I know you’ve been there. Somehow, even with a small assortment of gear, you find that you have exactly the wrong combination of plugs.

It’s actually even worse if you’ve bought into the inexpensive mobile music revolution. iPads are chock full of apps; little boxes like the KORG volcas can be great fun. But… the iPads don’t have any ports, and compact devices (including our own MeeBlip) often have just MIDI in to save space. And then there’s trying to clock everything.

That’s why I’m really excited by the promise of the iConnectAUDIO4+. (And I know from feedback, I’m not alone.) It’s an audio interface for one computer. It’s also an audio interface for two computers. It works with your iOS stuff. It does MIDI. It does USB hosting for all those gizmos that lack MIDI ports. And it’s still a multichannel audio interface with mic pres and four outputs – while remaining nicely portable. (Too many audio interfaces are limited to two outs.)

In fact, it does so much, that the review I’m working on won’t be done until next week. In the meantime, though, our friend Chris Stack of Experimental Synth has posted a lovely walk-through video.

What’s nice about this is that this gadget really did help Chris finish his record. And that’s something that resonates with me. When you’re struggling to find creative flow, the worst thing is having to stop because you realize you can’t actually plug something in.

Here’s what he writes:

I just finished my first album and am starting on the next. I just got an iConnectAUDIO4+ and it has become the “everything hub” of my studio, connecting computers and iOS devices, high-res audio, MIDI, USB, 5-pin MIDI, mics, instruments, speakers, headphones and more. The mic preamps sound great, iPad audio fed digitally into Logic and Ableton is pristine. The iConnectAUDIO4+ has really streamlined my music production workflow. The iConnectMIDI2+ made a lot of my first album possible and it looks like the iConnectAUDIO4+ is going to take my next album even farther.

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Find Chris’ (lovely) album at:

chrisstack.bandcamp.com

And learn about the product at:

http://www.iconnectivity.com/iConnectAudio4plus

  • Thor Stevens

    Great unit except for the lack of an iOS app. Until one comes out configuration is done on a Mac or PC. Tech support is terrific. One just may not be enough but one box can do almost everything except set up my gear!

  • Thor Stevens

    Great unit except for the lack of an iOS app. Until one comes out configuration is done on a Mac or PC. Tech support is terrific. One just may not be enough but one box can do almost everything except set up my gear!

  • Thor Stevens

    Great unit except for the lack of an iOS app. Until one comes out configuration is done on a Mac or PC. Tech support is terrific. One just may not be enough but one box can do almost everything except set up my gear!

  • Graham Metcalfe

    Got one last month. A huge improvement over my old Firewire interface. Sound quality both in and out is very clean. Seamless integration with iOS is wonderful. Flexible routing…although it took me a little while (a couple of hours) to get it set up exactly the way I like my workflow.

  • Graham Metcalfe

    Got one last month. A huge improvement over my old Firewire interface. Sound quality both in and out is very clean. Seamless integration with iOS is wonderful. Flexible routing…although it took me a little while (a couple of hours) to get it set up exactly the way I like my workflow.

  • Graham Metcalfe

    Got one last month. A huge improvement over my old Firewire interface. Sound quality both in and out is very clean. Seamless integration with iOS is wonderful. Flexible routing…although it took me a little while (a couple of hours) to get it set up exactly the way I like my workflow.

  • Aaron Slatton

    Hey I am starting a new blog over at aaronslatton.com. I am also just beginning at this music production and even dabbling in DJing. What would you recommend as for a starter. Is this something I should invest in right away?

  • Aaron Slatton

    Hey I am starting a new blog over at aaronslatton.com. I am also just beginning at this music production and even dabbling in DJing. What would you recommend as for a starter. Is this something I should invest in right away?

  • Aaron Slatton

    Hey I am starting a new blog over at aaronslatton.com. I am also just beginning at this music production and even dabbling in DJing. What would you recommend as for a starter. Is this something I should invest in right away?

  • I got one last month. It’s the best audio interface I’ve ever had, period.

  • I got one last month. It’s the best audio interface I’ve ever had, period.

  • I got one last month. It’s the best audio interface I’ve ever had, period.

  • Zac Kyoti

    I picked one of these up a couple weeks ago. Quite a feat of engineering. Sounds great, plays well with others, and the price is unbelievable for what it does. It also seems to work well when chaining another iConnect unit to expand midi ports (I’m using an iCM2+). Peter – In your review, don’t forget to discuss the fantastic stand-alone hardware rig possibilities this box offers. From my experience, the audio mixer portion of the iconnect software still has some bugs to work out, and as mentioned, the iOS version is not yet available. However – these things do not affect performance of the hardware. Customer support is top-notch, and I have faith that the iOS app will be delivered in good time. I’m very happy with the purchase overall.

