Updates: July 2016
Ibanez MIU8

Ibanez MIU8 MIDI Interface Unit

Features and Specifications:

Input: MIDI IN (5 pin DIN) & Remote (6 pin DIN).
Output: MIDI OUT (8 x 5 pin DIN)
Power Requirements: DC 9 volts, 170 ma
Dimensions: 189 mm (W) x 88 mm (D) x 36 mm (7.44" x 3.46" x 1.42")
Options: AC109 AC Adaptor
Weight: 480 grams (1.1 lbs)

Introduction to the Ibanez MIU80:

Of all the devices profiled on the Vintage Roland Guitar Synth website, the Ibanez MIU8 is the most obscure, rare, hard-to-find item featured.

Similar to the way the Roland FC-100 and FC-100 MKII can be used as stand alone MIDI pedals with the Roland RMC-1, the IFC60 has the ability to be used as a stand-alone MIDI foot controller when used with the MIU8 MIDI Interface.

The very rare MIU8 is a really cool box, that could double as a 1-in, 8-out MIDI thru box, or as a MIDI interface/breakout box for the IFC60. The MIU8 has both a MIDI input and a 6-pin Remote input for the IFC60.

Modes of Operation:

Based on my tests, the MIU8 has two modes of operation, with and without the IFC60:

Without the IFC60: The MIU8 works as a basic, one input, eight output, MIDI thru box. I was able to transmit MIDI notes and MIDI patch change information from the input to all eight outputs.

With the IFC60: MIDI input is ignored, and only messages from the REMOTE (IFC60) input are used. I was able to send patch changes from the IFC60 with no problem, but the MIDI INPUT was ignored.

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Schematics - Repairs - Service Bulletins:

There are no known service bulletins from Ibanez addressing any MIU8 problems.

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