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Plug in the dock and off you rock.

Byline: KEVIN LYNCH

GRIFFIN STUDIOCONNECT pounds 129 Aquick look at the impressive number of music-making programs at the app store gives an indication as to how the iPad has been enthusiastically adopted by musicians.

s Now this clever dock aims to turn Apple's tablet into a fully-fledged replacement for a laptop or desktop machine for bedroom producers, letting you connect your electric guitar, microphone or MIDI keyboard.

The StudioConnect packs one 1/4in mono input, a standard five-pin MIDI in and out, as well as left and right RCA outputs. And while it's not the most attractive piece of kit, it does double as a useful stand.

You also get a large dial on the front controlling the 3.5mm headphone jack below it, while another volume wheel on the side adjusts the main output.

A couple of connectivity issues disappoint, h ll d d b f e however. You'll need a power adaptor before you can use a MIDI controller which is a shame as most of today's compact and budget-priced MIDI keyboards don't come with DC input. Meanwhile, the lack of an XLR jack with phantom power means you'll need to fork out for a mixer if you wish to use a powered dynamic microphone.

These bugbears aside, the StudioConnect offers nice clear sound for recording and really opens up the possibilities for users of apps such as NanoStudio and Garageband.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2012
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