IRig Pro Duo

A por­ta­ble stu­dio for Mac and iOS

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iRig Pro Duo is IK’s first stab at cram­ming a lot of func­tion­al­ity into a sin­gle box. It’s an au­dio and MIDI in­ter­face de­signed to work with iOS, Macs or PCs and, re­mark­ably, with An­droid. It can be pow­ered over USB, by two AA bat­ter­ies or an op­tional ex­ter­nal power sup­ply, and comes with a se­lec­tion of ca­bles for each of the dif­fer­ent ways you may want to use it. There’s reg­u­lar and mi­cro-USB, as well as a Light­ning ca­ble for con­nect­ing to iPhones or iPads. No real set­ting up is re­quired be­cause the de­vice sim­ply ap­pears as a source and des­ti­na­tion for au­dio and MIDI in­side your soft­ware.

Record­ing is done us­ing the two combo in­puts to which you can con­nect mi­cro­phones or mu­si­cal in­stru­ments us­ing ei­ther jack or XLR plugs, and phan­tom power is avail­able for us­ing stu­dio con­denser mi­cro­phones. Gain knobs and sim­ple level me­ters let you con­trol record­ing vol­ume. You mon­i­tor us­ing the jack out­puts or the head­phone socket, and a direct mon­i­tor­ing but­ton helps to elim­i­nate la­tency when record­ing.

Your MIDI gear gets a look in too, with adap­tors sup­plied for the mini jacks to send MIDI to or from your com­puter or iOS de­vice.

The iRig Pro Duo is an ex­tremely por­ta­ble box that brings stu­dio-level con­nec­tiv­ity to iOS for mu­si­cians: set­ting it up is easy and the re­sults im­pres­sive. The plas­tic body could prob­a­bly feel more solid, and it errs a bit on the side of light­weight. You get some free iOS apps af­ter reg­is­ter­ing the hard­ware, but there’s in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion at this price point for catch-all pro­fes­sional au­dio de­vices such as this. Hollin Jones

The iRig Pro Duo is pretty small, light, and can run off bat­ter­ies.

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