Hey what’s good fam, got another review for ya!
Today I’m checking the latest mobile interface from IK Multimedia.
Let’s dig in!
What is the iRig Pro Duo?
This is a mobile/portable interface that is truly portable, meaning it can actually run on batteries.
Oh, and it’s a stereo interface, so not just for guitar or mic hookup! I’ve personally been asking for that for a while.
Other than that it’s got 2 xlr combo jacks, 1/4″ outputs, MIDI in and out, headphone out, and even has phantom power.
Basically, it has everything you’d need in an interface, runs on batteries, and works with Mac, PC, Android, and iOS.
- connectivity: 2 x XLR (phantom power)/1/4″ combo inputs, 2 x 1/4″ outputs, headphone out, MIDI in/out
- power: USB, battery, 9VDC
- price: $199
- product page: ikgear.com/irigproduo
How does it sound?
I have to say the inputs on the iRig Pro Duo are very clean, even at high gain levels.
I didn’t really notice too much noise until I turned the gain all the way up when using a dynamic mic, backing it off just a little seemed to fix that issue.
I wouldn’t normally record with that much gain but of course I wanted to test it just in case!
When recording line level I got exactly what I put into the device, the recorded quality sounded like what I heard coming out of my devices, which is a good thing.
Overall I think it has a great sound, both for line level instrument input and microphone input, at least with the two dynamic mics I tested it with.
No artifacts in the recording and I didn’t find any detail missing from the auido.
So what’s the bottom line?
If you’ve been waiting for a truly portable audio interface this is definitely something to take a look at. Not only for iOs and Android but even as a small unit for laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1 devices.
I give the iRig Pro Duo 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a compact interface with plenty of connectivity for serious work, not to mention it’s truly mobile being that it can run on 2 AA batteries.
I personally would have prefered a “non shiny” finish on the front, something more matte like their iRig Pro, HD, and similar devices.
I only had a few times where I got a little bit of feedback and had to unplug the device to reset it, which I’m used to doing dealing with iOS, not to mention the fact that I’m still running on an iPad 2, so it most definitely could have been something on my end.
Having the ability to control direct monitoring is super helpful, and the fact that you have regular 1/4″ inputs, and outputs allows you to hook it up in most situations. I was also happy to see they included MIDI input/output as well, making it a super compact but full featured interface.
If you don’t need a lot of inputs, and really want something that is truly portable (battery powered is awesome) definitely give this one a good look.
Go on over and check it out: http://ikgear.com/irigproduo
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!