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A very rare thing: a device without compromise
on November 28, 2012
This is one of those unusual tools which doesn't seem to have any limitations on how you use it or compromises in its design. Everything you'd want to do, you can do. I won't re-state all the possibilities the manufacturer lists in the Quick Start guide above, but suffice it to say that you can connect lots of anythings to lots of other anythings and control all the routing between in any way you want.
The huge description provided by iConnect above is testament to their investment in quality and their attention to detail. The device itself has a metal case, which you want in a portable unit that'll get knocked about. It has proper indicator lights that intuitively show the routing and the flow of MIDI messages in real time - great for debugging complicated MIDI setups. It's small and light for portability, but heavy enough and with good enough rubber feet that the weight of the various cables doesn't drag it around your desk; in other words, it stays where you put it, which is a real breath of fresh air. Latency... Non-existant, as far as I can tell. This thing flings MIDI around, multiplexing it to various ports, filtering unwanted messages and supporting all kinds of configurations without any timing errors at all. I ran a 32nd note sequence out of Logic at 500bpm and I got a perfect, flat buzz out of my iPad synth - no wavering, no glitching. I tried hugely more complicated sequences with a hardware synth, Maschine, a USB-MIDI keyboard, and iPad synth and Logic and the timing was rock solid all the way through. Even the packaging is nice, just a small box, no stupid plastic, no annoying clips, with an array of *global* plugs for the tiny wall wart (for once, an appropriate PSU.)
I was shopping for a $30 iRig when I bought this. It's expensive, no doubt, but it's opened up ways of working in my studio that I simply didn't have before. I'm also a developer making iOS music apps and this tool helps me replicate weird customer setups without buying additional hardware. I don't think of this as $150 more than the iRig; I think of it as saving me a wasted $30.
What would I change? I'd replace one of the USB-B ports with another USB-A, so you can connect your iPhone/iPad using any standard cable instead of the (usefully long) USB-B->iPhone cable. I'd also have it so it can charge an attached iPhone.