Our Review of the iKlip Grip Pro from IK Multimedia

iklip-grip-pro-3I have reviewed IK Multimedia products before, and I will have to say they make some very interesting products for iDevices. This particular iKlip Grip Pro is one of the most unique, as it can do a lot of things.

At this point, I feel that I have to create a new category for what this product does. I’ll just say what the website says:

iKlip Grip Pro is the new large-grip, compact multifunctional iPhone and camera stand with an integrated detachable Bluetooth shutter control that is really 4 accessories in one: super secure tabletop tripod, large-grip video handle, monopod handle and standard tripod adapter. iKlip Grip Pro can securely hold any iPhone with or without a case, and features a standard mounting system for connecting small mobile video cameras like GoPro®, compact digital cameras and stand-mount audio field recorders.

Normally, I don’t put a lot of stuff in blockquote, so I’ll go into the four accessories one at a time. You can see that there is a grip that is ergonomic, and you can attach a Bluetooth smartphone shutter remote with a click. This allows you to put your iPhone on a stick.

iklip-grip-pro-2So how do you mount your iPhone on this thing? Well, you need to use this thing that allows you to screw it on with a spring-loaded clip. I am told that this will hold any type of iPhone, but could it hold any other type of smartphone? Seriously, I don’t know.

Once your iPhone is mounted, you can take photos and videos, and, as you can see, in this photo to the left, you can extend this thing up to 62 centimeters for a super selfie stick. It locks in place, and you can also pivot the iPhone at the end of the stick in a 90 degree angle adjustment with 360 degree rotation capability.

By the way, this is a good time to talk about how it can not only hold the iPhone spring-loaded clip, it has that standard mounting system for connecting GoPro or other small mobile video cameras, not to mention other cameras as well.

iklip-grip-pro-1Okay, now it is time to discuss its next ability. That particular ergonomic stick can actually fold out into three places, which makes it into a tripod.

So, if you want to take some pictures of yourself (or something else), you can use this tripod to get the perfect shot. The only problem is that it took me a while to figure out how to get that tripod to separate. Seriously, it requires extending the selfie stick completely, and then you can spread the legs apart. You know, I cannot stand how that sounds, and I’m just going to forget about it.

Anyway, if you want to get in on this cool tool, then you can head to the IK Multimedia site and lay down $59.99 for the iKlip Grip Pro.

IK Multimedia Announces iKlip A/V

ik_multimedia_iklip_avThis next product reminds me of the Steadicam Smoothee from Tiffen, and IK Multimedia has a product known as the iKlip A/V which helps you do the same thing. In case you need a reminder, click on the link.

But if you are too lazy to click and read, here’s the thing. It is a way of taking a smartphone and turning it into a steadicam. Why? Because you need one for your video channel. You do have a video channel, don’t you? Yeah, I should probably get to work on that.

It has a high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It uses 48 V phantom power with two AA batteries, and it holds any iPhone or Android device from 3.5 to 6 inches.

Now, you can find out more information about it here. However, this won’t be the last time we report on this, and you should look forward to a hands-on review of it.

Our Review of the iRig Acoustic from IK Multimedia

iRig AcousticI have to admit that IK Multimedia’s products are usually a very niche product, and the iRig Acoustic is the first acoustic guitar mobile microphone/interface for acoustic players.

As you can see in the image, it is essentially a guitar pick shape that clips on the guitar or other appropriate stringed instrument. It clips on very easily, and it uses this MEMS (MicroElectrical-Mechanical System) microphone technology with an omnidirectional polar pattern, so it able to find every vibration and sonic interaction.

The iRig Acoustic plugs into a device headphone/input jack with a standard 1/8-inch TRRS cable that allows the user to monitor his or her performance thanks to the female stereo output jack placed on the in-line cable.

