Notes: Tiny but hugely powerful MIDI interface packing huge functionality. Ten separate outputs with flexible MIDI, gate and sync settings, plus convenient options like MIDI merge and thru. Versatile.
What do you call a super portable MIDI interface which also is a standalone USB host, can drive gate signals, has per-port MIDI Filtering/Clock Processing and is about the size of an Altoids tin? We don't know- we call it the RK-006!
The RK-006 is about 7x5x1cm in size (3x2x0.4?) and packs 10 MIDI outputs plus 2 MIDI Inputs.
Every output port on the RK-006 can be individually set to send out full MIDI or Gate pulses, making a lovely hybrid use of it's 3.5mm TRS connectors: You can connect DIN5 MIDI Gear via the included TRS-A to DIN5 cables or just plug in a plain 'stereo minijack audio cable' (preferably shielded) to sync up modular gear or even 'minijack-MIDI' devices like the Korg Electribe or NTS-1 and such.
In MIDI mode you can apply MIDI Channel/Clock filtering and even clock modifiers ('Multiclock', allowing creative use of an abundance of sequencer gear which are available nowadays. These ports can also power the RK-002 Smart MIDI processing cable as well.
When you set a port to Gate mode the MIDI-Tempo-to-Gate multiclock is still available. This together with an assignable Run/Stop signal allows synchronisation of devices like older Sync24/DINSync units as the TR-808, TR-303 and TR-606 (just to name a few) but also newer ones like the Moog DFAM and Teenage Pocket Operators and anything inbetween; Directly from your MIDI device.
The gate signals can be triggered via a MIDI clock signal but also via MIDI Notes, adding the ability to bridge MIDI controller pads and modular gear.
The one-button on the RK-006 can be used to tap in a master clock or change presets on the RK-006 routing. You can also use it to switch from seemingly a MIDI merger/thru box to e.g. an independent dual-brain setup or one-big-master-gate-clocks-generator.
By using a simple (and included) OTG Adapter cable you can even connect plain 5V power and a USB hub to the RK-006 and host multiple USB-MIDI devices. The RK-006 will interconnect them and merge them together with the existing hardware ports. And because one USB-cable can route a whole lot more than just a MIDI-In or MIDI-Out we added extra filtering to specifically target these USB devices as well.
And while in the USB area: You can even plug in a USB Memory Stick with prepared MIDI files (also called 'SMF'). You can export these files on a DAW like Bitwig, Fruityloops, Ableton or Reason and playback these prepared tracks on your DAWless system, ready to play or clock-slave on your standalone sequencer of choice and play along live with it.
All the above can take place in the DAWless area BUT...You can also connect the RK-006 to e.g. a Desktop computer or iPad (note that iOS do need Apple's USB2Lightning cable) and enjoy all the RK-006 ports independently addressable on your DAW! This means:
10 separate MIDI outputs, every one of them can accommodate 16 MIDI devices
2 separate MIDI Inputs
Also, for usability's sake we added:
Aggregate merged MIDI Out port to ALL 10 ports
Aggregate auto MIDI Merged Input
The RK-006 is our most complete product yet and with this, we have also taken the extra effort to design and produce an Injection moulded enclosure. Final enclosure will be of dark, semi transparent material and is expected to be ready end of january. Should you be in a hurry using the RK-006 we can ship out a limited set with a white SLS-Printed 3D enclosure. Pre-ordered RK-006 will include the following accessories:
1x 10cm USB Cable (for use as USB MIDI Interface)
1x USB OTG/Power Cable (for use as USB Standalone host)
1x TRS-A to Female DIN5 Dongle
1x 1m TRS-A to TRS-B cable
4x 1.5m Shielded TRS-A to male DIN5 cables