  • Zac Kyoti

    I picked one of these up a couple weeks ago. Quite a feat of engineering. Sounds great, plays well with others, and the price is unbelievable for what it does. It also seems to work well when chaining another iConnect unit to expand midi ports (I’m using an iCM2+). Peter – In your review, don’t forget to discuss the fantastic stand-alone hardware rig possibilities this box offers. From my experience, the audio mixer portion of the iconnect software still has some bugs to work out, and as mentioned, the iOS version is not yet available. However – these things do not affect performance of the hardware. Customer support is top-notch, and I have faith that the iOS app will be delivered in good time. I’m very happy with the purchase overall.

  • Zac Kyoti

    I picked one of these up a couple weeks ago. Quite a feat of engineering. Sounds great, plays well with others, and the price is unbelievable for what it does. It also seems to work well when chaining another iConnect unit to expand midi ports (I’m using an iCM2+). Peter – In your review, don’t forget to discuss the fantastic stand-alone hardware rig possibilities this box offers. From my experience, the audio mixer portion of the iconnect software still has some bugs to work out, and as mentioned, the iOS version is not yet available. However – these things do not affect performance of the hardware. Customer support is top-notch, and I have faith that the iOS app will be delivered in good time. I’m very happy with the purchase overall.

  • Neal Johnson

    I got one of these right after they were available. It does have a few bugs but tech support has been really great as the bugs get sorted out and fixed. It’s taken me awhile to get my head wrapped around the complex interface of computer to box to ipad to box to computer but once you get it you’ll be amazed by what you can do. I am running my ipad as an external efx box processing audio routed via Logic from real hardware synths. At the same time I am running a couple of synths on the ipad played via logic as external instruments. The synths are also run through efx. Audiobus and Mimix are necessary. The ipad doesn’t support loads of outputs via Audiobus. But Mimix as the last stage in Audiobus does it. Overall the little box has given my system a whole new life. I’m just waiting for one last bug fix…

  • Neal Johnson

    I got one of these right after they were available. It does have a few bugs but tech support has been really great as the bugs get sorted out and fixed. It’s taken me awhile to get my head wrapped around the complex interface of computer to box to ipad to box to computer but once you get it you’ll be amazed by what you can do. I am running my ipad as an external efx box processing audio routed via Logic from real hardware synths. At the same time I am running a couple of synths on the ipad played via logic as external instruments. The synths are also run through efx. Audiobus and Mimix are necessary. The ipad doesn’t support loads of outputs via Audiobus. But Mimix as the last stage in Audiobus does it. Overall the little box has given my system a whole new life. I’m just waiting for one last bug fix…

  • Neal Johnson

    I got one of these right after they were available. It does have a few bugs but tech support has been really great as the bugs get sorted out and fixed. It’s taken me awhile to get my head wrapped around the complex interface of computer to box to ipad to box to computer but once you get it you’ll be amazed by what you can do. I am running my ipad as an external efx box processing audio routed via Logic from real hardware synths. At the same time I am running a couple of synths on the ipad played via logic as external instruments. The synths are also run through efx. Audiobus and Mimix are necessary. The ipad doesn’t support loads of outputs via Audiobus. But Mimix as the last stage in Audiobus does it. Overall the little box has given my system a whole new life. I’m just waiting for one last bug fix…

  • Will

    I’m digging mine, had it for a couple of months. In addition to missing an iOS configuration app, the front encoder not defaulting to volume is a bummer.

  • Will

    I’m digging mine, had it for a couple of months. In addition to missing an iOS configuration app, the front encoder not defaulting to volume is a bummer.

  • Will

    I’m digging mine, had it for a couple of months. In addition to missing an iOS configuration app, the front encoder not defaulting to volume is a bummer.

  • Polite Society

    Does anyone have any experience using this with Windows, PC to PC syncing or using it stand-alone?

    I’ve been looking for a portable interface for my surface to take with me, but if it’s as good as it looks, it also be perfect for my studio as well, I could finally stop using the buggy firewire card in my mackie.

    • Chris Stack

      I have a friend that has one and she has been using it combined with the Loopy app on an iPad and a Keith McMillan Softstep to make an incredibly powerful live looping rig for her Haken Continuum and other gear.

      • Andy Neely

        That’s great! Does she need to use the KMI MIDI Expander to connect her Softstep to the 5 pin DIN ports on the iConnectAUDIO4+ or does it work with the USB ports on the back of the box?

