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iConnectMIDI 2+ Out In The Wild

I've been holding off on posting about the iConnectMIDI 2+, despite it showing up on various retailer sites over the last couple of weeks. I had contacted iConnectivity last month, but was told they were delaying a major announcement of availability until they were certain it was going to actually be available. I agreed whole heartily with that sentiment, and didn't want to get anyone's hopes up until these were actually out in the wild.

Which seems to be the case, despite a lack of fanfare from iConnectivity. Not only can you buy one today, reader Guilty Souls alerted me to a great deal on Musician's Friend! They have the iConnectivity marked down to $89, and you can get $20 off of that if you use the coupon code FALLSALE13B which brings it down to $69. At that price this starts to look very tempting, but I'm going to try to wait for the iConnectMIDI 4+ so I can hook up my iPad and iPhone simultaneously.

At this moment the official website still urges caution on availability.

Due to overwhelming demand, the iConnectMIDI2+ is currently on backorder. Some retailers may have inventory, please contact your favourite iConnectivity retailer to check for product availability.

An iConfig app is already available on the App Store, allowing you to change your MIDI and Audio settings from your iDevice.

Buy iConnectivity iConfig on iTunes: Free


Last week iConnectivity released a new tour of their device.

Reader Comments 54

Shit, that MF deal is really tempting! I want the 4+ for the USB host capabilities, but it is a bunch more $$. They said on their FB page that they should have a ship date for the 4 "in the next week or so".

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

My friend and I were really excited about this FINALLY being released, but no included Lightning adapter? Kinda lame.

September 12, 2013  | person_outline David

I have it working with a 4s since that's the only 30pin I have.
Though that's not my main decide with the apps I had no trouble with midi as we all audio pass through.
I think this is a great product but I need to get a lightening cable or adapter to work the newer idevices.

I don't have a confirmation if the 30pin to lightning adapter will work with this cable and request iConnectivity to clarify that in the FAQ or make. Video showing that there is no loss in functionality by using that apple Adapter.
I am hating to spend another 40$ on the 30pin to lighting cable and find out it doesn't work !!!!
I hope iConnectivity start selling those cables directly

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Pat

From their Facebook page

iConnectivity The iConnectMIDI2+ is currently shipping with a 30pin compatible cable. We also have tested and found that this also works fine when using a 30pin to lightning adapter.
August 16 at 8:02am · Like

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

I have the iConnectMIDI 2+ running with the adapter on my iPad 4, & it's working as advertised. Also, the optional power supply that allows you to charge your iOS device while using it also seems to be available now on their site. They said they would have their own lightning cables for sale on the site within 2-3 weeks.

September 12, 2013  | person_outline tsh1138

Tsh- any noticeable latency with the audio pass through?

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

That's a seriously good price, even to the UK. I had one ordered via Thomann in Germany and they weren't due stock until at least 30th Sept. I've just ordered from MF, with shipping and taxes (guaranteed nothing extra on import) and it came to less than 77 quid. Thomann wanted 92 in including delivery.

September 12, 2013  | person_outline ShamGetz

@Zymos

No latency for the audio pass-thorough or MIDI that I've seen, running it with Logic Pro X on a Mac. And yep, the lighting adapter works fine with iPhone 5. :)

September 12, 2013  | person_outline gatearray

Cool, thanx. Jeez, jump at the MF deal or wait for the 4+???
First world problems.....

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Hang on, surely if you have. Lightning connector who have a CCK, and this can just pig into a standard USB cable, right?

Great to finally see this released... Still not here in UK!

@shamgetz, don't want to be an arse, but I'd be interested to hear if you do or don't get charged the difference in import duty, please will you let us know? :)

September 12, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Wow, thanks for the heads up!!! Ordered just now from MF...
The hybrid (pc-iOS) is how I've been rolling lately,(why limit oneself?),
So this is huge!!

September 13, 2013  | person_outline Dubhausdisco

@Zymos

Same here. No latency. Works as advertised.

(2011 17" MBP/8GB RAM/Logic X/iPad 4/iConnect 2+)

September 13, 2013  | person_outline tsh1138

Anyone got one of these working with another soundcard on PC. I know this is easy on a mac but with ableton on the PC for example, it only allows one soundcard.

September 14, 2013  | person_outline Tomsk

You need ASIO4ALL to use multiple interfaces (which is mentioned in the manual, btw....)

September 14, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

That is my only concern with the iConnectMIDI. I've had some pretty terrible experiences with ASIO4ALL, and dread the thought of returning to it. I may end up just using the iConnect as a MIDI hub, and getting one of those cheap Behringer interfaces with SPDIF. Or possibly this will motivate me to try a Hackintosh build!

Really? I've loved ASIO4ALL through owning a half dozen different interfaces over the past 10+ years.

