iConnectivity PlayAUDIO12 USB Audio and MIDI Interface

iConnectivity PlayAUDIO12 USB Audio and MIDI Interface

iConnectivity PlayAUDIO12 USB Audio and MIDI Interface

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Product Highlights

  • Connect Two Computers Simultaneously
  • Up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Resolution
  • 10 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Outputs
  • 1/4" TRS Stereo Headphone Output
  • Touchscreen LCD, Footswitch Input
  • 2 x USB Type-B Ports
  • USB Type-A Port for MIDI Controllers
  • Auto and Manual Computer Switching Modes
  • Supports MIDI over Ethernet
  • Includes Power Supply and USB Cable
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The iConnectivity PlayAUDIO12 is a USB audio interface designed to provide seamless switching between two computer setups for musicians, bands, and audio engineers in concert venues and live stage applications. It supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz and is class compliant. By offering two USB Type-B ports for simultaneous connection of two computers, it enables easy system redundancy. Switching can be done manually via the touchscreen LCD or a footswitch connected to the Control In port, or automatically for instant use of a backup system.

The PlayAUDIO12 features ten balanced mono 1/4" TRS outputs and one stereo 1/4" TRS headphone jack. A front-panel USB Type-A port allows for easy connection of keyboard controllers and sound modules. MIDI is supported via USB and Ethernet connectivity. MIDI and audio routing is preserved when switching between computers. 

The PlayAUDIO12 ships with a power supply, one USB Type-A to USB Type-B cable, Ableton Live 9 Lite, and a collection of Big Fish Audio samples and loops.

10 x 1/4" TRS balanced audio outputs for low-noise connections on any stage (outputs are +48V phantom power resistant)
1/4" TRS stereo headphone output for convenient headphone monitoring
Two USB Type-B ports for simultaneous connection to two computers
Automatic and manual computer switching modes for seamless switching between connected computers
Supports up to eight ports of MIDI over USB for USB MIDI controllers and/or modules
MIDI over Ethernet for rugged long-distance MIDI connections
Capacitive touch control with clear metering for use on dark stages
Easy control over key features from the front panel
Footswitch input allows manual computer switching and/or user-assignable controls
Control Out connection for slaving additional PlayAUDIO12 units
Up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution
Class Compliant with USB Audio 2.0 and USB MIDI 1.0
Includes Ableton Live Lite music-making software and Big Fish Audio samples and loops
UPC: 835727000275
In the Box
iConnectivity PlayAUDIO12 USB Audio and MIDI Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    iConnectivity PA12 specs

    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.8 or later
    One free USB port

    Windows 7 or later
    One free USB port

    iOS 8 or later
    Lightning connector
    CoreMIDI-compatible app
    Outputs 10 x 1/4" TRS mono (balanced)
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo (unbalanced)
    USB 2 x USB 2.0 Type-B
    1 x USB 2.0 Type-A
    Control 1 x 1/4" footswitch input
    1 x 1/4" control output
    Ethernet 1 x RJ45 Ethernet
    Bit Depth Up to 24-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz
    Dynamic Range 115 dB
    Maximum Output Level 13 dBu / 11 dBV / 3.6 V RMS
    Signal to Noise Ratio Line Outputs: 122 dB (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, A-weighting)
    Headphone Output: 100 dB (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, A-weighting)
    THD+N Line Outputs: -116 dB (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, A-weighting)
    Headphone Output: -100 dB (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, A-weighting)
    Digital Performance: -107 dB (1 kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, A-weighting)
    Power Output 73 mW per channel (measured at 30 Ohms per channel)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.4 x 1.5 x 5.5" / 214 x 37 x 140 mm
    Weight 2.1 lb / 1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 9.7 x 3.2"

    iConnectivity PA12 reviews

    PlayAUDIO12 USB Audio and MIDI Interface is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, could be better This box is a great idea ! And it works really well, here are the downsides for theatrical mixing: you only get +13dBu maximum output gain. profesional ADDA converters (max output +22dBu) are usually calibrated for -18dBFS in the DAW to output +4dBu leaving 18dBs of headroom. That means that if you mix with wide dynamics, and average your mix at -18dBFS in the mixing studio, then play it back with the PlayAUDIO12 your average will fall 18dBs below the +13 allowed by the box = -5dBu. You will have to crank the line preamps by 9dBs to regain what you lost, hence putting more noise in the signal chain. Secondly, it would be awesome for the USB midi controller input to accept other devices than a midi compliant device, a computer keyboard for example. Modern production with redundant systems require other devices than a midi controller but you can only plug a midi class-compliant controller, and fill it with tape and sharpie labeled keys...
    Date published: 2018-08-24
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