Review: iRig MIX is the perfect iOS mixer

Summary:The iRig MIX is the perfect companion to all the music and DJ apps for iOS and it even allows you to mix and blend from a single iOS device.

Review: iRig MIX is the perfect iOS mixer - Jason O'Grady

The iRig MIX ($99) is the portable DJ mixer that I've been waiting for. Ever since it was announced I couldn't wait to get my hands on MIX because it's designed specifically for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and it's a mobile DJ's dream come true.

The iRig MIX is a powerful mobile mixer with the same controls (crossfader, cues, EQ, volume controls, etc.) that you'd find on a professional DJ mixer -- in an ultra-compact package. It measures 8.5 x 4.5 x 1.81 inches and weighs just 10.4 ounces.

Sure, there are other svelte mixers on the market (I usually tote a Numark M1 when I'm not lugging my 15 pound Pioneer DJM-900) but the iRig MIX is different because it was designed for mixing audio from portable devices. In addition to iPods and iPads MIX includes a guitar/microphone input that can be used with apps like AmpliTube and VocaLive or any other apps that offer real-time audio effects and processing.

It includes standard 1/8-inch stereo mini inputs so all you have to do is plug one end of the (included) stereo-mini cable into your iPhone or iPad's headphone jack and the other end into the back of the iRig MIX. Then simply connect iRig MIX to a pair of powered speakers (or a PA) and you're cutting and scratching with the best of them.

If you don't have two iOS devices, no sweat. You can mix and blend from a single iOS device because the output from the iRig MIX can be split into dual-mono and sent to two separate channels with the flip of a switch.

iRig MIX can also mix any audio source with an iOS device with automatic beat matching via X-Sync in the DJ Rig iOS app (free, App Store) a first on a DJ mixer. It's also compatible with a huge variety of iOS DJ apps making it an excellent mixer choice for any DJ on the go.

Features:

  • 2 stereo inputs with gain, bass, treble and volume controls, independent cue on each channel with LED indication and channel cross-fader
  • Instrument/microphone/extra input with volume control can be processed by iOS apps (such as AmpliTubeVocaLive)
  • Stereo output with RCA connectors, master level and LED meters
  • High quality, pristine sound
  • Quality headphone output for master or cue monitoring with independent volume control
  • Input switch splits Input 1 into dual-mono for use with DJ mixing apps on a single iOS device
  • “X-Sync” mode allows auto-sync with any audio source using the free DJ Rig app
  • Can also be powered with battery packs and mobile chargers
  • Includes 4 free apps: DJ RigAmpliTubeVocaLiveGrooveMaker

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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