The ME30P is a programmable midi patchbay with 15 patch memories, 4 midi ins / 8 midi thrus, input & output channel select and program select. Ships with. Akai ME30P This Akai ME30P is in great condition but features some rach rash around the screw holes from previously being racked in a studio. Simon Trask again, with some more MIDI outboard gear in the shape of Akai’s new ME30P programmable patchbay and ME25S note separator.

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Well, read on and all will become transparent. And on this score, you should disregard what the Je30p Owner’s Manual says about “pressing the switch for which the Input Channel indicator is lit in order to clear the memory” – it’s unnecessary, since the Akai unit is always in continuous update mode.

Bidding has ended on this item. Ken designed the Sycologic M1 6 MIDI Matrix, a very comprehensive way expandable patchbay, which was the first such unit to incorporate this vital message. Previous article in this issue: The ME30P stores em30p programmed routing patch in a chosen Bank and up to 15 Banks labelled and A-F can be held in non-volatile memory, so they’re not lost when you power down.

There is no manual included. Configured as a 4-into-8 programmable device, the ME30P will let you connect a MIDI instrument usually a ‘controlling’ unit like a keyboard or sequencer to each of its four Input Channels, akqi let you assign them to any of its eight Output Channels normally connected to ‘passive’ MIDI devices like expanders, digital delays, sampler modules etc.

All you have akkai do next is press the relevant Input Channel button A, B, C or D and a small red dot appears to the right akau the Output Channel number in the display to confirm that a successful connection has been made.

First you need to select a Bank by stepping the Akau button along until the number you want appears in the red LED display. See all condition definitions – opens in a new window or tab It is time to give it to someone who will actually use it.

Back to home page. Gripes apart, I can still see a lot of small studios and individuals buying several ME30P units in preference to one of the competing models on the market and though it is very basic in its operation, the ME30P shows every sign that it will give years me330p sterling service to whoever buys one. I just wish other manufacturers would follow Akai’s example and sell MIDI peripherals at similar prices – it’s the best way I know of enticing more people to explore the full potential of MIDI and will undoubtedly lead to higher equipment sales for those brave enough to do so.


It also prevents you from using any device in the chain not fitted with a Thru socket unless it goes last of course.

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For additional information, see the Global Shipping Aoai terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab. When the next Bank is recalled, all instruments should stop playing note 69 for the reason explained later.

Does this therefore mean that the potential market for Akai’s new ME30P is limited somewhat to studios and better-off musicians? You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above. Learn more – opens in a new window or tab. As an aid to troubleshooting for ‘poor’ cable connections etc within your MIDI set-up, the ME30P also has a useful built-in checking facility.

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You certainly haven’t considered buying something that generates no sound of its own like a patchbay, you simply haven’t got the cash. It has been kept in my studio and recently been tested and found to function just as it should – guaranteed. And one thing’s for sure, your next income is already going on that new sampler or sequencer, tape recorder or even a MIDI effects unit. Then you press the Output Channel button and advance to the Channel you want your Input sending to eg.

Read more about the condition. On the ME30P it is not possible to have more than a single Input connected to any one Output Channel, though you can have one Input split between a maximum of eight Outputs and therefore connected to eight different MIDI devices. I bought it from the original owner who used to run a local music store in the 80’s and 90’s.


Programming a new patch is a doddle too.

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Also featuring gear in this article. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. And that folks is precisely what the Akai ME30P lets you do. This method, however, generally results in the dreaded ‘MIDI transmission delay’ whereby those instruments furthest down the chain are slightly out of sync with the others. Review by Ian Gilby.

Next article in this issue: Learn More – opens in a new window or tab. It would obviously be a good idea if the various ME30P patches Banks could be called up and changed automatically in remote-control fashion, wouldn’t it?

As mentioned earlier, patches are retained in the memory when the power is off but it is advisable to keep a written record of them for longterm storage purposes especially on studio sessions as there is no cassette dump or cartridge facility on the unit. If you are a musician with perhaps one MIDI keyboard, an expander module and maybe a MIDI drum machine, then you don’t necessarily require the facilities offered by a programmable patchbay – you can get away with connecting equipment up directly, right?

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Seller information vayperlok This amount is subject to change until you make payment. Searchable archive of old, out-of-print music production magazines. No additional import charges on delivery. Back to home page Return to top. Programming a patch is simplicity itself. Please enter a valid postcode. Each time you advance the Output Channel button, a red indicator illuminates above an Input button to tell you that it is connected as part of that patch. You have to hand it to Akai, when it comes to marketing their new ME30P patchbay, they have definitely got their heads screwed on qkai right way.

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