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Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad  

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The Alesis iO Dock has the amazing ability to transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs give you the option t...Read More

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Transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system

The Alesis iO Dock has the amazing ability to transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs give you the option to record in stereo or mono. Both inputs have switchable phantom power. There is a guitar-mic/line switch on 2nd input for added flexibility. Also features MIDI and USB In and outputs; composite video output; headphone output with volume control; and is fully compatible with virtually all audio/video apps currently available. This compact portable powerhouse can go wherever you do. Operates on batteries or AC power.

The Alesis iO Dock transforms your Apple iPad into a full-blown recording system. Dual XLR/TRS inputs let you record in stereo or mono. Both inputs have switchable phantom power. There is a guitar-mic/line switch on 2nd input for added flexibility. Also features MIDI and USB In and outputs; composite video output; headphone output; Assignable 1/4" footswitch: and fully compatible with virtually all audio/video apps currently available. The Alesis iO Dock is compact, portable, and operates on batteries or AC power.

FEATURES
  • Turns an iPad into a recording/performing/playback station
  • Docks and charges your iPad
  • Runs
  • Dual XLR/TSR inputs
  • Guitar - mic/line switch on 2nd input
  • Switchable phantom power on each input
  • Dual 1/4" outputs
  • Core MIDI-compliant with MIDI I/O
  • USB In/Out
  • RCA Composite video output
  • Headphone input with volume control
  • Assignable 1/4" footswitch
  • on batteries or AC power
  • Works with virtually all audio/video Apps
  • 3rd Generation iPads require an additional adapter
  • Recommended for use with iOS 5.1 and up

Dock your iPad and start making great recordings!

SPECIFICATIONS

iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad

  • AUDIO INPUTS
  • 2 x XLR-1/4" Balanced TRS
  • Individual gain controls
  • Phantom power, switchable
  • Guitar (high-impedance) switch on Input 2
  • INPUT SENSITIVITY
  • Balanced XLR Mic
  • Max -45 dBV
  • Min -3 dBV
  • Balanced 1/4“ TRS Mic/Line
  • Max -27 dBV
  • Min +16 dBV
  • Un-Balanced 1/4” TS Mic/Line
  • Max -27 dBV
  • Min +16 dBV
  • Un-Balanced 1/4” TS Guitar
  • Max -38 dBV
  • Min +4.5 dBV
  • AUDIO OUTPUTS
  • 2 x 1/4" Balanced TRS Main
  • 1/4" TRS Headphone
  • Individual level controls
  • VIDEO OUTPUT
  • RCA Composite (requires compatible apps)
  • CONTROL I/O
  • MIDI In (DIN)
  • MIDI Out (DIN)
  • USB MIDI
  • 1/4" Footswitch (function assigned by apps)
  • POWER
  • The iO Dock power supply is 6 VAC 3.0A. It is a universal power supply rated for 100-240 VAC 50/60HZ 0.8A.
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AlesisiO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad
 
2.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (6)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent interface (4)
  • Great sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best accessory for the iPad!

    Overall this is the perfect accessory for the iPad making it into a profession piece of equiptment for your studio.
    I just bought this item and wow I am totally impressed! I...Read complete review

    Overall this is the perfect accessory for the iPad making it into a profession piece of equiptment for your studio.
    I just bought this item and wow I am totally impressed! I have a 2nd gen iPad with 5.01 iOS and wanted a way to sync and record some of the apps on the iPad into Logic. At first I had some of the same problems I read that other people had; sticking keys with midi, some kind of bad noise coming through when I used the guitar port. Then I found the Firmware update on the Alesis site and updated the IO Dock and it solved the problems. I have made several recordings using the usb midi cable to sync the ipad with Logic and they have come out great. This item really turns the iPad into a professional studio sound module.
    The IO Dock is built with plastic but feels really sturdy and is very light weight making it a perfect fit for the iPad 2. All the plugins and switches are high quality and really feel professional. I like the fact the the mic inputs double as TRS inputs and the fact that the output is balance is really key to have a low line signal interference. Overall I am very please with this product.
    The price is perfect considering how much value this brings to the iPad. I had a lot of audio apps on the iPad but no real way to sync it with my DAW. This turned my iPad into several sound modules saving me thousands of dollars I would have otherwise spent on drum machines and synths.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Dock does not work with iPad running iOS 5

    They get a 2 for acknowledging the problem and promising a fix. Let's hope the get this fixed. I would revisit the rating then. For the time being, this product does not work...Read complete review

    They get a 2 for acknowledging the problem and promising a fix. Let's hope the get this fixed. I would revisit the rating then. For the time being, this product does not work with an iPad running iOS 5.
    Features appear to be great. Would love to have the product work.
    Immediately on plugging the unit in and trying if for the first time I started having a problem with ampkit and garageband -- anything that uses the iodock's inputs. I touched something once and the sound gets crackly and tinny, a couple more times and it's nothing but ear splitting hiss.

