MOTU Midi Express 128
MOTU Midi Express 128

Midi Express 128, MIDI Interface from MOTU in the Midi Express series.

All user reviews for the MOTU Midi Express 128

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 14 reviews )
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Audience: Advanced users
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jamie.smartypants's review"Has issues, but good design"

MOTU Midi Express 128
I am using this with a Windows 10 Dell XPS touchscreen.
DAW: Ableton 9.5, Cubase Essentials, and Stagelight.
Old school midi gear: Oberheim MC-3000, Roland D-550, JV-2080, JP-8080, JD-800, VSynth, VR-760, Novation Supernova, Moog Little Phatty 1, DSI Prophet 08pe.

Initially, I've had no problems with this unit, until I began using Ableton. Live doesn't seem to want to recognize the drivers for it. When it does, it lists them in a way that they can't be edited. I think there needs to be new drivers written for this, as I am using the current driver set. It's possible there is no driver set for win 10 yet.
Working with it in cubase is great though. Only issue is that it doesn't seem to want to allow sys ex commands to data transfer some older gear like the D-550.
The express replaced a Yamaha UX 250, and it would be lovely if I could use both, but the drivers seem to conflict.

yoTrakkz's review"Got to love usb devices."

MOTU Midi Express 128
The Motu Midi express 128 works just as expected out of the box. Usb makes installation a snap, with no problems with installing or having it get recognized by your pc. I like the (simple but convenient) activity lights on the front, as well as the computer connection light. All inputs showed up in my sequencer hassle free. not to mention - easy to expand! So since its easy to expand you can always add on down the road which is what I will probably end up doing in the near future.


The only thing I’d like better is the 128 had it's OWN power and could act as a stand alone processor i.e the Unitor 8 that it replaced. I don’t always like to fire up my computer just to sit down and "noodle" at the beginning of a song idea. I DO wish they'd invent a midi interface that had both midi and usb capabilities where you could see the signal path
both input and output where you might see a midi signal loss more or less immediately.


Overall, the downside and some issues I was having are the unit does not stay connected to the computer. I always have to unplug and re plug the USB. But this could be something to do with my pc but not likely because I have never had this problem before with any other usb functioning device. After all, I should not have to write about a faulty product from a company with such a long history of making good software. One would think that their hardware would be top notch gear. But none the less this product is pretty stable and im glad we made this purchase and decided to go with the Motu Midi Express 128 I have tried more expensive midi controls and this one compares right with them for less of a price.

nicosplash's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" impecable"

MOTU Midi Express 128
8in 8OUT + in / out front
she drive a se1 3 bar and a juno106 u nord3x
I use it on a pc config
it happens at startup bug which I unplug and reconnect and it rolls


drivers no worries except some bug on startup (this is very rare as well)
I use it mainly with orion and Ableton Live 9
the shift I have not followed too ...
no saturation of my knowledge


I use it for 7 years
yam us ... I know more reference
and another has integrated sound card
8 * 8
this is for my use nikel

miuzik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

MOTU Midi Express 128
- 8-channel I / O concurrent twelve o'clock, 1 E / S front
- We connect and it works (even on Windows Vista 64-bit)


very stable.
Recognized immediately in cubase 7.5


I love its compactness and the fact that it is self-powered
J 'had tried Faslane motu, but it was too limited (2 E / S)
paid € 193 new, shipped and guaranteed (French market), this is an excellent value for money

manachild's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" One branch and it works!"

MOTU Midi Express 128
With many synths or racks, MIDI connectors came to miss. Thanks to my 2 MOTU, I no longer have this problem.
Home studio Goa Trance, these interfaces have become indispensable.


No significant bugs. Just need some time to reboot the system for the USB merdouille sometimes (maybe my config).


For me indispensable.
If you find any occas go for it. If not new, you will not regret it.

Elfe2MArs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" does his taf ..."

MOTU Midi Express 128
What characteristics have motivated your choice? hub in 8 out noon
For what purpose? studio
What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)? mac pro 8 cores 14 g ram
With which instruments or systems you use it? all my synths


The drivers are stable? you ca install the drivers for usb drives alone
Are they often updated? I think
What software do you use most often? protools
Do you ever happen to saturate the MIDI interface and if so, under what circumstances? not


How long have you use it? very long
Have you tried many other models before buying it? not
How would you rate the quality / price? fine
With experience, you do again this choice? yes

Oliviercool's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Works perfect"

MOTU Midi Express 128
USB 1.1 MIDI interface 8 inputs 8 outputs 1U rackmount powered only by the USB port of the computer.


Unlike his colleagues Midi Express XT and Timepiece, this interface has no other function than to enter and exit the MIDI. Here we have 8 inputs including 1 on the front and 8 outputs including 1 front AND rear, this is the point bar.

Who seeks to perfect just 8 MIDI no other function.

For my part, I find just a shame that there are not 8 inputs - MIDI outputs on the back and a ninth input - output MIDI before. That in fact the output 8 is also on the back a bit disoriented. But hey, I quibble ^ ^


Impeccable, it's solid, it's Motu :-))) And Motu, it's serious, regarding MIDI. I already FastLane, the same brand: so I knew where I put my feet.

- Rackable
- Reliable

The weak point:
- Just a pity that front, this is not a ninth input - output MIDI.

waxxmaster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Reliable product"

MOTU Midi Express 128
I use it only to control synths & BAR, so I have 5 or 6 devices connected IN / OUT above.

I prefer the good old MIDI to USB, which I usually causes noise in my audio output devices, so correct me MIDI shooting and is generally more reliable (especially under Windows)

I used with Windows XP, Windows 7 64bit and Mac OS X from 10.5


For my part, I have used this product over the years and I must say that with MOTU products I've never had to worry about drivers, and both Windows XP 32-bit, 64-bit Seven or MAC OS X Leopard, Snow Leo and Lion ...

Unlike my colleagues below, I've never had to worry about reliability. The only thing that happens from time to time is that the interface goes into default, all LEDs in / out are on, it says it is very rare, and it never happens in session only the ignition computer, there's just a disconnect / reconnect the USB and it restarts. That said I have to have 5 different machines win / mac, and I had all the same stability and the same problem on all default USB.

The drivers are always updated very quickly in motu.

I use it with Pro Tools and Reaper mainly, it's finally good afternoon, it works on all sequencers


It's been about 4 years since I use

I had another model in Tapco Midilink 4 in / out.

Experience with the product, so I would do this choice.

solo84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Windows 7 64bit: not stable!"

MOTU Midi Express 128
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Under W7 64bit: we must make a start / stop almost quotidient. But the interface has no on / off button. I suggest you buy a usb hub with switch (10 euro) for not having to disconnect / reconnect the USB cable!

I have sold to her big sister midday Express XT from: zero worries!


To avoid under W7 64

stratosweet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It's a midi interface"

MOTU Midi Express 128
I used to connect two config them. This allows my station Protools to control instruments, plugs or sequencer on another workstation.


The drivers are correct in Windows vista. How it works!


I think I chose this model for the quality / price ratio.