        • Chris Stack

          Asked, and got a reply… “The iConnect has USB host mode and therefore the KMI acts as a client to it and needs no expander. It all plays together nicely.”

    • Zac Kyoti

      I’ve been using it stand-alone. No issues, and it’s really nice not having to look at a screen.

  • Polite Society

    Does anyone have any experience using this with Windows, PC to PC syncing or using it stand-alone?

    I’ve been looking for a portable interface for my surface to take with me, but if it’s as good as it looks, it also be perfect for my studio as well, I could finally stop using the buggy firewire card in my mackie.

    • Chris Stack

      I have a friend that has one and she has been using it combined with the Loopy app on an iPad and a Keith McMillan Softstep to make an incredibly powerful live looping rig for her Haken Continuum and other gear.

      • Andy Neely

        That’s great! Does she need to use the KMI MIDI Expander to connect her Softstep to the 5 pin DIN ports on the iConnectAUDIO4+ or does it work with the USB ports on the back of the box?

        • Chris Stack

          Asked, and got a reply… “The iConnect has USB host mode and therefore the KMI acts as a client to it and needs no expander. It all plays together nicely.”

    • Zac Kyoti

      I’ve been using it stand-alone. No issues, and it’s really nice not having to look at a screen.

  • Polite Society

    Does anyone have any experience using this with Windows, PC to PC syncing or using it stand-alone?

    I’ve been looking for a portable interface for my surface to take with me, but if it’s as good as it looks, it also be perfect for my studio as well, I could finally stop using the buggy firewire card in my mackie.

    • Chris Stack

      I have a friend that has one and she has been using it combined with the Loopy app on an iPad and a Keith McMillan Softstep to make an incredibly powerful live looping rig for her Haken Continuum and other gear.

      • Andy Neely

        That’s great! Does she need to use the KMI MIDI Expander to connect her Softstep to the 5 pin DIN ports on the iConnectAUDIO4+ or does it work with the USB ports on the back of the box?

        • Chris Stack

          Asked, and got a reply… “The iConnect has USB host mode and therefore the KMI acts as a client to it and needs no expander. It all plays together nicely.”

    • Zac Kyoti

      I’ve been using it stand-alone. No issues, and it’s really nice not having to look at a screen.

  • Miguel Marcos

    I’ve been anxious to get my hands on one but I’m waiting for the iOS version of the router configuration app. Otherwise I completely agree this thing is fantastic. It can even serve as a USB host when you plug in a USB hub in to the device. Simply fantastic.

  • Miguel Marcos

    I’ve been anxious to get my hands on one but I’m waiting for the iOS version of the router configuration app. Otherwise I completely agree this thing is fantastic. It can even serve as a USB host when you plug in a USB hub in to the device. Simply fantastic.

  • Miguel Marcos

    I’ve been anxious to get my hands on one but I’m waiting for the iOS version of the router configuration app. Otherwise I completely agree this thing is fantastic. It can even serve as a USB host when you plug in a USB hub in to the device. Simply fantastic.

  • Sateeb

    Got one when it became available a few months back, solved so many probblems with one box, i love it

  • Sateeb

    Got one when it became available a few months back, solved so many probblems with one box, i love it

  • Sateeb

    Got one when it became available a few months back, solved so many probblems with one box, i love it

  • Sateeb

    It really turns the ipad into everything useful you thought it should be when making music. synths, running mics and guitars through effects. Got my creative spark back since i got it. Very simple to route things i think, i generally ignore the audio mixer section to keep things simple in the iconfig app

  • Sateeb

    It really turns the ipad into everything useful you thought it should be when making music. synths, running mics and guitars through effects. Got my creative spark back since i got it. Very simple to route things i think, i generally ignore the audio mixer section to keep things simple in the iconfig app

  • Sateeb

    It really turns the ipad into everything useful you thought it should be when making music. synths, running mics and guitars through effects. Got my creative spark back since i got it. Very simple to route things i think, i generally ignore the audio mixer section to keep things simple in the iconfig app

  • DPrty

    So how is it midi latency wise?

    • dyscode

      I got the follwing numbers – all Mac (source) – iPad Air1 (dest) roundtrip @44kHz SR:
      Audio:
      – Audiobus 2.1.13 (128 Frames buffer ): 702 samples, 15ms
      – Cubasis 1.9 (128 Samples buffer ): 450 samples, 10ms
      – FX-App (Turnado 1.3.1 (64 Samples buffer )): 309 samples, 7ms
      MIDI:
      – Cubasis, Ouput Latency 0ms, MIDI-Thru-Modus: 263 Samples, 5 ms

      and if I may add the documentation is awful. And the video tutorials on their HP show but they don’t explain. iC has a LOT to learn in that department, IMHO.
      Also the iOS-App needs to be updated ASAP.

