iRig HD: Nature of the fret

Technology can be a burden. The frustration I feel when one of my gadgets lets me down is almost palpable. Even the slight lag that’s started when I open the Mail app on my iPad is starting to get to me. But when it’s all working it can be truly liberating, especially for creative processes. I can write, shoot and edit a short film all from my phone. And do a whole bunch of accounting if I really want to as well. As someone who remembers having to trek all over town to recording studios, and the masses of hardware needed to even attempt to emulate that at home the ability to record high quality audio on the go is really valued.


IK Multimedia’s all new iRig HD enables me to do just that. iRig HD is a high-quality digital guitar/bass/instrument interface that means you can plug your analogue instrument into an iPhone and make digital magic if you are that way inclined. And I am.

iRig HD features crystal clear digital signal thanks to its superior 24bit 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.

The iRig HD is a simple “plug in and play” interface but is also quite clever in its flexibility.

The 1/4″ instrument input jack is pretty standard and there are included cables that plug directly into the annoying new digital Lightning or old-fashioned 30-pin connectors so you can work with pretty much all generations of iOS device. You can even take the fun home with you as there is an included USB cable, that connects the iRig HD to any regular Mac. It’s also small enough to pop into your back pocket, guitar bag etc and forget about it until you need it.

IK multimedia have a range of apps that you can use iRig HD with but you’re not locked into their ecosystem and you can compose tracks in all the usual suspects – including GarageBand.

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.