It can be purchased on the IK Multimedia website for about $49.99. The AmpliTube Acoustic App is available for free, and it is acoustic-specific application is made for processing and recording acoustic guitar.

iRig Mic Field from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic FieldI’ve reviewed products form IK Multimedia products before, and they usually have something to do with sound on mobile devices. This particular iRig Mic Field, which is a pocket-sized stereo microphone for Apple products, provided it comes with that Lightning port.

I’ve actually seen something like this before with Blue Microphones called the Mikey. It plugs right in the bottom and it backs a 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter, 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 115 dB maximum SPL rating and a low-noise/high-definition pre-amp. Okay, here are the sepcs, so let’s talk about some other features.

First of all, it has a companion application for free, appropriately called the iRig Recorder Free app. Not only is it a good way to record, but it is possible to edit and process stereo audio in the field. It is also compatible with all Core iOS Audio and Video apps including the Voice Memo and Camera, not to mention GarageBand and iMovie.

As for the device itself, it has a lightweight design and has this cool ability to rotate ninety degrees for “optimal audio/video positioning and locks in place with comfortable to use controls”. That control is a “thumbwheel” gain control.

About the only information here that I couldn’t find is how much it drains the battery. You should be able to get it on the IK Multimedia site for about $79.99.

We are giving away an iRig Pads from IK Multimedia!

iRig PadWe’re probably not going to have a lot of posts this week, just like we had last week. The reason why is it is a holiday, plus I will be traveling to CES in Las Vegas and will have to take a few days off for the excess trip.

Since it has been a while since we had a giveaway, I thought I would end this year with one final one. It is the iRig Pads from IK Multimedia. It is a product that we have reviewed before, and you can read the review here. It is a MIDI Groove controller, if you want the short form.

If you want to win this, it is simple. First of all, Friend The Geek Church on Facebook. This article will be on it, and you can share and like the article from there. Second, simply leave a comment on which one that you want, and then we will enter your name in a drawing to win.

We will have our final drawing on New Years Day. I will send a Facebook message to the winner, and if you, the winner, send me your address, I will send you your prize. Yes, this is a way for me to get the word out on this site, so what are you waiting for? Enter! By the way, if you want to leave a comment on this article, that counts as an entry.

iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller

iRig PadThe other day, I reported on the K-Board from Keith McMillen Instruments, and it is a MIDI keyboard. This must be MIDI week, as I am reviewing another MIDI product with the iRig Pad.

This product works with the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch as well as a Mac or PC. It is reminiscent of QuNeo, as it allows the user to make beats, launch loops, and mix like a DJ and much more. Again, this is not a product for people like me, because I’m not really a musician. I had my chance to be a DJ after I reviewed the QuNeo, and I said no.

I can tell you about the features. It has 16 velocity-sensitive pads that can light up on your touch. Then there are two knobs, two buttons, and one slider for even more control. The iRig Pad comes with SampleTank for free, and you can use it for sampled instruments like drums, loops, and other MIDI patterns. There are other apps that are compatible with it like Groovemaker 2 and DJ Rig.

What really makes the iRig Pads interesting is how portable it is. What makes it even more interesting is that you don’t need a power cord. Just plug it in and it is all USB or whatever you device that you can connect it to.

Now, I can recommend this, just like I can recommend other IK Multimedia products like the iRig Pro, and you can get the iRig Pads for about $149.99 on the IK Multimedia site here.

iKlip Xpand Mini from IKMultimedia

iKlip Xpand Mini 2I have reviewed a lot of IK Multimedia products before, and the last one was the iRig Voice, a microphone that is essentially made for a smartphone or tablet. This iKlip Xpand Mini is made for those who want to use their smartphone as a microphone.

