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With the most recent addition to the IK iRig family coming on board, the I/O is certainly making a point of being one of their more impressive models available.
The IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O has been fully designed to handle a variety of different mixing and recording needs, making it a great option for those looking to stream their content online, from recording a live band playing, to even putting together a podcast.
The reason the Quattro is so extensive in what it offers is largely due to the incorporation of a wide selection of different ports, many of which are surprising to fans considering the device’s compact size.
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From a first look at what the iRig Pro Quattro has to offer, you’ll immediately notice its lightweight feel.
This is lightweight body is true even when loaded up with its four AA batteries.
In addition to that, the I/O surface is littered with numerous input ports that make it a great tool for pretty much any and all types of recording styles.
Speaking of the different input ports ensures you can connect to just about anything out there. Not only is there a micro-USB port, but there is also a USB-A, USB-C, and a Lighting Host port.
The iRig Pro Quattro box has a cable for each of these ports, which is really appreciated and gives you a ton of great ways to charge your device.
In addition to the power cable options, the iRig Pro Quattro has four different combo XLR input ports as well as a stereo phone port and a 3.5mm input jack.
The device also comes with a small omnidirectional onboard MEMS microphone port, offering some impressive interview-style recording quality.
The iRig Pro Quattro also includes two balanced XLR output ports which can be used to run signals out to your speakers and mixers as well as any other external devices.
There is also a 3.5mm stereo output port, a headphone port, and a MIDI in/out port via micro jacks.
Lastly, there is a 2.5mm TRS MIDI cable, which can be used to connect to a MIDI controller or a DAW.
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Taking a further look into the device and what it offers, we see that the iRig Pro Quattro I/O isn’t just physical, but surprisingly extensive in terms of its software as well.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O is that it is fairly extensive when it comes to device compatibility.
Considered Mi-Fi certified, the Quattro works with iPhones, iPads, as well as all Mac and Windows devices (provided you’ve downloaded an ASIO driver).
The iRig Quattro is also compatible with Android devices of any type, making it one of the few pro-audio developer devices that are open to Android users.
An interesting inclusion that is surprisingly useful, IK has created something known as Loopback+. This is a feature that allows you to use channels 3 and 4 to send a signal out to various alternative apps.
This can include apps like IK’s own MixBox, VocaLive, or AmpliTube.
This is then processed and sent back to channel 1 and channel 2, essentially creating a real-time FX system through the different sound apps.
Included in the Quattro is the ability to use either mono, stereo, or multitrack sound modes. For either mono or stereo modes, you can mix the signals down before sending them out to play.
On the other hand, multitrack mode utilizes four separate Host port channels rather than one or two at a time.
In either stereo or mono modes, the input channels for 3 and 4 are able to be used as safety channels. These channels can be used to record the same sound signals as what is done for channels 1 and 2 while much quieter at 12dB.
This sound reduction ensures you have some protection against sound overloads.
Another great use of these modes is that they can be used to activate the device’s onboard limit for the first and second inputs, both of which help protect against sound clipping.
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Using the different dials found on the Quattro’s top panel, you can essentially use the device as a standalone mixer as well as a recorder.
This is because the top panel’s dials directly control the device’s sound EQ levels. And because of the outside ridges, you don’t have to worry about accidentally altering the levels through an accidental bump.
The Quattro is able to operate at up to 24-bit 96kHz sample rate while consistently providing smooth, clear, and crisp sound recordings. This is true whether paired out to an iPhone or iPad as well as to your desktop computer.
When recording out on a Mac or multitracking into Cubasis with an iPad Pro, you can similarly get some incredible sounding results.
The only times that the sound can get a bit “wobbly” is when mounted on a camera. Unless you have a cage to keep it secure, the sound won’t be quite as clear.
While it’s clear that there’s a lot going on with the iRig Pro Quattro device on its own, its access to many of the different IK software options makes it a real contender for most people that want a powerful recorder.
In terms of the desktop, IK offers T-RackS 5 SE, and Amplitube 5 SE, as well as Miroslave, MODO Bass, MODO Drum, SampleTank, Philharmonik, and Syntronik 2.
When it comes to Apple products and the iPhone and iPad, there are several free apps ranging from the aforementioned AmpliTube, VocaLive, and iRig Recorder.
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All in all, the iRig Pro Quattro I/O recorder makes a point of being incredibly versatile and varied in terms of what it can do and who it’s for. The pro-level option comes with the phantom-powered XLRs, internal downmixing, an onboard mic, and an assortment of loopback features.
The recorder’s one setback is its lack of an SD card slot. Its lack of this makes sound storage considerably more difficult than it otherwise needed to be.
Still, if you’re looking for an incredible device that just about does all sound recordings at a near-perfect level, the iRig Pro Quattro I/O really is the thing to beat.
Dexter has worked in the music business since the early 1990s. He has been a keen tech writer for many years and is still regularly involved in promoting prominent electronic music events in Ibiza and the UK.
Dexter also specializes in managing and growing digital marketing platforms for leading international DJs, event brands, and venues.
He relocated to Croatia from Ibiza six years ago but has continued his industry involvement whilst living on the electronic music party Island of Pag.
Alongside music, Dexter is a cat nut and a through-and-through family man!
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