mioXL and "Retired" interfaces
Congrats on the next evolution of the mio; the XL looks very interesting and I am excited for a few of the new features (built-in USB hub/ports for class-compliant devices, more RTP-MIDI ports, presets). I haven't really seen much here since the news of the release, and I guess I have a few questions:
Street Date? The marketing states that it is available, but nobody seems to have it for sale yet (at least in the USA). Any ideas when it might actually be generally available for purchase at our favorite retailers?
Manuals and Software downloads - could we please take a look at the manual while we wait? Is it possible to get some additional explanations about the next iteration of Auracle and its capabilities compared to prior utilities (current "non-Series" version of Auracle, iConfig)?
I am curious about the new 8in-12out DIN port arrangements...is this set in stone via hardware implementation, or is there any ability to re-configure the unit in software to look like the previous 10in-10out setup employed by the mio10?
Is there any kind of buyback/trade-in program being considered for those of us who have multiple mio units and would like to "upgrade" to the new XL units? I have 3 mio10 units (and honestly need one more), and I'd really like to be able to take advantage of something like that...
Are the "Retired" midi interfaces (such as the mio10) completely done and over with as far as any further development or support is concerned, or will future versions of the Auracle utility be able to manage those units as well (and possibly with the extended features from iConfig that were supposed to make their way into Auracle)? Is there any possibility to extend the RTP-MIDI capabilities of those "retired" units in firmware to match the extended RTP-MIDI port capabilities provided by the XL (or at least extend them to the point where we could have enough to mirror the DIN ports)? Does the current RTP-MIDI driver work correctly and completely with both the older and newer mio hardware?
Sorry for the tons of questions, but speaking for myself I'm just trying to figure out the direction that things are going with the new XL hardware, and whether or not any of my now "retired" hardware will be able to tag along for the ride or I am going to be better served by starting over again. Any additional info is appreciated...
EDIT: I found the software and related videos for Auracle for X-Series (linked off the Control Software page: https://www.iconnectivity.com/auracle-x-series ) which gave some additional info and explanations of the software and it's capabilities.