Which external MIDI interface will work on Linux to use a software sequencer with an external expander?

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Well if I understand you right, every single one, I mean, because that's what a MIDI interface is supposed to do ; Here I have this setup :

  • Novation X-Station USB audio
  • Korg trinity rack (plugged to the XStation via MIDI cable out=>in)
  • Mandriva GNU/Linux (regular kernel) running qtractor

This already works as is. But it gets better: inside the XStation, there is a built-in synth, a "Novation KStation" and it is controlled by qtractor as well.

  • What I'm looking for is a MIDI interface on which I could plug a MIDI expander on one side (MIDI DIN) and a laptop on the other side (USB, ...) and that works fine with Linux. So I can use, say, qtractor with an external synth which has only DIN connectors.
    – dugres
    Jun 11, 2011 at 7:58
  • Yes, you can indeed.
    – yPhil
    May 6, 2015 at 0:56

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