IK Multimedia has announced it is shipping the iRig 2, an updated version of its guitar interface designed to integrate enhanced audio quality and streamlined convenience with new updated features like versatile input gain control, a ¼” amplifier output jack and Android compatibility.
Like its predecessor, the new iRig 2 plugs directly into the mini jack input of a mobile device. It lets musicians send an instrument signal to apps, such as IK’s AmpliTube, while also providing on-board output for real-time monitoring. iRig 2 now comes with gain control, which lets users precisely adjust the input gain of their instrument to match their mobile device. This means that it can be customized to always provide the optimal sound/level, no matter what type of guitar, bass or line-level instrument or device is used. iRig 2 is designed to sound just as good connecting a wailing humbucker electric guitar to an iPhone 6 as it does a jazzy archtop or mellow electric piano to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
iRig 2 supports the complete line of new Samsung Professional Audio devices. Using the Android version of AmpliTube, iRig 2 is fully compatible with Note 3, Note 4, Galaxy Edge, Galaxy S5 and also the forthcoming S6. Plus iRig 2 now also offers compatibility with Android 5 devices. As a convenient way to bring a guitar signal into a mobile device, it lets musicians use the hundreds of available tuning and recording apps available, such as the forthcoming UltraTuner for Android.
When it comes to playing live on stage or with a band, iRig 2 provides multiple new features that offer more flexibility and integration than its predecessor. The new ¼” amplifier output, in addition to its traditional 1/8″ headphone output, allows iRig 2 to be plugged directly into a guitar amplifier or powered speakers without an adaptor. This helps to keep all cable connections tidy and organized.
A new FX/THRU switch allows iRig 2 to send either a wet or dry signal through the device. This means that guitarists can play live with an amplifier and use their mobile device with a tuner app, such as IK’s UltraTuner, or a recording app, such as IK’s iRig Recorder, to record a dry signal for further processing. iRig 2 also comes with a clip and a velcro strip so it can be firmly installed on a microphone stand, avoiding accidental disconnection.
iRig 2 is ready to go right out of the box. It comes with a cross-platform suite of apps and software that includes free versions of AmpliTube for iOS, Mac and Android Samsung Pro Audio. Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge owners will receive AmpliTube LE for Samsung Pro Audio as a complementary download courtesy of the included Galaxy Gifts app bundle that comes with their mobile device. And while iRig 2 is made to pair with AmpliTube, it’s also compatible with many other mobile music creation apps and utilities, such as Apple’s GarageBand, Samsung’s Sound Camp and literally thousands of others.
iRig 2 features
- 1/4″ instrument input for use with guitar, bass and other instruments.
- 1/4″ amplifier output for use with an external amplifier without an adaptor.
- 1/8″ TRRS output for use with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android.
- 1/8″ headphone output.
- Compact and lightweight design.
- Selectable dual-mode switch: FX and THRU.
- Input gain thumbwheel for easy signal control.
- Comes with microphone stand Velcro strip.
- Comes with AmpliTube free and a full suite of IK applications and software.
The iRig 2 is available for purchase for $39.99 USD (excluding taxes).
More information: IK Multimedia