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First post, by foil_fresh

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I ordered a Roland UM-One mk2 because I want to get some retro PC MT32 emulation going and was wondering if the cheap-ish gameport->midi cables on ebay are worth getting?

I'm really not sure if I want joystick passthrough because I don't realistically see myself using a joystick much (not too into flight sims etc.) but if the price for one WITH passthrough is similar, why not.

If it's recommended to buy a brand name cable from another website then I'm all ears. Any warnings about what not to buy is appreciated too.

I'll be running the midi out from the AWE64 Value (Ct4520) in either a Pentium MMX 166 or 486 100mhz (leaning towards the 486).

Thanks

Reply 1 of 6, by Pierre32

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I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I guess I've been lucky in that regard because I've had no issues with the one I bought there a couple of years ago. It came from UK seller "cable_star" who doesn't appear to be around any more.

Unfortunately I can't help with how to spot a good or bad one on ebay, but ideally you'd want a description that confirms it has an opto-coupler (and I don't see any with that).

For options without gameport passthrough:

- I bought one from Ukraine seller "midikabel" (item 124497264684) and it's a very nice hand made cable, with construction info in the description.

- The ones from Serdashop https://www.serdashop.com/DB15MIDI (I will be getting one of these next)

Reply 2 of 6, by foil_fresh

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Pierre32 wrote on 2021-01-28, 00:29:
I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I gue […]
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I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I guess I've been lucky in that regard because I've had no issues with the one I bought there a couple of years ago. It came from UK seller "cable_star" who doesn't appear to be around any more.

Unfortunately I can't help with how to spot a good or bad one on ebay, but ideally you'd want a description that confirms it has an opto-coupler (and I don't see any with that).

For options without gameport passthrough:

- I bought one from Ukraine seller "midikabel" (item 124497264684) and it's a very nice hand made cable, with construction info in the description.

- The ones from Serdashop https://www.serdashop.com/DB15MIDI (I will be getting one of these next)

Hey thanks - Looks like the ukranian one is what I'll go with. Serdashop still isnt able to send to Aus but I'll be sure to get one when they're back in business. Been waiting ages because I want their serial-to-ps2 adapter badddd.

When it comes to using a midi gender joiner (coupler?), will any be fine?

Reply 3 of 6, by darry

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foil_fresh wrote on 2021-01-28, 02:26:
Pierre32 wrote on 2021-01-28, 00:29:
I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I gue […]
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I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I guess I've been lucky in that regard because I've had no issues with the one I bought there a couple of years ago. It came from UK seller "cable_star" who doesn't appear to be around any more.

Unfortunately I can't help with how to spot a good or bad one on ebay, but ideally you'd want a description that confirms it has an opto-coupler (and I don't see any with that).

For options without gameport passthrough:

- I bought one from Ukraine seller "midikabel" (item 124497264684) and it's a very nice hand made cable, with construction info in the description.

- The ones from Serdashop https://www.serdashop.com/DB15MIDI (I will be getting one of these next)

Hey thanks - Looks like the ukranian one is what I'll go with. Serdashop still isnt able to send to Aus but I'll be sure to get one when they're back in business. Been waiting ages because I want their serial-to-ps2 adapter badddd.

When it comes to using a midi gender joiner (coupler?), will any be fine?

I'm using the Serdashop one . I love the dual outputs .

I think you should be fine with practically any coupler . My choice for cables and accessories is typically Hosa branded stuff. It is usually both inexpensive and well made, IMHO .

Reply 4 of 6, by foil_fresh

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darry wrote on 2021-01-28, 02:58:
foil_fresh wrote on 2021-01-28, 02:26:
Pierre32 wrote on 2021-01-28, 00:29:
I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I gue […]
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I've heard reports of the classic passthrough type cables on ebay being poorly built and not always functioning correctly. I guess I've been lucky in that regard because I've had no issues with the one I bought there a couple of years ago. It came from UK seller "cable_star" who doesn't appear to be around any more.

Unfortunately I can't help with how to spot a good or bad one on ebay, but ideally you'd want a description that confirms it has an opto-coupler (and I don't see any with that).

For options without gameport passthrough:

- I bought one from Ukraine seller "midikabel" (item 124497264684) and it's a very nice hand made cable, with construction info in the description.

- The ones from Serdashop https://www.serdashop.com/DB15MIDI (I will be getting one of these next)

Hey thanks - Looks like the ukranian one is what I'll go with. Serdashop still isnt able to send to Aus but I'll be sure to get one when they're back in business. Been waiting ages because I want their serial-to-ps2 adapter badddd.

When it comes to using a midi gender joiner (coupler?), will any be fine?

I'm using the Serdashop one . I love the dual outputs .

I think you should be fine with practically any coupler . My choice for cables and accessories is typically Hosa branded stuff. It is usually both inexpensive and well made, IMHO .

K sweet. I got a Hosa on the way. Now to wait 6 to 8 weeks for the cable from Ukraine... Yikes

Reply 6 of 6, by Joseph_Joestar

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From personal experience, I can recommend looking for these in music equipment stores. If they sell MIDI keyboards, there's a chance they might have one of these cables as well.

That's how I got mine and it had no issues whatsoever.

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