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New iRig Pro gives musicians on iOS, Mac a universal input interface

updated 06:29 pm EDT, Thu September 5, 2013

1/4-inch XLR inputs plus versatile DAC give wide compatibility to users

Mobile music app creator IK Multimedia has revealed the iRig Pro, a universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac. Pocket-sized, battery-powered and fully portable, the iRig Pro is designed to give mobile musicians and songwriters an interface that can handle the widest variety of audio input signals, for maximum flexibility to eliminate physical interface as an impediment to music creation.

The iRig Pro accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input. Users can plug in a dynamic or condenser microphone; a guitar, bass or other Hi-Z instrument; or any line-level source. The Pro features a high-quality quarter-inch XLR combo input connector for connection with standard XLR cables, quarter-inch mono line or instrument signal cables, and a switchable 48V phantom power supply for use with studio condenser microphones. It has an ultra-low-noise, high-definition microphone-and-instrument preamp; a high-quality 24-bit A/D converter; a preamp gain control; and LED indicators for device status, MIDI, phantom power and signal level.

The iPhone, iPad or iPod touch provides power to the iRig Pro when used with instruments or a dynamic microphone. A 9V battery (included) provides phantom power to compatible microphones. The iRig Pro also features a standard MIDI input for connection of MIDI devices like drum machines, controllers and MIDI keyboards.

The Pro comes with three detachable cables, compatible with Lightning, 30-pin and USB connectors respectively, allowing for digital connection to every model of iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac, out of the box. A MIDI cable with a standard MIDI jack is also provided to connect the widest variety of MIDI-compatible keyboards and controllers.

For iPhone and iPad users, the iRig Pro comes with a suite of IK Multimedia's most popular apps for mobile music creation on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including AmpliTube Free for guitarists and bass players, VocaLive Free for singers, SampleTank Free and iGrand Piano Free for keyboard players and iRig Recorder Free for recording engineers. Paid updates to the apps provide additional functionality

For Mac users, the iRig Pro includes AmpliTube Custom Shop, the industry standard guitar-and-bass processing software; a free version of AmpliTube Metal; T-RackS Custom Shop, the mixing-and-mastering effect suite with a free version of T-RackS Classic; and SampleTank XT, a sound workstation that includes over 1GB of sounds. All these software titles are available both as plug-ins for the most popular digital audio workstations (including GarageBand), or as standalone applications for immediate plug and play.

The iRig Pro will ship in September from music and consumer electronics retailers worldwide for $150. Preorders have commenced online.

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