By Andrew Liszewski
What I like most about this simple professional audio dock from Alesis is that it’s not trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, but still ends up being one, in a good way. At its heart it’s basically a professional audio breakout box for the iPad, letting musicians and technicians connect all manner of audio gear to a couple of combo 1/4″ XLR jacks or MIDI inputs. It’s also got a set of 1/4″ headphone jacks with independent volume controls, and even video output for connecting to a projector or TV.
But what’s most important is that the StudioDock isn’t designed to be only used with some proprietary Alesis app. Not at all. It’s compatible with pretty much ever single audio and MIDI app in the App Store, so you can create and craft music however you want. You can even connect your guitar and use it with the various amplifier and effects-modeling apps available. So in theory, it can be used to do almost anything as long as there’s an app for that. I can’t seem to dig up any pricing info just yet, but don’t expect it to come cheap given it’s targeted at professionals. But I’m sure if it gets rid of the tangled collection of wires and/or dongles that iPad musicians have had to deal with so far, they’ll be happy to pay a premium.