Focusrite iTrack Dock review – compact audio+MIDI interface for iPad musicians

Earlier today, I published a review of the Alesis iTrack Dock II on the site. For a street price of UK£135, this provides you with a 2-in/2-out audio interface with MIDI connectivity, support for guitar, line and condenser mics inputs (including switchable phantom power), balanced outputs for your main monitors and a headphone output. Your iPad slots into the ‘dock’ element and Alesis provide support for both 30-pin and Lightning-based iPad hardware…  although the dock itself is sized for the … [Read more...]

Alesis iODock II review – compact audio+MIDI interface for iPad musicians

Anyone who has dabbled with their iPad as a potential multitrack recording studio will be aware that there are some very good apps for that. Whatever your own personal choice – Cubasis, Auria, Garageband, Multitrack DAW, etc. – the potential is obviously there. However, in order to fully realise that potential, you need a means of getting decent quality audio in to, and out of, your iPad and, if you are fond of the odd bit of synthesis (aren’t we all?) then you also need MIDI connectivity. In … [Read more...]

Griffin Studio Connect HD – coming soon (er… ish)

After I put up the news item about the soon-to-be-launched Focusrite iTrack Dock, reader Bob Santoro pointed me at what looks like a similar unit from Griffin; the StudioConnect HD. I've now had a chance to look at Griffin's announcement details - and to read an interesting discussion about the unit over on the discchord website - and it does, indeed, look like a very similar basic design to the Focusrite unit. Griffin already have a number of hardware items aimed at iOS musicians including … [Read more...]

iRig PRO review – compact audio+MIDI interface for iOS from IK Multimedia

When it comes to making music on the iOS platform, IK Multimedia have invested some considerable time, effort and resources in developing their range of add-on hardware and apps. With the high-quality, guitarist-friendly, iRig HD launched just a couple of months ago (you can read the Music App Blog review here), IK Multimedia are back with the iRig PRO, a new product that builds on that the iRig HD pedigree. This time, however, they have taken things a step further - in fact, two steps … [Read more...]

Using your iPad for live music performance; a starter kit for the performing iOS keyboard player

As with the starter kit for guitar/bass players, let's take the term 'performing' here in its broadest sense; any keyboard-playing musician who wants to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) as a sound source. Again, the 'performance' itself might just personal practice, rehearsal/jamming with band mates or, for the more adventurous, in a live performance in front of paying punters. The first of these is perhaps a less demanding and less difficult ambition while the last requires you to be very … [Read more...]