Griffin StudioConnect[CES 2012] If there’s one thing I love about the iPad, it would be the tablet’s ability to be used as a music creation device. From the tons of apps available to all the hardware that’s been specially designed for it, the iPad is good enough to be called a serious musician’s device – even Gorillaz managed record and release an album created with the iPad! Continuing the ever expanding line up of music-based hardware for the iPad, Griffin Technology has announced the launch of two new devices: the MIDIConnect and StudioConnect.

Joining the previously released GuitarConnect Pro, the MIDIConnect and StudioConnect allows users to directly plug in real instruments into their iPad tablets for recording purposes. The MIDIConnect gives you a standard 5-pin DIN MIDI-in port for you to plug in MIDI devices (i.e. keyboards) for recording while a MIDI Out port lets you use the iPad as a MIDI controller.

The StudioConnect is an iPad dock which serves as an all-in-one interface for audio, MIDI-In and MIDI-out, as well as a charger for the tablet. Instruments or microphones can be plugged in through a mono ¼” jack or even a mixer can be attached to the StereoConnect’s stereo 3.5mm jack. The dock has audio out capabilities thanks to its left and right line-level RCA plugs, and a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with its own volume knob.

MIDIConnect will be on sale this spring for $79.99, while StudioConnect will go on sale in February for $149.99.


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