So, what does this mean for those of you who use audio accessories for MIDI and recording? Fortunately, not too much. Obviously, it’s a fair bet that we’ll soon see new accessories with the Lightning connector – and, in turn, new iPads that use the same. But you won’t have to throw out old hardware. IK Multimedia (via a press release) and Line 6 have each told CDM their gear should work; IK even goes as far as saying they can verify that their full line is compatible.
Apple sells a 30-pin adapter for some hardware. Unfortunately, this adapter does add some bulk, but fortunately, it’s at least reasonably compact. (It doesn’t come with an ungainly cable, for instance.) It works with USB audio, analog audio, and basically all accessories minus analog video accessories.