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Using Roland R8 MKII with MOTU Midi Time Piece AV USB

am trying to utilize my Roland R8 MKII Human Rhythm Composer with my DAW and I have the MIDI out of it connected to my MOTU MIDI Timepiece AV USB. I am getting a constant fluttering red led whenever I have it inserted into the MTP. I tried moving it to various ports but still, the same problem. Someone I spoke with today said it sounds like there is some type of sync signal constantly being sent from Roland R8. He also said that the MTP AV USB has filtering capability and I may want to look into that. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Has anyone on the forum successfully used the Roland R8 MKII as a rhythm sequencer to send MIDI info to the MIDI in of a MTP AV USB? If they have, what do I need to do to accomplish this, as I really like programming my rhythm sequences on the R8. If someone has tried and found out it cannot be done please let me know as well. If that then becomes the case, does anyone have any suggestions on a rhythm sequencer that will work with the MTP AV USB? I do not like to record rhythm tracks through MIDI from a conventional keyboard in real time! And I planned on purchasing BFD sofware instruments, so any and all help would be much appreciated. Thanks Mike Knox