Here we go again with my gadget obsession, this time, it’s about music gadgets. A few weeks ago, we posted an interview with Doug Wright, the President of Sonoma Wire Works, which just came out with their GuitarJack Model One. One of their biggest competitors is a little gadget called the iRig from IK Multimedia. Of course, I took the iRig for a spin.
I am a musician, but don’t play guitar or anything that I could actually test the iRig with, so I went over to my good friend Brandon Anstett’s house and asked his brother Jonathan, who’s an amazing guitarist among other instruments, to plug into the iRig, and make some magic happen.
First things first, the Rig is much different from the GuitarJack because the GuitarJack goes into the iPhone through its 30-pin connector. The Rig, on the other hand, goes in through the headphone jack making the device accessible to iPhone, iPad and iPod’s.
So I plugged in Jonathan’s guitar into the iRig, and then plugged the iRig into my iPad first. I downloaded IK Multimedia’s free iPad app AmpliTube, and starting playing with the effects. At first, I plugged headphones into the iRig through the headphone jack, but then realized that Jonathan wanted to listen to the effects he was playing with as well, so I took a speaker from Altec Lansing, and plugged that into the headphone jack. A few changed settings later, we were rocking out in the living room.
We were doing effects like Distortion, a Wah pedal, and a ton of other cool effects. After playing with the iRig and my iPad, I decided to test out the iRig with my iPhone, and AmpliTube pro version, which goes for $20 on the App Store.
The pro version, of course, has much more pedals and effects, which made the experience much more fun. I could even record what Jonathan was playing, and play it back later, which is pretty cool.
Overall, the iRig is a great device for musicians traveling on the road, instead of being in the studio and having their switch board and pedals in front of them.
The iRig is $39.99 and the AmpliTude app for iPhone and iPad comes in a free version, and a pro version for $19.99.