iRig MIDI – Review

Apple’s range of iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone products, are increasingly becoming a great tool for the many musicians, with third party developers releasing great music apps on the market. If you are looking for a way to control these apps with your MIDI equipped devices then you will find the iRig MIDI and incredibly useful little device.

At an initial glance the iRig feels like a simple yet solid device and the quality is instantly noticeable. It has an interface to connect to your apple device which fits in snuggly (note that with the new iPhone 5 and iPad 4 models you will need an adapter for the lightning port), connections for MIDI in, thru and out, and a micro USB port to charge your device while in use.

Setup is straightforward and you just need to plug in to your MIDI compatible device, which includes keyboards, drum machines, sound modules and more. After testing it with my iPad and a few different MIDI enabled keyboards I found that it would work perfectly out of the box every time.

I attempted to plug in my M-Audio Oxygen USB Midi Controller using the micro USB connection out of curiosity but no luck, as the USB port is supplied for charging purposes only. Although the device is clearly advertised as a MIDI interface, many musicians use USB controllers these days, and having this port available would be an added bonus.

The iRig  includes SampleTank Free and iRig MIDI Recorder FREE, although these can also be downloaded from the iTunes app store. Perhaps a voucher code to download an upgrade pack for SampleTank would have been a nice inclusion. MIDI Recorder is useful, and SampleTank is great, although the free version is more of a demo and you need to purchase the sound upgrade packs to make it shine.

Overall the iRig MIDI is a good quality device that works straight out of the box without any fuss. IK multimedia has developed another great product here to help you get more musical goodness out of your iDevice.

By Keeran M Slade

Thank you to IK Multimedia for sponsoring this review.