iPad Recording With Focusrite's iTrack Dock

New iPad interface features Focusrite mic preamps and comprehensive connectivity      17/01/14

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.

Key features

  • The Focusrite recording dock for your iPad: Sleek Focusrite industrial design provides the perfect platform to dock, charge and record music with the new generation of iPads - iPad(4th Gen) / iPad Air / iPad mini / iPad mini with retina display.
  • Record and monitor at superior resolution: iTrack Dock is the best sounding iPad-based workstation, featuring premium Focusrite A-D/D-A conversion with over 105dB dynamic range, operating at up to 24bit, 96kHz sample rates.
  • Legendary Focusrite mic preamps: Two Focusrite mic pres, as featured in the Scarlett range of USB audio interfaces, include 48V Phantom power for use with condenser microphones. iTrack Dock also features Focusrite's unique "Gain Halos" – a ring of light around the input gain control – to easily set the input gain: green for healthy signal, red if it's too hot.
  • Dedicated maximum headroom guitar DI: iTrack Dock provides a guitar input with plenty of clean, clear headroom to capture both quiet and loud guitars with stunning clarity.
  • USB MIDI port connects and powers a MIDI controller: USB MIDI port for class compliant MIDI controller connectivity (MIDI + power) – perfect for connecting a Novation Launchkey or Launchkey Mini.
  • Works with any Core Audio app: From GarageBand to Cubasis, Auria and beyond, iTrack Dock expands the functionality of any Core Audio application - and with its built-in Core Audio driver there's no setup required.
  • High quality outputs with over 105dB dynamic range: Balanced main monitor outputs plus a stereo headphone output, with more than enough power for headphones and powered monitor speakers.
  • Latency-free direct monitoring: iTrack Dock's direct monitoring sends your input signal straight to the headphone and main monitor outputs for perfect timing.
  • Stereo line inputs: Connect synths, drum machines, CD players and more with balanced stereo line in.
  • Versatile recording app included: Includes the Tape by Focusrite app for iPad, which offers instant recording, mastering and sharing without the complexities of traditional music-making software.


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9 Comments...  Post a comment    original story

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

Blue Monster 65    Said...

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

Boris    Said...

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

Boris    Said...

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

Adam Cal    Said...

here is a similar competing option http://store.griffintechnology.com/ipad-air/studioconnect-hd

19-Jan-14 10:28 PM

Fritz    Said...

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

Adam Bailey    Said...

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

Miguel Marcos    Said...

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

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