Mobile DJing gets a little smaller and more portable with the iRig MIX
By Chris Loeffler
It has been fascinating to watch the market that has built up in the music industry over the last few years around building hardware accessories to leverage the large owner base of smart phones and tablets. Keyboards, guitar processing, recording, DJing, and mixing have all become prevalent in the apps and hardware accessories sold at consumer electronic and musical instrument shops. Of those manufacturers from the music industry, few have been as prolific or successful as IK Multimedia. Last year, IK Multimedia expanded their iOS focused offerings with the iRig MIX, the hardware companion for their DJ app.
The iRig MIX includes all the essential control for DJing and small ensemble mixing in a concise, intuitive design. Both input channels include Gain, Treble, Bass, Volume and Cue controls and the master controls include Master Volume, X-Synch (more on this shortly), and a channel cross-fader. The iRig MIX allows for two stereo input signals plus an instrument/microphone input, stereo and headphone output with independent volumes, and is powered by a USB power supply connector. Included software includes iOS Apps DJ Rig Free, AmpliTube Free, VocaLive Free, and Groove Maker Free.
What You Need to Know
The IK iRig MIX is an excellent accessory that is the perfect fix for those who already own an iOS device (or two) and want to dip their toes into the waters of DJing. The layout is intuitive to even the biggest of technophobes and the build and sound quality is superb. The benefit of including several “lite” versions of IK Multimedia apps and being part of a bigger IK ecosystem (including guitar, vocal, and recording software) allows for a DJ experience as deep or shallow as you like, and makes it especially attractive to instrument players already using their other software and hardware.