Alesis iO Dock
Built to accommodate current app-development standards, including Core MIDI and Akai Pro’s AkaiConnect SDK, the iO Dock is a universal device for iPad audio recording, playback, and MIDI that bridges the user’s choice of music-creation and performance apps with virtually all professional input and output instruments and devices. The dock provides two combination XLR and 1/4″ inputs, each with its own gain control and switchable phantom power. MIDI and USB-MIDI jacks allow users to sequence external keyboards, samplers, drum machines, and synthesizers and to perform using the iO Dock as a sound module. An assignable 1/4″ footswitch input enables remote control of any app-defined function, such as stop/start or record. There’s also a composite video connector, allowing users to employ the iO Dock as a source for video projection. List price: $399.