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Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad  

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The Alesis iO Dock has the amazing ability to transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs give you the option to record in stereo or mono. Both inputs have switch... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Alesis iO Dock has the amazing ability to transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs give you the option to record in stereo or mono. Both inputs have switchable phantom power. There is a guitar-mic/line switch on 2nd input for added flexibility. Also features MIDI and USB In and outputs; composite video output; headphone output with volume control; and is fully compatible with virtually all audio/video apps currently available. This compact portable powerhouse can go wherever you do. Operates on batteries or AC power.

The Alesis iO Dock transforms your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs let you record in stereo or mono. Both inputs have switchable phantom power. There is a guitar-mic/line switch on 2nd input for added flexibility. Also features MIDI and USB In and outputs; composite video output; headphone output; Assignable 1/4" footswitch: and fully compatible with virtually all audio/video apps currently available. The Alesis iO Dock is compact, portable, and operates on batteries or AC power.

Features
  • Turns an iPad into a recording/performing/playback station
  • Docks and charges your iPad
  • Runs
  • Dual XLR/TSR inputs
  • Guitar - mic/line switch on 2nd input
  • Switchable phantom power on each input
  • Dual 1/4" outputs
  • Core MIDI-compliant with MIDI I/O
  • USB In/Out
  • RCA Composite video output
  • Headphone input with volume control
  • Assignable 1/4" footswitch
  • on batteries or AC power
  • Works with virtually all audio/video Apps
  • 3rd Generation iPads require an additional adapter
  • Recommended for use with iOS 5.1 and up
Specifications
  • AUDIO INPUTS
    2 x XLR-1/4" Balanced TRS
    Individual gain controls
    Phantom power, switchable
    Guitar (high-impedance) switch on Input 2
    INPUT SENSITIVITY
    Balanced XLR Mic
    Max -45 dBV
    Min -3 dBV
    Balanced 1/4œ TRS Mic/Line
    Max -27 dBV
    Min +16 dBV
    Un-Balanced 1/4 TS Mic/Line
    Max -27 dBV
    Min +16 dBV
    Un-Balanced 1/4 TS Guitar
    Max -38 dBV
    Min +4.5 dBV
    AUDIO OUTPUTS
    2 x 1/4" Balanced TRS Main
    1/4" TRS Headphone
    Individual level controls
    VIDEO OUTPUT
    RCA Composite (requires compatible apps)
    CONTROL I/O
    MIDI In (DIN)
    MIDI Out (DIN)
    USB MIDI
    1/4" Footswitch (function assigned by apps)
    POWER
    The iO Dock power supply is 6 VAC 3.0A. It is a universal power supply rated for 100-240 VAC 50/60HZ 0.8A.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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AlesisiO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad
 
3.1

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent interface (4)
  • Great sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Interface

Ok, if you are looking for an interface to get better quality sounds into your Ipad this is the device for you. It has a variety of ports with individual volume adjustments plus a...Read complete review

Ok, if you are looking for an interface to get better quality sounds into your Ipad this is the device for you. It has a variety of ports with individual volume adjustments plus a separate set of output jacks as well as a video out RCA plug. A bit of a warning though, this device comes with no apps, nor is there a really good write up on the Alesis site. However They do mention using StudioTrack on the site. I would avoid this app, first of all it is 19.99 and has some serious latency issues. The delays on the notes are horrible using this software. Because of StudioTrack I almost returned this device. Now I have found that the app MultiTrak DAW is an amazing solution to this problem, it has the ability to go to 24 tracks with a paid upgrade, 8 tracks without. MultiTrak DAW has no latency issues at all. If you like the flexibility of the old school digital recording software for the pc then you will find MultiTrak DAW to be a great tool when used with this device. I have been recording grooves off of my Roland V-Drum kit and This device combined with the above mentioned app has proven to be an amazing asset. I have recorded up to five minute multi-tracks so far with no problems at all. Overall if you have an iPad and don't wish to spend six hundred on a Tascam recorder, of equal value then this is a great option. Be aware of the lack of written documentation from Alesis on this device and look to the forums online for assistance. I have been using this with my iPad one and I am loving it! If you have an iPad 2 you will need to order the free adapter off of Alesis's site, before you can use this. So expect some delays in getting started. I also purchased a second set of headphones with 1/4" plug for use with this as well. This device also charges your iPad while you have it on. The only real issue is that you have to have a 110 volt power supply wherever you go with this device as it has no battery support. Also this device does not work with the app Amplitude, but only because amplitude uses the headphone jack instead of the apple port on the device. So it is really an issue with Amplitude not using the current standards and not an issue with this interface at all.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dock does not work with iPad running iOS 5

They get a 2 for acknowledging the problem and promising a fix. Let's hope the get this fixed. I would revisit the rating then. For the time being, this product does not work...Read complete review

They get a 2 for acknowledging the problem and promising a fix. Let's hope the get this fixed. I would revisit the rating then. For the time being, this product does not work with an iPad running iOS 5.
Features appear to be great. Would love to have the product work.
Immediately on plugging the unit in and trying if for the first time I started having a problem with ampkit and garageband -- anything that uses the iodock's inputs. I touched something once and the sound gets crackly and tinny, a couple more times and it's nothing but ear splitting hiss.

I started with the assumption that my particular unit was bad, but found that the problem is recent and widespread. It appears that iO Dock has an incompatibility with iOS that didn't surface until the iOS 5 upgrade. Apple apparently has taken the position that this is Alesis’ problem. Alesis initially engaged in a predictable bit of "bob-and-weave" finger-pointing, but now seems to have acknowledged that it must fix the problem, and has promised a firmware upgrade. This isn't a great place to be in, having spent money for a product that doesn't work as advertised. I'm close to sending it back, but am now tempted to wait for Alesis' promised firmware update.

