More MIDI, Less Computer – How To Connect The OP-1 And Elektron Analog Four/Keys With A Kenton MIDI USB Host

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Do you have a USB-only MIDI device that you need to integrate into a classic 5-pin DIN MIDI setup without using a computer?
Do you have, for example, a Teenage Engineering OP-1 and you would like to use it along with other MIDI instruments (for instance, with a new shiny Elektron Analog Four/Keys)? We did the work for you…

Remember our Teenage Engineering OP-1 review?
Besides its many brilliant features, we also mentioned some inevitable shortcomings (due to the ultra-compact size), like the lack of proper Midi in/out ports.
The multifunctional USB/MIDI port helps, but if you want to make the most out of the OP-1 integrating it into your setup (eliminating the need for a computer), you’ll need a tool like the Kenton MIDI USB Host.

Welcome Kenton MIDI USB Host
Kenton is well known for its problem-solving approach, and this sturdy little box is no exception.
It’s a converter for class compliant USB MIDI devices. It provides MIDI in and out sockets for controllers and keyboards which have only a USB B type socket, like the OP-1 (and many others).
The Kenton MIDI USB Host is powered by a 5v adapter (provided). The adapter can supply up to 500mA of buss power to the attached USB device.

We tested the Kenton MIDI USB Host with the OP-1 and the Elektron Analog Keys/Four, trying different combinations. Please click on the images below to zoom up.

UPDATE: check out our next article in this series, if you would like to know how to connect and sync your DAW, an iPad, the OP-1 and Elektron Analog synths.

How to connect the OP-1 to the Analog Keys, using the OP-1 as Master clock

  1. Connect the OP-1 to the USB port of the Kenton MIDI USB Host.
  2. Connect the Analog Keys Midi In to the Midi Out of the Kenton MIDI USB Host
  3. Set the OP-1 in Beat Match mode
  4. Set the Analog Keys to receive Midi clock in its Midi configuration

How to connect the OP-1 to the Analog Four/Keys

How to connect the Analog Keys to the OP-1, using the Analog Keys as Master clock

  1. Connect the OP-1 to the USB port of the Kenton MIDI USB Host.
  2. Connect the Analog Keys Midi Out to the Midi in of the Kenton MIDI USB Host
  3. Set the Op-1 in Sync mode
  4. Set the Analog Keys to send the Midi clock in its Midi configuration

Last but not least, here’s a fun video of the OP-1 connected to a Eurorack modular system thanks to the Kenton MIDI USB Host.

Conclusion
These are only a few examples of the connection options offered by the Kenton MIDI USB Host. In our test the unit performed flawlessly. It’s one of those set and forget kind of tools you can rely on.

Mobile musicians would probably like it to be battery-powered, but if the adapter is an issue (it wasn’t in my case), a battery pack will help.

If you have some class compliant Usb Midi device that you would like to integrate into your setup (without using a computer), the Kenton MIDI USB Host provides an affordable and no-frills solution. Recommended!

Price – Where to buy
$124 – Buy from eBay
£92 – Buy from Thomann
€125 – Buy from Thomann

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More MIDI, Less Computer – How To Connect The OP-1 And Elektron Analog Four/Keys With A Kenton MIDI USB Host

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