IK Multimedia Unleashes iRig Mix & DJ Rig – iOS DJ Gear
iRig MIX, the first mobile mixer for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, looks interesting but the Italian company’s new DJ Rig iOS app doesn’t excite…
IK Multimedia has announced iRig MIX, the first mobile mixer for iOS devices – iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. iRig MIX offers the same controls you would expect from a traditional DJ mixer (crossfader, cues, EQ and volume controls, etc.) in an ultra-compact mobile mixer that can be used with a huge variety of iOS DJ mixing and other apps.
» 2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel cross-fader
» Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTube, VocaLive)
» Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
» Headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
» Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
» “X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the included DJ Rig free app
» Can aso be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
» Includes 4 free apps: DJ Rig, AmpliTube, VocaLive, GrooveMaker
iRig MIX allows DJs to use a setup with two iOS devices (one plugged into each of the independent channels) OR a single iOS device. For the single iOS device setup, the output of the single device is split into dual-mono and sent to the individual channels. Additionally – for the first time on any DJ mixer – iRig MIX can be used for mixing any type of audio source (coming from mp3 players, CD players, etc.) with an iOS device using automatic tempo matching and beat syncing. This is accomplished with X-Sync, a feature that works in combination with the DJ Rig free app from IK Multimedia that is included with iRig MIX.
iRig MIX also features an extra guitar/microphone input that facilitates processing with popular apps like AmpliTube and VocaLive or any other apps that offer real-time audio effects and processing. Its standard RCA output connectors provide direct connection to PA systems or powered speakers.
The compact size and low profile of the iRig MIX allows it to be easily be carried in a small
manpurse bag. Plus its low-voltage power supply (only 5VDC) lets it be powered not only by any regular mobile device charger, but also by suitable iOS battery pack or laptop USB port for maximum mobility to mix anywhere.
iRig MIX costs $99.99 / €74.99 and will be available in February 2012 from electronic and music retailers around the world. It includes 4 free apps (downloads from the iTunes app store): DJ Rig, the new professional DJ mixing app from IK (see below), AmpliTube, VocaLive, and GrooveMaker.
IK Multimedia also announced DJ Rig, a double-deck DJ mixing app for iPhone that still utilizes the dopey, circa 1978 turntable imagery instead of scratchable, moving waveforms or some other innovation.
DJ Rig provides instant song play from the device’s music library, tempo sync, sample-based pads, performance recording and an arsenal of DJ effects. Together with the aforementioned iRig MIX, DJ Rig is a portable setup for mobile DJs and musicians.
» Direct access to iPod library and playlists
» Automatic fast BPM detection with OnTempo auto-sync technology
» Drag and zoom of waveform display
» Deck controls: Volume, Pitch, 3-Band kill EQ, headphones and cross fader
» Automatic looping: create loops with tempo divisions always on the beat
» Live recorder allows recording of the full mixing gigs
» Supports all major audio formats including MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF
» Landscape and portrait interfaces
» Customizable deck interface – (Can we lose those lame faux-turntables? —Ed.)
» Effects deck with XY touch interface and 12 effects: Delay, Flanger, Crush, Filter High Pass, Filter Low Pass, Filter Band Pass, Compressor, Wah, Phaser, Fuzz, Reverb, Stutter
» X-Sync mode detects the BPM from external audio sources in real-time and automatically syncs the tempo of internal decks to external devices
» On-the-fly sampler with 4 banks of 9 pads with 10 pad sound banks plus expandable sample libraries and live sampling functionality
» Scratching engine modeled on real deck behavior with CloneDeck™ technology, for scratching with cut-to-the-beat for professional results
» 4 visual cue points per song
» 3 crossfader curves available
» Auto level-detect and adjustment of the volume for each song to always create balance between decks
» Crossfade EQ allows fading between decks with bass or high filters for perfectly smooth transitions
» Multiple output configurations to work with any kind of audio setup
DJ Rig is coming soon for the iPhone/iPod touch with both a regular and free version. A universal iPad app is also in development and will be released shortly after. The regular version will be available for only $9.99 / €7.99 and will offer all the 12 available effects and 10 pad sound banks. The free version will have no limitation other than a reduced set of 6 effects and 1 pad sound bank. The free version will be expandable to the complete set of features of the regular version via in-app purchase.