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Have Guitar will travel - IK Multimedia announce iRig

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We are very excited about IK Multimedia's latest hardware / software announcement.  iRig for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, provides a way to plug your guitar directly into your iPad, and use the input for guitar amp modelling or recording.

The iRig bit is the hardware, a specially made cable, or instrument interface (pictured right) featuring a standard 1/4" instrument input, a standard audio out jack (for headphones, speakers, or even an amp/PA) and another jack which plugs into the headphone socket of your i-Device.

The software part is an iPhone OS version of IK Multimedia's excellent Amplitube, and features:

  • Real time guitar and bass mobile multiFX app
  • Full rig made of 3 recombinable simultaneous stompboxes + amp + cabinet + mic
  • 10 Stomps, 5 Amps, 5 Cabinets, 2 Mics available
  • Import and play with songs or backing tracks with real time effects
  • 36 presets can be saved/recalled on the fly
  • Includes tuner/metronome
  • Free, LE and Full versions available
  • Free and LE versions expandable with a-la-carte downloadable gear
  • Same low-latency as Mac/PC system

Why you need this?

For anyone who has tried to record a guitar on the iPhone or iPad before you will know that you quickly run into a problem. Apple's portable devices need a special three ring plug to enable recording of audio input, like the jack on the end of the iPhone headphones/mic cable.

Even if you can rig one of these up you cannot hear the output of the software at the same time, because the microphone input jack is also the audio output jack. That is why a special piece of hardware like the iRig is needed and why we started off this post by saying how excited this announcement has made us!

IK Multimedia are taking pre-orders at the moment, so until the iRig interface and Amplitube app are released we can't say how well it works or how it sounds in real life. As soon as we can get our hands on an iRig though we will give a thorough run through on using it for input to the iPad and amp modelling with Amplitube.

We will be posting a full review because it is something we really want to be using our iPads for.  We will be reporting on how it sounds in our real world tests, what the latency is like for live playing or jamming, and also if there are any of the impedance issues which have affected other iPhone/iPad input solutions such as the already-released PRS Guitarbud.

In the meantime, check out the video below which demonstrates the Amplitube app in action, and the website for more details.

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I was wondering what is up with that weird gravatar??? I know 5am is early and I'm not looking my best at that hour, but I hope I don't look like this! I might however make that face if I'm asked to do 100 pushups. lol

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamorama

Nice one phil! And what a usefull bit of kit that really is! makes me want to join The 'i' club even more!!! :)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoel S

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