Connecting audio interfaces to the assorted cellular and computing gadgets we use as of late is usually a complicated headache. The iRig Professional Duo, which IK Multimedia introduced this 12 months at CES and just lately launched, is a good way to simplify these connections whereas supplying you with all the pliability you might want to file high-quality audio anyplace, with any system.

The fundamentals

The iRig Professional Duo is a brand new addition to IK’s lineup primarily based on the unique iRig Professional, which provides a second XLR enter, because the identify implies. It’s nonetheless fairly small and moveable, becoming roughly in your hand, with built-in energy optionally equipped by way of two AA batteries, whereas you too can energy it by way of USB connection, or with an optionally available devoted plug-in energy adapter accent.

In comparison with desktop gadgets just like the Scarlett Focusrite 2i2 USB audio interface that’s a well-liked customary amongst residence audio fanatics, the iRig Professional Duo is downright tiny. It’s nonetheless beefier than the iRig Professional, in fact, nevertheless it’s an ideal addition to a cellular podcaster’s equipment for finally portability whereas additionally sustaining all of the options and capabilities you want.

The iRig Professional Duo additionally contains balanced L/R 1/four″ output, built-in 48v phantom energy for passive Macs, a three.5mm stereo jack for direct monitoring, 2x MIDI inputs and devoted achieve management with easy LED indicators for 48V energy standing and to point audio enter peaking.

Design

Beveled edges and a barely rounded rectangular field design won’t win the iRig Professional Duo any accolades from the haute design neighborhood, nevertheless it’s a really sensible kind issue for one of these system. Inputs go in a single facet, and output comes out the opposite. IK Multimedia employs a novel connector for its output cables, however gives each one you can want within the field for connecting to Mac, iOS, Home windows and Android gadgets.

The entire thing is wrapped in a matte, barely rubberized exterior floor that feels grippy and sturdy, whereas additionally trying good in an understated means that fits its goal as a facilitation system. The knobs are giant and straightforward to show with fine-grained management, and there are pads on the underside of the Duo to assist it stick a bit higher to a floor like a desk or countertop.

The lighting system is fairly efficient relating to a shorthand for what’s on and dealing along with your system, however that is one space the place it is perhaps good to have a extra complete on-device audio ranges show, for example. Nonetheless, it does the job, and because you’ll seemingly be working with some type of digital audio workflow software program everytime you’re utilizing it that may have a way more detailed visualizer, it’s not likely that a lot of a problem.

Backside line

As talked about, iRig Professional Duo works with just about all platforms out of the field, and has bodily connector cables to make sure it could possibly join to only about each one as effectively. IK Multimedia additionally provides free DAW software program and results, for all platforms – although you do have to choose about which one you’re most occupied with because it’s restricted to at least one piece of software program per buyer.

When you’re in search of a easy, painless and versatile solution to both arrange a solution to lay down some music, or to file a solo or interview podcast, that is an possibility that ticks basically all of the packing containers you can give you.

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