Stratus supports MIDI PC messages via it's USB-C port.
Although Stratus does not have a dedicated 5-pin MIDI port, all of the same MIDI PC messages can be sent over a "USB host" connection! This makes for very convenient preset-switching while playing live.
What is a USB host adapter?
Not all USB ports are created equal! There are 2 types of USB interfaces: host and device. Stratus itself acts as a "controllable device" and must be connected to a USB host port for MIDI functionality to work correctly. A lot of MIDI controllers come with USB ports, but often times these ports are set up as device ports rather than host ports. For controllers that do not come with a host port, you'll need a USB host adapter! This essentially creates a USB host port that you can use to control Stratus.
Supported MIDI controllers (no USB host adapter required):
- Morningstar MC6 Pro - The MC6 Pro is an incredibly versatile MIDI controller that offers incredible customization. It also comes with a built-in USB host port, which means an adapter is not required in order to interface Stratus with the MC6 Pro! All you need is a USB-C to USB-C cable. 🙂
Supported MIDI controllers (USB host adapter required):
- Morningstar MC3, MC6, and MC8 devices
- Disaster Area Designs MIDI Baby and MIDI Baby 3
- Tech21 MIDI Mouse and MIDI Mongoose
- Any other MIDI controllers that follow the MIDI standard should also work!
What are some great options for USB hosts to pair with my controller?
- The most affordable option would be the CAMOLA USB MIDI Host with a Reverse Polarity Plug (which allows you to power the USB adapter from a pedalboard power supply).
- The most convenient option would be the Intech Studio KNOT (super compact, already capable of being powered by a guitar pedal power supply, consistent updates). If ordering this one, I would also reach out to the team to make sure they update your KNOT with the latest firmware that supports Stratus out of the box! We worked closely with them to add Stratus as an officially supported device.
- The wireless option would be a WIDI Uhost combined with a WIDI Jack. More expensive, but wireless and super low latency!
We hope this helps! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if we can assist with anything else. 🙂