Tracker Mini: USB MIDI Host Functionality

What is the problem?

  • Currently the Tracker & Mini do provide USB MIDI Class Compliant functionality as a device. Which allows connection to hosts.
  • Paradoxically, the simplest use case of connecting a USB-only MIDI keyboard or controller can quickly become complicated, requiring MIDI host adapters, which themselves need power.
  • Especially for the Tracker mini which does not have performance controls, it would be convenient to have USB MIDI Class Compliant host functionality from the same USB-C port.

What do you want to achieve?

  • The USB-C port on the top of the unit should be capable of hosting USB MIDI devices
  • In case it interferes with the existing USB port’s audio/midi device functionality, there could be a switch & reboot feature in the settings at worst.

Are there any workarounds?

  • Use a controller device with DIN or TRS MIDI
  • Use a MIDI-host adapter.

Any links to related discussions?

Anyone using external controller to play the Tracker mini

USB MIDI unavailable (possible host/client issue or Android 13)

Any references to other products?

1010music Blackbox/Bluebox
Akai MPC
NI Maschine+
Teenage Engineering OP-Z

Did a little cleanup, hope that’s ok. :blush:

Hi yes no pb, actually very welcome thanks (English is not even my 2nd language :sweat_smile:).

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Hi @alexandrosroussos , thanks for your contribution. Unfortunately, this wish doesn’t align with design direction for this product(s).

I understand, I don’t realize how hard it is to implement and what’s the cost in the hardware resources.

I hope the [existing wishes for inputing notes directly on the mini without an external controller will go through :slightly_smiling_face:

By the way, the two were validated, maybe it would be interesting to see how they could be grouped into one.

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