Griffin Technology has introduced MIDIConnect, a compact input solution for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, as well as StudioConnect, a tracking, editing and overdubbing companion for GarageBand. The desktop unit serves as an all-in-one interface for audio, MIDI-In and MIDI-Out as well as a charging dock for the iPad device.
“GarageBand has put powerful audio production tools within reach of any musician with an idea and an iPad,” says Mark Rowan, president of Griffin Technology. “We’ve made it easy to connect your real instruments with GarageBand and control every aspect of your project.”
The multipurpose StudioConnect for iPad combines both audio and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) recording into one compact device that also simultaneously charges the iPad.
With StudioConnect the audio in and out is simple:
—- Audio In – Complete with its own gain control. Plug in your instrument through a mono 1/4-inch jack or plug a mixer into StudioConnect’s stereo 3.5mm jack.
—- Audio Out – Left and right line-level RCA plugs. Also a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with its own volume knob helps monitor what’s going in and out.
MIDI in and out is also straightforward:
—- MIDI In – Connect a MIDI controller through a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI-in port.
—- MIDI Out – A second 5-pin DIN connector accepts a sequencer, sound module or other MIDI gear, allowing an iPad and favorite MIDI apps to act as a MIDI controller.
Specifically for MIDI, Griffin’s MIDIConnect adds a MIDI input and output to iOS devices. It’s easy to use, and allows plugging inMIDI keyboards and other MIDI-capable devices into an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone.
It can also be used to play a MIDI instrument straight into GarageBand or other popular MIDI apps. Both MIDI in and out ports are industry-standard 5-pin DIN connectors, compatible with most commonly-available MIDI cables and connectors.
MIDIConnect will be available this spring for $79.99. StudioConnect will be available in February for $149.99.