IK Multimedia iRig HD - Rocks CES awards!

I was able to rock out loud at CES on the new iRig HD connected to an iPad (also connected to their new Bluetooth speaker--the iLoud), but that's not the point of this post. You can get more great CES coverage in the next issue of iPhoneLife (so if you haven't yet subscribed, hurry), and to say IK Multimedia rocked the show is putting it mildly. No other show vendor comes close to showcasing the latest (and coolest) iOS music gadgets like these guys! The iRig HD was a Best in Show Winner at CES--more booth pix follow with a PR announcement about the new HD model...

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Punchy little iLoud monitor maybe won't replace my Line 6, but it won't kill my back lugging it either...

Every year at CES, I make a beeline for IK. Mike Riley similarly covers these guys (also being a fellow axeman), and has done some great reviews. They always have a bevy of cool new music gear, and this year was no exception! New speakers, bluetooth stompbox controller, and much more! Can't reveal too much, as likely to get some of this in our CES issue, but figured can't hurt to post a couple of shots from the booth. I might even post up some live jam footage at some point, but will see--I'm kinda shy (get a taste of some personal jam footage here).

Anyway, I digress... Read on for the full PR scoop on the new iRig HD below, and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to iPLife to get the latest scoop on 2013 iOS gear!

"January, 2013 IK Multimedia, the leader in mobile music creation accessories, is proud to announce iRig® HD the new digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. iRig HD is the next generation of the immensely popular iRig guitar interface adapter, which, with over half a million units sold worldwide, has changed the way guitar players make music on the go.

Elegant design – premium transparency

iRig HD is a high-quality digital guitar/bass/instrument interface that allows users to plug their guitar or bass into their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. It can be used with the AmpliTube range of guitar amps/effects apps and software or any other real-time processing app/software, like GarageBand and more. Using AmpliTube, users can play with the sound of their favorite amplifiers and effects, record their performance and compose entire songs, everywhere. iRig HD features crystal clear digital signal thanks to its superior 24 bit converter, an onboard gain control for perfect level setting, a low power consumption circuit for longer device battery life, plus an ultra-slim design and interchangeable adapter cables for maximum portability and universal compatibility. As many other IK accessories, iRig HD is also made in Italy for the highest possible manufacturing quality.

Plug-in and play with every device

iRig HD is a simple “plug in and play” interface featuring a 1Ž4” instrument input jack, that plugs directly into the digital Lightning or 30-pin connectors of iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, using one of the included cables. Players can easily connect iRig HD to any Mac with the included USB cable. With its ultra-compact design, iRig HD fits easily into any guitar case, gig back or pocket for true mobility.

Supports your favorite mobile music apps

For a complete out of the box playing experience, iRig HD comes with the AmpliTube Free App (downloaded from the iTunes App Store: www.itunes.com/appstore) that provides a great sounding “ready to go” expandable guitar rig complete with effects pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and a single track recorder. Players can play, practice and record anywhere and everywhere on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Plus, AmpliTube effects, amps and gear selection can be greatly expanded via in-app purchase with the entire range of AmpliTube apps including AmpliTube, AmpliTube Fender®, AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix™ and AmpliTube Slash.  Guitar and bass players now have the widest range of amplifiers and effects at their disposal with over 50 superior sounding mobile gear for jamming and recording on the go.  Plus, iRig HD can be used with any app that supports digital audio processing, like GarageBand and many more.

On the road and in the studio

Not only is iRig HD the perfect interface for the guitar and bass players on the go but can also be used on any Mac to take advantage of the superior processing power of the Mac platform. Users can download AmpliTube Custom Shop for free or use it as a standalone amp and effects processing powerhouse, or with many popular digital audio workstation program (DAW), such as GarageBand or Logic, as a plug-in for more sophisticated recording and composition. AmpliTube Custom Shop gives access to hundreds of top quality amplifiers and effects from world’s top manufacturers like Fender®, Ampeg®, Orange® and more that can be purchased a-la-carte for a truly customizable software rig.

iRig HD at a glance:

• High-quality instrument-level 1/4” Hi-Z input jack

• Detachable cables for Lighting, 30 pin and USB connector compatibility

• Preamp gain control

• High-quality low-noise, high-definition preamp

• High-quality 24 bit A/D conversion

• Powered by the iOS device or USB

• Ultra-compact and lightweight

• Comes with AmpliTube apps

Price and availability

iRig HD will be shipping in the Spring of 2013 and will be available in musical instrument and electronic retailers worldwide. Price is to be announced.

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.