Entries in NAMM 2013 (1)
Next up in our brief look at iPad announcements from this year's Winter NAMM, are a couple of announcements from Alesis.
DM Dock and Dock Pro Kit
We have seen a few innovations in the field of iPad use for drummers, but Alesis have made a serious attempt to capture the attention of drummers who want to have the iPad at the heart of their sound.
Featuring a healthy 13 x 1/4 inch trigger inputs, the DM (Drum Module) Dock is like a souped-up iO Dock for standalone use with your existing electronic pads/kits or frame mounted as an integrated part of the Dock Pro Kit.
There are also the usual MIDI connections and a footswitch port so you can change kits on-the-fly using compatible apps. These apps also allow a quick change of sound sets using drag and drop so the possibilities are pretty much endless given the amount of downloadable sound sets that are out there.
We originally saw the iO Mix being demonstrated at MusikMesse last year but it has featured again at NAMM and because it reminds us so much of our original Fostex tape based 4-track recorder we wanted to give it a mention.
Touted as the world's first iPad dedicated multi-channel mixer/recording interface, the iO Mix enables input of mics, instruments and other audio via 4 x combo XLR/standard 1/4" jacks. As you would hope, each channel has individual trim, gain and pan controls (just like your old 4-track) and even some EQ control.
Importantly for us it also features a guitar DI input so that you don't need a seperate amp, useful for on-the-go mobile recording.
Like the DM Dock above, the iO Mix will charge your iPad when docked and fully encloses it inside the unit so it is nice and snug, but also up to a little knocking about in the (bedroom) studio.
We found a quick demo of the iO Mix at NAMM 2013 on YouTube, from Netherlands based audio suppliers Bax, so thanks to them for sharing this video, check it out below.
As before, if you have any comments or want to let us know what you are looking forward to seeing, we would love to see them below.