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Best iPad Lightning Interface

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by tylerwylie, Mar 21, 2014.


  1. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for an interface I can set on my desk or music stand with my iPad Air that'll do this:

    Record my guitar/bass input into an application
    Output to my studio monitors and bass amplifier

    Output can be line level, I'd like to run the output to my FX Input on my amplifier.

    Many I see can handle the input quite easily, it's the output options that are all limited :(
     
  2. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    Bump, thinking of going with the Griffinstudio Lightning. Can run RCA line out to my monitors and / or bass amp it looks like.
     
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Best? Probably the Apogee Duet or RME Babyface
     
  4. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    Apogee Duet looks like it might be the one. Pricey, but can use it with my laptop as well. Thanks, will check other offerings from Apogee as well.
     
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  6. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    The Apogee One (the newer version of it) is pretty decent as well, although I'm not sure that it has outputs for monitors.

    RME is very high quality stuff. The FireFace is one of the best smaller interfaces available. The BabyFace is supposed to be excellent although I have no direct experience with it.
     
  7. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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  8. Hellbastard

    Hellbastard

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    Lightning interfaces:

    http://focusrite.de/ipad-audio-interfaces/itrack-dock#overview

    http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irighd/

    http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/one.php

    or get an adapter:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD821ZM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter?fnode=3a

    Then you can use any USB audio interface that is Class Compliant compatible.

    The biggest problem I have with the iPad/USB interface scenario is that you can't charge the Ipad while the Interface is connected.
    I believe the Apogee One and the Dock can do that.
     
  9. Jbass4me

    Jbass4me

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    Nice, thanx for this info on the I-rig
     
  10. itsalljustaride

    itsalljustaride

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    I have the iRig HD. It's pretty decent for the price. The software that it comes with can be spotty, but generally fine. Works well with Garageband.

    When I bought mine, it was really the only interface that had a lightning connector instead of the old 15 pin cord. It also comes with a standard USB interface to hook it up to a laptop if you have one.

    I have recorded bass and guitar with it, and both do pretty well.
     

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