September 14, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Well, you snooze, you loose- MF is out of stock, estimated shipping 10/20

September 14, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Yep, I've read the manual and wasn't convinced that would actually work. Keen to know who has got this working...

September 14, 2013  | person_outline Tomsk

tsh1138, RE: lightning cables
Misinformation on lightning cables
Certification on Lightning cable is coming, No timetable for release yet.
But device does work with Apple 30-pin to lightning adaptors.

September 17, 2013  | person_outline iConnectivity Support

I bought one of these yesterday with HIGH hopes. Unfortunately, this unit has major issues. While it works perfectly in OSX, it doesn't work at all in Windows. I've tried it on 3 different Windows machines: Windows XP SP3, Win 7 SP1, and Win 7 SP1 64 bit. On all three, the Windows drivers fail to properly install and the iConnect won't show up as a midi device. VERY disappointing. I submitted a support trouble ticket 24 hours ago with no response yet. Oh well.

September 21, 2013  | person_outline Devin

*** UPDATE: Al Joelson, the vice-president of iConnectivity wrote me and promised that they would work hard to fix the Windows drivers situation ASAP. I feel much better about my purchase, even though I am on a time-crunch to get things working. :)

Otherwise, the actual unit is built very well, and looks fantastic. The concept of allowing for 2 different machines (whether Mac, PC or iOS) interconnect with a single MIDI/USB device is sheer genius. Once they get the Windows drivers situation worked out, I will be writing RAVE reviews about this product, no doubt.

September 21, 2013  | person_outline Devin

*** UPDATE:

When I first bought this unit, I was having trouble getting it to work on any of my Windows machines. iConnectivity was very responsive and helped me reset my firmware, which solved the problem. Fantastic.

Did I mention the built in midi filtering/routing/and processing built into the hardware? That alone could be worth the price of this interface.

This is a perfect midi device for routing MIDI from your OSX apps directly to your Windows 7 apps running inside of Parallels on your Mac. That's how I am using it, and it works great with very low latencies.

Great product and a great company. Highly recommended!

September 22, 2013  | person_outline Devin

@Devin, thank you for the updates - much appreciated!

I am itching to get my hands on one of these, still waiting here in the UK!

September 22, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

That's great news because i am on windows too---I've been out of town and haven't had a chance to try mine.

September 22, 2013  | person_outline Dubhausdisco

@devin would you care to share how you reset the firmware? My W7 machine is very fickle with the old digi002 hardware. I did get some success, but not great success.

September 25, 2013  | person_outline Dubhausdisco

perfect midi ok:
disculpen no hablo ingles pero lo hice funcionar con :

win7
ipa4 con adaptador
iconnectmidi2+
lemur
y otras apps de ipad

fue complicado envie un mensaje a su pagina nadie me respondio, pero desues de un dia haciendo pruebas,les juro casi me doy por vencido
pero funciona

is genial su funcinamiento

October 05, 2013  | person_outline Pedro

English only please.

People from all over the world are coming here, so we have to use English or it would get very confusing with a dozen different languages.

Inglés solamente por favor.

Gente de todo el mundo vienen aquí, así que tenemos que utilizar el Inglés o sería ser muy confuso, con una docena de idiomas diferentes.

I'm not sure about that @Tim, Pedro says he doesn't speak English; Google Translate is your friend, lots of the internet, previously hidden behind the erroneous (almost) perception of a language barrier, awaits you, here's the translation, it literally took seconds to do:

"perfect midi ok:
sorry I do not speak English but I did work with:

win7
IPA4 with adapter
iconnectmidi2 +
lemur
and other ipad apps

was difficult to send a message to your product nobody answered me, but one day desu doing tests, I swear I almost give up
but it works

great is your working demo"

Shrugs, all I am saying is I don't mind people posting here in whatever language they choose :)

October 05, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

I am afraid I must insist. The international nature of the Internet requires a lingua franca, and for the Western Internet that is English. Many would find it inconvenient if you had to go to Google Translate for multiple comments posted in a language other than their own. About a half-dozen languages are found in the countries that bring the most views to this site, so that would quickly get messy.

There are some months when Germany even beats out the UK for 2nd place. I've always wanted to learn German, but I'm afraid the comment section here is probably a bad place to start.

I'm really happy that the english language exists. I think that it is the perfect language for communication between people from different parts of the world as it is comparatively easy to learn (I know that my English is not very good and that I make lots of mistakes) and it is a very beautiful language to my ears (as is Spanish).I know some people who came to where I live from other countries and I simply couldn't communicate with them without English.


@Tim Webb: Sie wollten schon immer Deutsch lernen? (You've always wanted to learn German?)

October 05, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

Ich bin ein half-German.

