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IK Multimedia iRig Adapter Review

irig review

TL;DR:

IK Multimedia iRig Review. The iRig is a simple device that plugs into your iDevice headphone jack and simply allows a high impendence 1/4" jack input that is routed into the Amplitube app.


Review Preface:

Making music on the go is a technological process that has been revolutionised in the last decade that has allowed more and more musicians to lay down that crucial spur-of-the-moment guitar lick, trendsetting beats, or inspirational lyrics in the blink of an eye; so here I have up for review IK Multimedia's iRig that priced at £22. This simple looking device allows the user to input a electric or bass guitar signal into their iPhone/iPad/Macbook and onto a variety of audio applications. For the following review I would like to indicate that I have used the iRig in conjunction with my iPhone and iPad  and Garage Band.


Build Quality:

The device it self is small and can easily be slipped into a pocket, or small bag, on the go. Its concept and execution of design serves it well as a portable interface however, will it satisfy your requirements for the journey you are about to embark on? The iRig isn't the most rugged of plastic moulded devices I have come across, with the case feeling light and the small jack cable attached feeling lose on connection. The iRig has a 1/4 inch jack input, and connects via a 3.5mm jack to the headphone-out of your host device. As your headphone-out is being used, the iRig has another port for you to plug headphones in to monitor your signal and subsequent recordings.


iRig Sound Quality:

I used the iRig with Apples Garage Band app and the sound quality is not very true to the original signal so the device adds a very noticeable noise floor underneath. In addition there seemed to be a huge feedback problem when used with Garage Band which intermittently came and went whilst using the iRig. Lastly the the iRig has a very low output Preface: Making music on the go is a technological process that has been revolutionised in the last decade that has allowed more and more musicians to lay down that crucial spur-of-the-moment guitar lick, trendsetting beats, or inspirational lyrics in the blink of an eye; so here I have up for review IK Multimedia's iRig that priced at £22. This simple looking device allows the user to input a electric or bass guitar signal into their iPhone/iPad/Macbook and onto a variety of audio applications. For the following review I would like to indicate that I have used the iRig in conjunction with my iPhone and iPad  and Garage Band.


Review Conclusion:

I see a need for this device and I believe there is a market for this type of product, but the iRig just doesn't deliver some of the key basics. Poor sound quality with low quality manufacturing means The Pro Audio Web Blog gives the iRig a 2 stars out of a possible five.


Chris Pavey

Chris Pavey 30th April 2013

US RRP: $39.99 | UK RRP: £29.99

Editors Rating:

Two Star Award
IK Multimedia iRig
2/5 stars
IK Multimedia iRig Review. The iRig is a simple device that plugs into your iDevice headphone jack and simply allows a high impendence 1/4" jack input that is routed into the Amplitube app.