iConnectivity Micro-FAQ

This is not the official FAQ. It’s just a few questions that come up all the time.

Q: Can I connect the iConnectAUDIO4+ and iConnectMIDI4+ directly to one another?

A: You can route USB MIDI from one into the other’s USB MIDI Host port, because our interfaces are USB MIDI Class-Compliant. And of course you can use standard MIDI 5-pin DIN if you want to do it that way.

The USB Device jacks — meaning USB Computer Device jacks — don’t pass audio from one interface to the other; they expect to see a Mac/PC/iOS computer.

There’s no USB audio standard, so for now the only way to connect audio is with analog cables. That is, unless you do the following:

Q: I have an iConnectXXXXXX and an iConnecYYYYY and an iConnectZZZZZ and I want to create a combination interface.

The best way to combine any of our interfaces — and anyone else’s as well — is to aggregate them in a Mac or PC. An aggregate device is seen as a single interface with the combined number of ins and outs.

With MIDI, this happens automatically in both Mac OS X and Windows.

Aggregate audio devices are created automatically in Windows. On Macs you go into Audio MIDI Setup (inside Applications -> Utility) and create one. It takes no time at all.

Of course, there’s only one connector for an interface on iOS, so it has to be a Mac or PC.

Q: Can you recommend a powered USB hub?

Our best advice is just to stick with a brand name. They’re most likely to play by the rules — which generally just means they provide enough juice, but sometimes hubs of unknown pedigree can just act weird because they feel like it.

Q: My <insert your favorite device>’s MIDI works when I connect it directly to my computer, but when I put it in your interface I can’t get anything to happen.

Our interfaces support USB Class-Compliant MIDI, which means support for it is built into the operating system. If your <insert your favorite device> requires a special software driver, that means it’s not Class-Compliant and unfortunately we can’t host it.