum machine, sequencer, and synth. but how many people have backup computers? without a computer, a USB instrument can't really sync with other instruments. until they can invent direct USB to USB communication without reliance on a computer as a mediator, it won't be as good as MIDI.
(and someone please correct me if USB to USB is possible on some instruments)