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CREATIVE EMU XMIDI 1X1 USB MIDI Interface

by Emu
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Price: $31.77 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
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  • 1 MIDI in / 1 MIDI out, USB 1.1
  • USB bus-powered, Ultra-fast MIDI response
  • Active-Sensing messages filtered, MME, DirectMusic and CoreMIDI supported
  • Multiple client support (when used with E-MU Xmidi driver)
  • Compatible with: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Vista 32-bit and 64-bit, Intel or AMD CPU - 600MHz or faster, 128MB RAM, 1 USB port, Macintosh: OS X 10.4 or greater, 450MHz G4 or faster, 128MB System RAM, 1 USB port
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 66 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000JLU26W
  • Item model number: EM8780
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

The easy way to connect MIDI gear to your computer! The EMU Xmidi 1x1 USB MIDI interface gives you the speed and portability you need, at an ultra-low price! EMU's Xmidi 1x1 Tab is a plug-and-play USB MIDI Interface that adds an ultra-fast MIDI input and output (16 MIDI channels in/out) to your computer. Bus-powered for total portability, the EMU Xmidi 1x1 Tab offers status indicators for input signal, output signal and power and allows you to control virtual instruments with MIDI controllers, trigger external sound modules with your computer's sequencer, and control any piece of MIDI-capable studio gear like effects processors! Add MIDI capability to your music production computer with the EMU Xmidi 1x1 USB MIDI interface!

Customer Reviews

Easy to install, there are no instructions but you just have to download the drivers from their website.
Joseph Argento
After tuning the drums, I used the cable to hook a keyboard up to a laptop for music production where it works perfectly.
Jimmy James
Just plug the adapter into your USB port and you have a "midi in" and "midi out" port on your computer.
Jerald F. Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Poe's Son on July 25, 2007
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I got this for my new iMac with an Intel processor and it is completely plug and play. I didn't have to download anything, my computer recognized what it was and identified it by name automatically. The only little thing is the cable marked MIDI IN goes to the keyboard's MIDI OUT and the cable marked MIDI OUT plugs into MIDI IN on the keyboard. Slightly confusing but it makes sense after you think about it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Heather L. Scott on January 9, 2008
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I just ordered this product and am using it to connect my keyboard to an HP Pavillion laptop with Windows Vista. While the software didn't install, it is a plug and play device and it worked like a charm with Finale 2008.

As others have said - it either works or it doesn't, and so far so good.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angel Martinez on May 2, 2008
My computer does not have a MIDI port so I was looking for a simple, inexpensive way to connect my MIDI controller/keyboard and the EM8780 is exactly that. I am running Windows Vista and did not have any trouble with the drivers. I use Finale and did not have to do anything to the settings for the MIDI input to be recognized. This is a great product.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Rodmusic on March 12, 2010
This is a nice, simple and compact interface, that works perfectly well for everyday MIDI tasks. It has one drawback that may be a deal-breaker for some users: It does not transmit MIDI Power. (Midi Power is like USB or phantom power, but for MIDI devices). This shortcoming makes this E-MU XMIDI 1x1 useless for devices that run off MIDI power like the MIDI Solutions boxes. And some devices look for that power during a sysex dump even if the device itself runs off external power. I was unable to use this interface to update my TC-Helicon Harmony M's OS or program my MIDI Solutions Router. I switched to my Yamaha UX16 USB-MIDI interface, which does provide MIDI power, and I was back in business.

This interface works fine for all other MIDI uses, like recording into a sequencer or triggering sounds on modules. The driver installed on Window XP easily and I was up and running quickly. It's so compact that it takes up almost no space in my laptop case. It's the cheapest one out there and you won't need to spend any extra money on USB and MIDI cables.

Just be aware that if you need MIDI power from your USB-MIDI interface, this one is not for you. I didn't know this until I wasted a great deal of time trying to use it for a firmware update on my TC-Helicon pedal. You might have trouble using this interface with some of your gear and not even realize MIDI power is the issue. If you didn't buy this already, spend the extra money for the Yamaha UX16 which does send MIDI power, just in case your device needs it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zero on September 4, 2008
On a quest to turn my synthesizer into a midi controller for VST instruments in Acid Pro 6.0, I found this little gadget (and if you don't know what that means, you probably don't need this).

First off, Acid won't recognize the hardware without the drivers, and the included software refuses to install on a pc running Windows Vista. On the bright side, E-MU has a patch on their website under support that WILL work with Vista. After installing that, everything ran perfectly for me.

The cord's a bit short and won't wrap behind my desk, so I ordered a usb extension to avoid having to unplug it all the time. E-MU should figure out that in a home studio with speakers, guitars, and such, not every piece of equipment can get shoved into the same corner.

Yes, the midi plugs are labelled backwards. Or perhaps not, depending on how you think about it. Arrows to indicate data flow direction might have been helpful.

PROS:
Low price compared to fancier, muti-track midi converters.
Does what it says.
No noticable delay or lag, great for live recording.

CONS:
Requires patch for Vista.
Cord is only about 8 feet long.
Midi plug labels might be confusing: in = out, out = in?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By graphics gal on December 20, 2008
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The 1st one of these I got would not work. The lights wouldn't even light up when attached (should have given me a clue). The company that makes it was almost useless with technical support. They sent generic e-mails that gave me the impression that they neither read or understood English, since I repeatedly indicated there were no lights on the unit when attached to the keyboard and computer, and the software would not install. This seemed pretty straight forward to me. On the other hand, when I got fed up with the idiotic back and forth e-mail nonsense requesting that they read my e-mail, I contacted American Music and they sent an RMA immediately. When I got the new cable it worked flawlessly from the moment it was plugged in.

I highly recommend American Music Supply. The E-MU Xmidi cable is great if it is NOT defective from the factory. It should light up when attached to your keyboard and computer, regardless of whether the software is installed. You should have the CD software available so the drivers get installed correctly.

The bottom line is that the cable is much less expensive than the alternatives, so look for those lights!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Brooks on August 18, 2010
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I bought the cheap $5 generic one off Amazon first, and while my computer found the cable alright the software I have couldn't recognize my Line 6 M9 guitar pedal for a firmware update until I got this cable. Works great. Plug-n-play on Windows 7 64x no problem.
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