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Kenton USB MIDI Host

UK MIDI specialists Kenton have introduced MIDI USB Host – a way to connect any ‘Class Compliant’ USB device to a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI device without the need for a computer.

This lets you, for example, connect a USB controller or keyboard directly to another MIDI instrument that has only a 5-pin DIN MIDI connection.


  • Power Input: 5V DC (regulated) – use only the supplied adaptor
  • Power: 90mA, 2.1mm plug (centre positive) – 510mA available for attached USB device
  • MIDI ports: 1 x In, 1 x Out (both 5-pin DIN)
  • Weight: 100g (excluding power supply)
  • Dimensions: 110 x 55 x 32 mm
  • Power supply: A 5V power supply appropriate to the destination country is supplied with the unit.
  • Leads: No leads are supplied with the unit

The Kenton MIDI USB Host is available now for £70 (ex. VAT), £84 (inc. VAT).


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VMeter is a new open source MIDI Controller touch strip and display from Curious Inventor.

In addition to a music controller, it has the potential to be used as a general purpose input touch strip and output meter display. It uses a USB HID interface (like a mouse or keyboard), making it relatively easy to interface with.

There are 8 capacitive touch sensors on the inside, and all the raw values are sent out, making it possible to do pressure sensing and even some limited multi-touch sensing. Read more…