Intech Studio’s Knot enables you use your USB MIDI keyboard to control your hardware synths


This standalone MIDI host could solve a common studio problem. Knot lets you use your USB MIDI keyboard to control your hardware synths – without a computer.


Intech Studio’s new Knot is described as a ‘standalone USB MIDI host’, this dinky box enables you to plug in your MIDI controller on one side and transmit/receive MIDI to/from your hardware instruments on the other. There are also three LEDs that provide visual feedback.


Knot can be powered either by a DC adapter or USB-C, and sends/receives MIDI data via its two 3.5mm TRS jacks. You can switch these between the A standard used by the likes of Korg, Make Noise, IK Multimedia and Line 6, and the B standard used by Arturia, Novation, 1010music and Polyend.


The plan is to keep Knot updated with new firmware (it is an open hardware project) which can be installed by pressing the mode button while the device is connected to a computer.


Knot is currently available for the early bird pre-order price of $89 (normal price $119). If you order now, your unit is expected to be dispatched by 12 December. A single USB-C to USB-A cable comes included.

You can find out more and place an order on the Intech Studio website.

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