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The Alesis Control Hub is a professional MIDI interface with audio playback that empowers you to create anywhere. Made for traveling musicians and mo...Click To Read More About This Product

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A handy MIDI interface with audio playback for whenever inspiration hits you.

The Alesis Control Hub is a professional MIDI interface with audio playback that empowers you to create anywhere. Made for traveling musicians and mobile producers, Control Hub enables you to play, record, and perform with your favorite MIDI keyboards, drum machines, virtual instruments, and more. Its sleek and easy-to-use design fits in your gig or laptop bag and leaves an ultra-small footprint in any recording or performing setup. Plus, a single USB connection to your Mac or PC provides power to Control Hub and plug-and-play connectivity; no power supply or additional drivers required. Control Hub can also connect to your iPad and other devices with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) for even more performance and production flexibility.

Full MIDI Control
Compact, portable, and completely bus powered, the Control Hub is the ideal on-the-go interface. Equipped with both a MIDI In and a MIDI Out jack, the Control Hub is the perfect MIDI Interface for working with workstation keyboards, digital pianos, drum machines and modules, MIDI controllers, sequencers, and other MIDI gear. There is even a customizable foot pedal/footswitch input that can be assigned in your software!

Audio Outputs
In addition to the two-way MIDI connection, Control Hub also features a pair of audio outputs for monitoring the audio playback of your Mac or PC on stage, in the studio, or on the go. A headphone output with a dedicated volume control knob is also provided for private recording and practicing. Finally, a main-level control allows you to adjust the global volume, so you can record and perform at the optimal sound level.

FEATURES
  • MIDI interface with audio playback
  • Easily connects to your Mac or PC
  • MIDI In and Out jacks connect to virtually any MIDI gear
  • Audio outputs provide playback from your software or app
  • Headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • MIDI assignable footswitch/pedal input offers extreme flexibility
  • Compact modern design with black chrome accents
  • USB-powered; no power supply required
  • This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers
  • Includes:
    • Control Hub interface
    • USB Cable
    • User Guide
    • Safety & Warranty Manual
    SPECIFICATIONS
    • MIDI Connections::
    • MIDI In, MIDI out
    • Audio Connections:
    • 1/4" Audio outputs (Left, Right)
    • 1/4" Stereo headphone output
    • Other Connections:
    • USB (mini) port
    • 1/4" TRS dual footswitch input
    • Controls:
    • Stereo output level
    • Headphone volume
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    AlesisControl Hub Premium MIDI Interface with Audio Output
     
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    4.0

    Good value if you get one that works

    By Neil

    from Woodbridge, VA

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    Pros

    • Decent sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Good MIDI spec (supposedly incl. SysEx)

    Cons

    • Questionable quality control

    Best Uses

    • iPad integration with MIDI / audio hardware

    Comments about Alesis Control Hub Premium MIDI Interface with Audio Output:

    Overall, good for the price. First unit I purchased was DOA (did not power on under any circumstance). Replacement unit arrived promptly and worked fine. Plug and play w/ computer (Apple MacBook Air, OSX), works w/ iPad under specific circumstances:

    With my setup, the Control Hub stereo analog audio output produced distorted digital noise when the unit was connected to an iPad 2 with the Apple Camera Connection Kit by way of a powered USB hub (i.e., iPad connected vial CCK to powered USB hub as the host device, and Alesis Control Hub connected to powered USB hub as a downstream device). However, when I removed the powered USB hub from the setup and connected the Alesis Control Hub directly to the CCK attached to the iPad, the quality of the audio was perfect, no distorted noise at all.

    MIDI communication worked fine with or without the powered USB hub in the signal path. Clearly the USB hub was introducing some kind of interference in the digital audio transmission from the iPad to the Alesis Control Hub, but didn't affect MIDI in any way I could detect. When tested my Apple MacBook Air laptop with the Control Hub in this same setup using the powered USB hub, the audio quality was fine, no problems. So operation with an iPad can be tricky and require some troubleshooting to get the precise configuration that works without issues.

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