IK Multimedia – The Mobile Musician
iRig HD/IKlip2/iLine – Group Review. – 30/09/2013
HD – Instrument Interface for IOS
Back in 2010 we reviewed the original iRig and now we take
the opportunity to take a look at its latest upgraded HD version,
which better utilises the processing power available within
the current IOS devices and adds compatibility with the latest
basic design of the unit is the same as the original unit,
albeit in a slightly larger case. You plug your guitar or
bass into a standard ¼” socket and then the signal is taken
to your Smartphone or tablet for processing.
is done via;
The Apple lightning connector for newer devices.
The original 30 pin connector for older devices.
A USB connector for your Mac.
these cables are detachable from the main unit. This is a
new approach as opposed to the headphone connector used previously
on the original iRig which will indeed provide better quality.
system can also take line level inputs from keyboards or mixers
for further versatility.
system is plug and play, just connect it to your Iphone, Ipod
Touch or Ipad with the aforementioned cables, open the application
and rock on! Also the USB connection is class compliant so
no need for specific drivers there.
Only thing I would change would be the multi-pin connector
that goes into the device itself as these can be prone to
break easily, especially if inserted the wrong way round on
a dark stage.
on to software, Amplitube Free is provided with the
purchase and can be easily downloaded from the Apple Store.
In addition to this the iRig kit also provides 4 exclusive
models plus Amplitube Metal for PC/MAC.
the app is launched users upgrading from the original iRig
will be right at home, whilst new users will be equally at
ease with the intuitive and visual interface. This provides
amp, cabs, microphones and effects in a simple and effective
layout for your touchscreen device.
tested the iRig both with a 15 watt valve amp and a mixer/powered
speaker setup and both returned pretty credible models of
the amps and effects been modelled. Latency was very low and
I was quite surprised at how quiet the system runs even on
the valve amp at a decent volume and when using distortions
don’t end at the amp modelling however, as the app also provides
other useful features such as a tuner, drum machine/bass line
accompaniment and also the ability to play along with songs
in your music library with tempo changer to slow down fast
licks and a voice canceller to allow one to sing along to
your preferred tracks or simply to allow concentration on
the instrumental parts.
- Microphone Stand Adapter for Ipad
Following on from the iRig, if you intend to use your ipad
to run Amplitube, Chord Charts, Lyrics or other music related
softeware a professional support will be needed.
reviewed the original iKlip some time
ago and we are happy to report that the new model shows a
few improvements to the original, namely the use of a thumbscrew
to allow an easy and quick setup.
consists of a chunky claw with a big thumbscrew which would
seem to be able to clamp onto most mike stands or even music
or speaker stands.
else which could be improved in the next version however,
is the “open” side of the holder which the packaging has a
note warning one to be careful with.
some sort of on/off arm with a clip could be added to avoid
accidents? I have an Ipad holder for a car headrest that has
a similar mechanism.
than that a quality piece of equipment which has been upgraded
to suit the new range of Ipads, plus a separate model for
the Ipad Mini.
– Mobile Music Cable Kit.
You have your new Smartphone or tablet, add an instrument
interface and headphones and you are ready to rock. However
if you need to connect your rig to the outside world, suddenly
you realise, that you need certain cables and adapters.
intend to resolve this with the iLine Mobile Musician
Cable Kit, handy collection of cables and adapters,
to allow you to connect your device to various forms of amplification.
cables themselves are of good quality with 24k gold plated
connectors, heavy shielding and high purity copper conductors.
A free IOS/Android app is included to recommend which cable
is needed in particular situations.
to this a handy carry case and you have the perfect connection
companion to your iRig and tablet or Smartphone.
following cables are included
Mono Output Adapter
cable converts mini-jack 3.5mm stereo output to standard 1/4"
(6.35mm) mono signal. This can be used to connect your smartphone
or tablet to a guitar amplifier.
Input Output Extension
length to your device output jack, including signal input
and microphone capability.
useful and versatile this is a stereo output extender for
sending the signal from your device to a 3.5mm stereo input
simply takes one headphone output from your device and converts
it to two headphone sockets so you can share your music with
RCA Output Adapter
connects your Smartphone or tablet to a standard hifi or DJ
Mono Output Splitter
last cable is ideal for take a stereo output and taking it
to separate channels on a mixer.
further information please click on the link below
By Ernest H Slade