Griffin has added a non-ugly, multitrack version of its StudioConnect music box. The sturdy-looking unit lets you record multiple instruments on your iPad (or Mac, if you’re still living in 2010), piping the results straight into the music software of your choice.
The $200 StudioConnect hooks up to your iPad’s dock connector, whether Lightning or 30-pin. It works with Auria (iOS), Logic Pro (Mac), GarageBand (both) and JamUp/BIAS (iOS).
Here are the official specs:
- Up to 24-bit/96k HD recording on your Mac or iPad
- HD recording at up to 24-bit/96kHz
- Two combo XLR/instrument inputs with independent gain control
- USB MIDI in/out
- Five-pin MIDI in/out
- +48 V phantom power
- Balanced 1/4-inch TRS output for monitors
- –20 dB pad
- LED input/clip indicators
My experience of making music is to whistle whilst cupping my left hand under my right armpit to make a “comedy” parping sound. Neither of these artisanal acoustic instruments requires MIDI or “phantom power” (although that last sounds pretty cool, and might be the new name for my one-man band).
The StudioConnect HD will go on sale in the final quarter of this year, which seems like forever.