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You might be forgiven that this is another acoustic microphone juiced up and just like any other… your way wrong and then some.
What you have here is a veritable magic wand that will allow you to create a massive pallet of tones; this pickup can be attached to any string instrument with a sound hole, classical guitars included without the need to have to drill or modify, that’s always great news. However you would struggle lets say for instance on mandolin or a violin so it’s mainly for acoustics and other instruments that have sound holes.
So! What do you get? for a start the fantastic MEMS (Micro Electrical-Mechanical System) is a pick shaped microphone that attaches to the instruments sound hole that enables you to capture the pure tone and vibrancy of the instrument.
The pickup can then be connected to the IRig adapter, this allows you to record, change the sound of your guitar and add post production effects, you can plug headphones in or attach the whole system to a dedicated amplifier/sound system.
One of the great features on this that its android compatible, so that on its own is worth the investment, as you’d expect from IK Multimedia they have left no stone unturned regarding the set up and ease of use of the IRig pickup, a really smart feature in the software is the calibration feature that allows you to calibrate the pickup to the sound of your guitar, this allows you to wring every ounce of tone out of the instrument.
There’s no argument that the best acoustic guitar sound reproduction comes from placing a high-end condenser studio microphone in just the right position in front of the guitar. iRig Acoustic, when used with AmpliTube Acoustic, is designed to perfectly replicate that ideal mic placement and accurately capture the full frequency range, tonal character and complex harmonics and overtones of acoustic guitars. It's able to do this thanks to the combination of its uniquely designed microphone enclosure, which combines the latest MEMS (MicroElectrical-Mechanical System) microphone technology with an omnidirectional polar pattern, placement of the microphone just inside the sound hole where the output is optimal and the sound is very detailed and focused, and the “calibration” process that optimizes the guitar sound like it is being miked externally with a high quality studio microphone. These technologies combine to capture the "complete picture" of an acoustic guitar — every vibration and sonic interaction — unlike piezo-electric pickups or magnetics that just capture the vibrations of the body top or strings. Simply put, iRig Acoustic delivers a pure and full representation of an acoustic guitar's tonal characteristics.
iRig Acoustic utilizes a MEMS microphone to deliver amazingly real acoustic sound. MEMS (MicroElectrical-Mechanical System) is the cutting edge of microphone technology — you are most likely already utilizing this technology without even knowing for many smartphones use MEMS technology mics. These microphones are very efficient and offer outstanding reliability and audio capture. They deliver a very precise compensation and accurate flat frequency response while being very resistant to mechanical vibrations that produce unwanted sounds, thus providing a very clear, open tone. In addition, MEMS mics are very durable and stable so iRig Acoustic will deliver consistent, detailed and focused sound performance after performance.
iRig Acoustic offers you the convenience of being easy to install (or remove) on any guitar — no modification of any instrument is required to use iRig Acoustic. It simply securely clips on to the rim of the soundhole of an acoustic instrument and you’re ready to play. Because you can easily install and remove it, you can use iRig Acoustic on all of your acoustics, even during the same set!
What truly makes iRig Acoustic unique is the fact that it delivers studio-quality sound AND allows players to freely move around on stage or in the studio without feedback or altering the sound. This is virtually impossible to do when utilizing traditional acoustic miking techniques in the studio or in live performance situations.
iRig Acoustic plugs into your device headphone/input jack with a standard 1/8” TRRS cable that also allows you to monitor your performance thanks to the female stereo output jack placed on the in-line cable. Plug your headphones into this jack for private practice and monitoring, or you can line out to a mixer or powered speaker for full stereo acoustic performance.
The body of iRig Acoustic is made of soft non-marring rubber material so it prevents scratches and marks when being installed or removed from an instrument. It can be installed on any stringed instruments with a circular sound-hole — steel-string acoustics, nylon-string classicals, ukuleles and more.
iRig Acoustic comes with AmpliTube Acoustic FREE (download on the App Store), the new acoustic-specific AmpliTube app designed for processing and recording acoustic guitar and ukuleles.
First, when used with iRig Acoustic, the AmpliTube Acoustic app features a calibration and setup process that measures and optimizes the frequency response of your acoustic instrument and provides the “sweet spot” sonic clarity, tonal characteristics and projection that you normally get in the studio with an expensive high-end studio condenser microphone positioned in just the right spot. iRig Acoustic and AmpliTube Acoustic deliver that ultimate level of acoustic realness and character as an optimized system for a fraction of the cost.
As an acoustic tone studio, AmpliTube Acoustic features top-of-the-line emulations of popular acoustic amplifiers — 2 solid state amps and one tube amp, all with their own built-in effects sections — and stompbox effects, including a live performance “Feed Kill” feedback eliminator (hey, it happens), an acoustic compressor, graphic EQ and Parametric EQ; a 12-String emulator, a “Bass Maker” octave pedal, plus a “Body Modeler” that converts the sound of your guitar into another style of guitar. Need a parlor guitar sound for a specific song? No problem — just use the body modeler!
AmpliTube Acoustic also features all the goodies that make AmpliTube the world’s most popular mobile guitar and bass tone studios — a 4-track looper, 8-track recorder/DAW, speed trainer and UltraTuner, the world’s most accurate digital tuner. AmpliTube Acoustic is your new complete mobile Acoustic tone studio!
iRig Acoustic is the first affordable, innovative, patent-pending microphone pickup that installs in seconds — it quickly mounts securely in the soundhole of your flattop acoustic. Plug the 1/8” TRRS jack into the headphone jack of your compatible iPhone, iPad, iPhone touch, or Android and it delivers the full range true natural sound of your Acoustic guitar right to your device and right to your audience.
iRig Acoustic works with GarageBand for iPhone/iPad by itself, but for the best sound quality use it with AmpliTube Acoustic (free or full version) and route the audio to a GarageBand track using the Inter-App audio routing feature.
Compatible with iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2, iPad. iOS 4.3 or later is required.
To be compatible, the mobile device must be compliant with the CTIA/AHJ wiring standard, which is illustrated as follows. As of today, all popular Android devices branded Samsung, LG, Motorola, Google Nexus, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Lenovo, Xiaomi and more, use this standard.
AmpliTube for Samsung Pro Audio is compatible with Android devices that support Samsung Professional Audio technology, like the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 require Android 5.
Mac®: Most Mac computers from 2008-2013 are compatible with the exception of the Mac Pro line.
There are issues with 2014 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models as well as late 2013 iMac models, making them not compatible.
Aside from the above Mac models, you can check for your Mac compatibility by selecting:
About This Mac > More Info > System Report > Audio and check that "External Microphone / iPhone headset" is appearing on the list of included features.
This product has not been reviewed yet.