iClip Acoustic. –Review
Following on from the well-known iRig for electric guitar mobile
technology giant IK Multimedia now moves on
to the acoustic realm to provide an industry first. The iRig
Acoustic is a portable solution to mike up, process
and record any stringed acoustic instrument with many advantages.
The pick shaped device clips on the rim of the sound hole of
any acoustic instrument such a Steel String Acoustic Guitar,
Classical Guitar, Ukulele, and so on. The clamp is made of
soft non-marking rubber and is said to be safe for most instruments.
The package includes Amplitube Acoustic with tone
modelling, and recording facilities. Also the device has a
line out, to which an amplifier or headphones can be connected
for convenient monitoring.
Once plugged in to your preferred IOS device you simply load
up the Amplitube Acoustic application and you
have amp modelling and control at your fingertips. As with
other versions of the application a useful tuner, a handy
recording section for your musical ideas, and a drum machine
to jam along too are included.
I tried the device with a Fender Ukulele and also with an Epiphone
Jumbo Steel string acoustic with good results. The device
was hooked up to my iPad which in turn was outputting to a
pair of amplified studio monitors at a reasonable volume.
The sound was crisp and clear and I didn’t hear any artefacts
due to the processing. I did feel a very slight lag though
I wouldn’t think it be a major issue though. The built in
feedback suppression seemed to do its job as well with no
issues in that respect.
As for the Amplitube Acoustic application, this will be very
familiar to those who already use other versions of Amplitube
and easy to use for those who don’t. The free version can
be downloaded at no cost, this is however quite limited as
to features for serious use the full version includes various
amplifier models, pedals, and effects.
So far I am impressed with this little device, especially as
for a small monetary outlet you can convert any standard acoustic
instrument into one capable of accepting signal processing,
been recorded and more importantly that fact that it can be
amplified through an acoustic amp or PA system.
I would however improve on three aspects of the design.
device has a fixed width and seems a little tight on some
instruments maybe a spring loaded mechanism would make it
easier to fit onto a wider range of instruments.
jack and socket mechanism would be better for the connection
to the device than the captive cable, if the cable breaks
the whole device will be rendered useless rather than replacing
¼” inch output would be preferred for output to standard professional
A great device which no doubt will become a standard in IK Multimedia’s
By Ernest H Slade