(BTW, if you are having problems with crackling or hissing through the audio outputs on iO Dock when you are running audio in, please take a moment to check out the Alesis community forum and post your experience. Please make your post with the keywords "iO Dock" "hiss" and list the apps that have shown the behavior (e.g., ampkit and GarageBand). This will help to keep the profile high and to get the issue resolved as soon as possible.)
No value if it doesn't work.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

many disappointments

By Bk

from South

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • NONE

Cons

  • Beat Up Used Unit
  • Did Not Pass Audio
  • Sold As Restock

Best Uses

  • Door stop

Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

Ordered a new one. Received a restock. Opened the box and found it with greasy fingerprints and scratches and nicks. Did not pass audio so I sent it back.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Work fine with the iPad 3

By Kipper3535

from Delaware

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Interface
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Travel

    Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

    There is a lot out there about it not working with the iPad 3. I think the adapter could be the issue. This unit came with the gray one which is for the iPad 3. One thing you have to watch out for....don't take the adapter out and put it on the iPad, then insert it. Leave the adapter in the unit...slide the ipad in. It's not clear in the instructions. If you do it the other way...it will not fit in tight. Once hooked up, it worked fine.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic product. Just what I needed.

    By MARK BERRY

    from Portland OR

    Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

    The Alesis iO Dock Pro will allow you to record just about any instrument directly on to your iPad with crystal clear sound quality. I made a few songs using using my bass guitar, acoustic guitar and condenser mic and I couldn't believe how great they sound. I haven't found anything wrong with it yet.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Little Device

    By johnfracchia

    from Brooktondale, NY

    About Me Recording Artist, Songwriter

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Transport
    • Fast Charge
    • Great Interface
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Audio Production
      • Home
      • Portable Electronics

      Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

      One week in, this is a very impressive compact recording unit. I have not yet recorded live audio with it, but have interfaced with a very old midi keyboard and used the 1/4 inch outputs to record the midi channels into Cubase on another Mac. The transfers are VERY clean. The midi connect occasionally cuts out between the keyboard and the dock, but I suspect that this is a software issue. I really like the variety of inputs/outputs (XLR, 1/4 inch direct in, midi, USB), the relatively light weight, the compact size, and the snug fit with my iPad 2. I can't wait to see how it does with vocals, bass and guitar parts, but every indication is that it is going to be a winner.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      iDock Works Great!

      By hwfitzjr

      from Clayton, NC

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Transport
      • Fast Charge
      • Great Interface
      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        The iDock is a great addition to my recording Studio. It makes having the iPad ready all the time and keeps it charged. It is a well though out product that lets me get in and out all the sounds and capabilities withing the iPad.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good, But Not WIth Later iPad Models

        By Farkus

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Gear Head

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Set Of Critical Inpu
        • Great Interface
        • Very Handy Device

        Cons

        • Doesn~'~~t Work With Ipad 3

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        Wish it worked with later iPads. Just lucky that I happen to have an early iPad lying around. Otherwise, I would have had to return.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Buy at your own risk

        By gregk

        from New York, New York

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        Alesis claims that with a firmware update and iOS 5.1.1 the iO Dock will work. However this not true. Also they don't reply to email or forms for support.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        does NOT support MIDI SysEx

        By JOSEPH JANOSKI

        from ohio

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        The title says it all. I thought it was just my iPad app or my settings but after I can't bring it back to GC I find it doesn't support SysEx which the apps I use need. Now SysEx is part of "Core MIDI" and it just doesn't support it at all. Just check the Alesis forums and you will find out this has been a known problem for more than 7 months. At first I thought they would fix it but they haven't.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best accessory for the iPad!

        By Stephen Mullett Mullett

        from Indiana

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        Overall this is the perfect accessory for the iPad making it into a profession piece of equiptment for your studio.
        I just bought this item and wow I am totally impressed! I have a 2nd gen iPad with 5.01 iOS and wanted a way to sync and record some of the apps on the iPad into Logic. At first I had some of the same problems I read that other people had; sticking keys with midi, some kind of bad noise coming through when I used the guitar port. Then I found the Firmware update on the Alesis site and updated the IO Dock and it solved the problems. I have made several recordings using the usb midi cable to sync the ipad with Logic and they have come out great. This item really turns the iPad into a professional studio sound module.
        The IO Dock is built with plastic but feels really sturdy and is very light weight making it a perfect fit for the iPad 2. All the plugins and switches are high quality and really feel professional. I like the fact the the mic inputs double as TRS inputs and the fact that the output is balance is really key to have a low line signal interference. Overall I am very please with this product.
        The price is perfect considering how much value this brings to the iPad. I had a lot of audio apps on the iPad but no real way to sync it with my DAW. This turned my iPad into several sound modules saving me thousands of dollars I would have otherwise spent on drum machines and synths.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        No problems.

        By elliot levonian

        from Va

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        I'm sure some people have had problems with midi, I haven't. I'm sure some have had problems with the versions, I haven't. all the bad reviews here and elsewhere might be true, but my experience with this device is stellar. It does exactly what it says and it's easy as well as fun. I will say this though, it's not for main recording, but to get something down as concept or to let the kiddies record some tracks and it's great. If your looking for that powerhouse piece of gear in the studio, this isn't it. I have recorded some open mic nights for a freind so he could listen back and it patched in to the house pa with no problems at all.

        Overall I love this thing for quick rehearsal, tracking, and modeling. Beyond that, I would say its too much for an iPad to deal with anyway. just like any piece of studio equipment, make an informed decision and take a leap.

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