Sonic Touch 26 - iConnect MIDI 2+ - Game Changer

Another Gold Award contender      20/11/13

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Hosts
Gaz Williams -gazwilliams.me
Nick Batt - editor sonicstate.com

Welcome to another episode of sonic TOUCH - the show dedicated to music creation on the touchscreen device.

We catch up on the new iPad Air, and discuss iOS 7, but the real star of the show is the iConnectivity iConnect MIDI 2. A USB/MIDI interface which also offers Audio Passthrough, this little phrase really changes everything - it means that you can now integrate your iPad audio into and aggregate device and bring it into the DAW of your choice as a pair of inputs, and route MIDI directly to the app.

Frankly, we are blown away. At just £79, its a must purchase for any musician wanting to integrate iOS devices into a pro setup.

We are giving it the first Sonic Touch Gold Award for Hardware.

Congratulations.

 

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SeanInJapan    Said...

FINALLY! Been waiting for this for...well a long damn time! Apparently you guys have as well. Glad to see we can finally get our music from the iPad to our DAW's without the extra DA/AD conversion. Even more mind boggling than how long we've had to wait is the fact that Apple could have easily addressed this issue by allowing audio/midi data to just be transferred via the usb cable it comes with! But I guess if a metal box is the way we have to do it, it's the way we have to do it! Will have to watch this video again in the future when it comes time to set this up. That wasn't exactly plug n' play! :)

20-Nov-13 09:00 AM


SeanInJapan    Said...

FINALLY! Been waiting for this for...well a long damn time! Apparently you guys have as well. Glad to see we can finally get our music from the iPad to our DAW's without the extra DA/AD conversion. Even more mind boggling than how long we've had to wait is the fact that Apple could have easily addressed this issue by allowing audio/midi data to just be transferred via the usb cable it comes with! But I guess if a metal box is the way we have to do it, it's the way we have to do it! Will have to watch this video again in the future when it comes time to set this up. That wasn't exactly plug n' play! :)

20-Nov-13 09:00 AM


Fishergirl    Said...

Have you been able to use an ipad4 or ipad air as an effect device? Routing audio into the ipad and back into a daw does not seem to work with a lightning to 30pin adapter.

20-Nov-13 09:05 AM


Mr. Sean    Said...

I've been using this device for about a week now, and it is freakin' fantastic. So easy, and just how I'd always hoped my iPad would fit into the process. Can't wait for the 4. I plan to use that to network my computers instead of using my Airport Extreme; the 4 will have an ethernet port, as well. Truly exciting gear; Yea!

20-Nov-13 09:39 AM


DBM    Said...

According to the iConnectivity tech support team the 4+ will have two in and two out audio channels per computing device = 6 i/o . The " hub" function Gaz mentions is specifically a usb host port meaning it has a chip to allow usb devices to run .... Even to midi din devices with no computers connected ( after you set up the unit through software of course )

Also the midi network function ..... Though there is no audio pass through it ands up to 257 ipads to send midi data ( in theory ? )

These devices don't require ipads either these could be used with hardware set up only , allowing usb midi devices and din to play nicely , or in say the 4+ case a couple laptops and a desktop . Being that these are class compliant I can only assume there might be some use for the Linux crowd as well ... Though there is no official support as of yet.

Either way I am uber excited for the4+ it's the nerve center my studio has been waiting for since before it existed !

20-Nov-13 09:55 AM


arpMoog    Said...

Would like to see graphic representation of simultaneous recording in DAW of midi and audio events, if this is even possible. Great review as always, from big fan in North Carolina,USA. You sold me.

20-Nov-13 10:47 AM


Johnny    Said...

Careful, they don't play we'll with all audio interfaces. Make sure you can aggregate your device first. I ran into this problem. Otherwise it is a fantastic device.

20-Nov-13 11:52 AM


Stan    Said...

I don't quite get it...can you run it at the same time as your main audio interface? Or do you have to switch between the iconnectmidi and your "normal" audio interface? Good episode, lads. And +1 on why couldn't Apple just make audio from your idevice possible...

20-Nov-13 12:40 PM


Nick B    Said...

you create an aggregate interface, basically linking two together, one of which is the iConnect MIDI audio passthru.

20-Nov-13 01:14 PM


Mr. Soul    Said...

What they're doing with the iConnectivity device really shouldn't be a big deal don't you think?

20-Nov-13 01:23 PM


Scott    Said...

Right On Time. I have gotten one of the iMidiConnect 2+ and am about to connect it this week. I am so excited that you have just walked thru the connection process since I'm no Midi Wizard. I'm hoping it works easily with the Ableton Push. Thank You for doing the review and better walking this idiot thru hooking the contraption up to Ableton.

20-Nov-13 03:29 PM


Reyescult    Said...

I was excited about this product when it was announced at NAMM. So glad to see that it is the REAL DEAL! Thanks for another GREAT review.

