IK Multimedia has just released the iRig Pro Quattro I/O. It’s a compact audio interface and mixer with almost every connection you need or need.
We’re sick of the big and we’re sick of the difficulty of use, which is why products like the Teenage Engineering TX-6 and this iRig Pro Quattro I/O are well thought out for the modern user. Consider going out into the wild to collect found sounds, moving between recording studios, settling into various spaces, and performing live with a collection of instruments. The iRig Pro Quattro I/O has you covered.
IK Multimedia is a company that is hard to miss, from their massive collection of plugins like sets of amp simulations to their UNO series of synths, they cover such a huge world in the world of music production and live performance. The latest version of their iRig series, the iRig Pro Quattro I/O, gives users all the options for connections and flexibility in a very small package. We opened the package in the studio and gave it a good test.
The iRig Pro Quattro I/O is many things. It’s an audio interface for Mac, PC, iPhone and Andriod, it’s a standalone mixer and – camera people listen – it can connect to a camera to feed audio. It has 4 combo inputs (mic and instrument), a built-in microphone and headphone output, all powered via 9v DC, USB (mic) or 4 AA batteries.
This all got me thinking – why bring a full recording rig to the next live performance video shoot!?!
After all the experimentation and realizing how flexible this device is, I wondered if the next version might include some sort of SD card slot or internal memory since you can’t use it as a standalone recorder. If IK Multimedia did this, I would guarantee they would take Zoom for their money.
Moving on to other features, there’s a super simple LED display with battery percentage, 48v lights for inputs 1-2 and 3-4, meter levels for all 4 inputs, and left and right outputs. There are 4 buttons for the inputs, a Mic on/off switch for the internal mic, Multi (for multitrack recording), a stereo and mono mode switch, a headphone level button, a line out button and Direct, Loopback and Limiter off/on switches.
As mentioned earlier, all 4 inputs are balanced combo inputs, and inputs 3-4 can also be . Inputs 1-2 are on the top and Inputs 3-4 are on the right side with 3-4 optional line inputs via RCA connections or 6.5mm jack socket. 48v (phantom power) works in banks, with 1 switch for 1-2 and another switch for 3-4. As an avid user of ribbon microphones, I found this slightly annoying.
On the left side of the device there is a Midi input and output – accessible via IK Multimedia’s 2.5mm to MIDI cables, a headphone output, a main stereo output and two left and right XLR outputs from main line level.
At the bottom of the device there is a 9v DC power input, a 3-way power switch between USB, battery or off, USB power and USB host inputs.
I plugged in an electric guitar, synth and stereo piano microphone setup and mixed them together then sent them to Ableton as a stereo mix. The result was great and I thought the preamps were nice and clean. It really hit the mark for me in this app. Moreover, I could have changed mode and recorded this trio of instruments separately. Huge benefits there, with lots of flexibility.
I really wish it could record as a standalone device, but maybe I’m asking too much for a unit of this price. It comes in at 449USD.
All this is a very affordable and flexible device. Whether it’s an audio interface or use as a studio hub or live performance mixer, I can see this being used in many different applications.
Visit the IK Multimedia website for more details.