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Photos - yes; music - no. A word of warning to musicians.
on 11 December 2014
I've attempted to use this adapter for three things:
1) getting photos from my SD card into an iPad mini retina running iOS8.1.1
2) trying to connect a USB music keyboard
3) trying to get audio from a Samson Meteor into any audio recorder on the same iPad.
The converter/reader worked fine first time with the first task, and I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, more like) to see my iPad happily reading and working with some Sony RAW format files. Very chuffed! That's useful. I got the "accessory not supported" message once or twice, but it didn't affect anything at all.
And I think that's been most people's experience with this accessory.
However I just want to flag something I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere in reviews yet - audio.
The blurb says it supports external USB keyboards for music. Well, neither of my keyboards will work with it. I tried an M-Audio Ozone directly into the adapter, and a Roland PC-180 via a Midiman 2x2 midi to USB converter. More 'unsupported accessory' messages, but this time they mean it. Not a sausage.
I was also hoping that if KiwiBird were considering musicians using midi, the adapter might also be fine for digital audio, but this hope was in vain too. I connected my Samson Meteor into the adaptor. The Meteor has a DAC built in, so all it's doing is sending digital info, like a camera or keyboard might, to the iPad. Plenty of signal came through, but also a constant horrible 'digital information transfer' sort of noise, rendering it unusable. It also couldn't monitor the signal or music, either from the iPad or the output from the Meteor, so there's clearly some connection issues going on.
While the audio is a no-no, it is possible that the lack of musical keyboard connection may be fault of M-Audio compatibility with iOS8 (M-Audio make the MidiMan that the Roland keyboard was going through too), as much as the adapter, as they haven't even got out of bed yet to provide drivers for Yosemite on the Mac (I'm not even sure they've got Mavericks sorted yet...) so I can't rule that out, but I just wanted to flag this up for any musicians who thought this adapter might be just the thing. I'm afraid it really isn't straightforward plug and play; more like suck it and see.
Maybe your make of keyboard will work. Good luck. But it looks like digital audio won't.