I’ve been enjoying my Op-Z/iPad combo, with the Op-Z audio running through AUM and also sequencing various iPad audio apps. It lets me continue exploring and creating music while at work and away from the studio. I would like to come home, plug this into my larger ecosystem and continue working on things, with minimal hassle.
In part to do this, but also to increase my MIDI ports, I just picked up an iconnectMIDI4+. I’m hoping to run my Op-Z/iPad through this, to provide a direct audio stream into a channel in Ableton. Is this possible and are any of you doing this?
Right now, I have an Apple camera kit dongle that goes into my iPad and then my Op-Z, in turn plugs into the USB port in the dongle. I can already run audio via the iPad headphone jack into my mixer, but am running short on inputs in my MOTU ultralite mk3 (so a direct USB connect via the MIDI4+ would be great).
Using the supplied lightning to USB cable, I can run the iPad straight into the iconnectMIDI4+ (and into Ableton) and it works (using the audio passthrough). It’s just that I want the Op-Z to sequence iPad synths, and have both the internal sounds sequenced on the Op-Z and the sounds (e.g. Animoog) sequenced on the iPad to all play into Ableton. With the Op-Z plugged into the iPad, I can’t use the supplied lightning to USB cable.
I’m thinking about getting a powered USB hub, but don’t know if this would work (is the USB that comes out of the camera kit dongle available for audio passthrough and does the fact that the iPad is using the Op-Z as an audio interface, in any way limit this possibility)?
Hope that isn’t too confusing and perhaps someone out there has tried this out and found a solution or workflow?