Pyramid incompatible with M-Audio?


#21

There appears to be a variety of incompatable MIDI devices associated with the Pyramid. I haven’t been tracking all vendors but so far have seen Waldorf, Moog & Arturia.

From my vantage point it appears this is a MIDI hardware issue and a temporary work-around is found using a MIDI Thru device. It would be nice to hear from Squarp how they’re planning to address this issue. My unit is not even a year old but this does concern me. Will it be resolvable via a firmware patch or do we have to send device back?


#22

OP here. To update everyone… I got a MIDI Thru box and it solved the problem. M-Audio Keystation 61 now works as expected with the Pyramid. Very pleased!

@endreola I understand where you’re coming from - you buy something boutique and really nice like the Pyramid and for the price you expect everything to work. But this is a pretty common problem when trying to get machines from different manufacturers, from different decades, at different levels of disrepair… to communicate with each other. Yeah it sucks to buy another ‘thing’ to get it all to work, but it’s the nature of MIDI.

This is clearly a hardware incompatibility issue - I don’t think any firmware update would fix it, as has already been stated in this thread.

TL;DR OP bought a Thru Box and everything works now. Highest praise unto the Squarp gods.


#23

Hello all, first post from me here. I just got my Pyramid mkII brand new this week. Just for community knowledge, I wanted to share that I am experiencing this exact issue with my Pyramid and my Akai MPK249.
I do this:
MPK249 5pin MIDI Out -> Pyramid 5pin MIDI IN
and the Pyramid registers no MIDI events on its input port whatsoever.
Fortunately I already have a MIDI Solutions Quadra Thru. I will see if that fixes it after work today. I also have a MIDI Solutions Merger. Hopefully that works too, because I really wanted to use the Quadra Thru on the output of the Pyramid to talk to my little family of hardware synths.
It is a little disappointing the such a common and broadly functional controller keyboard like the MPK249 doesn’t work with the MIDI IN port of the Pyramid.
I will report back later with results using the MIDI Solutions boxes.


#24

Congratulations on the Pyramid and welcome to the forum – where you’ll find a great wealth of info by some very knowledgeable and helpful folks.


#25

Hi Burnsy, I also got my pyramid 2 days ago and am having the same problem with my Akai MPK249. Did the Quadra Thru help?


#26

Yes! Sorry for the delay in getting back. Both the Quadra Thru and the Merger from MIDI Solutions allowed the MPK249 to send MIDI into the Pryamid with no problem.