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IK Multimedia's Pricey iGrand Piano And iLectric Piano Apps Simulate Some Of The World's Best-Known Instruments

Music creation on Android has been given a major boost as of Lollipop 5.0 thanks to latency reduction, and IK Multimedia (best known as the manufacturer of the popular iRig series of professional musical adapters for phones and tablets) has decided to take advantage of it. The company has released two new Android apps, iGrand Piano and iLectric Piano, meant to give players a portable and highly technical way to create the sound of famous brand-name pianos.

That experience won't come cheap: each app is a whopping $20, and they don't even include the full range of simulated pianos and keyboards (20 are included with each app, and you'll have to use in-app purchases to buy the rest).

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IK Multimedia iRig UA Review: Finally, Real Guitar Amp Emulation On Android (With No Latency)

Anyone who's been around AP for a reasonable amount of time knows that I'm a big fan of my iPad Mini simply because I love the guitar amp sims available on the platform. For roughly $50(ish), I'm able to cover essentially any tone I can imagine, most of which are very true to the amp they're recreating. While I wouldn't think about using this in a live situation, it's absolutely indispensable for practice and recording quick licks.

I've longed for this type of functionality on Android for a few years now, and while Google has done a little bit to reduce the amount of audio-in latency with Lollipop, we're still not quite there.

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IK Multimedia's iRig 2, The First Digital Music Interface With Android Support, Is Available Today For $40

Back in early January of this year, IK Multimedia announced the iRig 2, one of three Android-compatible digital music interfaces announced by the company in recent months. While the first one -- the iRig HD-A -- is compatible exclusively with Samsung Professional Audio devices (Note 3/4, Galaxy S5/6/Edge), the iRig 2 is the first interface on the market that should support most Android 5.0 devices in some way or another.

Today marks the public release of the iRig 2, and it's already available from retailers like Musician's Friend and Sweetwater Music, though Amazon shows that it's actually not available until March 30th.

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IK Multimedia Announces The iRig UA, Brings Guitar Effects Processing To Android 4.0+

If you're a guitarist, you know what time of year it is: it's the winter NAMM show! You're undoubtedly following your favorite brands (I certainly am) to see what new stuff comes out, and I'm sure the majority of you even have a wishlist (again, guilty). While I won't bore you with my current wants from NAMM, there's at least one thing worth talking about on the Android front: the iRig UA from IK Multimedia.

Now, you may recall that IK has already made some movement in the Android space with its Samsung-only iRig HD-A and Android-compatible iRig 2, but now the company has gone and done something really freakin' rad: built an iRig that works with Android 4.0+.

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IK Multimedia Announces The iRig 2, Finally Compatible With Most Android Devices

IK Multimedia took the first step in bringing its music creation tools to Android with its iRig HD-A announcement back in November, but that device was compatible with the Samsung Note 4 and Note 4 Edge only. Today, it's changing the game in a major way, as it just announced the iRig 2, which brings full Android compatibility to the table.


The iRig 2 brings a lot more to the table than just Android compatibility, as well - like a new 1/4" amplifier output, effectively turning the mobile device into a full pedalboard of sorts (maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea).

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IK Multimedia Announces iRig HD-A And Amplitube For Android, But It's Only Available On The Note 4 And Note Edge Right Now

Guys, it's happening. It's really happening – a real guitar amp simulator is available on Android. IK Multimedia's Amplitube is one of the most popular amp sims on iOS, and the company has been working with Samsung to bring it to Android. But, of course, there's a catch: it's only for the Note 4 and Note Edge for now.

Apparently, Samsung found a way to virtually eliminate the audio-in latency issue that has plagued Android since the dawn of time – an issue that iOS never had. It calls this fix "Professional Audio," and IK is relying on it to make Amplitube for Android work at this time.

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