IK Multimedia announces iRig 2 Next Generation Guitar Interface

Back in 2010 IK Multimedia introduced the first guitar/bass interface for iOS, iRig. Paired with Amplitube, the first amplifier & effects simulator for iOS, iRig provided a portable solution that turned iOS into a portable solution for all musicians. Since then they released the iRig HD, and now they’re back with the iRig 2, filled with improvements and new capabilities!

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iRig 2 allows everyone to plug in their guitar or bass to enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device. Yes, I said Android. One of the big new features is full Android compatibility. But there is a whole lot more to like, such as:

January 5, 2015 – IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation, is pleased to announce iRig® 2, the latest addition to its iRig range of products. The sequel to IK’s groundbreaking and best-selling iRig guitar interface, iRig 2 builds on the design that made its predecessor so popular. It pairs great sound and streamlined convenience with new updated features like versatile input gain control, a ¼” amplifier output jack and Android compatibility. iRig 2 makes for a versatile tool that’s perfect for practice sessions, live performances, jamming with friends, recording and more.

Now everyone can plug in their guitar or bass to enjoy killer tone on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Android device – with the release of iRig 2, the world’s most popular guitar interface is better than ever before.

Powerful performance

The biggest change to the iRig 2 is the addition of a new 1/4″ amplifier output in addition to the existing 1/8″ headphone output. Now you can plug the iRig output directly into an amplifier without an adapter, keeping the noise level to a minimum. This is a great addition for using Amplitube for modeled amplifiers and effects and your amplifier purely for volume.

iRig 2 also gets a dual-mode output. You choose FX to send the processed signal from apps like AmpliTube to their amplifier. Choose THRU to send a clean signal, which allows you to use your phone or tablet as a tuner, recorder or other utility while using their classic analog rig, maintaining the purity of a 100% analog signal path.

iRig 2 comes with a removable support that, together with a Velcro strip, allows easy mounting of iRig 2 on any mic or music stand, making iRig 2 perfectly at home on stage during live performance.

Plug and play simplicity on every device

iRig 2 has been made to be compatible with the widest range of instruments and mobile devices possible. Its built-in universal 1/8″ TRRS output connector provides a true plug-and-play experience on iPhone, iPod touch, Mac and Android. Likewise, its 1/4″ instrument input works with any guitar, bass or line-level instrument. To ensure the best sound quality, iRig 2 comes with an input gain thumbwheel that allows musicians to dial in the perfect setting for their setup – iRig 2 works just as well when its connecting a wailing 3 humbucker electric guitar to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as it does a jazzy archtop or mellow electric piano to an iPhone 6.

Killer guitar tone on Android

iRig 2 is now widely compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. Its 1/8″ output connector is compatible with many popular Android devices produced by manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC and more – any device with an 1/8″ input that supports the CTIA/AHJ wiring standard works with iRig 2.

Additionally, users with Android devices that support Samsung Professional Audio can enjoy AmpliTube for Android, a special version of the popular multi-effects processor that brings a full spread of meticulously modeled virtual gear to the Android platform.

A full suite of apps
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, Android and Mac/PC. And while iRig 2 is the ideal companion to AmpliTube, it also works with any other recording, processing, tuning or music app.

Pricing and availability
The new iRig 2 interface will be available later in Q1 2015 via the IK Online Store and music and consumer electronics retailers for $39.99.

For more information, check out the official iRig 2 and AmpliTube sites!

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I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!