IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O Review

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O: what is it?

IK Multimedia’s iRig range includes a selection of compact interfaces for studio and mobile use. The devices generally support iOS and Android, are simple to use and excellent value for money.

With its small size, 4-in/2-out capabilities, MIDI I/O, and multiple power options (4xAA batteries, host USB, micro USB, or 9V mains), their latest addition, iRig Pro Quattro I/ O, check the box as a mobile interface.

Plus, with additional mono and stereo modes, you also have a mobile podcast/broadcast front end. Add a built-in mic and optional two-mic capsules and Quattro I/O becomes a field recording interface.

Finally, without a USB host connected, you can simply use Quattro I/O as a 4-in/2-out audio mixer to power other devices such as cameras.

Underpinning it all are four ultra-low-noise mic preamps with 48V phantom power, up to 24-bit 96kHz operation, and asynchronous USB for ultra-low conversion jitter, delivering excellent audio quality.

Quattro I/O is available in regular and deluxe packages, and the extra $100 gets you the iRig stereo mics complete with windscreen, carrying pouch, mini-DIN to USB-C cable, and power adapter. external power supply.

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O: performance and verdict

Out of the box, the hand-sized unit is small but reasonably heavy, with a rather tactile rubberized feel. The controls are on the front panel with the connections on the sides. The battery compartment is on the back and over it you can clip a small panel with UNC camera thread for mounting.

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Connections are conveniently grouped, with inputs top right, outputs left, and power and USB connections bottom. Some mini connectors (mini-DIN for host and mini-jack for MIDI) are used to save space, but it’s nice to see XLRs for inputs and outputs.

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Front panel input gain and output level controls (headphones and line out) are linked by switches, including built-in mic on/off (this uses input 1) and operating mode (multi, stereo, mono).

At the top you have a multi-part LED meter for the four inputs, stereo outputs and battery level, while the host connection and MIDI LED meters are in the middle.

The plethora of commands is a bit dated. However, with function-based control, we could use the Quattro I/O right out of the box, with little or no reference to the manual. Indeed, we connected the Quattro to iOS and OS X devices and were immediately up and running.

We found the Quattro offered plenty of gain even in drum mode, and the instrument inputs handled our low-output passive guitar pickups admirably.

Exactly the type of device we need in our increasingly multimedia worlds.

There are a few other features worth mentioning. First, there’s a Loopback button to redirect the host USB output to the inputs. Then, when connected to a host, the Direct switch adds the input signals to the headphone power supply for minimal latency monitoring. Finally, inputs 1 and 2 have a switchable limiter, although this increased the noise floor a lot.

Shamelessly multifunctional and highly versatile, the Quattro I/O from IK Multimedia is exactly the kind of device we need in the increasingly multimedia worlds in which many of us operate.

MusicRadar Verdict: Super-compact and feature-rich, iRig Pro Quattro I/O offers a slew of options that will appeal to all sorts of users.

IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O: hands-on demos

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O: Specifications

  • MIC INPUTS: 2 Hi-Z mic/instrument level combos, 2 mic/line level combos.
  • LINE INPUTS: Stereo RCA and 3.5 mm mini-jack.
  • THE EXITS: XLR, 3.5mm line out, 3.5mm headphone out; Built-in microphone.
  • DIMENSIONS: 90x40x160mm.
  • LESTER: 427g (with batteries).
  • PRICING: quattro €350, Quattro Deluxe Package €450.
  • CONTACT: IK Multimedia (opens in a new tab)
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