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Sonic Touch 26: iConnect MIDI Changes Everything

Nick Batt and Gaz Williams return with a new Sonic Touch! In this episode they look at iOS 7, the new iDevices, and iConnect MIDI. They are particularly excited about the power of the iConnect MIDI 2+, awarding it the first Sonic Touch Gold Award for Hardware!

Video Description:

We catch up on the new iPad Air, and discuss iOS 7, but the real star of the show is the iConnectivity iConnect MIDI 2. A USB/MIDI interface which also offers Audio Passthrough, this little phrase really changes everything - it means that you can now integrate your iPad audio into and aggregate device and bring it into the DAW of your choice as a pair of inputs, and route MIDI directly to the app.

Frankly, we are blown away. At just £79, its a must purchase for any musician wanting to integrate iOS devices into a pro setup.

We are giving it the first Sonic Touch Gold Award for Hardware.

Reader Comments 11

Apple take away the sides of the ipad so now surely when using it your fingers are likely to touch screen which can be a annoyance with apps like synthX, thumbjam e.t.c,I hope apple do know about the music problems in ios7 and will sort something out for 7.1 as it seems music apps have the main problems from the little ive bothered to read about ios7 in general.

November 20, 2013  | person_outline andre

Every time I watch SonicTouch I must think of the excellent czech stop motion tv series Pat & Mat. Nice episode and these iConnectMIDI things are very interesting. Gaz Williams's website is great too. From what I read and hear about iOS 7 so far, I'm really glad that I didn't install it. It was not even downloaded automatically to my iPad 4 iOS 6.1.3. But of course I hope they will sort these problems out soon.

Interesting point about the new more compact design andre. l hold my iPad almost always so that it more or less lies on one hand so I'm only touching the sides sometimes when I hold it in portrait mode, but depending on your preferred way of holding it, that could really be impractical.

November 20, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

Don't want to be critical, but I think I have to be, sorry guys, nothing personal:

Are these kinds of shows a bit lacking in substance and well, just containing wrong or misleading information? I don't think I learned anything here at all and I feel I wasted this time watching it.

I guess it doesn't really matter, but again, I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have the correct information and is relying on these kinds of shows for information.

Here's some additional info from iConnectivity from Synthtopia correcting a couple of errors in this show, both items of information are fairly obvious and a cursory read of the manual or product information page would have avoided this embarrassment.

Al @ iConnectivity on November 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm said:
We feel very honored by this review and your comments.

It is worth mentioning that the audio glitches they were experiencing were because they had set the clock master to the internal audio. This would not have happen if they had set it to the iConnectMIDI2+

It also can handle more than 2 channels of audio. It actually can also do 4in and 4out @ 16bit 44.1k or 48k or 2in 2out at 24bit 48k

Brought to you from the Peanut Gallery... sorry @Tim, but if you will be personally insulting you can expect to be ridiculed ;-)

November 20, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr / SynthPatcher

Baddcr you are spot on,Its got a lot better,you should watch a episode from 6 months ago and notice the mistakes but the videos are popular but I think for regular iPad users you won't learn much at all but just be entertained.

November 20, 2013  | person_outline Andre

Baddcr- I never sit through stuff like this myself. No disrespect to the guys that make it, but life's too short.
I'll watch an actual tutorial if it is well made and something I really want to learn.

November 20, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Cheers @andre @zymos,

I guess it's just a case of checking your facts before publishing, I know sometimes mistakes are made, that's just human, but you're right, they seem like nice guys and there is no disrespect intended at all, but it's not the first time hey :)

I'll try and end on a positive; they did make an excellent point about the iCM2+ being needed at all for pure iPad to OS X midi and audio - this is a good question!

November 20, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr / SynthPatcher

Synthandson maybe I hold iPad awkwardly but I always hold the iPad with left hand and thumb just below keyboard and use my right to play.Im going to have to change this as my thumb will be touching a key with new iPad.

November 20, 2013  | person_outline Andre

@andre

Not to worry, the iPad Air is light enough to hold it from only the short-side bezel if you want! I don't think you'll have any problems. :-)

November 21, 2013  | person_outline gatearray

The show has improved a lot and I like it, but they always give the impression that they're short on time.

November 21, 2013  | person_outline kerm

I have a question about iconnect midi, want to make sure I'm understanding this right.
Is it possible to connect a usb midi controller to iconnect and then connect iconnect to a hardware synth?
and without using a computer?

December 18, 2013  | person_outline Mr. Wonderful

That will be possible with the iConnect MIDI 4+, which is supposeded to be shipping in January (maybe), but not with the 2+ that is currently available.

December 18, 2013  | person_outline Zymos
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