    I started with the assumption that my particular unit was bad, but found that the problem is recent and widespread. It appears that iO Dock has an incompatibility with iOS that didn't surface until the iOS 5 upgrade. Apple apparently has taken the position that this is Alesis’ problem. Alesis initially engaged in a predictable bit of "bob-and-weave" finger-pointing, but now seems to have acknowledged that it must fix the problem, and has promised a firmware upgrade. This isn't a great place to be in, having spent money for a product that doesn't work as advertised. I'm close to sending it back, but am now tempted to wait for Alesis' promised firmware update.

    (BTW, if you are having problems with crackling or hissing through the audio outputs on iO Dock when you are running audio in, please take a moment to check out the Alesis community forum and post your experience. Please make your post with the keywords "iO Dock" "hiss" and list the apps that have shown the behavior (e.g., ampkit and GarageBand). This will help to keep the profile high and to get the issue resolved as soon as possible.)
    No value if it doesn't work.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    many disappointments

    Pros

    • NONE

    Cons

    • Beat Up Used Unit
    • Did Not Pass Audio
    • Sold As Restock

    Best Uses

    • Door stop

    Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

    Ordered a new one. Received a restock. Opened the box and found it with greasy fingerprints and scratches and nicks. Did not pass audio so I sent it back.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Work fine with the iPad 3

    By Kipper3535

    from Delaware

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Interface
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Travel

      Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

      There is a lot out there about it not working with the iPad 3. I think the adapter could be the issue. This unit came with the gray one which is for the iPad 3. One thing you have to watch out for....don't take the adapter out and put it on the iPad, then insert it. Leave the adapter in the unit...slide the ipad in. It's not clear in the instructions. If you do it the other way...it will not fit in tight. Once hooked up, it worked fine.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Little Device

      By johnfracchia

      from Brooktondale, NY

      About Me Recording Artist, Songwriter

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Transport
      • Fast Charge
      • Great Interface
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Audio Production
        • Home
        • Portable Electronics

        Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

        One week in, this is a very impressive compact recording unit. I have not yet recorded live audio with it, but have interfaced with a very old midi keyboard and used the 1/4 inch outputs to record the midi channels into Cubase on another Mac. The transfers are VERY clean. The midi connect occasionally cuts out between the keyboard and the dock, but I suspect that this is a software issue. I really like the variety of inputs/outputs (XLR, 1/4 inch direct in, midi, USB), the relatively light weight, the compact size, and the snug fit with my iPad 2. I can't wait to see how it does with vocals, bass and guitar parts, but every indication is that it is going to be a winner.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        iDock Works Great!

        By hwfitzjr

        from Clayton, NC

        About Me Audiophile

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Transport
        • Fast Charge
        • Great Interface
        • Great Sound
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          The iDock is a great addition to my recording Studio. It makes having the iPad ready all the time and keeps it charged. It is a well though out product that lets me get in and out all the sounds and capabilities withing the iPad.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good, But Not WIth Later iPad Models

          By Farkus

          from Sydney, Australia

          About Me Gear Head

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Set Of Critical Inpu
          • Great Interface
          • Very Handy Device

          Cons

          • Doesn~~~apos~~~t Work With Ipad 3

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          Wish it worked with later iPads. Just lucky that I happen to have an early iPad lying around. Otherwise, I would have had to return.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Buy at your own risk

          By gregk

          from New York, New York

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          Alesis claims that with a firmware update and iOS 5.1.1 the iO Dock will work. However this not true. Also they don't reply to email or forms for support.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best accessory for the iPad!