      • DPrty

        Thanks for the concise info, that helps those of us looking to bring latency time down and yet another interface to consider.

  • DPrty

    So how is it midi latency wise?

    • dyscode

      I got the follwing numbers – all Mac (source) – iPad Air1 (dest) roundtrip @44kHz SR:
      Audio:
      – Audiobus 2.1.13 (128 Frames buffer ): 702 samples, 15ms
      – Cubasis 1.9 (128 Samples buffer ): 450 samples, 10ms
      – FX-App (Turnado 1.3.1 (64 Samples buffer )): 309 samples, 7ms
      MIDI:
      – Cubasis, Ouput Latency 0ms, MIDI-Thru-Modus: 263 Samples, 5 ms

      and if I may add the documentation is awful. And the video tutorials on their HP show but they don’t explain. iC has a LOT to learn in that department, IMHO.
      Also the iOS-App needs to be updated ASAP.

      • DPrty

        Thanks for the concise info, that helps those of us looking to bring latency time down and yet another interface to consider.

  • DPrty

    So how is it midi latency wise?

    • dyscode

      I got the follwing numbers – all Mac (source) – iPad Air1 (dest) roundtrip @44kHz SR:
      Audio:
      – Audiobus 2.1.13 (128 Frames buffer ): 702 samples, 15ms
      – Cubasis 1.9 (128 Samples buffer ): 450 samples, 10ms
      – FX-App (Turnado 1.3.1 (64 Samples buffer )): 309 samples, 7ms
      MIDI:
      – Cubasis, Ouput Latency 0ms, MIDI-Thru-Modus: 263 Samples, 5 ms

      and if I may add the documentation is awful. And the video tutorials on their HP show but they don’t explain. iC has a LOT to learn in that department, IMHO.
      Also the iOS-App needs to be updated ASAP.

      • DPrty

        Thanks for the concise info, that helps those of us looking to bring latency time down and yet another interface to consider.

  • Tambouri

    Anybody familiar, I’ve become pretty taken w/ Touchable (plugged directly into my laptop with the lightning cable, had less luck over wifi) was curious if it functioned the same being routed through the iOs jack into the iConnectAudio?

  • Tambouri

    Anybody familiar, I’ve become pretty taken w/ Touchable (plugged directly into my laptop with the lightning cable, had less luck over wifi) was curious if it functioned the same being routed through the iOs jack into the iConnectAudio?

  • Tambouri

    Anybody familiar, I’ve become pretty taken w/ Touchable (plugged directly into my laptop with the lightning cable, had less luck over wifi) was curious if it functioned the same being routed through the iOs jack into the iConnectAudio?

  • Chris

    Hi Tambouri, I love the direct Touchable workflow too & I have the predecessor to this the iconnect midi. Touchable doesn’t work through it because it doesn’t talk to the little touchable app on the computer, love to find a way around this. Great for all other midi apps on the iPad though and amazing at getting iPad synth audio directly into the daw and sequencing those synths which was the reason I bought it. I found latency to be a non issue, feels exactly the same as an external hardware synth as it comes into Ableton.

  • Chris

    Hi Tambouri, I love the direct Touchable workflow too & I have the predecessor to this the iconnect midi. Touchable doesn’t work through it because it doesn’t talk to the little touchable app on the computer, love to find a way around this. Great for all other midi apps on the iPad though and amazing at getting iPad synth audio directly into the daw and sequencing those synths which was the reason I bought it. I found latency to be a non issue, feels exactly the same as an external hardware synth as it comes into Ableton.

  • Chris

    Hi Tambouri, I love the direct Touchable workflow too & I have the predecessor to this the iconnect midi. Touchable doesn’t work through it because it doesn’t talk to the little touchable app on the computer, love to find a way around this. Great for all other midi apps on the iPad though and amazing at getting iPad synth audio directly into the daw and sequencing those synths which was the reason I bought it. I found latency to be a non issue, feels exactly the same as an external hardware synth as it comes into Ableton.

  • Chris Akers

    Peter, you mentioned a review that you were working on a couple of months ago for this unit. Any chance to see that soon? Finger’s hovering over the trigger on this one.

  • Chris Akers

    Peter, you mentioned a review that you were working on a couple of months ago for this unit. Any chance to see that soon? Finger’s hovering over the trigger on this one.

  • Chris Akers

    Peter, you mentioned a review that you were working on a couple of months ago for this unit. Any chance to see that soon? Finger’s hovering over the trigger on this one.