The other half is Black Irish, but I can't speak a word of Gaelic besides Sláinte. Haven't really cared to try either though, but I might if Ireland had a podcast like MusoTalk!

ha, I'm a Halbdeutscher too.

October 05, 2013  | person_outline synthandson

@Tim, sure... was just saying I didn't mind. Obviously it's got nothing to do with me, but I would rather someone came here and posted in their own language than not at all; I have no problem with making a few keystrokes of effort to understand someone who doesn't speak my language, but then maybe having worked internationally for over ten years I'm just used to it.

I'd be interested to see what you could do to stop it, I would never ever impose such restrictions on any of the sites I run. Occasionally I even provide support in other languages using Google Translate; it works pretty well! I don't use Facebook for anything personal, only work related stuff, but they have introduced a little translate button next to anything that's posted on there that isn't in English - it's very cool!

I don't disagree with the notion of a lingua franca (Origin: Frankish language - 80% Italian apparently!) of the internet, and as the most mongrelised language there is, English is the obvious choice, it's just increasingly irrelevant in this domain, especially for short text like comments. Also I really like the notion that anyone can communicate in their preferred language and still be understood even by someone who doesn't speak that language - an awesome display of the power of technology!

Makes me think of Hitchikers... we're not far off the Babel Fish becoming reality!

October 05, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

ok sorry, I'll try to make any comments in English, at the next opportunity, if not, at that time I was happy that it worked, thought I had thrown the money. Pedro

October 06, 2013  | person_outline Pedro

Did anyone get the audio passthrough into the ipad working?

October 21, 2013  | person_outline Jan

Just ordered! Thomann have some in... not a great price, especially when postage added on top, but I didn't mind paying a bit extra to have one of these little beauties sooner rather than later :)

October 21, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Mine finally shipped, should have it in a couple of days!

October 21, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

I have the iConnectMIDI2+ and can get audio playing from an iPad app into Ableton Live 9, my DAW (Mac).

That's as far as I've got.

This is what I'm trying to do:
- Play a control surface (e.g. Ableton Push) on a MIDI track in Live 9
- Have the MIDI notes sent from Live 9 via iConnectMIDI2+ to the iPad
- Trigger an iPad synth (e.g. Animoog or Sunrizer)
- Send the audio output of the iPad synth via iConnectMIDI back to Live 9 to record the audio in real time

I am also trying to sync Live 9 with a couple of iPad drum machine apps called Funkbox and MoDrum. Same scenario as above, except I want the external clock info sent from Live 9 to the apps, not MIDI notes. Then record their audio output back into Live 9.

Any guidance, screen shots, advice etc would be extremely valuable at this point.

November 14, 2013  | person_outline ajw

Actually, problem solved after very quick response from iConnectivity via their Facebook page.

MIDI ports 2.3 (which is the iCM2+ default for talking to iPads) and 2.4 were not showing up in the Live MIDI track I set up, ie. not appearing in the 'Output' drop-down list. The guy asked me to check Live's MIDI preferences. Neither of those outputs were switched on (you have to scroll down to see them). Once that was rectified, the 2.3 and 2.3 Outputs showed up in the drop-down list in the MIDI track. You also have to choose the same 2.3 port on the iPad as 'MIDI in'. That did the trick. I was able to play notes on the Push, send them to the iPad synth, which then sent the audio in real time back to a Live audio track. Fantastic result, playing the Push and hearing the wonderful sounds of the Sunrizer synth oozing out of Live!

November 14, 2013  | person_outline ajw

@ajw it's fantastic isn't it!

I've got it hooked up to some external hardware too, everything together sounds absolutely top notch - using the iPad as a single sound source works wonders - highly recommended!

November 14, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

I've had an intermittent problem with audio pass through/ASIO4ALL with mine. The buffer setting in ASIO4ALL gets locked to 512, and I can't change it. There will be a square on the buffer slider that stays at the 512 position even if I drag the handle over to a lower setting. I did open a ticket on it, then it somehow resolved so iConnectivity never really pursued it, but the last time I tried, it was messed up again.

I've hardly used the pass through anyway, but am quite satisfied with it as a MIDI interface.

I should give a shout out for iConnectivity's support though. I was unable to install the settings app on Vista- installer refused, saying a .dll was missing. They put a fixed version up within a day or so, after several back and forths clarifying the issue. They are very responsive!

