IK Multimedia IRIG Review - 07-12-2010
Within several years, Apple has gone
from a niche brand catering for specialised needs to a global
phenomenon mainly thanks to its iPod, iTouch, iPhone and most
recently iPad series.
In my opinion one of the reasons for this success is the vast number of
applications available for the touch screen range.
The Amplitube IRig is an example of
a recently published application that allows one to connect
a guitar or bass (or another line level instrument) to your
device for use as an effects processor and recording tool.
Out of the box the iRig is quite simple.
It provides a connection to your Apple device via the combined
headphone/microphone socket and then has a breakout box which
provides a ¼” jack input for your instrument. For output a
3.5mm standard stereo jack is provided, which can be used,
to connect headphones or for further connection to an external
Once the Amplitube application is installed
from the itunes store, this launches into a visual interface
which allows amplifiers, speaker cabinets, microphones and
effects to work as a virtual rig. Together with the amp/cab/mike
simulations, 3 stomp box effects can also be used. I found
that the with touch screen interface the intuitive layout
provides a very user friendly experience, as one can dial
in the values directly on each knob or change the values on
the large bar provided on the right which I personally find
into account that it is all been processed on a phone the
whole rig sounds pretty impressive through a decent set of
headphones. I tried several clean, crunchy and overdrive settings
and was quite impressed. The stomp boxes provided are also
good quality renditions of there real life counterparts, I
especially liked the delay and phaser effects.
Aside from the core sounds and effects
the application also provides a one track recorder (expandable
to four via an upgrade) as well as a tuner and metronome.
Up to fifty songs can be imported from your device memory
so you can play along to these, and also use the slow down
function to work out those difficult guitar solos or bass
This makes the iRig invaluable as a
one-stop solution for portable practice and recording of ideas.
All in all a very affordable solution
that has been well designed and executed.
By Ernest H Slade
Demo (Squier CV Tele into iRig output direct to DAW)
For further information
and purchase please visit: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/iRig
Thank you to
IK Multimedia for sponsoring this review.