- iRig 2 Review. – 09/06/2015
For some time
now, Gear-Review has been following the array of products
been produced by IK Multimedia for IOS/Android.
2 has recently been released by IK Multimedia, and improves
on the well baked and successful recipe set on the musical
menu by its predecessor the original 2010 iRig
which has deemed to be very popular with mobile guitarists.
2 adds new ingredients to the mix to add flavour to the already
most popular item on the IK menu, the iRig.
These come in the form of a 1/4” jack for direct connection
to amplifiers and professional audio equipment. No need to
use small mini-jacks as a standard guitar cable will do.
Other features include and adjustable input gain which allows
one to trim levels to suit different kinds of instruments.
The iRig 2 also adds compatibility
for the latest generation of Android devices which allows
you to you use the iRig across your
mobile devices independent of its operating system.
A useful “thru”
switch is provided as well for direct output for further processing
or tuning applications. Finally a handy Velcro strap allows
the device to be strapped onto a microphone stand or guitar
I tested the device
using a Fender Telecaster (Single Coils) and a Washburn N4
(Humbuckers) into a 15 watt Marshall
combo). Under testing the iRig 2
performs well although I found it a bit noisy compared to
the iRig HD we have reviewed previously.
I also found it necessary to tame the treble EQ on the amplifier,
otherwise it would sound a bit harsh .
This aside it works very well, making all the sounds and effects
available on Amplitube (and other audio applications) on your amplifier
One thing I would
add however is an auxiliary input, to allow connection of
external sources such an mp3 player or laptop for silent late
night practice. It is possible to play music from the Amplitube
application itself but for example if you wanted to follow
a YouTube tutorial like I was doing within the test it would
2 is out of the oven and smelling great, a useful addition
to a guitarist mobile arsenal.
By Ernest H
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