Two days ago I bought an iConnectAudio4+ and since then I'm trying to 'make it my own' with a simple setup: PC (Windows 7) + iPad (Air) + amplifier and loudspeakers. First I connected the iCA4+ Line Out 1 + 2 to my amplifier, the PC to USB 1 of the iCA4+, the iPad to USB 2, an Akai LPK keyboard to the USB Host and a DIN-midi-Out-cable from my Roland A-500-keyboard (which is also connected to another USB port of my PC, because it is in 'Advanced mode') to the DIN-midi-In of the iCA4+. Then I downloaded and installed the iCA4+-Windows-(asio)driver and after a reboot of the PC I made iCA4+ the 'default' Windows audio-device. Till then everything worked well! With the touchdisplay of the iCA4+ I managed to turn the volume on for output 1 + 2 (to my amplifier) and I could hear 'audio' from PC-software and from iPad-synths (which I could play with the Roland and/or the Akai). So far so good.
Then I downloaded and installed the iConfig-software. And the fun ended (the fact that this software needs the Windows C++-redistributable made me already suspicious, because I have very bad experiences with other software that needed that (lazy programming?)). After launching iConfig it asked if I wanted to update the firmware; 'Yes' was my answer of course, but next a dialog showed "Download complete. Rebooting to bootloader mode." for about 20 minutes (!!!) and then I had to conclude that this procedure was 'hanging' and I had to end it with Windows Taskmanager. Rebooted and all was well and next time starting iConfig I refused the firmware-update and delved in the (for me very complex) mixer- and routing-settings, changed names of devices, disabled midi-ports (HTS2 tm 8) that I don't use, etc.; saved as preset and committed changes to the iCA4+. I experimented with my DAWs Reaper and Cubase, viewed all iConnectivity-videos, had to change the (default) iConfig-routing to record my iPad in these DAWs (after which that worked) and then I tried a firmware-update again: no luck and 'hanging' forever and had to kill iConfig again and after reboot I lost all my iConfig-changes and read the 'Manual firmware-update whitepaper', but that felt like rocket-science and I refuse to go that way.
So I am stuck with fIrmware 1.05...?
Questions and suggestions:
- iConfig seems to be responsible for failing firmware-updates; please find this bug and update;
- I disabled several midi-ports in iConfig, but they stay visible in my DAWs and iPad-Apps; is that intentional?
- I renamed my USB-devices in iConfig, but these new names aren't used anywhere else...