IK Multimedia has announced that its iRig HD guitar interface is breaking free of its iOS/Mac chains and moving into Android territory. Following hot on the heels of Samsung's Pro-Audio SDK 2.0 platform release, IK has now revealed the Android-friendly iRig HD-A and a special version of its AmpliTube virtual rig app.
The real-time audio processing necessary for musicians to connect the new instrument interface to a mobile device running Android and fire up virtual rig or recording software has been made possible thanks to Samsung's Professional Audio technology, which is reported to make latency issues on Android a thing of the past.
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The iRig HD-A is the first digital guitar interface for Android. It's powered by the mobile device it's connected to and features 24-bit/48 kHz A/D conversion and onboard gain control.
The instrument is plugged into the 0.25-in Hi-Z input jack at one end of the interface, a compatible Samsung device is connected via the supplied OTG cable and headphones or speakers through a 3.5 mm audio jack. Then you're ready to rock. Almost. You'll naturally need some guitar processing software, and IK Multimedia is recommending its new AmpliTube for Samsung Professional Audio app.
AmpliTube is available in three flavors – full, free and LE. The latter includes five digital stomps, one amp head, a speaker cab and two microphones, and is being made available as part of a Galaxy Gifts app bundle.
Currently, the new digital interface for electric guitar or bass and guitar processing app are only supported by Samsung's very latest products, such as the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge. But as Samsung pushes its Professional Audio system (which includes a free music studio app called Samsung SoundCamp) to other mobile devices, the list of compatible devices will grow.
The iRig HD-A is available now for US$99.99, while the full version of the new AmpliTube app is priced at $19.99. Have a look at the promo video below for an idea of what's on offer.