The 2013 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show is about to begin. The yearly convention brings a lot of new music-related accessories for iOS devices. Thanks to our friends at IK Multimedia, we’ve got a preview of what the iRig maker will be showing off this year.
IK Multimedia always makes a big splash at the NAMM show. This year is no different. The company best known for its iRig guitar-to-iOS adapter is stepping into the world of speakers with the upcoming launch of iLoud. The iLoud is a portable speaker designed specifically for the ears of the musician. It features an on-board Digital Signal Processor for accurate and efficient sound quality at any volume. The small, but powerful mobile speaker boasts 40 watts of power and a bi-amped four-driver array for the ultimate in stage monitor-level audio performance.
The iLoud has a smaller companion, the iLoud MINI. The little brother packs a 12-watt punch with a pair of full-range speakers. Both iLoud models feature bass-reflex and passive radiator construction to create deep, resonating bass and a tilt-profile for angled positioning.
Both the iLoud and iLoud MINI are small enough to fit in a backpack for convenient mobility. They feature Li-Ion rechargeable batteries with a smart power-management feature, which regulates power usage, so that you can use your speakers longer and louder without losing juice.
The speakers support Bluetooth compatible devices, so you don’t even have to plug your iPad in to hear the blasting beats that come from the iLoud. If your device is from the dinosaur days and you don’t have Bluetooth capabilities, you can still use the iLoud speakers by connecting to the 3.5mm mini jack in back.
The larger iLoud speaker will retail for $299.99 and its little brother, the iLoud MINI will cost $199.99. Both models will be available at the end of the second quarter of 2013. Visit the company’s website for more information.
IK Multimedia isn’t stopping there. This year, the company has plans to launch the first ever MIDI-enabled Bluetooth pedal board to be compatible with iOS. The iRig BlueBoard makes it possible for musicians to have access to their apps and MIDI devices without having to take their hands off their instruments.
The Bluetooth-compatible pedal board is a multichannel compartment that connects with your iPad, iPhone, and Mac so you can have multiple apps connected to one MIDI instrument at the same time. You can hook up AmpliTube, iGrand Piano, and Sample Tank to the iRig BlueBoard through your iPhone, iPad and Mac using Bluetooth connectivity. Plus, you could connect other 30-pin or Lightning connector devices like the iRig KEYS to it. That’s not all. There is also a 3.5mm jack so you can connect mini-jack connector devices like the iRig MIC directly into it.
This impressive unit measures only 10.6 inches by 3.5 inches, so you can throw it in your backpack with the iLoud speakers, your iRig KEYS and what ever else you need to rock out with. It uses four standard AAA batteries and features Bluetooth Low Energy technology to reduce battery consumption.
The iRig BlueBoard will retail for $99.99 and will be available in the second quarter of 2013. Visit the company’s website for more information.