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.
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!