Inexpensive lightning audio/midi dock trick...

I ran across this on another forum and figured I would pass it on.

Griffin made 30 pin docks for iPads, but have since discontinued them. You can find em used for between $10 and $30+.

If you get a APPLE BRAND 30 pin to lightning connector and download the firmware updater app for the dock (Griffin utility it’s free). You can use them with lightning iPads.

I just tried it and it works, sees midi in, sends audio, and I assume sends midi, I didn’t check that now that I think about it, but I didn’t see any complaints from others who did it.

You can pick up apple brand 30 pin to lightning on eBay for a song.

It may work with other 30 pin docks, don’t know, but it definitly does with these.

Comments

  • Nice. Thanks for sharing. I have a Griffin dock collecting dust.

  • Are you talking about the Griffin Studioconnect?

  • yeah I got one of those. haven't used it in forever but kept it just for this purpose, in case I need it right?

    I mean, its not some fancy trick for the Griffin StudioConnect. Any old 30-pin dock should work with a proper lightning adapter.

  • I also saw you can get a new iRig on eBay for $3
    Might be a knock off but the original wasn't high quality either I don't think. Probably good enough to fool around with if you have a guitar.

  • I’d get one for $10 if I could for my old iPad 2, but seems like they are more like $30-100. Where are you finding these for $10?

  • @DMan said:
    I’d get one for $10 if I could for my old iPad 2, but seems like they are more like $30-100. Where are you finding these for $10?

    I found one used somewhere a while back for $10 or so. For a while they were averaging around 20-30. I've got like 8-10 of them and haven't paid more than $40 if I recall correctly.

  • @1nsomniak said:
    I also saw you can get a new iRig on eBay for $3
    Might be a knock off but the original wasn't high quality either I don't think. Probably good enough to fool around with if you have a guitar.

    The low end on the knockoffs suck.
    There's a noticeable difference.
    But it that's not a factor, yeah, they function as intended.

  • @Lady_App_titude said:
    Are you talking about the Griffin Studioconnect?

    Yeah.

  • @Hmtx said:
    yeah I got one of those. haven't used it in forever but kept it just for this purpose, in case I need it right?

    I mean, its not some fancy trick for the Griffin StudioConnect. Any old 30-pin dock should work with a proper lightning adapter.

    I would think so, but I couldn't tell ya. I DO know that the knock off 30 to lightning don't work.

  • @Ego_Likeness said:

    @1nsomniak said:
    I also saw you can get a new iRig on eBay for $3
    Might be a knock off but the original wasn't high quality either I don't think. Probably good enough to fool around with if you have a guitar.

    The low end on the knockoffs suck.
    There's a noticeable difference.
    But it that's not a factor, yeah, they function as intended.

    Ok not too surprising, however since the real iRig is still going in through the same crappy voice optimized microphone port I bet it sounds about as bad and they just compensate in software, something you could do manually with a knock off maybe?

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