IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2 Midi Interface

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84 out of 100. Incorporating 175+ ratings and reviews.

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$80
IK Multimedia iRig MIDI 2 Midi Interface

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 84/100 is based on analysis of 175+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments below.

The iRig MIDI 2 from IK Multimedia is described by the makers as a 'Universal MIDI interface' and it does offer more connectivity options than other interfaces.

On top of being USB class compliant, it comes with a lightning cable for connecting to IOS devices directly so you won't need Apple's USB to Lightning adapter.

Also optionally available are 30-pin connectors for older IOS devices as well as a Micro-USB-OTG connection for Android devices that take this size and have OTG support.

The unit features 3 MIDI ports: In, Out and Thru and these have light indicators as well.

In addition to the interface buyers also get access to a variety of free IK Multimedia software including SampleTank 4 SE for Mac/Pc and various apps for IOS and Android.

Specifications

  • Number of MIDI Ports:1 MIDI In, 1 MIDI Out, 1 MIDI Thru
  • Compatibility:Class compliant and compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux and Android via OTG to Mini-DIN cable
  • Power Supply: Host device (USB/Lightning Cable)
  • Size: 1.95"(W) x 3.1"(D) x 1.18"(H)
  • Weight: 2.12oz

Pros

Many users praise how simple it is to use and integrate their iOS device to MIDI devices. It has a very quick response and low latency close to real time. It's flexible to use since it lets you attach either a lightning cable or USB cable. Some have mentioned that it's very small in size that makes it easy to carry around and In his review, saintjoe from soundsandgear.com has mentioned it's a "truly mobile MIDI interface that works with any MIDI capable device since it allows you to hook up with standard MIDI cables."

Cons

One minor flaw many reviewers mention is its dependence on power of its host device which for tablets and phones means you can't charge at the same time. This is expected with compact midi interfaces though. Some owners have taken issue with the free software, both for difficulties in the registration process as well them not being full versions. Also it doesn't come with any midi cables so you'll need a few of these to get going.

Overall

If you want the flexibility to connect easily to multiple types of devices, particularly IOS then this is a reasonable option.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Interfaces.

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