June 11

Crowd Creation: Shaping the Future of MIDI Technology with CME

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Crowd Creation: Shaping the Future of MIDI Technology with CME

At CME, we believe in developing products that truly meet the needs of people like you. This belief has led us to embrace a unique approach: crowd creation. Unlike traditional crowdfunding, crowd creation offers you direct access to the development process, allowing you to play an active role in shaping the final product. This approach ensures that our products are not only innovative but also aligned with the real-world needs of our community.

Crowd creation is a two-pronged strategy. First, it provides a platform for direct communication between you and our development team about concepts and future projects. Second, it leverages the power of our community to secure better deals with suppliers, industry partners, and manufacturers.

The result? Superior products at the end of the process, improved through your active participation and feedback.

The Power of Community: Introducing the H12 MIDI TRS and H24 MIDI RACK

Our crowd creation journey has led to the development of two exciting new products: the H12 MIDI TRS and the H24 MIDI RACK. These products were suggested by community members and refined through the first feedback from our dedicated community members.

H12 MIDI TRS: Community-Driven Innovation

The H12 MIDI TRS, suggested by community member Mr. Aleks Svaensson, is a testament to the power of community-driven innovation. Check out the original post by Aleks in our Facebook Community Group here.

USB MIDI host

H12 MIDI TRS first draft by Mr. Aleks Svaensson

Hardware defined by CME:

  • 6x TRS MIDI I/O, switchable for Type-A or Type-B
  • 6x USB-C Host MIDI ports
  • 1x USB-C Client port for MIDI and power
  • 3x buttons for preset, panic, and power
  • LED indicators for all MIDI I/Os
  • DC power to support 6x USB-C Host ports
  • USB ports in shielding to avoid digital noise

Software defined by CME:

  • USB MIDI class compliant (plug-and-play) for PC/Mac/iOS/Android/Linux/ChromeOS
  • HxMIDI Tools for routing, filtering, and mapping, allowing standalone use
  • 6x presets

Optional:

  • Use WIDI Jack or WIDI Uhost to add Bluetooth MIDI for connecting multiple computers or mobiles
    Instant Routing through microswitch with LED

H12 MIDI TRS

Points of Discussion

WIDI Integration: Built-In or Optional?
Including WIDI internally would increase costs. Would you prefer having the option to add WIDI Jack separately, or do you think built-in WIDI is worth the extra expense?

Battery Slot Considerations
Adding an 18650 battery slot will make the interface larger and less portable. For those connecting multiple USB devices to H12, would a USB power bank be a more practical solution?

Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.
Your feedback is crucial in shaping the future of our products!

H24 MIDI RACK: Expanding Your MIDI Horizons

The H24 MIDI RACK, suggested by community member Mr. Marc Edwards, is designed for those who need extensive connectivity options. Check out the original post by Marc in our Facebook Community Group here.

H24 MIDI RACK first draft by Mr. Marc Edwards

Hardware defined by CME:

  • 8x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O on the back
  • 1x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O on the front
  • 2x USB-A Host MIDI ports on the back
  • 2x USB-A Host MIDI ports on the front
  • 1x USB-C Client port for MIDI on the back
  • 3x buttons for preset, panic, and power
  • LED indicators for all MIDI I/Os
  • DC power to support 7x USB Host ports
  • USB ports in shielding to avoid digital noise

Software defined by CME:

  • USB MIDI class compliant (plug-and-play) for PC/Mac/iOS/Android/Linux/ChromeOS
  • HxMIDI Tools for routing, filtering, and mapping, allowing standalone use
  • 12x presets

Optional:

  • Use WIDI Master or WIDI Bud Pro to add Bluetooth MIDI for connecting multiple computers or mobiles

H24 MIDI RACK first draft by Mr. Marc Edwards

H24 MIDI RACK

Points of Discussion

Additional 5-pin DIN MIDI Ports on the Front
We are considering adding more 5-pin DIN MIDI sockets on the front panel for users who want to connect multiple WIDI Masters for expanded wireless MIDI functionality. Would this be beneficial for your setup?

