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The iO Dock sits on your desk like a portastudiostyle device and houses your iPad or iPad 2 at a practical working angle.
It has socketry on its back and sides, offering all the connectivity you’d need to utilise recording apps and software synths, as well as guitar-related apps.
With input gain controls, volume knobs for main outputs and headphones, Hi-Z guitar input, footswitch jack and a direct monitoring facility, the iO Dock gives you everything that you need to interface a guitar or microphone with the iPad with a minimum of fuss. It simultaneously charges your tablet too – bonus.
The iO Dock offers practicality of the first order, not just for your guitar apps but also with MIDI sockets, a connection for a larger monitor and the possibility of adding, say, punch-in recording via footswitch to apps that support it.
If you don’t intend to stray too far from mains power this is a brilliant idea, well executed. Sensibly priced, too.
We like: Comprehensive connectivity; direct input monitoring; hardware knobs
We dislike: Mains power means it’s not very portable