Following its introduction at The NAMM Show 2017, MIDI solutions specialist Kenton announces availability of its new Merge-8 — an eight-input intelligent MIDI merge unit designed, built, and assembled in the UK as the latest addition to its line of MIDI utilities.
Merge-8 can work in two modes: first is a full eight-into-two merge, where all MIDI data received across the eight input ports is merged into two outputs (with both ports outputting the same data); second is a split mode, with two completely independent four-into-one merges.
Mode is set with a recessed push button and indicated with a bi-color LED. Merge-8 stores this setting in EEPROM and starts up in whichever state it was last in.
Featuring a 32-bit ARM micro-controller for fast MIDI processing, Merge-8 can handle large amounts of data. It is intelligent in that it applies merging rules to process the MIDI data from the inputs in the optimal way.
Merge-8 is housed in a brushed aluminium case, measuring 155 x 80 x 35mm and weighing just 220g. With the Kenton build quality and reliability, Merge-8 is able to withstand the knocks of a life on the road as part of a large keyboard rig, yet it is just as at home in the studio… powered from an included region-appropriate AC adapter — just fit and forget.
Merge-8 can be purchased from dealers or directly from Kenton for £112.50 GBP (excluding tax and shipping).