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IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic review

Time to go mobile with your acoustic recording?

  • £42
  • €60.99

Our Verdict

A solid package at a decent price that provides a good mobile recording option.

Pros

  • Well priced.

Cons

  • Picks up fretboard finger/string noise.

MusicRadar Verdict

A solid package at a decent price that provides a good mobile recording option.

Pros

  • +

    Well priced.

Cons

  • -

    Picks up fretboard finger/string noise.

The best way to record an acoustic is with a decent condenser mic, but that's a bit of a faff if you're in a hurry.

Thankfully, IK has put its brainiacs on the case, and the result is the first iRig for acoustic players. Like Fishman's Aura technology, the idea is to recreate that detailed condenser tonality with modelling tech.

To achieve this, the iRig is paired with the AmpliTube Acoustic app on an iOS or Android device. There's a free version that offers several presets, or the full version (£7.99) with expanded amp and model options.

The iRig itself is a plectrum- shaped MEMS mic/interface that's easy to secure to the inside of your soundhole. After calibrating our dreadnought with the app (this is vital to ensure you get the right levels) and choosing the 'Friendly' preset, we strum, fingerpick and...it really does present the character of a condenser mic well.

It's surprisingly sensitive, but owing to its positioning on the body it picks up more fretboard finger/string noise than we'd like.

It's still a worthy compromise for anyone who has neither the time or facilities to set up a condenser, and with Audiobus support for use with recording apps as well as AmpliTube's onboard tuner and one-track recorder, this is the firsttime acoustic musicians have an easy hardware and app package to inspire mobile recording.

Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.