iRig Pro I/O Audio Interface for iOS/Mac/PC – First Look

July 25, 2019 posted by

in this video we're taking a first look at the iRig Pro IO which is an audio interface it's a guitar interface it's a MIDI interface for your iPhone your iPad or your Mac or PC so let's go hi my name is Pete and welcome to studio life today where my goal is to help you create record and release your best music and one of the ways you can do that is through an audio interface so in this one I'm going to unbox and tell you a little bit about this one from Ike a multimedia the iRig Pro IO let's jump in now now Irene have been around mobile recording in particular for a really long time in fact you may recognize this this is the original iRig guitar interface out of three and a half mil jack here it's got a headphone jack and you plug it your guitar quarter-inch cable into the end there and this works great and still works great with any of your device's your iPhones your iPads that have a headphone jack but more recently a lot of you devices are moving away from the three and a half mil headphone jack and now only have a lightning connector so that's where something like the iRig Pro IO can really come in handy now one of the first questions you may have is what is something like this gonna set me back well this is a $150 u.s. interface so it's not on the cheap side but it does have a lot of flexibility you do get a lightning cable and a USB cable included so you can use it with your iOS devices without a lightning to USB adapter that's pretty cool and you can plug it directly into your Mac or PC and as I mentioned it has not only guitar and a mic preamp but also MIDI in and out so that's a lot of features for a device like this so let's open this up now and see what you get inside the box now full disclosure I have already opened this up just to have a quick look I couldn't resist but we will reopen it now and we'll pull out the box inside because the packaging itself is actually really quite cool so there's our box we'll put that to the side but inside you get this little action here you've got all the I came all T media documentation in the front here if I can pull that out so you've got all your manuals your product catalogues and your licenses so you get licenses for some software we'll talk about that in a and then inside the box if I can really coordinated Li open it as I was saying inside the box we get the iRig Pro IO and a box of cables which is really handy really useful as well so let's take out the device here first of all we'll put the box to one side and let's take a look around the iRig Pro IO so on the front here we've got our indicator lights here we've got a game dial here now this is a really nice feeling dial you know some dials you turn and they'll start sort of spinning in place this one ain't going nowhere that's very very cool on the base of the unit here is our input so we have a TRS or a quarter inch input here for our guitar cable or an instrument cable and it's also an XLR input so that doubles as a combo jack now you can get this in a dual mode this is a single one so the dual is a two channel interface if you need stereo input or you want to connect and record two things at once you can go for the dual model I just went for this because I'm usually recording only one device at a time especially when I'm on the go at the end here is our a connection cable that's where all our cables plug into a little din connector there we put a DC in so you can plug this into a power adapter sold separately or you can use a sort of off-the-shelf one and apparently these do use quite a bit of power so by default they're powered by two double-a batteries which are included in the box I was happy to say batteries are included but apparently if they go through the batteries reasonably quickly so if you're using it in a studio environment you may want to invest in an adapter a DC power adapter for your iRig Pro IO now on one side of the device here we have a headphone jack very welcome addition and a volume slider there for our headphones on the other side we have MIDI in and out but you'll be thinking what are these these little three and a half mil or they may even be two and a half mil connections these are for our MIDI in and out and the cables are included in the box that will actually work with these so yes it's not your standard MIDI 5-pin din adapters or USB you're gonna have to use the adapter that's included in there and of course you have phantom power so we've got to switch there to turn phantom power on off so that's everything that we have there on the device let's jump in and take a look at what else is in the box and take a look at these cables so the other part of the box here is this one here the little box Oh cables now these we're all nicely wrapped up but I've since open them and taken a bit of a look so I have reracked them hopefully okay so here they are you get four cables here in the box now let's show you these MIDI cables first off so you can see here we've got two MIDI cables now one end I'm thinking that's actually a two and a half mil get it out of there I think that might be a two and a half mil adaptor there and then we've got the five pin MIDI din connection so I've got two of these cables hang onto these because I can't imagine they're super easy to find they're a bit of a not proprietary format but they wouldn't be easy to get a replacement of those cables and make sure you keep those somewhere safe the other cables we're getting this is where this comes into its own is that you get not that one but this one the one with the little red ring around it it's got the connector there which is goes into the end that we showed you here so that goes into that end the other end here dr. lightning so this is why this is cooler as a lightning adapter but the other thing that's cool is it's not just lightning so unlike some devices that just plug in via lightning you also have the USB option and that makes it really handy because you can use it with a Mac or a PC right now but the other thing is that when all of our devices in iOS start using USB C which hey is probably coming the writings kind of on the wall there so if your iPhone or your iPad or you're already on an iPad pro and you've got a USB C you'll be able to use this cable and a USB to USB C adapter and this will therefore still be usable so the problem with lightening devices that the reason that I don't own a lot of lightning devices is that I'm concerned that once my iOS devices go to USBC they will be obsolete this is gonna last me even if I upgraded to a brand new iPad pro so that is pretty cool and those little manuals and guides that we've got here in the box the first thing here is your user manual so that's going to get you started a QuickStart guide there for the device we've then got a product catalog so that you can go and buy all the other I can multi media products you want and importantly we've got I'll show it to you backwards because I won't show you my registration code in serial number not that any of you would go and register and get the free apps but you can register the product and download the free apps using that one there so that is pretty cool why don't we just we're not going to actually play this in this video that will be coming up I just wanted to talk you through this and show you around the device in this video and then we'll come back and we'll be checking out the audio quality and how this works in a future video but let's just plug it in to the iPad and just see how easy it is to get connected and get started so here's my iPad running GarageBand you can see there it's just using the onboard mic at the moment but we have here the Lightning connection and our plug here ready to go into our iRig Pro IO so let's plug in awkwardly I'll put that down for a moment let's plug in this din adapter to the other end I don't really like these sort of cables because you can never tell the direction they go in but there you go that's plugged in there and now it's asking if we want to turn on monitoring we're gonna say yes and there you go it's now using this USB device so all we need to do now is to plug in a guitar a microphone our MIDI into here and this will be able to be used here in GarageBand and that will be coming up in a future video so stay subscribe to the channel and you gotta see this device in action here in GarageBand on my iPad so there you go on paper the iRig Pro IO for a portable flexible audio interface seems to really stack up will it be enough to replace the USB audio interfaces that I love to use via my lightning to USB adapter we'll only time will tell so hang around here on the channel and we'll find out together if you do want to check this out right now head down to the description or go to StudioLive slash gear that's my gear guy where you'll find affiliate links to all of the products that I use and recommend thanks for watching I'll see you next time


