IK Multimedia iRig Pro Review. Ther iRig Pro is a portable audio interface with superior analogue to digital conversion on the microphone input and works with a whole host of iOS devices. The microphone input can handle condenser microphones and works with the iPhone, iPod touch, Garageband and more.
Over the past year IK Multimedia have substantially grown a great portable product range that caters for the musician on the go. Now, each and every time a new product is released, this innovative brand appears to hit the nail on the head. However, this time we are back with a high-
As a package the unit comes with three connecting cables; one for older 30 pin iOS devices, one for newer lightning iOS devices, and finally a USB 1.0 and 2.0 compliant cable. Connecting the iRig Pro to any capable device is as easy as pie, and the product housing appears to be sturdy enough to survive a serious beating on the road. Especially so as the ‘Pro’ interface is comprised of a solid ABS rubberised shell in a standard matt black housing complete with high quality Neutrik branded connectors.
Unlike the other previous iRig versions, the Pro has the ability to engage 48V of phantom power for condenser microphones, but remember if for some reason you are using this device with a ribbon microphone this must never be engaged. Conveniently the Pro does not source the power from the host device, which would otherwise drain battery power quickly, instead it is powered by a replaceable 9v battery which is included within the package. Additionally the iRig Pro sports a MIDI input connection via a jack cable that is included. These features allow for a comprehensive recording setup without appearing to seem overwhelming.
Guitars and line inputs sound clean without any noticeable noise floor; unlike some other devices of a similar nature, and apparently this is down to IK’s new secret amplifier circuit. As there is a good level of gain to work with, we have found that in use the line level is prone to distorting if not monitored correctly. This does go without saying, but it is still essential to highlight that you should use the gain dial sparingly.
Being able to use a condenser microphone with the Pro is a massive bonus and surprising considering the tiny form factor. Certainly recording a full useable demo with this device is a very plausible reality whereas before these types of devices were primarily reserved for line level output devices (mono keyboards, guitars, and basses). However the Pro allows a vocalist to easily plug in their favorite studio condenser without even blinking an eye. During use both dynamic and condenser microphones sound clean and full and do translate your content with a studio like sound. Sound is full but highs do sound recessed and harsh when played back after recording with this device, however overall the quality is of a high standard for the price of this interface.
The iRig Pro has a good overall construction and easily enables musicians to record a whole host of instruments with ease. On the whole the sound quality is really very good, and easily competes with desktop interfaces at double its price. The Pro Audio Web Blog awards the iRig Pro with four stars.