Connecting audio interfaces to the assorted cellular and computing gadgets we use as of late could be a complicated headache. The iRig Pro Duo, which IK Multimedia introduced this 12 months at CES and just lately launched, is a good way to simplify these connections whereas providing you with all the pliability you have to document high-quality audio wherever, with any system.
The iRig Pro Duo is a brand new addition to IK’s lineup based mostly on the unique iRig Pro, which provides a second XLR enter, because the identify implies. It’s nonetheless fairly small and transportable, becoming roughly in your hand, with built-in energy optionally equipped by way of two AA batteries, whereas it’s also possible to energy it by way of USB connection, or with an elective devoted plug-in energy adapter accent.
Compared to desktop gadgets just like the Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 USB audio interface that’s a well-liked commonplace amongst residence audio fans, the iRig Pro Duo is downright tiny. It’s nonetheless beefier than the iRig Pro, after all, nevertheless it’s an ideal addition to a cellular podcaster’s equipment for finally portability whereas additionally sustaining all of the options and capabilities you want.
The iRig Pro Duo additionally contains balanced L/R 1/4″ output, built-in 48v phantom energy for passive Macs, a 3.5mm stereo jack for direct monitoring, 2x MIDI inputs and devoted acquire management with easy LED indicators for 48V energy standing and to point audio enter peaking.
Beveled edges and a barely rounded rectangular field design won’t win the iRig Pro Duo any accolades from the haute design neighborhood, nevertheless it’s a really sensible kind issue for one of these system. Inputs go in a single facet, and output comes out the opposite. IK Multimedia employs a singular connector for its output cables, however supplies each one you would want within the field for connecting to Mac, iOS, Windows and Android gadgets.
The entire factor is wrapped in a matte, barely rubberized outdoors floor that feels grippy and sturdy, whereas additionally trying good in an understated method that fits its goal as a facilitation system. The knobs are massive and straightforward to show with fine-grained management, and there are pads on the underside of the Duo to assist it stick a bit higher to a floor like a desk or countertop.
The lighting system is fairly efficient relating to a shorthand for what’s on and dealing along with your system, however that is one space the place it is likely to be good to have a extra complete on-device audio ranges show, as an illustration. Still, it does the job, and because you’ll possible be working with some sort of digital audio workflow software program everytime you’re utilizing it that can have a way more detailed visualizer, it’s probably not that a lot of a problem.
As talked about, iRig Pro Duo works with just about all platforms out of the field, and has bodily connector cables to make sure it could possibly join to only about each one as properly. IK Multimedia additionally provides free DAW software program and results, for all platforms – although you do have to choose about which one you’re most all for because it’s restricted to 1 piece of software program per buyer.
If you’re on the lookout for a easy, painless and versatile method to both arrange a method to lay down some music, or to document a solo or interview podcast, that is an choice that ticks basically all of the bins you would provide you with.