23 Replies to “iRig Pro I/O Audio Interface for iOS/Mac/PC – First Look”

  1. Tom Alawatte says:

    Very cool

  2. dannyeliot says:

    Hi, Pete. I've had my iRig Pro for years and it works well with guitar or a microphone.

  3. Olivier Fajardo says:

    I got the IK iRig HD 2 and works excellent. I like this yours because the microphone (XLR) in , more flexibility. Waiting for the review. Blessings Pete!

  4. Olivier Fajardo says:

    I got the IK iRig HD 2 and works excellent. I like this yours because the microphone (XLR) in , more flexibility. Waiting for the review. Blessings Pete!

  5. Andrew Reynolds says:

    great explanation Pete, I have often wondered. How these interfaces worked. Cheers mate.

  6. Edgardo Zavala says:


  7. Duty Free says:

    Hi Pete, thanks for your informative video.

    I've got (and used) a number of IK Multimedia hardware products (not to mention their better known software) and I'm generally impressed. Disclaimer – I have no relationship to IK Multimedia and other manufacturers make fine products as well😁.

    I started with the iRig2 guitar 🎸 interface with the earphone-jack type of connection to my iPad. It worked really well, for starters and I used it for my initial recordings and also in a live performance. But I was seduced to upgrade to the…

    iRig HD2 guitar interface. I love this. It is my main interface for my electric guitars 🎸 and bass, both for recording and for live performances, and I think that it does a great job. But I have only one concern – the output cable connects to it via a mini-USB (or is it micro, I get confused) port which is becoming loose after too much inadvertent wiggling. So the connection is not always ideal. I see this as a weakness, which I hope that the connectors on your new I/O version will overcome.

    I also have the iRig Acoustic Stage device for quick, easiy and reversible micking-up of my acoustic guitar. This is such a cool device. I've used it for recording and live performances (output either to an amp or to a PA system). I'm very happy with this investment.

    I have an iRig Blueboard pedal board for controlling my virtual effects pedals. I've used it to control effects in both Amplitube and Tonebridge presets in live performances. πŸ‘

    Lastly, I'm using the iRig Mic Studio 🎀. This is a (usb) large diaphragm condenser mic and it is the best of the bunch listed here. I'm so pleased by this product. It has transformed my recording of vocals, acoustic instruments, percussion or ambient sounds. Sadly, however, I still can't sing! πŸ™„πŸ˜³. But if someone CAN sing, I highly recommend this.