20-Nov-13 07:28 PM


Athar    Said...

Awesome..Been waiting for the iconnect for a long time.

20-Nov-13 07:56 PM


fredbuck1    Said...

Wow, that's just fantastic. Now, perhaps, the iPad can find its rightful place in my home studio. You guys are the best! Love your site and your programs. What can I say….you're the best! Another fan from North Carolina…near Asheville….home of the Moogfest! Will you be there?

20-Nov-13 08:08 PM


David    Said...

Is the audio interface part of the iConnectMIDI2+ class compatible (on the website it only says that the MIDI interface is class compatible)? I’m wondering if it’s compatible with my Linux PC.

21-Nov-13 07:14 AM


John P Shea    Said...

Hi Guys,

Great review, but I think you missed a really important point. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the audio bi-directional?

I would have loved to have seen a DAW audio track routed to the iPad, the iPad running a real-time fx app (e.g. WOW), and then the processed audio being recorded back into the DAW on a new track.

Throw in some real-time MIDI CC to the iPad app (e.g. mod wheel) for bonus points.

Part 2 review perhaps?

Regards, JPS

22-Nov-13 03:23 AM


Jan F.    Said...

Don't want to mock the product or the company, great work, but isn't this essentially what one could do for years now with MIDI and Hardware synths? And that was obsoleted in many ways by plugins because they brought total recall and easier handling? I'm sorry, this still seems like a step backwards compared to a classic computer (or do we have to say "vintage" soon?). And hardware synths still have the advantage of knobs and better sound... I really like my iPad for watching videos and visiting sonicstate, but as a musical device, I am still disappointed by it.

22-Nov-13 01:50 PM


Leslie    Said...

Fantastic show as usual, but I just wish that Sonic Touch could happen more often ;) Btw; I have ordered iConnect immediately after your show :) Gaz, is there enough "grunt" in iPad Air to justify the upgrade from my current iPad 4th generation. I am on iOS 7, so there is no going back... Also, does 1GB of RAM (Apple didn't increase it) and 64BIT processing, course additional CPU overheads..? It would be nice to see head to head, real time performance on both ;) Kind regards, Leslie

24-Nov-13 06:07 AM


Basil    Said...

Thanks guys, excellent comprehensive review, as you say a groundbreaking product, I want one!

Jan F for me the big advantage of the ipad over VST or hardware is low cost and innovative interfaces and synth engines.

This product now adds a major improvement in quality to the audio.

25-Nov-13 11:02 AM


Velocipede    Said...

Nick,

Great to see this review and that the product has hit the streets. I remember speaking enthusiastically to you and others about it at NAMM and am glad to see that it is finally real and works. Bring on the 4+!

02-Dec-13 02:40 AM


Joe    Said...

Miroslav orchestra app review anyone?

06-Dec-13 08:25 AM


stug111    Said...

Much easier using Apollo Bluetooth midi..

13-Dec-13 03:39 PM


vnl    Said...

Just did some digging in manual and it is not limited to 44,1.

you can go up to 96/16 or 48/24

22-Dec-13 12:28 PM


Alec Utin    Said...

Sadly, the audio latancy is clearly noticable while playing and recording and that disrupts me quite a lot... Check out my iConnectMIDI2+ overview describing this latenacy issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skh5HS8OkDk

27-Dec-13 04:39 PM


lyle rasputin    Said...

I'm having issues with the app for osx crashing whenever changes are made, and getting messages from my ipad (both iPad1 and mini) saying the device requires more power, despite hooked up to host... it will go to 24/48 for my purposes, but a little frustrating...

30-Dec-13 10:15 PM


microbug    Said...

to Nick: In the video you wondered why there was no way to directly feed USB Audio directly from ipad into a Mac. Answer: For transfering digital audio out of an iPad, a device needs to register itself as CoreAudio-Device resp. classcompliant device to the ipad, which neither a Mac nor CoreAudio on OSX does. Should be updated by Apple IMHO. The iconnect MIDI 2+ and 4+ do exactly that: serving as a digital audio device for both. I hope this answers your wondering :)

11-Jan-14 06:16 AM


microbug    Said...

The fact that ATM there is no Lightning cable is caused by the same problem: They have to build a cable which registeres itself as a mixed device with 3 functions:

1. Audio 2. MIDI 3. Charging

With Lightning, this has to be done in the cable, since there are chips in there for device registering, and not only in the interface firmware. This makes the whole thing more flexibe but adds a level of complexity for the developer.

11-Jan-14 06:23 AM


nebulous noise    Said...

anyone know how to hook it up to live in a PC? 64 bit? I've followed all the instructions and downloaded Asio4all, but as soon as I select iConnect as the interface I get no sound. I get a midi signal from the ipad but no midi goes back to the ipad. And I can record audo from the ipad. But no way can I get to monitor it??? The video is excellent.....provided you use a Mac

27-Jan-14 05:28 AM


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