Griffin StudioConnect Review
You can find the Griffin StudioConnect online these days for under $70. I just bought one on Amazon for $68 (list price is $99). This is the 30-pin connector version; Griffin is rolling out a new version, which is exactly the same except for a Lightning connector. I received mine today, and here is a short review if you are shopping for a good interface for Loopy.
- Supports: 30-pin iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch 3rd and 4th generation. (I tested it with an iPad and an iPod 4.
- Audio in: mono 1/4", stereo 3.5 mm
- Audio out: left and right channel RCA plugs (line level), 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
- MIDI: DIN-5, in and out
- the darned thing worked right out of the box, simple, no hassles, no manual needed!
- pristine audio via 30-pin connector on pigtail cable. No crackles, no audible noise. Nice!
- peeked inside: a Nuvoton NAU8822A audio chip (24-bit stereo ADCs and DACs), and a Cypress CY8C34 micro controller
- a gain control for mono audio input tweaking
- MIDI in and out works without a hitch
- uses an (included) international 5V DC power supply (wall wart), and charges your iThing during use
- firmware is upgradeable via a free Griffin app, if needed. Mine was received up-to-date. Future proof!
- Griffin is still actively supporting the product line, and evolving it (for Lightning, etc)
- works with iPads AND iPhones and iPod Touches (hard to find this wide support in similar devices)
- fairly compact, and you can insert an iPad in vertical or horizontal position
- serves as a weighted iPad stand, with a nice viewing angle
- all that for $68 .... you gotta be kidding me!!
- shiny black plastic housing (not my fave look, but it IS well built, nonetheless)
- no XLR jacks or phantom power (easy to workaround with proper cabling, or mic pre, or mixer sends, etc)
- RCA audio out jacks (easy to workaround via cabling or adapters)
- a big ol' "chrome" knob with a glowing blue ring for headphone volume (you may like it; I thought it was overkill)
The bottom line, the audio and MIDI ins and outs are working flawlessly, using Loopy or any other app I throw at it. It sounds great. No frills, just the basics. An outstanding price. Highly recommended!