I reviewed the iConnectAudio+4 last year in Guitar Moderne. The possibilities it seemed to offer were intriguing. I could connect my iPad to it and it would allow me run iPad apps in an effects return of Ableton Live, while acting as a high quality audio interface for my laptop. Once up and running (read the review for the trials therein and to see videos) the iConnectAudio+4 fully delivered on its promise.
Unfortunately, when I took it to a studio session I once again encountered the difficulties that can come with such a complex system. The interface worked great and sounded terrific but I couldn’t get the send to the iPad to work. When I got it home, iConnect help me figure out the issue.
I left the rig behind to pursue more traditional playing for a while, but eventually the lure of the amazing sound manipulation available in apps brought back to try again. I set up the system, adding some new effects to the mix. Much as I loved the Electro-Harmonix Pog 2 I had been using in my laptop performances, I found the Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork gave me the octaves up and down I needed, plus Jon Hassell-esque fourths and fifths—all in a significantly smaller package. The David Torn-approved Antichthon (though I had mine first) adds musical mayhem controllable (sort of) from my guitar’s volume and tone controls, as well as its pickup switch.
A quick time out for an RIP to Catalinbread’s founder Nicholas Harris.
A couple of new apps came into my sights courtesy of Knox Chandler. The AUM mixer and iDensity granular processor, combined with Samplr, add immeasurable to the cool soundscapes I can make with this setup. His rig made me briefly consider dropping the laptop portion of mine, but I have too much invested in the effects I can create with my Ableton Live aggregation of loopers and plugins.
Setting up the iConnectAudio+4 once again resulted in some weirdness. Apparently, I was using the wrong routing template. Once I sussed that out, I found myself improvising for hours with such an amazing palette of sounds that I vowed to make this system work.
Feel free to post any questions you have in the comments. It is an amazing new world of sound we live in.