so this is really in 2 parts
a) midi routing/filter/utility
midihub is a useful usb<->midi din router.
also i find it useful for dealing with ‘oddities’ in hardware , this you could do in a daw, but when i do it on the midihub, its done for in one place for “everything”…i.e. different daws, or when i use standalone
its generally useful as a midi merger/spitter
so the question is … do you need that functionality?
b) creative midi fx
here its definitely less ‘clear cut’
for sure if your using a computer, then you can do creative midi fx using max/pure data, and also some parts of it in a DAW
so its usefulness is…
again, doing it standalone in one place… so you can use in different daws or when you take the computer out of the loop
ease of use - programming midi fx in something like max is not hard, but not all musicians know how (or want) to code, so this is a simple UI to do these things.
summary, like any tool - there are many ways to achieve the same thing, we choose what we find most comfortable.
personally, i think the midihub is excellent for what it does…
a midi splitter/merger with 4 din i/o and usb at 122 euro is pretty good value,
but add the intelligent routing , and i think its great value
i think the only ‘competitor’ if you need this kind of functionality is the BomeBox.
which is 199 euro, but is not quite as easy to use, and only has 1 din in/out.
but on the flip side has usb host/ethernet and wifi midi, and its a bit more flexible (as you can create your own fx)
I’ve actually been considering getting a BomeBox to pair up with the midihub, as i think they will complement each other nicely.