Using iPad-Apps as if they were plugins…

Always wanted to use iPad Apps on your laptop in a DAW ?

You just need the USB-MIDI-Interface iConnectivity iConnectMIDI 2+.

The special extra is: it provides Audio PassThrough. that means you can digitally send the audio from an iPad into your DAW on a computer – directly!

Here’s a short guide through what you need to do:
I’m working with Mac’s only – so, this explanation is for Apple-user

1) Plug in the iPad into the first USB-port.
2) Plug in the computer into the other USB-port.
The computer will immediately recognize the iConnect MIDI. 

3) Create a new so-called “aggregate device” in the Audio Midi Setup-Application (Utilities -> Audio MIDI Setup) and click iConnect MIDI & Built in Output

4) Use this audio interface as Input in your DAW:

  • create an audio track and choose the stereo input from the iPad
  • create a midi track and assign MIDI Out to iConnectMIDI 2+
  • plugin a masterkeyboard or controller to you computer via USB

5) Route the MIDI-signal to the iPad app provided by iConnectivity.
It’s an simple to use and self-explaining  “Port Routing” app.


I’ve already used the first generation of iConnect and was fairly impressed by both build quality and features. Great support team. And the price is ridiculously low!

iConnect MIDI2+
  • 2 In & 2 Out Sets of MIDI DIN Connectivity
  • MultiHost Capability – Connect 2 Computing Devices Simultaneously
  • Supports MAC, PC, and iOS Computing Devices
  • Audio passThru™ From One Computing Device To Another
  • Integrated MIDI Manager With Snapshot Preset Storage – For MIDI Thru, MIDI Merge, Filtering, and Advanced Routing Control
  • USB MIDI Class Compliant
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Supports 10 Ports of 16 Channels of MIDI I/O Per Port
  • Plug and Play – No Drivers Needed
  • Charge iOS Devices via Optional Adapter (Not Included)

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