MRCC - MIDI Router Control Center
MRCC features one button routing for each physical input and output for super fast MIDI routing changes. With RGB LEDs, and a color OLED graphical display with dedicated navigation controls, everything can be easily setup without a PC.
Unlike devices with front and rear facing connectors, MRCC’s vertical ports create the smallest desktop footprint, saving space for more synths!
When rack mounted, all controls and connectors are front facing, no more fumbling with a flashlight behind the rack. Expert industrial design creates an intuitive experience, with each MIDI port aligned with its RGB indicator and routing button so you see immediately what cable is being routed.
Massive MIDI I/O: 11 inputs and 17 outputs, including 5 PIN DINs, 3.5MM MIDI TRS jacks in both A and B flavors, 4 USB host ports, and a USB MIDI class compliant client (PC, Mac, tablet, etc.) connection with 12 MIDI ports.
With automatic merging, MIDI master clock with CV clock out, filtering and MIDI effects, and MIDI message monitoring. Our customers say they were waiting all of their life for this!
Expand and extend your outputs up to 50′ away with the MRCC Remote 7. Need even more? Connect 2 MRCC’s together with a single cable for remote routing up to 32′ (10m) apart.
As we've come full circle, enjoying a new golden age of hardware synthesizers, the "DAWless jamming" studio has gained in popularity. That is, using hardware instruments and banishing the computer from the creative process.
MRCC was created to make MIDI routing simple and fast, without having to use a computer. The usability and convenience offered by MRCC are a game changer in the modern MIDI studio.
The MRCC has several innovative features when compared to other modern MIDI routers:
1. Most modern MIDI routers use a PC application, or a small display with tedious navigation to configure parameters and routing. The MRCC takes what was great about old school MIDI switchers that used switches for selecting what inputs go to which outputs, and adds the convenience of one button per port routing with a modern high-speed microcontroller for a high performance, fully featured MIDI router device with super fast and simple routing. In practice, select an input button, it lights green, select outputs, they light blue. That’s it, you are routed! Select a different input, and if any outputs are selected that were already routed, MIDI is automatically merged. The old MIDI switchers did not have the performance to accomplish this feat, and no other modern MIDI router offers this convenience.
2. User interface design; we are fortunate to have a friend, Nick Oakley, who is a world class, award winning industrial designer. The result of his design contribution is not just a great looking device, but thoughtful design for usability. Each port is vertically aligned and graphically connected to its RGB LED and routing button. The user can immediately identify the cable, attached to the routing button without having to look on the back and match port numbers like on typical pizza box rack mount designs. USB Host ports and USB MIDI virtual ports are also easily routable by button. The vertical ports allow for the smallest desktop form factor. The RGB LEDs are color coded for function. For example, Inputs are lighted green, Outputs are lighted blue, when routing clock the LEDs light red (and blink in time), remote routed ports light yellow, etc.
3. Expansion options are another innovative feature, utilizing an Ethernet cable to carry a high speed data protocol for connecting 2 MRCCs >10 meters apart. A “remote routing” button for routing from local MIDI inputs to remote MRCC outputs. The Remote 7 is an accessory which adds another 5 MIDI outputs up to 50 feet away with a single Ethernet cable. This lets the user get ports to where they need them in the studio without lots of long MIDI cables, or having to move the MRCC out of reach. And four USB Host ports let users connect USB only (class compliant) MIDI controllers that would normally require a PC.
4. There are so many unique and innovative ideas in the feature set available on the color OLED display, it would take a while to explain them all, but in short; a full routing matrix view shows all routes, activity, which ports have MIDI clock, and which have clock filtered. MIDI filters can be engaged by toggling an icon and are grouped by function, such as Clock, Start/Stop/Continue, CCs, etc. Modifiers provide a host of MIDI transformations such as changing CC value and scale, keyboard splits and layers, note velocity scaling, MIDI channel mapping, arpeggiators, and note mapping and transposition for creative experiments.
5. Unique tools are provided to facilitate MIDI troubleshooting; see what MIDI messages are being received, including channel and clock per route. Since most people don't bother to label the channel on their devices, this is an indispensable time saver. In addition, there's a mini-MIDI message monitor, and tools for playing notes sequentially through the channels or ports to help you find your synths. The most common customer response has been “I’ve been waiting all my life for this!”, and “Why did it take so many years for someone to make this!”. Well, because its not easy, its not cheap, but its what we wanted in our own studios!