I don’t have an iPhone, never had one. But that is going to change soon because my company just told me that I am eligible for an iPhone5 now and therefore can get rid of my Blackberry. So, if things work out I will get my new toy just in time for the release of the iRig HD Guitar Interface by IK Multimedia. It is yet to be announced though when exactly the successor of the popular iRig digital guitar/bass/instrument interface for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac will actually hit the shelves.
So the way I understand the iRig HD – which will not feature a headphone jack – is going to work is fairly simple; your guitar will get connected to the device via the 0.25-inch Hi-Z audio input jack at one end. As far as the output signal is concerned, you can choose between a 30-pin or USB cable. Headphones for monitoring will now need to be plugged into the 3.5-mm audio jack of the iPhone (4, 4S and 5), iPod touch (4th and 5th gen), iPad (all versions) or Mac (running OS X 10.5 or later).
While still light and handy, the iRig HD is indeed a little bigger than its predecessor. Here are the dimensions: 1.18 x 3.9 x 0.85 inches (30 x 99 x 21 mm) and 1.23 ounces (35 g), so really nothing to be worried about. And since we’re in techno geek land already, here are some more details:
– features a 24-bit A/D converter for superior digital sound quality
– frequency response at 20 Hz to 20 kHz,
– reported total harmonic distortion of 0.005 percent
– input noise of -97 dB RMS
– input level from 330 mVpp to 7 Vpp
– and there’s 26 dB of gain control
I have no idea what any of that means but I thought I share it with you.
The iRig HD is compatible with third-party music creation applications like Apple’s GarageBand, but IK Multimedia has its own suite called AmpliTube. You can also download an app for free at the App Store in case you don’t want to plunk down your cash. However, the free app will obviously not come with all the bells and whistles.
That leaves us with the question: What’s the price of the iRig HD? We don’t know yet but I guess it will be a little higher than the $39 for the original iRig. At this point, IK Multimedia confirmed that the iRig HD is not compatible to the Android, however, testing is ongoing with positive results.
Again, since I never had an iPhone before, all my ‘knowledge’ around this topic is second-hand, so if you want some bullet proof information, please read this article by Paul Ridden over at gizmag. He actually knows what he’s talking about and the post you just read is based on his report he just had published.