Focusrite has announced what they say is a revolution in iPad recording with the introduction of iTrack Dock - the complete music recording solution for the iPad. iTrack Dock is a comprehensive studio-quality iPad recording interface, featuring dual Focusrite microphone preamps plus two line inputs and an instrument DI, independent stereo monitor and headphone outputs, and a USB port for class-compliant MIDI instruments and controllers. Focusrite says that iTrack Dock provides everything required to record, monitor and control music on Lightning iPads – with precision Focusrite digital conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling. It even charges and powers the iPad at the same time. Here's the details directly from the company...
Perfect for songwriters, musicians and home recordists who want to take advantage of their studio gear alongside the simplicity of iPad, iTrack Dock was designed to provide a comprehensive recording, monitoring and control solution for iPad users. iTrack Dock is easy to use and provides all the control and functionality you'd expect in a traditional recording interface.
With two Focusrite preamps, main and monitor outputs with 105dB dynamic range, and all controls on the easily-accessed, angled front panel next to the iPad, iTrack Dock brings powerful, professional audio to any Core Audio app including GarageBand, Auria, Cubasis and Focusrite's Tape app, which is included in the box.
Compatible with any Lightning-equipped iPad and instrument, microphone, class-compliant MIDI controller or audio device, iTrack Dock allows you to capture music in pristine 24-bit 96kHz resolution. iTrack Dock powers and charges the iPad, and powers a USB MIDI device - such as a Novation Launchkey Mini keyboard controller - all at the same time. Plug and power a class-compliant USB MIDI controller directly into iTrack Dock - there's no need for USB hubs or camera connection kits.
iTrack Dock features easy-to-reach, dedicated monitor and headphone controls. Input level controls incorporate Focusrite's unique 'Gain Halos', for accurate instrument and microphone level monitoring. Latency-free direct monitoring is also provided.
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The frequency that Apple changes form factor and connector type makes any Dock audio interface a very stupid piece of engineering and ultimately a waste of money (when Apple introduces the next generation iPad with different shape and connector). Nothing simpler and smarter than a wire between iPad and interface.
17-Jan-14 08:07 AM
Apple actually doesn't change connectors very often and there are adaptors so I believe this dock will work for years & several new ipads to come.
17-Jan-14 02:20 PM
This is the first one of these types of docks that will work with my Mini, so that's an appeal. The problem is they all offer different options that would be nice were they all available on one! Footswitch control, USB, etc. all would be nice on one unit. I think it might be worth it to wait a while longer ...
17-Jan-14 10:16 PM
I actually found this to be a somewhat ordinary yet clever dock. The adjustable lightning connector and the USB port for controller connection is a nice touch. The main thing though is the small footprint AND it charges the iPad, something the Camera Connector won't allow using it with an external interface (I don't consider headphone jack interfaces as they're all crap).. Will look into this. BIG question is, can I use it as a standard interface on the home computer too??
18-Jan-14 05:00 AM
Scratch my last comment.. duh.. there's no correct orientated usb to make it a regular interface. (I should actually look at pictures !)
18-Jan-14 07:03 PM
here is a similar competing option http://store.griffintechnology.com/ipad-air/studioconnect-hd
19-Jan-14 10:28 PM
I looked at that Griffin...Does it have the 105db range? Kind of a perc over the typically noisy 90db.
20-Jan-14 11:30 AM
I love these Focusrite ads. Clean, clear, and to the point. They're actually supporting good musicians too. Good job guys!
20-Jan-14 11:08 PM
I also wish it weren't a dock but had a cable connection instead and could be used a dekstop computer as well (the Apogee Duet is an example of how to do it right, except for the price). I don't know why the apparent obsession with dock designs.
24-Jan-14 05:32 AM