We present you with one cool iPad interface after another, integrating your iPad into various music production instruments and effects.
The iPad has revolutionized mobile music production, thanks to its powerful computing capability and its variety of 3rd party music production apps. The iPad also has a wide range of compatible hardware adapters. Since we have already featured the Top iPad Music Production Apps, this time around we bring you the coolest iPad audio interfaces, useful for controlling MIDI, mixing, connecting your instruments, DJing and recording audio.
Line 6 StageScape M20d
This is easily the most innovative and coolest audio interface for iPad. StageScape turns your iPad into a full featured touch screen mixer controller, where you can dock the tablet or control your mix remotely. The controls and parameters are very intuitive, using familiar musician terms instead of the usual knobs and sliders. You have parameters like light, dark, punchy, dry and wet among many others. StageScape can also go deep in advanced tweak mode where you can adjust traditional parameters on the iPad's touch screen. With its 16 auto-sensing inputs and bulk of other features, this is arguably the coolest small scale mixer available. Manufacturer: Line 6 | Price: $2499.99.
Akai Professional SynthStation49
This velocity-sensitive keyboard controller turns your iPad into a full featured music production tool. It's a great looking keyboard with a dedicated iPad dock for convenient integration and setup. It works well with Akai Professional’s SynthStation software, which by itself allows for various music creation possibilities - including direct in-app MIDI recording, nine MPC-style drum pads, and a number of transport controls. SynthStation49 is also completely iOS CoreMIDI compatible, so you can use it as the MIDI controller for your other music apps. Manufacturer: Akai Pro | Price: $269.00.
Numark iDJ Live DJ
Although there are many impressive DJ apps available which do not require physical controllers, Numark knows that it is not as stylish as using real jog-wheels, sliders and knobs. So they created a nifty dual deck DJ controller fit for the iPad and other iOS devices. Just dock your iPhone or iPad on a Numark iDJ Live Dual Deck DJ Controller and watch it transform into a portable and stylish DJ rig. It comes with two large scratch wheels, a slider and a few other knobs that will allows you to DJ your digital music in old school analog fashion. Manufacturer: Numark | Price: $99.95.
Digitech incorporated the iPad into its multi-effect pedal design with the iPB-10. This combines the iPad's powerful DSP potential with the flexibility and convenience of a pedalboard multi-effect format. Since the pedaboard is controlled by the popular tablet, you are afforded with a touch screen interface that is intuitive. You can play with 87 modeled pedals, 54 amps, 26 cabinets - more than enough to cover all your guitar music needs. iPB-10 looks sturdy, just don't go jumping around the stage, to avoid directly stomping on your iPad - which will obviously break it. Manufacturer: Digitech | Price: $499.95.
IK Multimedia iRig Stomp
The iRig Stomp is a versatile iPad accessory for guitarists and bassists. Instead of the usual "adapter" like form, this iPad guitar input takes the familiar shape of a stompbox. This shape makes it easier to incorporate into traditional pedalboard rigs, and is very easy to use. The only control other than its engage foot switch is a large gain knob which lets you adjust input signal gain for improved headroom. All the effects it applies on the signal come from your iPad through guitar apps like AmpliTube or whatever you preferr. Manufacturer: IK Multimedia | Price: $59.99.
There are many iPad guitar interfaces available, however Sonoma Wire Works know how to tickle the fancies of guitar players - they incorporate stylish curves and edges and combine premium parts into a sturdy package. GuitarJack lets you connect your guitar to your iPad or iPhone in boutique style and serves as an aesthetic bridge between your classic looking guitar and the sleek form of your iPad. Sonoma developed its own guitar app called GuitarTone which you can use, but you can also switch to whichever iOS guitar app you prefer. Manufacturer: Sonoma Wireworks | Price: $149.00.
The iTar is an ambitious and impressive guitar shaped iPad dock. This is literally a futuristic guitar that features Starr Labs' unique button-based guitar fingerboard. With the iPad at its core, the price tag can effectively be reduced and it can benefit from iPad's other features. This essentially turns the iTar into a Keytar hybrid that can do multi-instruments, sampling, looping, percussion and others. At the time of this writing, the iTar is still being worked on, but you can now pre-order from the manufacturer. Manufacturer: Starr Labs | Price: $199.00.
Apogee MiC is a compact studio quality microphone for the iPad and other iOS devices. Compared to the cheaper iPad microphones, this one has an impressive build and users have been raving about its clarity and audio quality. The Apogee Mic features 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and has a preamp with up to 40dB of gain. Setting up is easy, just plug and capture your audio. This is a highly recommended microphone for iPad and iPhone users. Manufacturer: Apogee | Price: $199.00.
Line 6 Mobile Keys 25
Line 6's Mobile Keys 25 controller is a cool and efficient keyboard controller because it works on three major platforms - Mac, PC and iOS. This ups its value by a big margin, ensuring that you can use it on all major computer systems. This compact version feature velocity sensitive keys, essential knobs and controls and is powered by the iPad. It is designed to work well with CoreMIDI music apps and is essentially an iPad midi interface. Mobile Keys 25 is also compatible with various digital audio workstations and music productions apps that are available. Manufacturer: Line 6 | Price: $149.99.
IK Multimedia iRig MIDI
IK Multimedia has been dishing out iOS compatible adapters with the iRig branding, and one of their most popular models is the iRig MIDI, an affordable iPad MIDI interface. This adapter lets you connect various MIDI controllers and devices to your iPad, including drum machines, MIDI keyboards, pedalboards and more. You can then use these controllers to drive your MIDI capable apps like Garageband and the included SampleTank Free app. iRig MIDI features 3 MIDI ports and a special micro USB port to let your iPad charge while connected. Although not as sturdy as its more expensive competition, it is able to properly deliver. Manufacturer: IK Multimedia | Price: $39.99.
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