    I'm very interested to see how your tests and experiences with your new I/O device turn out, as maybe my wobbly connection iRig HD2 might need to be replaced at some point.

    Last point, IK Multimedia are currently heavily promoting their new guitar interface, which is called the AXE I/O. It looks great and is getting good reviews, but it is a bit more expensive than any of the above. I also think it is more suited to the studio than to live contexts.

    Words are easy….. If anyone wants to see and hear these products in action, my amateur (and low skilled learner) outputs can be found on my YouTube channel. (but if you do, apologies for the singing in advance!!) All my recordings are done on my iPad, using the earphone or lightning connections, and mixed using Garageband. No other hardware or software are involved (except for effects).

    My YouTube channel can be found at
    Live performances using the iRig HD2 and the iRig Acoustic Stage can be found at

  8. Greg Benson says:

    Awesome! Video Pete your videos are so helpful thank you for sharing

  9. Alpha Futures Trading says:

    I never managed to make Irig2 work on my 2010 Imac.
    Tried the headphones input, the Audio input in and although with audio input it shows as an option within garageband preferences, it is impossible to hear my guitar when it works fine on Iphone/Ipad. No. Clear guidance from Irig’s forum and website, and it β€œworks with some Imacs”. Thanks for that! That is support! Any help from someone who is experiencing the same issue? Until I solve this there is no way I am buying anything from a company who writes on the box that their product is compatible with IMac when it does in fact β€œdepend”..

  10. tosha lazarus says:

    Surprised at how diverse given the size ! Compact! Power!

  11. Gerard Vinar says:

    Hi again Pete, great video!
    This is the only interface I’ve owned, albeit the Pro Duo version and wondered how it stacks up against something like a Focusrite?
    I used this the other day into GarageBand via the iPad to make my first video using GarageBand. ( By My Side)
    Did I perhaps make you aware of the device ?
    Just curious πŸ˜‰
    Although I could have done without the white noise in the background, which was on my vocal channel and completely my fault and was due to my inexperience using GarageBand.
    I’ll know better next time!
    Getting back to the device, I’ve been using prior to my GarageBand awakening just plugged straight into my phone to capture both audio and video live.
    Cheers mate

  12. Pete Bowen says:

    I've owned the original iRig (you showed), it worked but noisy and only for amateur use. I gave mine away. I then bought an iRig Pro (not HD), it works as advertisd. Let me tell you something very unusual about it. After I owned it for (guessing) six months. The outside case became very sticky, like the plastic melted. I do live in a hot climate here in Thailand but I've never had this problem with anything else. I wrote iRig about it but they declined to do anything about it. It's still functional, just annoyingly sticky to work with. It's also covered in lint and dirt because everything sticks to it. I actually purchased a different one, the iRig HD2. This is pretty cool because you can attach it to a microphone stand for use in live performances. I'll use this instead of a pedalboard with the Bias guitar app. I have my iPhone mounted right there on a stalk off the mic stand. I do use the Steinburg UR12 most of the time. So, I've been a fan of iRig from the beginning. I'm not pleased with the stick one though ; )

  13. 650Thunderbird says:

    Nice bit of kit there, Pete! IK have some decent gear/software, Amplitube 4 is great, IMO.

  14. Sandro de Souza says:

    Thanks for the video, always learning from you, can you please let me know how to connect my iPad Pro 11 USB-C to an audio interface I have the Arturo’s audiofuse. Looked everywhere and can’t understand. Thanks!

  15. Beats by iNSPiRATiON says:

    Does it help you upload to YouTube without losing audio quality πŸ˜”

  16. Broke Chain says:

    Great video Pete! I actually have really enjoyed the products from IK Multimedia


    Thank you for sharing always tips that can help us drop awesome music

  18. Marcus Manderson says:

    They have some great stuff. I finally unboxed a pair of iLoud Micro Monitors after having it sit in a box for several months. LOL.

  19. Seymour Creatively says:

    Thanks Pete now I gotta spend $. πŸ€£πŸ™

  20. kickoverthestatues says:

    Bizarrely, the plastic feels like quality. The gadget does what it says on the side of the box.

  21. Joseph Carmona says:


  22. George Elliot says:

    Was this just released

  23. Pete Johns says:

    Check out the iRig Pro I/O on Amazon here –
    Or the two channel version, which is currently the same price!? –

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