iRig UA - Audio Adapter for Android Devices

IK Multimedia announces the availability of the new iRig UA digital effects processor and audio interface, designed for connecting your guitar or bass to an Android device.

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This multi-instrument compatible interface comes with onboard Digital Signal Processor (DSP), allowing for zero-latency real-time audio processing for almost all types of Android smartphones and tablets that are running version 4.2 or later, OTG USB mode.

Apple's iOS devices have for years been able to do real-time recording and effects processing, and it is only recently that finally guitars can actually be plugged into an Android device and add effects and record audio in real time. The first few that were able to do this were the expensive top tier phones from Samsung, which defeats the purpose of Android being a more affordable and accessible alternative to iOS devices.

Now IK Multimedia has developed a workaround for the hardware limitations of Android phones, that is to install a "Digital Signal Processor" within the adapter itself so that the phone will simply accept an already converted analog signal. This means that all the audio processing load are handled by the iRig UA, freeing up the limited resources of your Android device. This allows for an impressive zero-latency operation for compatible Android devices, even older models. Note that while it can apply real-time effects, digital recording is still limited to Samsung Professional Audio compatible devices.

The company likens iRig UA to the first release of iRig for iOS in 2010, saying that it will mark the start of an even faster expansion of mobile music production, thanks to the widespread use of Android devices. And I won't be surprised if their competitors follow suite because of the big market opportunity that Android adapters will open up.

iRig UA is designed to work in tandem with AmpliTube UA, a special Android version of IK’s popular guitar and bass multi-effects app. The app's default configuration features 21 pieces of virtual gear that you can play with including 9 stompbox effects, 5 amplifiers, 5 cabinets and 2 microphones. This will finally allow Android users to utilize their device as a mobile pedalboard. Thanks to their partnership with respected amp and effects builders like Orange, Fender, Ampeg and Soldano - you can expand your virtual rig conveniently via their website.

Since tone is of most importance to guitarists, IK Multimedia utilized a 24-bit A/D converter with a 44.1/48kHZ sampling rate and a low-noise instrument preamp to ensure transparency and clarity, which the company claims to be audiophile grade.

Connectivity options include 1/4" input for guitar, bass and other line-level instruments, a micro-USB to OTG cable and a 1/8" headphone output. Finally, it has a 1/8" Aux input so you can plug-in your media player to jam with your favorite tracks.

iRig UA is not available from their official retailers and through their online store with a retail price of $99.99. The partner app AmpliTube UA is also now available as a complementary download via the Google Play Store. For more information and other details, head over to IK Multimedia.

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