NAMM 2014: Alesis IO Dock 2

At last, new connector means longer lasting      28/01/14

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We love our Alesis IO Dock, we use it every day but it only works with our non Lightning connected iPad so it is of limited use. I

The news of IO Dock 2 was good to hear. This time Alesis has opted for a cabled connector so that its is more future proof, after all we know that Apple does as it pleases when it comes to changing hardware.

Key Features:

  • Equips your iPad with pro audio connections for recording and live performance
  • Interchangeable 30-pin and Lightning connectors included
  • Works with iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad (4th generation)
  • Improved high-impedance guitar input for accurate recording of guitars and bass guitars
  • Improved iPad connector placement for quick and easy loading of your iPad
  • Connect microphones, instruments, speakers, headphones, and MIDI controllers
  • Works with virtually any Core Audio or Core MIDI app in the App Store
  • (2) combo XLR-1/4-inch inputs for use with instruments, microphones, and more
  • Input channel gain controls and switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones
  • (2) 1/4-inch main outputs and 1/4-inch headphone output, each with independent volume controls
  • 5-pin MIDI and USB MIDI input and output and an assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input
  • Professional 24-bit converters built in
  • Class-compliant, no drivers required

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7 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Joey B.    Said...

Really disappointing that they did not change the usb connector. Right now the dock is incapable of supporting a midi controller via usb. You have to externally power your controller, and plug a midi cable into it. NOT very practical... Especially considering how easy it would've been to change it. (I performed the usb-hub mod on my iO dock and it worked perfectly, but what a hassle)

I'm switching to the Focusrite dock for sure now.

28-Jan-14 11:42 PM


   Said...

Do we know if this one supports Sysex and NRPN's? The old one doesn't which makes it hard to use apps like Midi Designer Pro as control surfaces for older synths.

28-Jan-14 11:43 PM


Tom    Said...

On the Alesis community I asked if the new iO Dock II supports sysex. They confirmed it will support sysex.

29-Jan-14 05:10 AM


Koshdukai    Said...

Like Joey said, this was their (last?) opportunity to fix the lack of USB host connector(s).

Not sure if they're keeping that one for NAMM2015 as the big feature of IO Dock 3 :/ (talk about future proof).

29-Jan-14 08:30 AM


Aqua    Said...

It seems it doesn't support iPad Air, does it?

If so, I will be VERY disappointed...

29-Jan-14 04:49 PM


dv    Said...

When he said it works with every available iPad, how did you process that?

29-Jan-14 10:48 PM


Aqua    Said...

In the specs:

"Works with iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad (4th generation)"

iPad Air isn't there. :'-(

30-Jan-14 02:51 AM


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