Alessis has hit the nail on the head with a great new product designed to turn your iPad into a portable recording studio. This is a revolutionary new device for interfacing your musical instruments and microphones with the ultra-handy and portable iPad. Now anywhere you can take an iPad, which is virtually everywhere, you can have a full on production studio that fits conveniently in a backpack.
The Alessis iO Dock features two XLR ¼” combo inputs for microphones and instruments. The mic pres feature phantom power for condenser microphones and a high Z instrument level switch for use with guitars and basses. There are two main outputs perfect for a nice set of active near field monitors or take a line level out of your iPad into another device. There is also an RCA video output for external video monitors and projectors. There is a headphone output with a level control as well as a footswitch jack on the back which is particularly handy for triggering a recording while you have both hands on a guitar or keyboard.
There are a set of 5 din MIDI ins and outs on the side of this unit as well as a USB MIDI port for multiple MIDI interfacing options. With the addition of a MIDI controller and an app like Garage Band the possibilities are limitless for sequencing a plethora of samples.
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The Alessis iO Dock is the perfect device for the on the go music producer. The device is just as lightweight as the iPad itself so anywhere the iPad can go so can the iO Dock. This is the perfect solution for producing a podcast or recording an interview for ENG applications. The iO Dock Is great for songwriters looking for a really high quality solution for constructing demos while on the road.