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Review – iRig HD 2

the all new iRig HD2

I’m not a guitar player, and I’m blown away with the new iRig HD 2 from IK Multimedia! They’ve always been great at straddling that line between consumer, prosumer and professional. And this new I/O wins on all three levels.

iRig HD 2 Video Review

See what you get in the box, learn about the I/O and how to use the iRig HD2 with an iPad, guitar amp and with your DAW:

Review – iRig HD 2

I’ve got an advanced copy to play with, and this thing works amazingly well in a variety of contexts. I plugged the supplied USB cable into my Mac and Logic recognized it right away as an audio interface. There’s no installation, no drivers; just true plug and play. I was able to run it at a buffer setting of 64 with absolutely no problem. Because it is recognized as an output device as well as an input device, it can truly work as a stand alone two way audio interface. Just plug some headphones ( or monitors) into the headphone output and you can monitor your full mix while tracking guitar parts.

iPhone 7 Ready

It’s also is a real winner when used with iOS devices. Not only does it come with an unlocked version of Amplitube (for guitar amp and effects processing), it also comes with a cable to connect directly to the lightening port on an iPhone (or iPad), and so is completely iPhone 7 ready.

a Guitar Rig in Your Pocket

a close up picture of the IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

But the real feature that, IMHO, puts this thing in a class of it’s own is the addition of a quarter inch output connector. This opens up a whole other world of usage and processing possibilities. It can connect into a guitar amp, or mixing board. So, in effect, the iRig HD 2 combined with an iPhone and Amplitube is literally an entire guitar rig that will fit in your pocket. It’s all you need for a live gig. And if you’re doing studio work, bring it to any session, load up your Amplitube sounds, and your ready to record. There’s even a thru switch, should you want to pass the unaffected signal out of the device for a clean recording. And to top things off, IK Multimedia has thoughtfully included a velcro strap to attach it to a mic stand.

Conclusion

For a hundred bucks, I think IK Multimedia has a real winner on its hands. I think this makes for a great addition to any electric guitarists tool kit, for less than the price you’d pay for a new pedal!

For more information, visit the iRig HD2 page at IK Multimedia.

Eli Krantzberg
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Eli Krantzberg

Apple Certified Pro Eli Krantzberg is an internationally known author and music software trainer for Groove3. His instructional videos have helped demystify music software such as Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Sonar, BFD, Melodyne, and Kontakt for thousands of users all over the world. Based in Montreal, Canada, Eli is involved in all aspects of audio production. In his studio he works with various artists, as well as on commercial jingles, corporate videos, and original music composition.
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