A brief review of the iRig Pro
I recently bought an iRig Pro, by iK Multimedia. I had cause to write up some remarks on a Facebook group, and thought I’d copy them here.
It’s… OK. It certainly sounds good when I plug in a guitar to it, and I like that I can use both a guitar and a MIDI controller simultaneously. From that perspective I have no issues with it. I also like that it doesn’t seem to drain my battery as much as I expected. It works really well with the guitar amps in GarageBand.
But the build quality is rather shoddy. The plastic enclosure feels cheap; the USB/30-pin/lightning cable connects to the body using a multi-pin connector that feels rather fragile. The MIDI cable plugs in via a tiny jack that I just know is going to get bent at some point. It’s described as a ‘Pro’ device and is the best part of £100, so to have it feel cheap and plasticy is something of a let-down.
The other disappointment is the supposedly bundled apps. They have more in-app purchases than Candy Crush Saga. Again, if you’re buying their premium device, maybe you should get their software included for free.
If I were to make my purchase again, I’d give some thought to the Griffin Studioconnect instead - though depending on your use case, it might not be suitable. (It doesn’t have XLR inputs, for example, and takes up more room).