I had decided to replace a 5 port midi interface that I was having computer connectivity issues with something that would allow me to incorporate my iPad Air into my setup. The iPad Air was previously only used as a song writing scratch pad but I wanted to save some money by using it to control some of my synths, both hardware and software, via a sequencer app instead of buying a separate hardware sequencer. I figured I could work on the sequences while I'm away from my synths. Anyway, installation of the MIDI4+ was pretty easy except for one hiccup that I'll get to in a second. When testing with a Moog Sub Phatty and the Sugar Bytes Thesys app on my iPad, I did not have to plug the interface into my computer. This was very nice because sometimes I just like to get on my synths and play around without having to get the DAW ready. The Thesys app immediately started sending its sequences to the Sub Phatty with no configuration changes on either the synth, the iPad, or the MIDI4+. Now on to that hiccup - when I first connected the MIDI4+ to a Windows 7 laptop, I was able to configure it countless times but something happened along the way and the device started giving me a driver error. After reinstalling the Windows configuration a few times, Windows would not see the device properly. I sent iConnectivity an email at around 2 pm and by 4 pm I had a response from support with a list of things to try. One of them was to use the iPad configuration app so that I can reset my MIDI4+. After resetting, I placed the MIDI4+ on to my Windows 8 studio PC and I was on my way. For those of you curious about Audio passThru,I have no intention of using it in my setup due to the requirement that the ASIO4ALL drivers are required on Windows instead of the Presonus 1818VSL drivers for my audio card. Instead, I just plugged the iPad headphone jack into one of my audio interface inputs.
I also have to mention that the manual isn't the best. If you aren't familiar with MIDI configuration, you might run into some issues that will require a support call or email. Additionally, you do not receive the manual with the box nor do you receive the drivers. You're supposed to grab those from the web site. You should be aware that the downloaded manual is labeled as a draft document. Also keep in mind that the iPad configuration app appears to be more intuitive that the Windows program. I intend to use the iPad to configure everything. Another issue that you need to be aware of is that the cable used to connect the iPad to the MIDI4+ is the old 30 pin type, not the Lightning connector found on new iPads, iPhones, and iPods. You will need to purchase a 30 pin to Lightning converter if you have that connector on your device. Functionality-wise, it's almost the perfect MIDI interface but the issues stated above, while minor, caused me to remove a half star.
In all, I'm very happy with this device. It has consolidated my home studio and gives me an opportunity to improve my workflow.