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MIDI from electribe 2 doesn't work on Android Caustic 3.2

Hardware: Korg electribe 2 connected to Nexus 6P via USB-C to Micro B cable.

This setup works fine with other synths on Android, for instance the electribe 2 can sequence "OPL3 MIDI" and "DRC". I am also able to control Caustic 3.2 if I replace the electribe 2 with a Novation Launchkey Mini.

But Caustic will not be controlled by the Korg electribe 2. When I plug it in, I get a request asking for my permission to control the USB device, which I grant, but after that, there's simply no reaction from Caustic. No notes will play. There's no reaction if I attempt to learn a CC message. Caustic is set to "MIDI device controls on-screen instrument" and it does not matter which part/channel I use on the electribe.

The electribe 2 is a class compliant device, it does not need additional drivers on OS X or Windows.

Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in getting this bug resolved, being able to sequence Caustic from the electribe would be freaking awesome!

Edit: This is how the electribe 2 presents itself to OS X ("ioreg -p IOUSB -w0 -l"), I hope this helps

electribe2@14100000  <class AppleUSBDevice, id 0x1000030b0, registered, matched, active, busy 0 (2 ms), retain 19>
    "sessionID" = 35565919525013
    "iManufacturer" = 1
    "bNumConfigurations" = 1
    "idProduct" = 301
    "bcdDevice" = 256
    "Bus Power Available" = 250
    "USB Address" = 19
    "bMaxPacketSize0" = 64
    "iProduct" = 2
    "iSerialNumber" = 0
    "bDeviceClass" = 0
    "Built-In" = No
    "locationID" = 336592896
    "bDeviceSubClass" = 0
    "bcdUSB" = 512
    "USB Product Name" = "electribe2"
    "PortNum" = 1
    "non-removable" = "no"
    "IOCFPlugInTypes" = {"9dc7b780-9ec0-11d4-a54f-000a27052861"="IOUSBFamily.kext/Contents/PlugIns/IOUSBLib.bundle"}
    "bDeviceProtocol" = 0
    "IOUserClientClass" = "IOUSBDeviceUserClientV2"
    "IOPowerManagement" = {"DevicePowerState"=0,"CurrentPowerState"=4,"CapabilityFlags"=32768,"MaxPowerState"=4,"DriverPowerState"=4}
    "Device Speed" = 2
    "USB Vendor Name" = "KORG INC."
    "idVendor" = 2372
    "IOGeneralInterest" = "IOCommand is not serializable"
    "IOClassNameOverride" = "IOUSBDevice"

Joined: 02/16/2017 - 10:01
I wanted to let you know that

I wanted to let you know that a workaround exists, although it's fairly annoying.

electribe MIDI out -> generic MIDI adapter -> USB hub -> Nexus 6P

I thought maybe the electribe MIDI clock settings had something to do with it, but no. I would prefer a direct connection instead of this chain of hardware but at least I can trigger notes on Caustic now :)