13 Sep 2012

iRig PRE: "The Most Mobile Recording Solution You Could Think Of"

MacProVideo says: "Definitely worth checking out"


"The iRig PRE is just about the most mobile recording solution you could think of when paired with a recent iOS device and an XLR-connected mic. The ability to feed phantom power makes it really useful and recording quality is great."


MacProVideo, the news, music gear reviews and training site for all things Apple related has got up close and personal with iRig PRE and concludes "If you record on the move but want studio quality sound, it's definitely worth checking out!"

Hollin Jones, one of their most experienced and respected reviewers, has given iRig PRE a thorough checkout. Here are some of his comments:

"Until now, getting a studio mic connected to your iOS device has meant either a fiddly workaround or getting something like the Alesis StudioDock which, while an excellent piece of kit, requires plugging into the mains and could be considered overkill if all you want to do is record one condenser mic."

"Enter IK Multimedia's iRig PRE, the latest in the company’s ever increasing range of music hardware for iOS. It is, essentially, a fairly simple piece of kit. Pop in the 9v battery and connect the mini jack to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad’s headphone port."

"I tested it out and found recording quality to be great – the long cable between the PRE and the iPhone is helpful because it lets you position things a bit more flexibly – and my Rode NT1 sounded much like it does when I record it through other, computer-based audio interfaces."

"Using the PRE with VocaLive is interesting too. Thanks to the onboard monitoring you can speak or sing into your mic (it works with non-phantom powered mics too of course), have it processed through the various effects in the app and then hear it monitored back, with impressively low latency"

Hollin's final conclusion is:

"The iRig PRE is just about the most mobile recording solution you could think of when paired with a recent iOS device and an XLR-connected mic. The ability to feed phantom power makes it really useful and recording quality is great. If you record on the move but want studio quality sound, at a shade under 30 Euros, it’s definitely worth checking out!"

Read Hollin's full review in MacProVideo here

 

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