Kenton has announce availability of the THRU-25, described as a MIDI utility box that effectively allows up to 25 MIDI devices to be connected to one MIDI output port and avoids all the usual problems associated with daisy- chaining multiple MIDI devices
As implied by name, the THRU-25 boasts no fewer than 25 sequentially-numbered MIDI Thru ports, each with separate drive circuits for optimum performance, plus one opto-coupled MIDI IN (MIDI input) port -- and all, says Kenton, with an impressive latency of less than one microsecond!
Active circuitry helps restore the quality of signals received at that MIDI input as they may have become degraded by losses incurred in the MIDI cable connecting the keyboard, computer, or other 'master' MIDI device to the THRU-25. In use, up to 25 'slave' MIDI devices can be conveniently controlled by simply connecting them to those multiple MIDI Thru ports -- one MIDI device per port.
Housed in a road-ready metal box, finished in brushed aluminium with black screen print measuring merely 300mm (W) x 54mm (D) x 35mm (H) and weighing in at a portable 460g (including the power supply), the THRU-25 is powered by a plug-top, switch-mode power supply (supplied with the unit as one of four types -- Australia, EU, UK, or USA -- appropriate to the delivery address). As such, there is no need for periodic battery changes to keep the unit up and running. Instead, the ACTIVE LED emits a steady green light to indicate when power is connected and no MIDI data is being received at the MIDI IN port; in turn, that green light flickers when MIDI data is being received -- really helpful for trouble-shooting at a glance.
Kenton Director John K. Price, told Sonic State, "The THRU-25 is a larger version of our popular THRU-5. It is intended for use in recording studios and by users with a lot of MIDI equipment. I had received numerous requests over time for a unit larger than the THRU-5, so I made a prototype that I showed at The NAMM Show 2015 back in January. The unit attracted a lot of attention, so we have now put it into production."
Pricing and Availability:
£128.92 GBP (excluding tax and shipping). Available from from Kenton's global network of retail partners or directly from Kenton.