November 14, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

@zymos, asio4all has erm, history... no inherent problems here, using 'aggregate device' on Mac OS X audio setup so the iCM2+ and Motu828 are seen as one device in Live for complete audio/midi routing flexibility. Good luck sorting it out :)

Latency is a weird thing, it's a bit of a mission to set everything up so it's all in sync and the audio is recorded with latency compensation correctly applied! I wish I could say it's a set up once and forget thing, but it's not due to different performance factors in different synths and even individual patches... There's always a tweak or three to do! Shrugs, there's nothing like setting up a load of machines to do your bidding... Loads of fun! Sometimes I think I like working this shit out more than actually making music :)

I totally admire iConnectivity for even attempting this, simply because there is a minefield of related problems that actually have nothing to do with the iCM2+ itself!

And yes +1 for their support too - good guys :)

November 14, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

ASIO4ALL has performed flawlessly for me for well over a decade, except in this one instance. The iConnect is (sometimes) taking over and locking the buffer setting. Not planning on switching to Mac but I do admire being able to aggregate multiple devices.

Yep, I do spend a good chunk of music-making time unplugging cables and scratching my head, but I also perversely like to make my setup as complicated as possible, so that's on me.

November 14, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

Funny, my mate used em for years and had many problems, then again, I heard of people with Macs who have had nothing but trouble! I remember a PC I had once, it just was not stable, ever - in the end I took it back got another one and never had any similar problems again...

AudioMidi Masochism is not to be underestimated as a way to escape :-D

November 14, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Yeah, I love this setup and having iPad music synced to Live. Still not perfect, though.There is quite a bit of latency during the round trip from Live through iCM through iPad and back to Live. I've recorded Funkbox and a few other drum machines and a few others this way and then have to shift the resulting audio files significantly (like, half a beat) to the left to compensate. No big drama, the main thing is that they still line up perfectly with the track's tempo.

I've also found that the clock sync doesn't work if you play a track from a previous pause point. The drum machines don't pick up where they left off. The track has to be taken back to Bar 1, Beat 1 for the drum machine to play in sync, or even play at all. This isn't an iCM problem, the same thing happened with my earlier, much more primitive setup. The iPad drum apps don't seem to pick up Stop/Start MIDI messages from anywhere except the start of the song.

I agree with other comments, the iConnectivity people are very responsive (my FB post was answered in minutes), and yes, we're all AudioMidi masochists. Sometimes I think I'm like Sir Edmund Hilary, I continually climb Mt Everest and connect all this shit up just because it's there!

November 14, 2013  | person_outline ajw31

@ajw I know exactly what you're talking about, there are ways to set your stuff up so you can still monitor but also record perfectly in time. It's erm, a bit complex for a discussion board post, but I will, in the not too distant future write a tutorial about how this is done :)

November 15, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr / SynthPatcher

I don't care how many pieces of gear and software I have- if they take MIDI Clock, I AM going to sync them all, dammit!!

November 15, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

I have found that audio passthru on the iConnect 2+ works really well with an iPad 3 but on my iPad 4 recording INTO the iPad from my DAW (Ableton 9.1) either results in some kind of repeating digital feedback pattern (the waveform looking like square wave in iOS Garageband) or it just hard resets the iPad (Apple logo pops up, reboots).

I've tried two different genuine Apple 30pin to lightning adaptors and different firmware versions on the iConnect2+. I've even restored my iPad to a stock 7.0.4 and got the same issue. It's either a bug in iOS or in the unit itself.

November 16, 2013  | person_outline Jonathan Hart

I wonder if these problems with Audio Pass-Through have been the source of the delays. Still no sign of the 4+, though obviously I'd rather wait indefinitely than have a buggy product!

@timwebb I found it worked very well with the iPad3 as a send/return with Ableton 9, little to no latency with my 2011 Macbook Air. With the iPad 4 or above it could be just a bad bug, hopefully either iConnectivity or me will get to the bottom of it soon.

The 4+ is certainly vastly more versatile if it works well.

November 16, 2013  | person_outline Jonathan Hart

So are you getting a Stereo Pair In and a second Pair Out simultaneously? I wasn't sure it could do that!

What about from the iPad 3 to/from the iPad 4?

It has separate 2 channel in and outs. That's with 44/24bit, with 44/16bit it goes up to 4 in 4 out. I don't fully understand the routing yet. With just 2 in 2 out, I used Ableton's external audio effect in an effect send, and have routed audio through the iPad 3, into Audiobus and then to an effect (for instance, Filtatron), and back out to the DAW.

With the ICM2+, you cannot use 2 iOS devices, only one and a computer on the other port. That's one of the features of the ICM4+

November 17, 2013  | person_outline Jonathan Hart

Well, you CAN use 2 iOS devices, but the second will only send and receive MIDI, not audio pass-through...

November 17, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

That's awesome, Jonathan! I assume Ableton treats external effects like external instruments, with automatic delay compensation? I've come to rely heavily on that Live feature for external instruments, including hardware synths and iPads via the headphone jack. My eyes go funny remembering doing delay compensation manually.

Man... Now I really want that 4+!

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