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My Initial Thoughts on the iO Dock from Alesis

On April 7, 2012 I purchased a new product called the iO Doc from Alesis.

The iO Doc is a docking station that allows the iPad to function as an external audio interface that works with music software such as Sonar and Protools. Further, the docking station can function as a standalone audio recorder and surface control console. These apps can be downloaded from the apple app store, and I can tell you that there are hundreds of software applications available that work in conjunction with the docking station and iPad. Since this is a professional docking external interface, the unit has the best in shielding with regards to noise and audio quality.

The docking station is laid out to make it very easy to locate the volume controls and connections.

the unit has two input channels, which means you could put in two instruments or other audio devices such as professional microphones, guitars, ETC.

The unit also has two output channels that allow the user to attach the unit to a home stereo or professional mixing console used to produce sound.

When using the alone audio software, there is a video jack to hook up the unit to a LCD monitor, or if one has no vision at all, Voice over will talk through the speakers or head phones.

Since I just got the unit, I haven't yet had the time to evaluate any standalone recording software packages; however, I will investigate this further and report my findings in a later blog.

This will be interesting in that if I do find an accessible standalone software package, it will give me the ability to record out side the studio and will allow me to do field sound recording where I can take the unit to a live concert and with the correct mic, or by directly hooking the unit in to a professional mixing console record live concerts with bands, expanding my job opportunities as a musician.

For now, I'm using the unit attached to my Mac via USB as an external audio console, and I downloaded a surface control console to allow me to master my audio tracks.

A control surface console is a piece of hardware equipment that allows the musician to mix their audio recording or compositions to make them sound more professional. Such a hardware interface could literally run you in to $1000.00 if you want something that produces professional mastering. Amazingly enough, I downloaded the same piece of console in a software version to my iPad for a fraction of the cost at $49.00, and I now virtually have the same console on my iPad, connected to the iO Doc.

For now, I feel the unit is definitely meeting my needs, and I'd like to report more on this device later when I've had the time to research more software applications that one can download for this interface.

Any one interested in finding out more information about this device can go to www.alesis.com.

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