IK Multimedia unveils the iRig HD

iRig HDI’d already been using the older¬†iRig¬†(as well as the¬†iRig¬†mic) and had found them pretty enjoyable. I even worked in some¬†iRig¬†guitar on my band Japan Soul‘s debut single “Plastic Utopia.” But there was a limit to what I could do with the old¬†iRig. It was completely self-contained. While I could achieve quality recordings with¬†iRig, they had to be done exclusively within the Amplitube iOS app. Going direct to a DAW with the old¬†iRig¬†would result in some unusable background noise. This presented some workflow issues and meant I didn’t use the old¬†iRig¬†as often as I would have liked to. It just wasn’t a studio friendly device yet. Fast-forward to the new¬†iRig¬†HD model and I’m thrilled to say that those hurdles have been solved.

I fired up the¬†iRig¬†HD, plugged right into my DAW and was ecstatic to hear the sounds of good, clean and convincing guitar amplification with effects. The guitar now records beautifully as if it were a real amp, or hardware/plugin emulator. Emulators may be a hard-sell to guitar purists. There’s nothing like firing up a real amp. For those, I still recommend the device in times when you may find yourself with a guitar in-hand yet no means of amplification.

iRig HD at a glance:

  • High-quality instrument-level 1/4‚ÄĚ Hi-Z input jack
  • Detachable cables for Lightning, 30-pin and USB connector compatibility
  • Preamp gain control
  • High-quality low-noise, high-definition preamp
  • High-quality 24-bit A/D conversion
  • 44.1 and 48 kHz sampling rate
  • Powered by the iOS device or USB
  • Connect electric guitar and bass
  • Also works with line level signals from synthesizers, keyboards and mixers
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight
  • Comes with¬†AmpliTube FREE¬†apps (free download on App Store)
  • Comes with 4 exclusive gear models, never before available for iOS, which are unlocked in AmpliTube (v. 3.0 required) after the first time you connect iRig HD. The models include Metal W & Metal 150 (amps), and Wharmonator & X-Flanger (stompboxes)
  • Free¬†AmpliTube Custom¬†Shop software (download from IK site) and free download of¬†AmpliTube Metalcollection for Mac users

For more info on the iRIG HD, please visit http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/irighd/.

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