Focusrite iTrack Dock iPad USB Audio Interface (Discontinued)
NB: We used to recommend the Focusrite iTrack Dock in our gear guides, however it is no longer available so if you want to see what we currently recommend then please read: The Best iPad Audio Interfaces.
The iTrack Dock is an audio interface that is specifically designed for the iPad. It has a form factor that allows Apple tablets to securely dock in place, while providing mic/instrument inputs and monitoring outputs.
The manufacturer lists the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini as compatible tablets. Note that some users were able to connect the dock to the bigger iPad Pro via an extension lightning cable, but Focusrite does not officially recommend this method. As expected, the iTrack Dock's best asset is its two Focusrite preamps, allowing for studio quality recording right on your iPad.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
- Connectors: Lightning
- Compatibility: iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini
- Simultaneous Channels: 2
- Inputs: 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Hi-Z, 2 x 1/4" Line in
- Outputs: 2 x 1/4" Monitor Out, 1 x 1/4" Headphones
- MIDI: USB
- Power: 12V DC Power Supply
- Can charge IOS unit: Yes
- Phantom Power: Yes
What makes the iTrack Dock especially appealing is its ability to charge the iPad while being used, solving the battery drain problem that plagues most audio interfaces. This is the reason why we, and many reviewers consider this as the most practical tabletop audio interface for those that use the iPad as their core music production tool.
Since it doesn't run on batteries, the iTrack Dock needs to be plugged to a power outlet, which limits its mobility. However this is a reasonable compromise considering the form factor is meant for desktop use.
All things considered, the Focusrite iTrack Dock is easily a good audio interface if you're looking to put serious time into recording and production with your iPad.