Simply plugging into your iOS device’s headphone socket via its attached lead, the iRig is IK Multimedia’s companion to its iOS versions of the wildly successful AmpliTube modelling software.
It couldn’t be easier to use – just plug your guitar into one end of the cylindrical device, your headphones into the other, and off you go.
While the iRig inputs a decent enough signal, be aware that the unit’s passive circuitry combined with the input and output being in close proximity is a recipe for crosstalk that can result in feedback. This becomes most apparent when using high-gain models in your amp sims, necessitating setting the controls for lower output levels to stop any squealing.
Altogether the device with the most plug-in-and-play simplicity in our round-up. The iRig does the job if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to connect a guitar to an iOS device. Also, it’s either this or the Peavey if you want to use it with AmpliTube.
The Bottom Line
We like: Compact; inexpensive; simple to use
We dislike: The proximity of the input and output means it’s prone to feedback
Click here to listen to a full song recorded using the iRig and AmpliTube's multitrack recorder
Click here to listen to an audio demo of AmpliTube Fender for iOS