How to hook up two devices without a thru port?

Discussion in 'MIDI' started by flya750, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. flya750

    flya750 Guest


    I have a Yamaha Disklavier midi grand piano. It has a midi in and out

    I just purchased a Yamaha Tyros2 it has two midi ports. A in and A out
    AND B in and B out

    I have a single port USB midi interface.

    Will I need a two port midi interface?

    How will connect the two devices without a midi thru port?

    flya750, Oct 4, 2006
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  2. Some devices that lack THRU ports can be set to echo data received at
    their IN ports to their OUT ports. If your Disklavier or Tyros2 do not
    have this capability then the solution is a device called a THRU box.
    These solve your problem by providing an IN port and two or more OUT
    ports. A Froogle search turned up several that would do the job.
    You're welcome.
    Michael R. Kesti, Oct 5, 2006
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  3. flya750

    flya750 Guest

    The Tyros has a built in Midi interface that I cannot get my Voyetra
    software to recognize...

    In the situation of mine... with a midi grand piano and the Tyros... which
    one should be my controller? I'm assuming the Tyros?

    flya750, Oct 5, 2006
  4. flya750

    OldNick Guest

    OldNick, Oct 5, 2006
  5. flya750

    notejam Guest

    A two or more port midi interface would be better than getting a thru
    box, because then you will have 16 midi channels available to each
    port. A two port would let you have 32 midi channels and you need more
    channels if you want to use more instrumets at the same time.

    The thru box is just going to output the same 16 channels that come
    into it to two or more ports, so you end up having to use some of those
    16 on one port and others on another.

    If you do not have to0 many instruments play at a time, then the thru
    box might be more desireable for you, as it will likely cost less.
    notejam, Oct 8, 2006
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