The iPad offers great promise in terms of music making, and I'm not talking about karaoke or strange virtual guitar concepts: artists like Gorrilaz have managed to record full songs using them. Now you can, too, thanks to Griffin.
Griffin Technology has launched two new MIDI devices that can turn your humble iPad into a (reasonably) convincing portable music studio.
MIDIConnect gives your iPad a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI-in port for you to plug in MIDI devices, like keyboards and guitars, allowing you to record straight to the tablet. It also features a MIDI Out port that lets you use the iPad as a MIDI controller. Which is pretty freakin' awesome.
The StudioConnect is an iPad dock that serves as an all-in-one interface: it deals with audio, MIDI-In and MIDI-out. Instruments or microphones can be plugged in through a mono 0.25-inch, or you can shove a mixer into the, umm, mix using the stereo 3.5mm jack. It also features left and right line-level RCA plugs, and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with its own volume knob, so you can monitor what's going on, too. Also, you've got to love that glowing knob. I know I do.
MIDIConnect goes on sale this spring for $US79.99, while StudioConnect will be available in February for $US149.99. [Griffin]