iConnectivity announces PlayAUDIO12 Audio and MIDI Interface

iConnectivity today announced PlayAUDIO12, an audio and MIDI interface designed specifically for live musicians.

The company touts PlayAUDIO12 as a “bullet-proof, fail-proof” solution, integrating redundancy fail-safes for control and playback of backing tracks, virtual instruments, and MIDI devices.

iConnectivity explains that the “secret” to creating to a seamless, simple and straightforward failover solution for live performance is the integration of two computers, each connected directly to the PlayAUDIO12 for a strong redundancy system. Should the user’s main computer fail, PlayAUDIO12 switches to the backup computer in a heartbeat; so fast that the performer and their audience may not even notice. Backing tracks keep playing in time and MIDI gear stays connected.

PlayAUDIO12 also ships with iConnectivity’s Auracle, an intuitive, interactive new approach to control software. Auracle allows performers to create a sophisticated live integration of all audio and MIDI connections, inputs and outputs; the company says Auracle “lets you do it in minutes, not hours.”

PlayAUDIO12 Features:

  • 10x 1/4” TRS balanced audio outputs, for low noise connections on any stage.
  • Integrated +48v phantom power protection on outputs protects your interface from accidental damage when plugging directly into consoles or stage boxes
  • 1x 1/4” TRS stereo headphone output for convenient headphone monitoring
  • 2x USB ‘B’ ports for connection of up to 2 computers simultaneously
  • Automatic and manual computer switching modes, for lightning fast switching between connected computers
  • USB-MIDI Host Port supports a USB-MIDI Class-Compliant device (add a USB hub and connect up to eight USB-MIDI devices)
  • 4-port Ethernet MIDI for rugged long-distance MIDI connections
  • 12 MIDI ports, 16 channels per port
  • iConnectivity’s new Auracle software (download for Mac/Windows) makes it simple to create and save your audio and MIDI routing and mixer presets.
  • Capacitive touch control with clear metering for dark stages.
  • Easy, software-less control over PlayAUDIO12’s key features from the front panel
  • 2 button “Control In” footswitch input allows manual computer switching and/or user-assignable controls
  • Control Out connection for slaving additional PlayAUDIO12 units
  • Studio sound quality for the live arena – up to 24-bit/96kHz DA conversion.
  • USB Audio 2.0 and USB MIDI 1.0 Class-compliant.

Pricing and Availability

The manufacturers’ suggested retail price for the iConnectivity’s PlayAudio12 is $599.99 US. The estimated “street” price $499.99 US.

The interface is available for pre-order now from www.iConnectivity.com and iConnectivity resellers worldwide and is expected to ship in late October 2017.

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5 thoughts on “iConnectivity announces PlayAUDIO12 Audio and MIDI Interface

    1. It describes it:

      > USB-MIDI Host Port supports a USB-MIDI Class-Compliant device (add a USB hub and connect up to eight USB-MIDI devices)
      > 4-port Ethernet MIDI for rugged long-distance MIDI connections

      So you can plug 8 USB devices into it, and it acts as a USB host. And then, uh, can also connect the ethernet port on back somehow to host 4 busses of ethernet midi (does anything support that?). And then it forwards those 12 MIDI device busses simultaneously to your two host computers, and routes the MIDI result back from the currently active host, along with routing 10 audio outputs from the active computer out to the TRS balanced jacks on the back.

      This seems to be meant for some extremely special purpose concert uses where they have a history of problems with their computer exploding on stage and need exactly 10 audio outs and 12 MIDI devices and no audio ins.

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      1. Marketing invented counting. it a 64 channel interface (32 in, 32 out).
        So per this definition, a 14 port USB hub is now also a 14 port MIDI interface , and it is also a 14 port Audio interface ? Time for companies to just stick to reality in their specs than to try to fool the audience. 🙂

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  1. This box cheaply solves a very specific problem that was very expensive to address in the past. If you are wondering why you would need these features then it is not a product designed for you. I hope there are enough touring musicians to support this product because it looks pretty cool.

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