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Alesis iO Dock Audio Interface for iPad

by Alesis
4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
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  • The world's first pro audio dock for iPad; use the power of your iPad to record audio, compose music and perfect your mix
  • Simultaneously connect microphones and instruments including guitar, studio monitors, PA speakers, headphones, and MIDI controllers
  • Universal device works with virtually every audio and MIDI app in the App Store; Core MIDI compliant
  • Input channel gain controls and switchable phantom power on (2) combo (XLR+1/4-Inch) inputs; mic/line and HiZ (guitar) switchable
  • Outputs: (2) 1/4-Inch and 1/4-Inch headphone with separate volume controls
  • Control inputs: MIDI In, MIDI Out, USB MIDI, and assignable 1/4inch footswitch
  • Video output can send visuals to a projector, TV or monitor
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Product Description

The iO Dock (patent pending) is the first device that enables anyone with an iPad to create, produce, and perform music with virtually any pro audio gear or instruments. The iO Dock is a universal docking station specifically designed for the iPad, and it gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform with iPad. Connect all your pro audio gear to virtually any app in the App Store with the iO Dock. The iO Dock is a universal docking station specifically designed for the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad (3rd gen) it gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform with iPad. Connect all your pro audio gear to virtually any app in the App Store with the iO Dock. The iO Dock provides microphone and instrument users with two combination XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, each with its own gain control and switchable phantom power for condenser microphones. Guitarists and bassists will appreciate the iO Dock’s guitar-direct switch, enabling them to play, perform and record right into amplifier- and effects-modeling apps. Bands can connect outputs from their mixer and easily record their performances and rehearsals or use the iO Dock as a metronome or loop-playback device. Producers can use the iO Dock’s MIDI jacks to sequence external keyboards, samplers, drum machines and synthesizers, or perform using the iO Dock as the sound module and their favorite MIDI-compliant keyboard, drum pad or other controller. An assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input enables remote control of any app-defined function such as stop/start or record. Users can also connect the iO Dock to their Mac or PC using the USB port to send MIDI back and forth for creative, new applications of the iPad and computer used in tandem. Users can connect the iO Dock’s stereo pair of 1/4-inch main outputs to studio monitors for critical listening, or to PA systems for use in performance settings. They can monitor on headphones, and independently control the levels of the two outputs, each on its own knob. Recording musicians will appreciate the iO Dock’s direct-monitor switch, which enables them to toggle between the incoming and playback signal on their headphones. Rounding out the iO Dock’s output section is a composite video connector, enabling users to employ the iO Dock as a source for video projection behind bands on stage, or for connection to most televisions and computer monitors.

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Technical Details

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Brand Name Alesis
Series iO Dock
Item model number iO DOCK
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 1 x 7.2 x 18.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 1 x 7.2 x 18.1 inches
Color Black,silver

Additional Information

ASIN B004NMU1Y6
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19,835 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#236 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording > Audio Interfaces
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available June 25, 2011

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If you are planning to buy IO Dock DO NOT upgrade to iOS 5 - it will render the hardware unusable. Until iOS 5 it was really great interface - after iOS 5 is is useless - you cannot get clean recording with most of the apps - Ampkit+, JamUP, GarageBand are all broken. Crackling hiss. Alesis and Apple point fingers at each other - no telling when the new firmware update will be here. There is no way to get through to Alesis tech support. I feel like I wasted $200 on yet another interface that will likely become obsolete after iPad3. Very frustrating.

Update 10/29/11 - Alesis released firware upgrade 1.07 yesterday - I just installed it and first impression is that at least for some apps it made huge difference - Garaga Band works again. So does Ampkit+. JamUP lite still not working correctly - very low output. I need more testing but I think that the worst may be over.
I am changing rating from 2 stars to 4 (tentatively at least - will see if there and long term degradation in performance with 1.07.

