Hey what’s good fam!
Back with another review, this time it’s for those that love using their iPad in their setup, or for those of you thinking of doing so.
Alesis was one of, if not the first to create an audio dock specifically for the iPad with their original iO Dock.
Now they are back with the iO Dock II, and as I’m a huge fan of integrating the iPad into my setup, I got my hands on one.
Let’s check it!
So what is the iO Dock II?
Basically, it’s an audio dock/interface that allows you to get professional audio to and from your iPad.
It also has MIDI and USB hookups for transmitting MIDI messages between your apps and your host computer.
Doesn’t matter if you want to hook up a guitar, bass, mic, drum machine, or synthesizer, it can handle them all with xlr and 1/4″ combo jacks.
You can even hook up a footswitch directly to the dock, and of course you get 1/4″ outputs as well as a headphone jack with it’s own volume control.
- connectivity: 30 pin, lightning, 2 x XLR-1/4″ TRS inputs, 2 x 1/4″ out, headphone out, MIDI in/out, USB MIDI, footswitch, 12vdc
- features: Phantom power, high-impedance switch
- compatibility: iPad 2, iPad (3rd Gen), iPad (4th Gen)
- price: $199
- product page: http://www.alesis.com/io-dock-ii
- purchase: http://www.zzounds.com/a–1786589/item–ALEIODOCKII
So what’s the bottom line?
If you’re looking for a flexible way to connect your iPad to your other gear you definitely need to check this out.
I love the fact that it has adapters for both types of connections, so it can stick around when you upgrade!
What you get it in what you get out and I didn’t have any issues with latency or audio buffering.
I give the iO Dock II a 4 out of 5 subs, it’s an easy way to get professional connectivity with your iOS synths and controllers.
I do wish it had a built in way to angle the iPad, I find it just a tad bit low, so I placed some of my trusty mini risers under it for that.
Also, they’d do well to put the volume and input controls on the front, where it would be much more ergonomic.
Finally, if they added a USB host port so that you could connect your USB controller directly, that would pretty much take care of any improvements I can think of.
Other than that, I find it to be a very useful and even indispensable piece if you’re trying to integrate your iPad with your main gear.
You could even build around this as a standalone workstation for your iPad.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about it, or if you’re using something else for your iPad.