updated 12:15 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2012
IK trots out three iRig products, new iPhone app
Several companies are premiering new Apple-oriented music products at CES, among them IK Multimedia. The outfit has announced a full three new iRig peripherals, such as the Stomp, a stompbox guitar interface. The unit bridges iOS signal processing apps with pedals, pedalboards, amps, or PA systems using regular quarter-inch guitar cables. A battery-powered output circuit is said to improve headroom, and a bypass switch can be used to turn on or skip effects in the AmpliTube iOS app. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a large input knob. The Stomp should ship in the second quarter for $60.
The iRig Mic Cast is a small microphone that plugs into an iOS handheld to provide better audio recording, allegedly producing "incredibly flat frequency response with zero tonal coloration." The mic itself sits in a device's headphone jack, but provides an output jack for monitoring recording. A desktop stand can be used to prop up an iPhone or iPod, and a switch toggles sensitivity for nearby or distant sources. The mic is due later this quarter for $40.
The iRig Mix is a mobile mixer that functions either with twin sources or a single iOS unit; in the latter case, audio is converted into two mono signals. IK also notes that the mixer can be used with any audio source, supporting tempo- and beat-matching functions, thanks to a feature called X-Sync that works in tandem with the new DJ Rig iPhone app. Each input has separate gain, bass, treble and volume controls, and independent cues on each channel, with LED indicators and crossfading. The Mix is due in February for $100.
DJ Rig additionally supports local library playback, sample pads, performance recording and a variety of effects. When a DJ is performing, some control options include volume, pitch, crossfading, a three-band kill EQ, and automatic looping. A waveform display can be dragged and zoomed, and the customizable interface can be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientations. Free and paid versions of the app are "coming soon," as is a universal app with an iPad interface. The full app will cost $10; the free version will be reduced to six effects and a one-pad soundbank.
Line 6 is introducing the Mobile Keys 25 and 49, two keyboards meant primarily for iOS, but which can also serve as USB MIDI controllers on a computer. Both units have full-sized keys which are velocity sensitive in order to reflect play intensity. They also have pitch-bend and modulation wheels, as well as quarter-inch TRS jacks, which can be used to connect sustain and expression pedals. Bus power means that no separate supply is needed. The Mobile Keys 25 and 49 are scheduled to ship early this year at costs of $150 and $200.
Griffin has lastly revealed the StudioConnect and MIDIConnect. The former enables both regular audio and MIDI recording on an iPad while also supplying power. Audio input includes its own gain control, and can pull from either a mono quarter-inch jack or a regular 3.5mm jack. Output includes left and right line-level RCA plugs, and a headphone jack with a separate volume knob. In terms of MIDI, two 5-pin DIN connectors are used, the second supporting sequencers, sound modules and other peripherals.
The MIDIConnect simply adds MIDI input and output to an iOS handheld, and will ship in the spring for $80. The StudioConnect is arriving in February for $150.