25 Aug 2021

ProVideo Coalition reviews iRig Pre 2

“Two major improvements make it more attractive than ever.”

Recently, ProVideo Coalition posted a very positive review of IK's new iRig Pre 2 mobile microphone interface, giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

ProVideo Coalition brings together the film industry's best writers, bloggers and video experts under one URL. Each contributor writes based on their personal knowledge and experience.

The writer for this article is particularly well-qualified, having reviewed the original iRig Pre from IK Multimedia nearly nine years ago. Here are some highlights from his review on iRig Pre 2:

"The US$50 iRig Pre 2 is still analog-only, but it still has many applications today and in the future, and it adds two key features/improvements that make it greatly superior for about US$10 more than the original."

What has been improved?

"First, unlike the original iRig Pre, which had TRRS only and therefore required an adaptor to work with TRS inputs, the new iRig Pre 2 auto-senses the 3.5 mm input and adjusts accordingly.

"That in itself is a major improvement. Now you can connect the iRig Pro 2 with a phone, tablet, camera or audio recorder directly, without having to be concerned about whether the 3.5 mm input is TRS or TRSS.

It just works!

ProVideo Coalition

"The second improvement in the iRig Pre 2 is that its stereo TRS headphone output finally includes the option of latency-free monitoring.

"This feature is also known as sidetone and is key for quality control of the user's own voice. This is a major improvement that up until now was only available in the digital version of this converter from iRig (the iRig Pre HD)."

What I love in the iRig Pre 2

  • I love that it is still true to its core mission
  • I love that it continues to include numbers on the gain potentiometer
  • I love that it can even work with some newer smartphones (which lack a 3.5 mm jack) with the included (or optional) 3.5 mm converter to digital from the phone manufacturer
  • I love that it is now foolproof TRS/TRRS auto-detection
  • I love that it now has selectable latency-free monitoring (aka sidetone)

Learn more on iRig Pre 2

Read the full article with audio samples HERE

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