Alesis Studiodock

Alesis Studiodock – Professional I/O for iPad Announced

The Alesis Studiodock: A pair of combo jack inputs, both +48v phantom power switchable and a guitar level switch on input 2, MIDI in and out DINs, TRS outputs and headphone jack, and a composite video output. That’s a lot of connectivity – and it should go some way to making the idea of the iPad as a central hub for small scale and on location music production a reality.

it should go some way to making the idea of the iPad as a central hub for small scale and on location music production a reality

No word on whether the power supply is required for all functions, for instance simple MIDI in, or whether there is a battery slot for functions such as phantom power where external power is almost guaranteed to be a necessity. Another thing necessary to note about this and many other iPad compatible devices is that they are still pending Apple certification. Strong rumours of an announcement of an imminent iPad update are on the horizon – are the manufacturers working with new specs, is the form factor of the new iPad going to be compatible with the equipment, or in a worst case scenario, will the products fail certification due to an incompatibility with the new iPads? The latter is doubtful, but nonetheless…

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