The iKlip Xpand Mini is made for putting your smartphone on a pole. Yes, as long as you have a pole that is smaller than a half-inch, you can screw on your smartphone holder to it. The purpose is to hold your smartphone on a mic stand so you can presumably use it as a microphone or some other type of application. For example, if you have an IK Multimedia product like the iRig.

iKlip Xpand Mini 1You will notice that I have included two pictures with this article, instead of my usual one. Okay, I had 60 in my picture of PAXPrime 2014, but can you blame me? This is because I wanted to show you how it can be used vertically or horizontally, thanks to the ball joint. I also want to show you how it can mount it on this weird “Gorilla Grip”, so it can free up the ports.

You can see that it has an interesting aesthetic. This is because it was designed and made in Italy, and it has that aesthetic. If you want this, you can get it on the IK Multimedia site for about $39.99.

iRig Voice from IK Multimedia

iRig VoiceI have reviewed plenty of IK Multimedia products before, like the iRig PRO and the iRig HD Guitar Interface. I will have to say that I wasn’t the audience for these products, but the iRig Voice is a microphone for a smartphone or tablet.

Who wouldn’t want an actual microphone for an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or other Android device? I believe that the iRig Voice is targeted to those who love to use their mobile device as some sort of portable vocal studio, or anyone who just likes to do karaoke. The microphone plugs into the regular 3mm jack, and you can even plug in another headphone into that.

So how good is the mic? Well, it is optimized for vocal frequency range reproduction, and utilizes a compact cardiod parttern for close voice pickup which minimizes feedback when use diwht speaker systems. Yes, I did pick that up from the company website, because I’m not a true audiophile and just know “sound sounds good”.

If you want to get the iRig Voice, it is available in 5 colors of Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink or White for a price of $39.99 on the IK Multimedia site. The EZ Voice compatible app is free, but the professional effects will cost extra.

iRig HD Guitar Interface from IK Multimedia

irig_hd_connect_iphone5_gui_335Some of you might remember the iRig PRO that I reviewed two weeks ago, and I had an opportunity to review what is probably the predecessor, the iRig HD. Well, it is the least expensive model, but we’ll get to price later.

I hate to say something that I have said before, but I will have to say that I am not the best person to review this product. This is not because I’m not a guitarist, but if I had one, I would use this “high-quality” guitar interface.

The iRig HD is connectable via Lightning, 30-pin, and USB devices, and it fits into one’s pocket quite well. It is a 24-bit A/D converter that delivers you from crosstalk and noise. And it is powered by an iDevice like iPad, iPhone, or iMac or PC.

It comes with a free app known as Amplitude, with an option of a full-priced version. You should be able to plug-and-play, and there are dials that you can “spin” on a touchscreen for adjustment of a signal level for your instrument and the apps. Oh, by the way, the iRig HD works with synthesizers, keyboards, or mixers. In addition to the app, there is a multicolor LED on the device itself to give you a signal of what is going on.

There really is a lot to like about the iRig HD, and if this is something that you want, you can get it on the IK Multimedia site for about $99.99.

The iRig PRO from IK Multimedia

iRigPRO_iPhone5_FRONT_4I am going to say that the iRig PRO from IK Multimedia is not really for me, but this is not because it is an inferior product. In all honesty, the all-in-one audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and Mac is a very superior product.

If you are not a musician, you might not need the iRig PRO. As it is, if you ever want a compact portable interface for your iDevice to a guitar, bass, keyboard, and MIDI controller for playing, practicing, or recording on the go, then the iRig PRO is for you. The iRig PRO can be used with XLR microphones and has a XLR/1/4″ combo jack for connecting microphones and instruments. Just to let you know, the unit is ultra-portable as it comes with 3 connector cables including Lightning, 30-pin, and USB.

You might notice the simplicity of the control, and you are right. It is essentially an input gain control knob, and there is a serious elimination of noise with a new high-definition preamp design.

Of course, what is a device like this without some sort of free app. The AmpliTube app includes 4 exclusive gear models in order to create a personal recording studio. Other apps are VocaLive, SampleTank, and iGrand Piano, and they are free.

If you are interested in this, head on over to the IK Multimedia web site and lay down $149.99 for it.