Bellingham, WA (July 12, 2005)–Edirol Corporation has updated its USB MIDI Interface line with three new designs–the UM-1EX, the UM-2EX and the UM-3EX. Edirol has also introduced the MA-1EX USB powered speaker system for mobile computer users, and announced a new version of its UA-1 series USB Audio Interface, the UA-1EX.
According to Edirol, the updated MIDI Interface designs further differentiate its USB interfaces from other products in the market. The most unique new model is the new UM-3EX 3-In/3-Out MIDI Interface that features a built-in USB hub allowing for the connection of two additional UM-3EX for a total of up to 9-In/9-Out. Three UM-3EX can be rack mounted on an optional Roland RAF-70 rack adaptor. Suggested retail price of the UM-3EX is $89.
The UM-2EX replaces the Edirol UM-1SX and adds an additional MIDI out port for a new 1-In/2-Out configuration at the same suggested retail price of $49. The new UM-1EX replaces the Edirol UM-1X and adds a new MIDI Thru switch that allows the UM-1EX to be used as a standalone MIDI cable or route MIDI back to an instrument or other external MIDI device. Suggested retail price of the UM-1EX is $49.
All three new interfaces will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Edirol’s new MA-1EX USB powered speakers were designed for mobile computer users that need better sound and more power than their computer speakers can provide. The MA-1EX feature a bass enhancer for a fuller sound, 1/8″ headphone jack and S/P DIF output, and plug and play on any Windows- or Mac OS-based system. An integrated USB cord wrap is also provided for portable cable management. The MA-1EX will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005 for a suggested retail price of $80.
Edirol has also announced a new version of its UA-1 series USB Audio Interface. The new UA-1EX replaces the Edirol UA-1X and adds support for ASIO drivers and 24 bit/96 kHz audio. The UA-1EX continues to feature Core Audio support for Mac OSX and WDM support for Windows 2000/XP as well as zero-latency direct monitoring. Inputs include RCA pin, input for plug-in powered electret condenser type stereo microphones and SP/DIF optical in. Outputs include RCA pin, 1/8″ headphone jack and SP/DIF optical output.
The UA-1EX is a solution for customers looking for an inexpensive interface that offers professional driver standards, quality and simple audio connections. The UA-1EX will be available in the fourth quarter at a suggested retail price of $99.