Yesterday I finally got frustrated enough to come here asking for advice.
Here's a short overview of my setup:
- Master keyboard Roland A33 -> MOTU Track16 MIDI IN -> cheap chinese USB2.0 to USB-C adapter -> Macbook Pro. No issues in this chain.
- Macbook Pro -> cheap chinese USB2.0 to USB-C adapter -> MOTU Track16 MIDI OUT -> Korg MS2000R (MIDI Thru -> Volca Sample). No issues in this chain either.
- Macbook Pro -> cheap chinese USB2.0 to USB-C adapter No. 2 -> cheap chinese powered USB2.0 hub -> Livid Code v2, Korg MicroX, external numpad. Plenty of issues in this chain last night.
The symptoms - the Code lights up and hooks up with my Live controller script, numpad works fine, but the MicroX does not show up in Live at all. I think there are some times when it can actually send MIDI out but not receive any, which is pretty weird, but I might be misremembering this.
To fix this, first I unplug & plug the USB cable on the MicroX - no change. Then I unplug & plug the whole hub from the laptop - now the MicroX shows up but the Code is unresponsive. Then I dived into the cable hell under my desk and just unplugged everything from the hub and then plugged the things back in and finally (I think) unplugged the hub from the laptop again.
In the end I got Live to recognize everything, but the whole experience was pretty bad. I want to fix this stuff once and for all. The GAS devil inside of me says "hey man you should get a proper fancy USB-C hub with USB3.0 connections, you deserve it, you NEED it, it's not GAS if you NEED it".
On the other hand, having written down all that stuff now I think maybe what I am doing wrong is that I should actually plug in the USB hub before I turn on the power to the hub.
On the other other hand, isn't USB-C supposed to be this hyper super powered mega-fast thing, so I could finally just have only the power cable and the fancy hub cable going into my laptop and make all my dreams come true?
On the other other other hand, I get a ground loop hum from my MicroX if the power adapter on the USB hub is not plugged in, so if I do get a fancy USB-C hub without an external adapter, will I also get that hum?
Anyways, are there any others here who have a lot of USB stuff plugged in their studio computer or other fancy new USB-C ports only MBP people? I know I could bikeshed my own solution, but I would prefer not to. :)
Thanks for and ideas & suggestions and sorry for the wall of text.
Edited by thawkins, 26 July 2018 - 08:56 PM.