NAMM 2015: IK Multimedia Announces the iRig 2 and More Mobile Music Devices


Music technology manufacturer IK Multimedia debuted a handful of new products at the 2015 Winter NAMM show, unveiling an improved version of its popular iRig guitar interface, the iRig 2, as well as three others, the iRig Mic Studio digital condenser mic, the iRig UA digital guitar interface for Android, and the iRig PowerBridge, a streamlined continuous iOS charging system that lets musicians practice, perform, and record with their favorite digital iRig accessories for as long as they like.

Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Android, the iRig 2 is designed to deliver a straightforward, plug-and-play experience, featuring a universal 1/8" TRRS output connector that conveniently plugs into the headphone jack of your device or computer. Then, just plug your guitar into the input 1/4" jack, load up the included AmpliTube FREE amp modeling and FX app, and you’re ready to rock ’n’ roll. Like the original iRig, you can jam discreetly in headphones; however, the iRig 2 adds a new 1/4" output jack, allowing you to plug into an amplifier and incorporate all of the tones and FX from AmpliTube FREE into your live rig.

iRig Mic Studio is the latest addition to IK’s digital microphone line, packing a 1" diameter condenser capsule into a compact enclosure that can be used with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Android devices. Roughly the same length as an iPhone and with a diameter of just 45mm, iRig Mic Studio features a large diaphragm cardioid electret condenser capsule, 24-bit 44.1/48KHz converter, and a high-quality, low-noise preamp, ideal for making high-quality vocal recordings at home, or on the go.

The iRig UA is a new kind of digital guitar effects processor that works on all Android devices compatible with Android 4.0 or higher that support host mode/USB OTG, and also allows for digital audio recording on Android 5.0 and Samsung Professional Audio compatible devices. The unique thing that separates this unit from other Android guitar interfaces is that it features built-in DSP (digital signal processing), which means that it solves the Android platform’s issue of manufacturer fragmentation and OS latency by moving all effects processing on to the iRig UA itself. This enables the device to offer low-latency operation, so you can enjoy high-quality, real-time guitar effects processing on your Android device—no matter whether it’s from Samsung, Sony, Motorola, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, or any other popular manufacturer.

Lastly, the iRig PowerBridge is a charging system for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and digital iRig accessories. Featuring a low-noise power conditioner, comprehensive connection options and other advanced features, it offers an easy way to keep your iOS device charged while practicing or performing with your favorite 30-pin or Lightning-compatible digital IK gear, including the iRig Mic HD, iRig Keys, iRig Pro, iRig HD, iRig Pads, and iRig MIDI 2.

You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H. 

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