Well, this pocket-sized interface proved to be a faithful companion of basically any possible sonic adventure. Intuitive, with a low noise and clean preamp, so light and small that you can bring it anywhere and last but not least, extremely affordable (approx.. EUR 135, $149), iRig Pro is definitely a keeper.
At this price and with the amount of features that iRig Pro offers, it's really hard to complain though. Here we have a truly mobile-friendly tool that allows musicians to capture their inspiration wherever/whenever needed, with a flexibility that beats even way more expensive products.
For example, if you happen to have older MIDI keyboards lying in your studio, you'll appreciate (like us) the possibility of using them with your iPad or iPhone. This means also you won't have to run to the shop to buy one of those modern controllers (tiny keys, yes, we hear you) to be able to use your brand new iOS device and its synths.
The fact that you don't need an external adapter it's also a welcome bonus. Less clutter on the desk, and one thing less on your to-do list while on the road. Needless to say, when used with an iDevice, the iRig Pro will make its battery life shorter, but in our tests it's never been a problem. I'd just recommend giving your iPad a good charge overnight and/or before starting a new creative session, and you're good to go.
If you're shopping for an audio/MIDI interface for your iOS setup (and why not, a simple one for your OS X laptop), we definitely recommend checking out iRig Pro. At this price, it's hard to beat in terms of features, and it offers a solid performance to both pro and amateur musicians.
EUR 135, $149 approx. If you'd like to support ANR you can buy iRig Pro from Amazon following the links below, and we'll get some cents out of it. Thanks!
iRig Pro on Amazon GERMANY
iRig Pro on Amazon US
iRig PRO on Amazon UK
- Light, easy to use and very affordable
- Solid performance
- Highly flexible
- No power adapter required
- With a tool like this you won't be able to say things like "Ouch, I dreamt of a killer song, but I didn't have the right gear to record it right away!" anymore...
- The volume knob's design is far from ideal
- No audio output
- Max. 48 Khz (but in most cases this will never be an issue)