Griffin StudioConnect HD Turns Your iPad Into A Multitrack Recording Studio [CES 2014]


CES 2014 bug 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.

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