Introducing the iConnectAUDIO2+
With the iConnectAUDIO2+, iConnectivity is on to another winner in unique audio interfaces capable of connecting together iOS devices and PCs/Macs combined with analog audio hardware at a great price point ($199 street).
A smaller brother of the iConnectAUDIO4+, the iConnectAUDIO2+ provides a lower-cost option for the more cost-conscious musician to be able to record analog and digital audio to iPhones, iPads and MacOS / Windows machines with ease as well as allow the routing and mixing of digital audio right within the device.
Like the iConnectMIDI2+, iConnectMIDI4+ and iConnectAUDIO4+ before it, the iConnectAUDIO2+ permits bidirectional digital audio – via iConnectivity’s audio passThru (TM) technology directly without any D/A -> A/D conversion – as well as MIDI communication between iOS devices and desktop / laptop machines. In addition to the digital audio connection however, and like the iConnectAUDIO4+, analog audio from the XLR/HiZ/Line in inputs on the front can also be mixed with that digital audio. Using the connections on the front one can connect dynamic and condenser microphones, guitars and basses and synthesizers or other line-level devices.
Control of the audio and MIDI routing and mixing is accomplished using the iConfig application.
This runs on the desktop as well as on iPads. There are some slight differences between the desktop and iPad versions of iConfig but the core functionality is present in the iPad version as well to control both the audio patchbay and mixer and MIDI routing.
Using the iConnectAUDIO2+ the home producer (or gigging musician wanting to lay down some tracks in a hotel room say), can record audio and MIDI to both/either of a desktop/laptop and an iPad – and do so simultaneously. With appropriate routing choices made in iConfig, an iPad can also be used as an outboard FX processor with a desktop DAW and/or as an external instrument source using one of the many high-quality synthesizer, drum machine or FX apps available for iOS. The reverse is also true: the output from VST / AU desktop synthesizers etc. can also be routed to an attached iPad and recorded in, for example, Auria Pro.
Here’s a quick video demonstrating using the iConnectAUDIO2+ in such a situation, recording voice, guitar and an iPad synth – iSEM – to a desktop DAW (Studio One Pro 3in this case which is my DAW of choice, although the same capability is possible with any desktop DAW). Oh – and all the recording was done ad-hoc live and I didn’t tidy up any timing mistakes 😉 Please excuse that – the main point was to demonstrate what can be achieved very quickly and with ease using the iConnectAUDIO2+, not produce the best masterpiece I’ve ever composed or recorded 😉
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