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Now you can turn your iPad into a mobile production studio, and you won't be left hanging with a mess of dock adapters and wires! The Alesis iO Dock is an all-in-one iPad dock that allows you to record audio and MIDI to your iPad, listen back and even has a video output to plug into an external TV/video monitor.

All of this is achieved with one with a single, integrated dock connector. Your iPad just slides in and you're ready to rock with hundreds of compatible audio and MIDI apps!

Please note: This product includes an adapter so both an iPad 1, iPad 2 or 3rg Generation iPad will fit. It is set up for iPad 2/3 from the factory so if you have an iPad 1, you will need to unlock and remove the adapter. Do not try and force an iPad 1 into the IO Dock. You must remove the included adapter first to use this product with an iPad 1. This Unit does not fot the latest iPad with the smaller "lightning" connection.

Here's what Alesis say about the iO Docking Station for Apple iPad 

Connect all of your audio gear to the entire world of apps for iPad.

The iO Dock is the first device that enables anyone with an iPad to create, produce, and perform music with virtually any pro audio gear or instruments. The iO Dock is a universal docking station specifically designed for the iPad, and it gives musicians, recording engineers, and music producers the connectivity they need to create and perform with iPad. Connect all your pro audio gear to virtually any app in the App Store with the iO Dock.


Songwriters, music producers and performers of all kinds will find that the iO Dock connects the iPad's powerful processor, touch-screen interface and extensive library of apps to their collection of microphones, instruments, professional speaker and PA systems, MIDI controllers, sound modules, video projectors and much more.

With the iO Dock and an iPad, musicians and producers can record, perform, craft and create music in virtually any situation or location. Built to accommodate all current app-development standards including Core MIDI, the StudioDock is a universal device that bridges your choice of music-creation apps, instruments, and devices.


The StudioDock provides microphone and instrument users with two combination XLR and 1/4-inch inputs, each with its own gain control and switchable phantom power for condenser microphones. Guitarists and bassists will appreciate the iO Dock's guitar-direct switch, enabling them to play, perform and record right into amplifier- and effects-modeling apps. Bands can connect outputs from their mixer and easily record their performances and rehearsals or use the iO Dock as a metronome or loop-playback device. Producers can use the iO Dock's MIDI jacks to sequence external keyboards, samplers, drum machines and synthesizers, or perform using the StudioDock as the sound module and their favorite MIDI-compliant keyboard, drum pad or other controller. An assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input enables remote control of any app-defined function such as stop/start or record. Users can also connect the StudioDock to their Mac or PC using the USB port to send MIDI back and forth for creative, new applications of the iPad and computer used in tandem.

Users can connect the iO Dock's stereo pair of 1/4-inch main outputs to studio monitors for critical listening, or to PA systems for use in performance settings. They can monitor on headphones, and independently control the levels of the two outputs, each on its own knob. Recording musicians will appreciate the StudioDock's direct-monitor switch, which enables them to toggle between the incoming and playback signal on their headphones. Rounding out the StudioDock's output section is a composite video connector, enabling users to employ the StudioDock as a source for video projection behind bands on stage, or for connection to most televisions and computer monitors.


The iO Dock was built for the real world. Whether you're keeping it in the safety of the studio or taking it out for recording or performance use in the club or on tour, the StudioDock will not only deliver the connectivity you need for audio applications, but it also serves as a rugged, protective case for the iPad. The StudioDock completely houses the iPad on the bottom and three side surfaces. It also encases the iPad's screen in a protective bezel on three of its four edges, further shielding the mobile computing device from the potential for damage in punishing environments.

The applications of the iPad for music creation, production, and performance are limited only by your creativity. As an imaginative, cutting-edge music maker, the StudioDock empowers you to seamlessly connect the world of pro audio gear and instruments to the iPad and the massive collection of apps.


  • The world's first pro audio dock for iPad
  • Connect microphones and instruments including guitar, studio monitors, PA speakers, headphones, and MIDI controllers
  • Universal device works with virtually every audio and MIDI app in the App Store; Core MIDI compliant
  • Perform, craft, create and play back music in virtually any conceivable manner or location
  • Video output for connection to TVs and projectors
  • Inputs: two combo XLR-1/4" for use with audio gear, instruments, and computer audio
  • Input channel gain controls and switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones
  • Guitar-direct switch for use with amplifier- and effects-modeling app
  • Outputs: pair 1/4" and 1/4" headphone with separate volume controls
  • Control: MIDI In, MIDI Out, USB MIDI, and assignable 1/4-inch footswitch input


  • StudioDock docking station for iPad
  • Power supply
  • Quick start guide


  • 2x XLR-1/4"
  • Individual gain controls
  • Phantom power, switchable
  • Guitar (high-impedance) switch on Input 2


  • 2x 1/4" Main
  • 1/4" TRS Headphone
  • Individual level controls


  • RCA Composite (requires compatible apps)


  • MIDI In (DIN)
  • MIDI Out (DIN)
  • USB MIDI (Host)
  • 1/4" Footswitch (function assigned by apps)

    Andy | Purchase date: 25 February 2012

    For me the jury is still out on he Alesis Io dock.

    I wanted to give my iPad a good audio io and the Alesis looked like it might fit the bill. I've some portable scratch recordings to do, and thought - well lets see if the iPad can do this...

    Balanced in's and outs, midi in excellent. As I wanted to use moog fab Animoog app in a live setting.

    Was very disappointed out of he box... While playing music and apps the sound out is great.. Abut more humph on the lower frequencies that the da in the iPad can produce... I like the sound output.

    But audio in was dire... Really clean signals from my mixing desk was a mess of noise... Final tracked down that the noise reduced significantly when in airplane mode. But still Recording with two inputs hasn't been very successful.

    Midi - wired up my m-audio oxygen keyboard... And nowt... Hours of mucking about, and nothing.

    Wired io dock up to Logic and MIDI worked... Wired in the m-audio and logic took the keyboard signals and sent hem to the dock aok... Have to keep digging.

    Note: This doesn't work with amplitude guitar rig stuff... I knew this was so before I bought it and you need to be aware that core audio apps are fab on this... But apps like amplitude are not core audio and it's very hard to tell if an app will work unless you try it.

    Domes highs some lows - hence the 3 rating.

    Brian | Purchase date: 12 October 2011

    Absolutely essential kit if you want to make music with an iPad. I have been using midi sequencers to control outboard synths and it works very nicely. Thoroughly recommended.

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