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Alessis iO Dock


Alesis iO Dock

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.


Alesis iO Dock

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.

iO Dock Side
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.

iO Dock Side
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.

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Kicker U – Kicker’s Brand New iPhone Application

Smartphone technology has taken off within the past two years, and many companies are jumping on-board to release applications to help familiarize users with their services. Kicker has long been associated with manufacturing quality products and doing their best to ensure that their users know how to use the equipment properly. In order to take a larger step towards educating customers about car audio setups, they have released a new smartphone application available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

The application highlights different diagrams and Kicker specific products and allows you to have a knowledgebase of Kicker products directly onto your iPhone or iPod touch. Their wiring wizard allows you to view how different car audio setups should be wired. First you’re presented with different options such as how many subwoofers you’ll be using and what is your desired impedance. It’s a great way to check compatibility between subwoofers and amplifiers.

Using smartphones for research has become much more popular than ever with new smartphone browsing capabilities. Now you can use Kicker’s iPhone application to look up specifications of different Kicker subwoofers. Updated for the 2011 year the Kicker iPhone application even highlights the newly released L3. Not only does it provide detailed information such as mounting depth and power handling, but you’ll also be able to look up the Thiele and Small Perimeters to truly research subwoofers specifications.

Finally, you’ll have an option to build a custom box for different Kicker subwoofers, and even put together a Kicker recommended box for their subwoofers to get optimal bass response. This can help with putting a vehicle specific enclosure into your vehicle and still have it built to Kicker’s specifications for the best bass response. You have the option to input your dimensions and tuning frequency to calculate how to build the box to perfect specifications. The application even advises whether the specifications will match Kickers recommended specifications or not.

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