25 Jun 2012

Engadget: "We turn on the iRig MIX, plug in and rock out...we love it."

Review of IK's new DJ/Audio mixer for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad


"...we turn on the iRig MIX, plug in and rock out. The first thing we noticed was how much nicer it is to have tactile, real-world control over the mixer functionality…you definitely feel more liberated, and less like you are just hunched over the single gadget. The second thing you notice is that you feel less like you are using an app. The whole experience feels just that little bit more proper, which goes a long way to helping creativity flow. It's fun, it's a little wacky, and for that we love it."

 


Here are some quotes from the review of the iRig Mix on Engadget:

"...we turn on the iRig MIX, plug in and rock out. The iRig Mix is light…infinitely portable, and this is, of course, a key feature."

"While this is a hardware accessory, there is a companion software component that bears mentioning. Also, as you'll most likely be using this with software in the real world, it's important to see how the two interact. IK Multimedia makes a number of music-related apps, but its DJ Rig iPhone app, in particular, has features designed to work with the iRig MIX."

"There is a free version of DJ Rig, which has all the essential functions you might need for basic DJ mixing, or you can pay $5 to unlock more advanced features. With just one iPad / iPhone and DJ Rig -- plus the mixer of course -- you have all the ingredients you need to plug into a sound system and get going. Head over to the apps settings and choose "Split" mode, and that's about as much set up as you need to do."

"You're not restricted to using IK Multimedia's software solutions though. In fact, pretty much any DJ app with an audio split function (which is most of the good ones) will do the trick. Simply activate that feature, and set one of the decks in the app to "monitor" (i.e., send to headphones). This will send each track down either the left or right channel of a single stereo feed, which the mixer can then treat separately -- the first thing we noticed was how much nicer it is to have tactile, real-world control over the mixer functionality…you definitely feel more liberated, and less like you are just hunched over the single gadget. The second thing you notice is that you feel less like you are using an app. The whole experience feels just that little bit more proper, which goes a long way to helping creativity flow."

"While so far this has all been DJ-related, there are actually more potential uses for it than just that. Those two inputs can happily receive any line-level audio, so straight away you can use it for pretty much any basic mixing task. Add in the fact that there is a 1/4-inch input (helpfully marked out with a guitar icon) and this could also be useful for a small, bar-friendly live act that wants to have limited control over the vocals, guitar and backing track. Likewise, if you work or play with multiple audio streams at home on your computer, this could happily sit on your desk, letting you control things by hand. Although this is heavily marketed as an iOS accessory at its core, it's still a simple, portable two-channel analog mixer that'll deal with any audio you pipe throw it."

"It's fun, it's a little wacky, and for that we love it."

Read the full review from James Trew of Engadget for the iRig Mix.

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