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iPad 2 Accessories Round-up - Speakers and Music Accessories

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


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Griffin GuitarConnect

Griffin website


The GuitarConnect helps to turn your iPad into a guitar amp, and your iPad 2 into a miniature recording studio. It plugs into the headphone jack at one end and your guitar's jack socket at the other - and gives you an additional audio out to send to some speakers, headphones or a full guitar amp.

With additional apps like iShred or GarageBand, you can use the iPad 2 as an amp modeler or a multi-track recorder - features far in advance of the tablet's original remit as a web-surfing device.

Akai SynthStation 49

Akai website


The keyboard equivalent of the Griffin GuitarConnect, the Akai SynthStation is the perfect way to control the synth apps available on iPad - such as the Korg i-MS20. The £150+ price tag may sound steep, but it's actually something of a bargain as full synths often cost hundreds if not thousands pounds.

Aside from the 49-key keyboard, the SynthStation 49 is also equipped with two modulation wheels, a nine-button drum pad and some physical playback controls. It's a great accessory for bedroom musicians.

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March 29, 2011, 7:06 pm

Interesting little tip: Using the USB Camera Adapter I was able to plug in the receiver for my Microsoft Arc Keyboard and use it fine with my original iPad. It's not the most elegant solution and I don't actually ever feel the need to use it but for those wanting to use an existing keyboard on their iPad it's good to know.


May 3, 2011, 11:13 pm

Andrew, I have to be honest. I ordered the smart cover because it looked cool. But that coolness wears off, when the fallacy of protection and false assurance kicks in. Protection is limited to cosmetic scuffs and annoying fingerprints. But not drops. Not sure that the cover is any better, much less smarter. I ordered the cover, and to be quite candid; I am not impressed. It does not offer much in protection. I was skeptical about the cover to begin with. Nevertheless, if your looking to protect your investment with a simple cover, we run the risk of inflicting some damage from a simple accident. I had to reassess my needs after a near fatal drop with the cover. I ordered a few days ago a leather Mivizu iPad 2 case called the Sense, and I also ordered an Otterbox hardshell. Best, the Mivizu folio is affordable priced at $29.99 against apple's not smart price of $69.99 http://www.amazon.com/Mivizu-Sense-Leather-Feature-ciPD2mvzSMRTblk/dp/B004V0CCQK
Anyways, for real protection look elsewhere.


September 1, 2011, 1:33 am

kinda like this unit....works for me: www.sherpacarry.com

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