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NAMM2014: iConnectAUDIO4+

iConnectivity has announced the iConnectAUDIO4+, an audio interface that can share sources among multiple computers or iDevices. This will include their Audio passThru Technology, which provides a direct digital audio stream between connected iDevices and computers.

By a strange coincidence they announced this yesterday on the 1 year anniversary of when they announced the iConnectMIDI4+; which has still failed to materialize. Optimistically iConnectivity expect to release the iConnnectAUDIO4+ in mid-2014, price to be determined, but they have not responded to inquiries on when they now hope to actually release the iConnectMIDI4+ originally slated for Q1 2013.

iConnectAUDIO4+

ConnectAUDIO4+redefines the audio interface with new dimensions of connectivity. Connect your studio completely to your iOS devices, independent of your Mac or PC. Or integrate your iOS device seamlessly into your DAW, like a touch-sensitive plugin. It’s the most flexible interface on the planet.

Mics, instruments, line ins, MIDI, iOS, Mac, PC, high resolution digital audio…one audio interface unites them all. The music data superhighway of the future is here.

Features at a glance:

  • Multi-Host & Host Port - use 2 computer devices (Mac/PC/iOS) at the same time. Or use 1 computing device and multiple MIDI peripherals (with Class-compliant devices connected to a powered USB hub.)
  • Audio passThru™ routes audio digitally between two computing devices.
  • 4 XLR – ¼” TRS combo analog inputs
  • 4 ¼” TRS balanced analog outputs
  • Headphone output with independent mix
  • 1 X 1 MIDI DIN in/out
  • iConfig software (Mac, Windows, iOS) makes it simple to set up filtering/routing/merging scenes – which are also stored in flash memory on the device
  • High-resolution audio - up to 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
  • USB audio and MIDI Class-Compliant
  • Charges an iOS device

The key difference between the iConnect4+s is that the MIDI version is an elaborate MIDI hub with just Audio passThru for audio, and this Audio4+ is specifically for audio with only 1 set of MIDI In/Outs. You'll have to pick which one is more important to your needs, as I can't imagine a way to use these in tandem. Perhaps an iConnect8+ will combine the two at some point, but let's just hope they can get these out the door!

Reader Comments 8

okay, NOW we're talking...

January 24, 2014  | person_outline zatoichi

The 4+ is actually being manufactured now, they are estimating Feb. shipping. They are pretty responsive on their FB page to inquiries if you ask them there.
I'm dissapointed by the meager MIDI on this new one. It does have USB hosting, so perhaps you could plug a class compliant interface in there?

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Zymos

Yep, the ICM 4+ is finally on the way. I have the 2+ - it really does increase the value of my iPad. Now when making app purchase decisions, I always consider how I am going to use it with the 2+ and my DAWs. They are going to kill it with the 4+.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Empolo

This is exactly what I need, the only question now is how much it will cost.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Newb

@Zymos Looks like you can; here's a quote from the web page: "And it supports multiple USB MIDI class compliant peripherals via the USB Host Port and a powered USB hub."

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Demiurge

So you can also go the other way, and plug in an audio interface into the 4+.
Not sure how keeping track of the extra MIDI ports or audio I/O will work out in real life though...

January 24, 2014  | person_outline Zymos

The only thing I may miss in the ICM4+ is an extra audio input...now looking at the connectivity video on her site looks like usb devices can also send audio (the usb device is pictured as a keyboard though). Now, if you can really use a little audio usb interface there, that would be even better.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline A.C.

A controller keyboard, I meant.

I just left the question on their support service. I'll let you know the answer.

January 24, 2014  | person_outline A.C.
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