USB-A vs. USB-C for Host Ports
For a compact interface, USB-C offers greater portability. However, for a rack-type interface, USB-A seems more intuitive, convenient, and robust. Which option do you prefer for your MIDI devices?

TRS vs. 5-pin DIN
5-pin DIN MIDI is more universal and robust for rack-type interfaces, while TRS MIDI devices can be connected using a 5-pin DIN to TRS cable. Which connection type works best for your needs?

Ethernet MIDI
Adding Ethernet MIDI is an advanced feature that would extend the development cycle and increase costs. Should we consider this for future products?

MIDI 2.0 Support
MIDI 2.0 support may be possible with future firmware updates. How important is MIDI 2.0 compatibility for you?

Share your thoughts and preferences in the comments.

Your feedback is essential in shaping our future developments!


Join the Revolution: Be Part of the Crowd Creation Process

By participating in the crowd creation process, you’re not just a community member; you’re a collaborator. Your insights and feedback are invaluable in shaping products that truly meet your needs. We invite you to join our community, share your ideas, and help us continue to innovate in the world of MIDI technology.

Carefully read the two orange "Points of Discussion" sections and share your thoughts in the comments. Start a debate on what's missing or what you appreciate. All feedback is welcome!

Stay tuned for more updates and become part of the future of MIDI with CME. Together, we can create products that are not only groundbreaking but also perfectly tailored to your needs. Join us on this exciting journey and let’s make music technology history!


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  1. Looks very interesting. Thanks. I use logic with a behringer i/f with a MIDI merge box. I need a MIDI controller filter on both keyboard outputs.

  2. H24.

    Yes two lots of Midi IN/Outs on the front of the unit
    USB A for host ports
    5 pin DIN midi is the most common in my studio
    Ethernet Midi – never really found a way of getting it setup reliably particularly when it comes to distribution of MIDI clock
    Midi 2.0 – at the moment not important to me. In the future who knows – it doesn't seem to be getting a lot of traction

  3. the H24

    front panel midi ports are very weolcome, not only for widi

    With the future in mind i'd drop USB-A. Let's go USB-C. I'd prefer getting adaptercables rather than sticking with this old usb-A crap.

    I prefer Midi-DIN ports, but why not having 2-3 Trs ports as well?

    Ethernet Midi is a must. Otherwise this becomes just another Midi interface. Check the old Copperlan. For me this is as of today still the best Midi solution available.
    You connect as many ethernet-Midiinterfaces as you like and easily configure all routing with one UI. By using ethernet you have a very stable and highly flexible solution.

    Also with Midi2.0 in mind this will be useful. Currently there is not much available for Midi2.0 .. but this will slowly change and having a midi 2.ß0 compatible Midi interface is essential. Befor ei invest again in several new Midiinterfaces i'd like them to be futureproof.

  4. The H24 would suit me best, preferably with more MIDI DIN ports on the front. Regarding USB connections, prefer USB A as almost all my synths have USB B sockets and supplied USB B to USB A cables. I’m not really interested in WIDI unless you guys can solve the latency issues – I also have sometimes dodgy WIFI!
    Five pin DIN MIDI works best for my needs, as I already have a MIDI thru hub with five pin connections.
    Overall, love the concept and would be keen to purchase.

  5. Look very promising only in 1 picture I see multiple USB-c hosts connection but in the pictures normal midi connections.
    Ethernet midi would be a great added value with the corresponding driver so these ports can be addressed directly from the daw / midi application.

    Don’t see yet wat kind of midi manipulation and/or intelligence will be build in and how this can be configured

  6. MIDI as Ethernet is brilliant. Also: consider MIDI as wireless? What does that mean? Host/transmitter and receiver? Just thinking out loud, because it might be fabulous/useful to ditch all that wire?

    While we are at it, dare we add error handling fault tolerance?

    Feel free to contact me if further interest to do so.

    Thanks

    1. Thanks for providing this feedback. Ethernet MIDI is on the table, open for discussion. For wireless MIDI, it is about implementing our own WIDI technology.

      What do you mean exactly with “add error handling fault tolerance?”

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