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    Hi guys,

    I would like some advice on a small USB hub for my Macbook Pro.

    I am running traktor with the Audio8 DJ, Kontrol X1 and now I want to add Maschine but I dont have enough USB slots.

    I have read that some hubs are not very good and loose power unless you use a AC Adaptor.

    Could any of you advise me on a good one?

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrawles View Post
    Hi guys,

    I would like some advice on a small USB hub for my Macbook Pro.

    I am running traktor with the Audio8 DJ, Kontrol X1 and now I want to add Maschine but I dont have enough USB slots.

    I have read that some hubs are not very good and loose power unless you use a AC Adaptor.

    Could any of you advise me on a good one?

    Cheers,

    Chris
    Yeah with Maschine and the Audio 8 DJ you will need a powered hub for sure. I have the exact same setup and Maschine behaves funny or not at all when plugged into a hub with no power and obviously you are going to want the soundcard plugged straight into the Macbook USB port rather than a hub. I have a belkin 4 port hub. I struggled to find any ones that stood out as well built so just picked this up from PC World. Seems ok so far.

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    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-High-Speed-7-Port-USB-Hub/dp/B0006TIA8Y"]Amazon.com: CyberPower High-Speed 7-Port USB Hub: Electronics@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51st-p01Z0L.@@AMEPARAM@@51st-p01Z0L[/ame]

    I can vouch for this one.. Works great for gear that draws power.

    U can find them for 20 bucks if u look around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobes View Post
    Maschine behaves funny or not at all when plugged into a hub with no power
    That has not been my experience. My crappy $4 un-powered 4-port hub from best buy would run Maschine, 2 X1s, and an LPD 8 just fine…off the low-power port (which also has the keyboard, trackpad, and iSight on it). I could replace any of them with my Audio 2 and it'd still work, but I used the high-power USB port on my MBP for it anyway.

    I have no idea what all you people are doing with hubs, but I just don't get it. I haven't had anything give me any trouble except Cruzan flash drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mostapha View Post
    That has not been my experience. My crappy $4 un-powered 4-port hub from best buy would run Maschine, 2 X1s, and an LPD 8 just fine…off the low-power port (which also has the keyboard, trackpad, and iSight on it). I could replace any of them with my Audio 2 and it'd still work, but I used the high-power USB port on my MBP for it anyway.

    I have no idea what all you people are doing with hubs, but I just don't get it. I haven't had anything give me any trouble except Cruzan flash drives.
    Usually i find the same.. But theres always one or two things that i find dont power up once in a while.. I dunno.. I always bought into the rule that if ur running a bunch of nonplug usb devices that are bigger than my fist, u should use a powered hub.. Ive just found nonpowered hubs to be sketchy (usually at a perfectly wrong time).


    I have no technical backing for this tho lol

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    If it helps, Native Instruments have tested USB Hubs and recommend:

    D-Link 4-Port Hub DUB-H4

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    I should also point out that I don't use USB for hard drives ever and avoid USB for sound cards if I can (apart from my old Audio 2 and my SL1, because I don't have a choice). I posted my tree in one of these threads.

    Again…all of my controllers ran off one un-powered hub and the low-power port of my MBP. No problems at all.

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