Hands on with iRig Pro I/O

Keith White
25 September, 2017
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iRig Pro I/O

IK Multimedia, www.ikmultimedia.com

Pros 

Attractive lightweight design; versatile; studio quality sound; bundled software

Cons 

None

$250 from Apple Store

Reviews

In recent years I have been using the iRig Pro as an interface between my guitar and my iPad where I have a number of guitar modelling apps. Today I’m trying out its successor, the iRig Pro I/O. At 40 x 120 x 30 it still qualifies as pocket size but is considerably larger than its predecessor. Beautifully designed in rugged but soft-to-touch black plastic, the unit sits very easily in my hand. There’s even a Velcro strip so I can strap it to my mic stand.

The input accepts 1/4 inch XLR guitar mic or line and output is via the supplied Lightning and USB cables. New features include a DC jack for use with the optional iRig PSU 3A, which can charge a connected iPhone or iPad. Two AA batteries provide the power if I want to use the device as a standalone. Plugged into my Mac it draws power from the host. Also new is the 1/8 inch stereo headphone output with level control via a small numbered wheel.

On the front of the device I have a large numbered circular gain control if I need to change volume levels during a song. Multicolour LEDs give me a visual cue. The unit can also supply 48V phantom power if I want to connect a studio microphone. For those that use MIDI there is now MIDI in and out with the two supplied cables.

As a bonus the unit comes with a truckload of free IK software including Amplitube, Sample Tank, T–RackS Deluxe and Mic Room. An infinite variety of powerful sounds.

So let’s give it a run. I connect the iRig Pro I/O via USB to my iMac and fire up GarageBand, which immediately recognises the unit. I then set up a guitar recording track and choose from a range of amps which GB offers me. As expected, it all works beautifully. Nice clean sound when I want it or grunge if I prefer. No hum or added noise. I’m getting 24-bit/96 kHz sound – that’s studio quality. The LEDs let me know where I am on the volume scale and the gain control is quick and easy to use.

Beautifully designed and multi-capable, offering guitar, bass, microphone or keyboard input, the unit is a worthy successor to the iRig Pro.

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