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Kool Tools: iRig Micro Amp


IK Multimedia’s iRig Micro Amp is a battery-powered, ultra-compact combo amplifier with three on-board analog channels plus a high-quality digital interface for direct connection to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.

This allows users to expand their tone palette by unlocking a variety of amp and FX models in the included AmpliTube software/app bundle, as well as connecting to their favorite apps for learning, recording and playing. Three analog channels — clean, drive and lead — deliver a full palette of sounds. On board are bass, mid, treble and gain controls to cover a wide range of tones. 

The iRig Micro Amp offers 15W power (7.5W when running on batteries), and combined with its four-inch custom-voiced speaker, pumps out surprising volume at half the size of similarly-powered amps. When additional volume or a bigger speaker is needed, iRig Micro Amp also offers a 4Ω cabinet output to keep up with a full drum kit for band practice.

Weighing only 2.6 pounds, it’s one of the most compact amps in its power range. With its compact size that fits in a backpack, and flexible options, iRig Micro Amp is an extremely portable and convenient option for everything from a bedroom or desktop, to jamming with friends or street busking anytime, anywhere.

The iRig Micro Amp’s iOS/USB connection lets players connect to their iPhone and iPad directly without additional accessories. Additionally, it connects to a Mac or PC to process their tone with IK’s AmpliTube and use their favorite practice, performance and recording apps and software. The guitar’s signal is sent to their device for processing, and the return output plays back directly through the amp’s four-inch speaker, eliminating the need for other accessories. It’s an entire setup in a single integrated unit, with pristine 24-bit, 96 kHz sound quality.

With the included AmpliTube app and software, iRig Micro Amp can deliver a range of tones. Users can download AmpliTube to unlock 10 amps and 26 stompbox effects in AmpliTube CS for iPhone or iPad, and 9 amps/10 stomps in AmpliTube 4 for Mac/PC, for free, providing powerful ways to process their tone right out of the box.

Guitarists can also expand their sonic collection a la carte with IK’s range of additional amp and effect models; there are over 280 pieces to choose from, including officially licensed re-creations of gear from Fender, Orange, Mesa-Boogie, and other iconic gear manufacturers, as well as guitar legends like Slash, Jimi Hendrix and Dimebag Darrell, all available as in-app purchases or Custom Shop collections.

The iRig Micro Amp is powered by 6 x AA batteries or an optional 9V power supply. It includes an auxiliary input and headphones out for silent practice, as well as a cabinet output to power external speakers for band practice or smaller gigs.

The iRig Micro Amp is available from the IK Multimedia online store for $149.99.

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