Press Release — IK Multimedia today announced it’s shipping iRig 2, successor to one of the most popular guitar interfaces on the market.
In 2010, for the first time ever, the original iRig allowed guitar and bass players to plug into their iPhone and play, practice, and record with apps like IK’s AmpliTube, Apple’s GarageBand, and thousands more.
Now, with over a million units sold, IK is introducing iRig 2. A significant upgrade, it improves on its predecessor by providing better sound quality and more universal compatibility than ever before—and it does this while maintaining the convenience and ease of use that have made it such a staple in the arsenals of musicians around the world.
The universal mobile guitar interface
Just like its predecessor, 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 onboard output for real-time monitoring.
iRig 2 also 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 best sound, no matter what type of guitar, bass, or line-level instrument or device is used.
In other words, iRig 2 sounds 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 not only works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, but also 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 the forthcoming S6.
Plus, iRig 2 now also offers compatibility with Android 5 devices. As the most 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.
Live flexibility and integration
When it comes to playing live onstage or with a band, iRig 2 provides multiple new features that offer even more flexibility and integration than before.
Its new 1/4″ 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 adapter. 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 powerful, 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 Soundcamp, and literally thousands of others.
Pricing and availability
The new iRig 2 interface is now available via the IK Online Store and select music and consumer electronics retailers worldwide for only $39.99 (excluding taxes).