The iRig HD is a connector that allows you to plug in your iOS device or computer to a guitar which in turn is plugged into an amp. The software that comes with the device allows you to add many effects to your guitar. The app works with HK Mulitmedia’s own software Amplitube, Apple’s GarageBand, or other apps dedicated to adding guitar effects. The device is similar to HK’s own iRig Stomp but it provides better sound and more features. The iRig HD is available from IK Multimedia for $99.99.
The iRig HD is a small, black device. The device has two ports, one on either side. One side has a port for the guitar and the other has a port for the iOS device. The form of the device pretty straightforward. The device is built well, the ports don’t feel like they will easily break. The device is made to take some hits (as with any device, I would not intentionally test this out), it is made to be carried around a lot so any traveling musician will appreciate it’s portability and it’s ability to take a hit. The way the device is built is nice. It’s well made, definitely a plus in my book. Something that requires a bit more examination is not the hardware but the software. The app that is made for the iRig HD is called Amplitube and it is free on the App Store. Of course, there are other more specified options you can buy, such as Hendrix Amplitube, but I will only cover the basic free Amplitube. The app is designed well. It is well put together and it is easy to configure and work with. The app is made for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. I like to use it on my iPad the best because the layout on it is better as it has more landscape, however all versions of the app are easy to work with. Overall, the form of the product and the app that comes with it excels.
The iRig HD is no different in the function department either. The device is easy to set up with your iOS device and guitar/amp. Once it is set up, you have access to many effects through either the Amplitube or GarageBand apps. I made the complaint before on the iRig Stomp that the iRig Stomp needed to use one of the available slots for pedals to reduce the static noise. I am pleased to say that that is no longer necessary. The iRig HD has the initials HD for a reason and the clarity of the sound proved it. There was absolutely no static nor unnecessary noise whatsoever. The hardware and software work together to provide an excellent experience and some cool features that make it even more enjoyable. The iRig HD has an indicator light telling you if there is too much or too little volume or if it’s just right so you can get the best sound. The app includes features such as the ability to take out the voice out of any song so you can hear the music parts in the song more clearer or the app’s ability to record what you play. The device and the app provide excellent sounds for your guitar that any musician would be pleased to use.
-Ease of use of both hardware and software
-Product is well-made
-Added features add to the product
Things to Improve
At this time, there is no need for improvement.
The iRig HD is a great companion for any guitarist, providing you with great sounds and great features that any musician would want to get their hands on. The iRig HD earns five stars from me! Once again, great job IK Multimedia.
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