Initially unveiled back in January, IK Multimedia’s latest mutli-platform audio interface is now ready to ship. Much like its predecessor, iRig 2 provides a quick and reliable recording/monitoring solution for guitar players but with a few new features packed in. On top of around 5 years of additional development, the new iRig will support iOS/Mac devices as well as all Android 5.0 tablets and smartphones.
While we have seen a few offerings from IK in the Android space previously, this is technically the first fully featured (and supported) audio interface available for users on Google’s mobile operating system. Head below to find out more about what the iRig 2 has to offer and the devices it supports:
iRig 2 allows users to record any guitar/bass or other line-level instrument directly into a wide range of music apps on iOS, Mac or Android. It provides on-board monitoring in the form of a 1/8” headphone output and a brand new 1/4″ amplifier out so you can plug your instrument into an external amp or speaker set-up at the same time. There is also a new FX/THRU switch which can come in handy when chaining in a tuner or recording app into your live guitar set-up.
As for compatibility, Apple users will see solid support across the board from iPhone and iPad, to iPod and Mac. On the Android side, there is support for all devices equipped with Samsung Professional Audio, Note 3, Note 4, Galaxy Edge, Galaxy S5, S6 and “Android 5 devices”.
Full details below:
Just like its predecessor, the new iRig 2 plugs directly into the mini jack input of a mobile device. It lets musicians send an instrument signal to apps, such as IK’s AmpliTube, while also providing on-board output for real-time monitoring.iRig 2 now comes with gain control, which lets users precisely adjust the input gain of their instrument to match their mobile device. This means that it can be customized to always provide the best sound, no matter what type of guitar, bass or line-level instrument or device is used.In other words, iRig 2 sounds just as good connecting a wailing humbucker electric guitar to an iPhone 6 as it does a jazzy archtop or mellow electric piano to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
iRig 2 now not only works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, but that it also supports the complete line of new Samsung Professional Audio devices. Using the Android version of AmpliTube, iRig 2 is fully compatible with Note 3, Note 4, Galaxy Edge, Galaxy S5 and also the forthcoming S6.
Plus iRig 2 now also offers compatibility with Android 5 devices. As the most convenient way to bring a guitar signal into a mobile device, it lets musicians use the hundreds of available tuning and recording apps available, such as the forthcoming UltraTuner for Android.
Live flexibility and integration
When it comes to playing live on stage or with a band, iRig 2 provides multiple new features that offer even more flexibility and integration than before.
Its new 1/4″ amplifier output, in addition to its traditional 1/8″ headphone output, allows iRig 2 to be plugged directly into a guitar amplifier or powered speakers without an adaptor. This helps to keep all cable connections tidy and organized.
A new FX/THRU switch allows iRig 2 to send either a wet or dry signal through the device. This means that guitarists can play live with an amplifier and use their mobile device with a tuner app, such as IK’s UltraTuner, or a recording app, such as IK’s iRig Recorder, to record a dry signal for further processing.
iRig 2 also comes with a clip and a velcro strip so it can be firmly installed on a microphone stand, avoiding accidental disconnection.
iRig 2 is ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a powerful cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS, Mac and Android Samsung Pro Audio.
Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge owners will receive AmpliTube LE for Samsung Pro Audio as a complementary download courtesy of the included Galaxy Gifts app bundle that comes with their mobile device.
And while iRig 2 is made to pair with AmpliTube, it’s also compatible with many other mobile music creation apps and utilities, such as Apple’s GarageBand, Samsung’s Soundcamp and literally thousands of others.
More features at the same price
The new iRig 2 interface is now available from select music and consumer electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK Online Store, at the same price of the original iRig: Just $39.99 (excl. taxes).
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