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          Overall this is the perfect accessory for the iPad making it into a profession piece of equiptment for your studio.
          I just bought this item and wow I am totally impressed! I have a 2nd gen iPad with 5.01 iOS and wanted a way to sync and record some of the apps on the iPad into Logic. At first I had some of the same problems I read that other people had; sticking keys with midi, some kind of bad noise coming through when I used the guitar port. Then I found the Firmware update on the Alesis site and updated the IO Dock and it solved the problems. I have made several recordings using the usb midi cable to sync the ipad with Logic and they have come out great. This item really turns the iPad into a professional studio sound module.
          The IO Dock is built with plastic but feels really sturdy and is very light weight making it a perfect fit for the iPad 2. All the plugins and switches are high quality and really feel professional. I like the fact the the mic inputs double as TRS inputs and the fact that the output is balance is really key to have a low line signal interference. Overall I am very please with this product.
          The price is perfect considering how much value this brings to the iPad. I had a lot of audio apps on the iPad but no real way to sync it with my DAW. This turned my iPad into several sound modules saving me thousands of dollars I would have otherwise spent on drum machines and synths.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No problems.

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          I'm sure some people have had problems with midi, I haven't. I'm sure some have had problems with the versions, I haven't. all the bad reviews here and elsewhere might be true, but my experience with this device is stellar. It does exactly what it says and it's easy as well as fun. I will say this though, it's not for main recording, but to get something down as concept or to let the kiddies record some tracks and it's great. If your looking for that powerhouse piece of gear in the studio, this isn't it. I have recorded some open mic nights for a freind so he could listen back and it patched in to the house pa with no problems at all.

          Overall I love this thing for quick rehearsal, tracking, and modeling. Beyond that, I would say its too much for an iPad to deal with anyway. just like any piece of studio equipment, make an informed decision and take a leap.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          WARNING: Potential Hearing Damage!

          By Andrew Frappier

          from Vermont

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          Would be a great product if it worked as intended. Hopefully the iOS update in the next few months with take care of it.
          This has the potential to be the best product out there to bring the many iPad music apps into your recording/production/live setup. It had MIDI connections as well as XLR/TRS inputs and stereo and headphone outs.

          It does not currently function with iOS 5.0 and has many problems that are very poorly addressed by the manufacturer.
          CAUTION! The iO Dock is currently unstable and can at any time create a sudden and unprompted white noise on the input signal which has the potential to cause hearing/equipment damage, even at moderate volumes. Alesis knows about this problem, but has not informed potential customers of the issue


          If it worked: Great Deal!

          Right now: How much would you pay to have somebody scream in your ear when you weren't paying attention?

          Comment on this review

          (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          worked great until iOS 5 upgrade - right now it is $200 iPad charger

          By Tom Niesytto

          from Texas

          Comments about Alesis iO Dock Pro Docking Station for iPad:

          I was never treated by any company as badly as I was by Alesis. They simply do not reply to email. You cannot get through on the phone. Their representative on community forum is telling people that new version of iOS 5.0.1 is a fix and asking for their reports - to me it is asking consumers to act as testers. If Alesis had any sense of responsibility toward their consumers they would state on their website very clearly "this hardware is NOT compatible with iOS 5" and save some customers a major headache. Instead they opted for keeping their head in the sand and they hope the problem will go away at some point with one of the next iOS releases. To me it is simply not acceptable.
          Good features s for hobbyist. When it was working it was perfect tool for travelling musician.
          If you are planning to buy IO Dock DO NOT upgrade to iOS 5 - it will render the hardware unusable. Until iOS 5 it was really great interface - after iOS 5 is is useless - you cannot get clean recording with most of the apps - Ampkit+, JamUP, GarageBand are all broken. Crackling hiss. Alesis and Apple point fingers at each other - no telling when the new firmware update will be here. There is no way to get through to Alesis tech support. I feel like I wasted money on yet another interface that will likely become obsolete after iPad3. Very frustrating.

          There is whole group of very angry consumers out there that bought the hardware and several apps to run on it and are getting no help from Alesis - no reply to emails - there is no way to get tech support on the phone. At present Alesis (via their representative on the community forum) is claiming that the newest iOS version 5.0.1 has fixes for audio issues and is encouraging people to install that version and "report the results". In other words they are looking for free testers. People that installed 5.0.1 say that it did not make any difference. At this point I would not advise anybody to buy IO Dock unless you are still running IOS4 and you do not pan to upgrade.
          Before upgrade to iOS 5 it was great hardware - right now it is working about 60% of the time - it is OK if you eg, start Ampkit and practice without changing amps. For live performance it is NOT RELIABLE at all.

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