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Pro level interface for iPad Pro 2020
Old 4 weeks ago
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Pro level interface for iPad Pro 2020

Hi guys,
I have 4 interfaces currently Steinberg AXR 4T, Metric Halo 2882, Apogee One and a Roland Super UA.

The 2882 and Apogee semi work with my iPad Pro but both not great. No proper control over levels etc (Apogee has never bothered to update their drivers for the USB C iPad pros and Metric Halo don't have an app to control the 2882 yet and not holding out for that).

Does anyone have a recommendation for a Small, maybe 2 channel pro level interface that I can use on the go with my iPad? Obviously there are tons of cheaper interfaces like the usb c stein bergs etc but I sort of want it for some vocal tracking to use with a lunchbox and want to get the most out of my nice pre amps.

Any recommendations?

Cheers!
Old 3 weeks ago
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I'm looking as well. Will follow this thread.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Hi!
Check out the RME interfaces.

I'm using an old Babyface and it works great and you can get Totalmix to do all the routing.

Best, Pelle
Old 3 weeks ago
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The Sonosax M2D2 is a very small, high-quality two-channel interface with two excellent preamps, great converters, very nice headphone amplifier. I don't have an iPad Pro so can't confirm that it works via USB-C on the iPad Pro, but it works on regular iPad (with the lightning camera adapter) and iPhone.

Note that its inputs are TA3 so you'll need XLR to TA3 cables. Also note that the line outs are unbalanced. I only use it as a USB interface so that's not an issue for me, and shouldn't be an issue in general unless you use long cables.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by bradh View Post
The Sonosax M2D2 is a very small, high-quality two-channel interface with two excellent preamps, great converters, very nice headphone amplifier. I don't have an iPad Pro so can't confirm that it works via USB-C on the iPad Pro, but it works on regular iPad (with the lightning camera adapter) and iPhone.

Note that its inputs are TA3 so you'll need XLR to TA3 cables. Also note that the line outs are unbalanced. I only use it as a USB interface so that's not an issue for me, and shouldn't be an issue in general unless you use long cables.
That actually looks awesome! I’ve never heard of that company or even ta3 connectors! But wow. For a small package that has a lot! Rechargeable battery and even has aes? Pretty crazy.
Old 3 weeks ago
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That actually looks awesome! I’ve never heard of that company or even ta3 connectors! But wow. For a small package that has a lot! Rechargeable battery and even has aes? Pretty crazy.
I have it and it's amazing. It's expensive but worth it in my opinion. The user interface takes some time to get used to (download the manual and study it before deciding to buy; it'll give you a sense of what you're getting into), but once you have it figured out it's easy to change settings.

I wouldn't say the preamps are entirely neutral; in another thread on this preamp a poster said it sounds more "hi-fi" than the preamps on another highly praised Sonosax product, the R4+ recorder, and I think that's true. I did some tests against my Sound Devices MixPre 6, and the recordings made with the Sonosax had a noticeably warmer sound.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Apogee has a brand new interface coming out that is supposedly compatible with USB C iPad Pros called Symphony Desktop. But personally, I don’t see what the point is if you only need a couple inputs. Evo 4 from Audient and M2/M4 from MOTU have been getting great reviews.
Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by WhiskeyWhiskers View Post
Apogee has a brand new interface coming out that is supposedly compatible with USB C iPad Pros called Symphony Desktop. But personally, I don’t see what the point is if you only need a couple inputs. Evo 4 from Audient and M2/M4 from MOTU have been getting great reviews.
That interface does look awesome, but I’m kind of avoiding Apogee to be honest. They don’t seem too reliable with updating their drivers. They are still selling Ones, Duets and quartets that say they are iPad compatible but still haven’t updated Maestro for iOS almost 3 years after the first USB C iPad Pro came out. That is ridiculous. I have to plug my One into my phone or computer to change settings and then attach it to my iPad.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Following this thread, I'm currently running a UR22C which is great for the price but looking for something as a step up, but also needs DIN MIDI IN and OUT.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Following this thread, I'm currently running a UR22C which is great for the price but looking for something as a step up, but also needs DIN MIDI IN and OUT.
Also looking for one with MIDI. The best 2 options I’ve found so far are the Motu M2 and the Irig Pro Duo although I’ve read that the M2 is more stable.
Old 2 weeks ago
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I'm kind of a newbie when it comes to Ipad, I normally run hardware, and the interface is primarily just to get sound from IOS synths to my PA, so preamps are not a big deal to me as not using the inputs, really want the best possible sound quality output. I'm guessing my UR22C would be close to the ones you mentioned in terms of sound.
Old 2 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by Mighty_Zoltan View Post
That interface does look awesome, but I’m kind of avoiding Apogee to be honest. They don’t seem too reliable with updating their drivers. They are still selling Ones, Duets and quartets that say they are iPad compatible but still haven’t updated Maestro for iOS almost 3 years after the first USB C iPad Pro came out. That is ridiculous. I have to plug my One into my phone or computer to change settings and then attach it to my iPad.
Agree with you on apogee. Still annoyed they stopped releasing drivers for the firewire duet —it's not as if they have produced tonnes of devices over the years. The duet 2 does look to be the most compatible with the ipads, even powering up from the ipad itself but I don't quite trust them to keep releasing software after they have your money...
Like others here I'm leaning towards the M2, though the SSL ones look decent as well. Hoping others chime in with positive experiences of using an interface with ipad, as I hardly ever read them.
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