The Signex MIDI panel
Signex has introduced the MIDI panel to provide a convenient method of localising MIDI interconnections and is a complement, rather than an alternative, to existing methods of MIDI signal routing.
All sockets are uncommitted and connected only to their respective rear terminations. Any socket can therefore be used for MIDI In, Thru or Out connections.
In its most basic role, the Signex MIDI panel provides probably the simplest form of expandable MIDI patching system available, giving clear access to any relevant interconnections within a localised panel area.
- 1 row of 22 MIDI sockets
- All components mounted on single PCB
- Can be used for MIDI In, Thru or Out
- DIN or solder rear connections
- Standard 1U, 19″ rack-mount panel
- Slide-in ident card system
- High quality construction
Transforming the usefulness of your patchbay
It can also be used for multiple MIDI connections between individual instruments and expander/processor racks. The Signex MIDI panel is particularly effective when used to organise and tidy-up the connections from a system employing splitter and mergeboxes, eliminating the usual chaotic tangle of cables and the resulting confusion and frustration.
The Signex MIDI panel can even transform the usefulness of a MIDI patchbay, by providing convenient front panel access to valuable inputs and outputs, Ultimately, the most effective MIDI patching system will probably consist of several separate elements and the Signex MIDI panel is the ideal foundation for a complete, expandable MIDI patching centre which allows you to spend more of your time using your equipment creatively and less time wrestling with cables.
High quality construction
The Signex MIDI panel is a 1U, 19″ rack-mount unit fitted with a single row of 22, 5 pin DIN sockets. Although the 5 pin DIN connector has been adopted as the universal standard for all MIDI connections, only pins 2, 4 and 5 are used for MIDI.
The Signex MIDI panel has been designed for use specifically with MIDI signals and therefore pins 1 and 3 are left unconnected. Rear termination is via 5 pin DIN sockets or direct solder connections. The front panel is fabricated entirely from mild steel with the PCB/connector retaining bracket spot welded to the rear.
All components are mounted on a single epoxy-glass printed circuit board (PCB) which also provides easy termination and secure cable anchorage for rear solder connections using the cable ties provided. The PCB eliminates all front to back wiring and when fixed to the front panel, provides exceptional lateral rigidity, preventing the panel from flexing when in use.
Also, connectors are recessed behind the front panel producing a neat, uncluttered appearance with no fixings visible from the front. The front panel is finished in a satin black polyester powder coat which is both attractive and extremely durable.
Panel livery is screen printed in white epoxy ink and complements the other connector panels in the Signex range, Front panel designations are achieved using the white ident cards supplied, using pen or dry-transfer lettering.
The card is retained by a transparent polyester sleeve bonded to the front panel which protects the markings on the card and allows easy removal when changes are required.
Temporary markings can even be made directly on to the surface of the ident sleeve using a Chinagraph pencil.
A range of accessories and sundry items for use with all Signex connector panels is constantly under review. The range includes a lacing bar kit to provide anchorage and support for the rear connection loom and a rear panel kit giving the option to wire all rear connections to a multiway connector for easy removal of the panel assembly. Please check our current Price List for the complete range of accessories.