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.

IK Multimedia introduces iLoud wireless portable speaker

iLoudI have reviewed a lot of Bluetooth speakers, and this particular iLoud from IK Multimedia is one of the most high-powered ones for its size.

As you can see from the picture, the iLoud is made for musicians, and it is perfect for whatever musical style that you want. Not only can it be used with a iPad, it is about the size of an iPad, but 2.3 inches thick. It can last about 10 hours without recharging.

The iLoud can also be used without Bluetooth if you wish with the 1/8 inch mini-jack input. It can connect to a guitar, bass, or microphone directly into the speaker itself. It is definitely made for AmpliTube and other audio apps for performance, practice, and recording.

The iLoud has 40W RMS power and it is 2 or 3 times louder than other speakers of its size, probably better than that SkullCandy one I reported on yesterday.

You should be able to purchase the the iLoud for about $199.99, and you can find more information on it here. By the way, I have talked to IK Multimedia, and I will be doing a hands-on review of it soon.