Update 11/11/11 - I must say that Alesis is playing games with us. There is whole group of very angry consumers out there that bought the hardware and several apps to run on it and are getting no help from Alesis - no reply to emails - there is no way to get tech support on the phone. At present Alesis (via their representative on the community forum) is claiming that the newest iOS version 5.0.1 has fixes for audio issues and is encouraging people to install that version and "report the results". In other words they are looking for free testers. People that installed 5.0.1 say that it did not make any difference.
At this point I would not advise anybody to buy IO Dock unless you are still running IOS4 and you do not pan to upgrade.
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Ok,

Let me just say I am extremely happy with this device. I am a long time Cubase user (over 20 years), and im not a Alesis employee or whatever. I wanted to write an honest review. Also I would think it is very important for people with an Ipad 4, or like me, I have an Ipad Air - 32 gigabytes.

First let me tell you, I really like my Ipad Air with Cubasis, I was amazed how easy it was for me to start jamming and creating music with my Ipad. I do have a powerful computer with Cubase 5, and I like it very much... However, it was getting annoying having to "waist time" in getting the ASIO to work, getting the right inputs and so forth.. sometimes it would take so long, I was so tired I wasnt feeling creative any more...

Things changed with my Ipad Air, i was lying on my couch, watching tv, and I started my Cubasis, set the metronome, started inputing an awesome beat, set the hi hats, closed hats, 808 boom. Pulled up some awesome basses.. and I created a song in an hour!! lying on my couch :)

Now... let me get to the Alesis IO Dock... so after I created a couple of songs with my Ipad, I felt - It would be great to have a "midi in" and start doing keyboard pieces on my songs, the ipad screen is great, but not if I want to do a full keyboard score... so I started looking for a midi connector... However, I also created a vocal track on that first song I did in an hour on my couch.. and It sounded ok.. but not really that professional..

So thats when I went shopping for a Midi In, but I also wanted a Audio In, researched and researched. Came up with a couple of possibilities but the Alesis IO Dock had everything I wanted, a Microphone Input, Headphone Jack, Main Out, separate volumes for each, Midi in and Midi Out.
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I've heard from enough people now that their orders are arriving with the adapter - I'm happy with the product and the adapter.
You should ignore the following as it no longer applies:

The product did not contain the adapter for the iPad 2. Instead you have to fill in an online form and Alesis will ship you one "free of charge" in ** 4 to 6 weeks **. Alesis wanted to get it in your hands quickly so they shipped something you cannot use - bad choice guys.

I received the product 3 weeks after ordering an "in-stock" product with 5-day shipping. J&R's fault for selling the in stock version out from underneath my order. Long weekend excuses etc.

It finally arrived 20 days after the estimated delivery and now I cannot use it as it doesn't contain the adapter for the iPad 2.

I would much rather have been told about the incompatibility up front and not paid $200 for something I couldn't use for a couple of months!

Yes, I'm annoyed. Bad behavior from everyone involved.
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Amazing before, yet I am not sure you should buy it. I would not, here's why:

UPDATED 11/22/11: Just changed my review of 3 stars to 2 stars. Alesis says it's apple fault, and it might as well be, however, they continue to sell without letting customers or vendors know of the compatibity issues. On their support forum, they have been deleting the posts that people complains about it. That is just wrong. Sorry Alesis, great product, but terrible support, not compatible with ipad 1 or 2, and worst of all, lack of honesty.

BEFORE iOS 5: If you are willing to use a USB MIDI Keyboard with it, STOP. Don't buyt it. It will not work. The USB port in this unit is just to connect to your computer and basically does nothing but upgrade the firmware. Although ALESIS claims that it's FULLY MIDI COMPATIBLE, it's not, so don't waste your time. Keyboard will only work in MIDI if you use the old 5 pin midi cables from your keyboard to the unit. NO USB AT ALL. But okay, it's still a good product and it works until...

AFTER iOS 5: It will not work. Do a google search for IO DOCK hiss and see the problems. It's crackling/hiss noise all the way and support is not there to help you. ALESIS is now offering a mail in rebate for a free mic and headphones, which I doubt anyone will ever receive, and you can't reach them by phone either... so I guess they just want to get rid of the inventory and screw customers for a new product or because they can't fix it. But one thing is for sure, BAD BAD BAD support, and caring less for the customers.

Make up your own mind, but one thing is for sure, TODAY I WOULD HAVE RETURNED IT IF I COULD. Better products are yet to come, and until then, you can use functional products like the iRig series. As of right now, IO DOCK is my very fancy, $200 ipad charger...
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