When the iPad was first released, people thought that it will be perfect for playing game applications and doing office work. Musicians rejoiced and said that it will be their next portable studio. The only problem with the iPad is it doesn’t have ideal ways to connect musical instruments to it other than the iPad Camera Connection Kit. Alesis has now addressed the issue with its new iO Dock Pro Audio Dock for iPad.
The iO Dock for iPad is lightweight as it is made of plastic, but could be subject to damage if the user is not careful. It has ports that include MIDI In and Out (5-pin connectors), USB, stereo main outs (for connecting to a mixing board, amplifier or studio monitors), two line/XLR inputs, a composite video out (for connecting to a TV) and a footswitch in. The device also supports line-level and guitar ins. It also offers phantom power for condenser microphones that need extra power to work.
Musicians or other users of the Alesis iO Dock will have to buy their own audio production, recording and sound manipulation apps from the Apple App Store. Alesis said that the iO Dock Pro for iPad has been designed with the current music app development standards, including Akai Pro’s AkaiConnect SDK and Core MIDI.
The Alesis iO Dock Pro Audio Dock for iPad is now available. Check out the Alesis iO Dock official page for more information.