ESI M8U eX

USB 3.0 MIDI Interface

  • 16 MIDI ports
  • Each port can be used as input or output
  • Automatic input and output detection
  • Multicoloured LEDs for status display
  • Additional functions allow the interface to be used as a thru or merge box
  • Power supply via USB or with the mains adapter included
  • Class compliant from Windows 7 and macOS (32- / 64-bit)
  • Dimensions: 325 x 145 x 45 mm

Further Information

Amount Of Inputs 16
Amount Of Outputs 16
SMPTE Timecode No
Serial Port No
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Good MIDI router, but USB does not work
G00n, 02.03.2021
The unit is well built and is rackable (includes rack ears).
There is no need to configure anything, at least in Mac, and everything MIDI-related works well. You can select the number of INs and OUTs.

But there is a problem that seems absurd: if you connect the power brick, the unit changes to standalone mode, even if it's connected to the computer by USB, so it's not usable as a MIDI interface for the computer. You can only use it with a computer connected only by USB. But then you cannot use the USB hub. I've contacted ESI support but to no response.
Anyway I've kept it and use it connected by USB.
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Very easy to use
JP Robert, 07.03.2021
I have a small home studio with a MIDI mix of DIN and USB devices. The M8U makes it very easy to connect my gear and change MIDI connections very fast when needed. It helps me very much in my workflow.
Only one issue: the rack ears are attached to the device with stickers instead of screws and as they are not very precisely made, it slowly slips down if is not in an horizontal position. In my case I had to wrap some tape around the ears and the device to make them stick together. But as it's not visible in the rack I don't consider it a major issue and I'm still very happy with it.
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Perfect
CQFP, 26.02.2021
I recently upgraded to M1 mac. Mailed the company to know whether this interface worked on Big Sur. They answered in no time and guess what, it does and without any drivers. It's a plug and play monster with a fully functional USB 3 hub added. Perfect sync, perfect timing, automatic in-out detection. It delivers all the promised features without compromise.
Two thumbs up.
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Very happy
Guildner, 08.02.2019
I have owned quite a few midi interfaces in my time and this is the best and most versatile one that I have used. Timing is good and the way it is configured is excellent.

There are 16 ports and each one can be configured as an input or an output. This is very handy.

It is also well built and sturdy.

I would like to be able to rackmount it but no biggie.

Would buy again. Highly recommended.
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